Tuesday, July 27, 2004

UK Linux dot NOT!

I've been using a uklinux.net account for my web site and e-mail since it started (about the end of 1999 or early 2000). Dial-up has been variable with them, and I discovered that my cheap 'phone call company, The Phone Co-op offered cheap internet dial-up (even then, the quality has been variable, and I've fallen back on Tiscali when I've had to - only twice in two years).

However, I've always wondered where my UKLinux money went - they say it went to support Free Software, but how? I've read Jason Clifford's account of what went on and I'm pretty pissed off. I also feel rather sorry for him - he's a nice bloke who was a bit naive; it's not that the rest of the UKLinux crowd are evil - they've always been nice to me and have given good service. But where did my money go?

So anyhow I've signed up to ukfsn.org, and I'm going to register a domain name. Everything changes, I suppose, but I've used the same e-mail address for 4 and a half years (along with my niss.ac.uk one which I've used for about 7 years) so it's going to be a bit of a change for me, my many contacts and e-mail subscriptions. Scary. It's the geek equivalent of moving house!

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