Tuesday, December 27, 2005


I am married to the most wonderful person in the world. We met at Brigham Young University during the summer of 2004. That October we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. She has been so patient and supportive of me. She gave birth to our first child "Michael David" who didn't survive child birth. She is again pregnant with another who is do in July of 2006. Esther is also a student at Brigham Young University.

Debian Linux

Debian is a free operating system by all the meanings of "free": It costs nothing to download and use, the source code is freely available, you are free to run the software for any purpose, you are free to distribute the software to your friends and family, and you are free to change the software however you would like and redistribute it. The operation behind Debian is beautiful, a democratic group of volunteers who devote their time and talents to provide this "free" software to any who desire to use it. You can use my link to their web page to learn more.

I do not consider myself a serious computer person, however I feel the concept behind Debian is so wonderful that I encourage all people to not only use Debian, but become a contributor themselves. True, Debian needs many with great computer skills, however there are many tasks ordinary people may do to help the Debian cause. I will state one caution: using Debian and contributing will take some work to learn. Learning how to use Debian is about as hard as it is for somebody who knows nothing about a computer learning Windows. I just make this comment so that Windows users don't feel cheated if they don't immeadiatly know how to use it.

Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian and currently is considered by many to be more user friendly. I reccomend people try this first if they are new to linux. However, Ubuntu is not completely run by volunteers, they have some paid workers, so again I stress, when the day comes you feel comfortable using and contributing to Debian don't hesitate. The Debian Project brings "free" software to the entire world in many, many languages, and it is the sacrifice of volunteers that makes this all possible. Isn't it beautiful. :)