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Drupal, my blog, Views, and the grand experiment

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Lately I've been getting more and more unhappy with blogging under Drupal. Specifically, I'm developing a serious dislike (bordering on hate) for the blog module that ships with Drupal. Regular visitors to this site, CookingWithLinux.com, and my new occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show, WFTL Bytes!, have already figured out that I'm experimenting with new topics, new content, and new ways of delivering that content. Aside from the sites and content I've mentioned, I want to start talking and writing about other things that excite me, whether it be Linux, science, politics, or religion. What I thought I wanted was a blog with sub-blogs so I could focus each of my blogs on a particular topic and let you, the reader, choose the topics that interested you. What I achieved was more confusion and the beginnings of a grand experiment to do away with the blog module entirely.

My own personal site now has several hundred documents in it. It would, in fact, have hundreds more had I not decided to break some of that content out into other sites. CookingWithLinux.com is meant to focus primarily on my Cooking With Linux column, which appears monthly in the Linux Journal, and which I've been writing for nearly ten years. Because CWL has such a huge following and people seem to love the idea of being part of it, I opened it up to readers (and members of my WFTL LUG to create their own content as well as share wine reviews (along with my own occasional tasting reports). WFTL Bytes! is a video news show that covers the Linux and FOSS news scene with a little humor and a little attitude. Nothing more complicated.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more