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Katherine Noyes
When Friends Tell Friends to Use Linux
03/03/14 10:43 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1329 Words

"Arm yourself with the information needed before telling someone to install such and such distro because it's great," warned blogger Ken Starks in his recent FOSS Force post . "It might be great for you, but maybe not so much with my...

Katherine Noyes
Sorting Out the Linux Desktop Mess
04/04/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1911 Words

We really need to do something about this before it gets out of hand." 'The Linux Desktop IS a Mess' The virtual ink had barely dried on Schmitz's post -- or on the dozens of comments that soon followed -- when another post appeared on the site, this time by contributor Ken Starks ...

Katherine Noyes
Linux and Kids: A Tale of Success as a Hero Battles for Life
08/20/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1136 Words

Perhaps most notable among all the heart-wrenching stories, however, was the saddening news of the Linux community's very own Ken Starks.

For those who don't know him, Starks is a Linux advocate who has worked tirelessly for years equipping underprivileged...

Katherine Noyes
A Teacher's Misguided Linux Rant and the Equally Misguided Response
12/15/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1998 Words

"I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom," Karen wrote in her letter to HeliOS Solutions' Ken Starks. "At this point, I am...

Katherine Noyes
The Dating Game, Linux-Style
02/15/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1132 Words

No, for those of us at the other end of the introversion scale, Valentine's Day is fraught with anxiety, doubt and *way* too much time in the card aisle. 'More to Life Than Bash Scripts' It's not often that geeks wax philosophical about the World of Amour, but HeliOS's Ken Starks ...

Katherine Noyes
One More Turkey? 'Fired for Using Linux'
11/30/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1410 Words

Sound too strange to be true? Better read on. 'Three Letters in Their Name' The story involves an American principal, an Indian contracting company, a "large computer/server company with three letters in their name" and a "large credit card company with four letters in their name," as HeliOS's Ken Starks ...

Katherine Noyes
Linux on the Air - or Not?
10/01/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1422 Words

None other than Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project announced the good news a few weeks ago, explaining that the 60-second ad -- recorded pro bono by professional voice talent -- would be running several times a day for a full month...

Katherine Noyes
The Linux Desktop Beauty Pageant, Round Eleventy
07/08/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1567 Words

Yes indeed, we're free to choose the operating system we like best, free to tailor it as we see fit, free to customize it with our favorite desktop environments -- and, as longtime Linux advocate Ken Starks demonstrates every day, we're free...

Katherine Noyes
War Stories and Winners From the World of FOSS
04/16/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 904 Words

'New Faces of Linux'
Ken Starks at the HeliOS Project kicked off a whole other cheerful conversation, meanwhile, when he made a series of posts looking at what he called "the new faces of Linux" -- zeroing in on new...

Katherine Noyes
Hot Tempers and Cool Tips for Linux Geeks
03/12/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1181 Words

Sure enough, though, that's just what happened not long ago to none other than the Helios Project's own Ken Starks. Yes, Starks was apparently minding his own business at a gas station recently when a disgruntled Windows field technician for a...

Katherine Noyes
From the Blogosphere With Love: A FOSSy Farewell
01/20/15 2:38 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 846 Words

This time, it was longtime FOSS hero Ken Starks who bravely ventured into the waters of amour.

"When Linux nerds choose mates from the Windows herd" was the title of the post Starks wrote that kicked things off, and it takes only...

Katherine Noyes
'A Week with Windows 8' and Other Tales of Linuxy Virtue
09/10/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1231 Words

Exhibit A: Charity and Kindness
First, in response to the appeal circulated throughout the blogosphere last month, the Linux community wasted no time in stepping up to the challenge and went above and beyond to help legendary advocate and hero for kids, Ken Starks. ...

Katherine Noyes
FOSS and the Fear Factor
10/20/14 9:17 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1312 Words

Run by longtime Linux advocate and all-around-hero-for-kids Ken Starks, as alert readers may recall , Reglue just last week launched a brand-new fundraising effort on Indiegogo to support its efforts over the coming year.

Since 2005, Reglue has placed more than...

Katherine Noyes
Decking Out Linux for the Senior Set
03/17/14 4:58 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1524 Words

On FOSS Force, however, it took the form of "Linux for Seniors 101" , penned by none other than legendary Linux guru Ken Starks, and it wasn't long before it whipped up a conversation on LXer as well.

"When I...

Katherine Noyes
What Being Sexy Means for Linux
04/22/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1491 Words

More than 80 geeks jumped on that one in short order, but not before Ken Starks over on the HeliOS blog posed a related question in his post, "Is the Linux brand poisoned?"

Armed with data from a recent survey, Starks...

Katherine Noyes
Top Linuxy Alternatives and Staying True to FOSS
02/05/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 946 Words

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is," Helios blogger Ken Starks writes. "Unfortunately, it is difficult to convince someone responsible for an entire business that Linux is the exception to that rule."

Starks goes on to cite several...

Katherine Noyes
Polishing the Rare Gem That Is Linux
04/28/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1234 Words

Fortunately, the Linux community includes clear-eyed observers and thinkers such as Ken Starks, who recently penned a piece entitled, "What Would You Do to Improve Linux?"

Once FOSS fans got beyond the initial shock of the very suggestion, they had...

Katherine Noyes
Canonical's Edgy Endeavor
08/05/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1278 Words

Ken Starks -- struggle, while Mark got much more money than he deserved," Google+ blogger Alessandro Ebersol observed.

"This is our upside-down world, where hard workers in the Free Software community go through hard times and Mark, who doesn't need it, gets...

Katherine Noyes
Dell's 'Brilliant' Windows vs. Ubuntu Analysis
07/26/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1561 Words

'Linux Is No More Difficult'
Now, elsewhere on the Linux blogs just a few weeks ago, the HeliOS Project's Ken Starks was demonstrating the ease with which Linux can be learned -- even by significant others who are accustomed to...


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