Klaatu is a POSIX geek and an open source enthusiast. He has worked in the film industry and the IT industry, and in both of those combined. He podcasts for Hacker Public Radio and GNU World Order, he maintains several SlackBuild.org packages, and helps maintain the Slackermedia information site.

And yes, he's an Emacs user.

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Casual Computing: Light Reading for Users of Open Source, About Open Source
Price: Free! Words: 66,510. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Operating systems » Operating systems / Linux, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Operating systems » Operating systems / UNIX
(5.00 from 1 review)
A book about open source culture, open source ideology, and open source software, written by open source and open culture enthusiast and podcaster Klaatu (of Hacker Public Radio and GNU World Order). Read it when you want to relax, but still obsess over tech.
Computing without Compromise: Love Letters to Open Source
Price: Free! Words: 72,000. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Operating systems » Operating systems / Linux, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural
Light reading about the joys of being a computer nerd in the age of open source technology from podcaster and technology educator "Klaatu", of Hacker Public Radio and GNU World Order.

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anarchism    gaming    geek    geek culture    linux    nerd culture    opensource    posix    python    rpg    slackware    unix   

Smashwords book reviews by Klaatu

  • Street Candles on Aug. 28, 2023

    This book gets into your head. I've read a lot of science fiction, but this is the single most affecting book in that genre I've read. The setting is rich, and the level of detail about everything from social structure to computer systems adds to not only the immersion you feel as a reader, but also, brilliantly, to the story being told. It ALL comes back around in the end, and it's so satisfying. "Street Candles" isn't always a "fun" read, but it's always engrossing. There are some really hard moments in this book. You don't make it through this story without a few scars. But like the main character, Ejoq Dosantos, I can honestly say that after this book, I was not the same person. It changed the way I view the world and it changed the way I view fiction.
  • Motherload on Aug. 28, 2023

    To me, this is CLASSIC Stardrifter, and that's in part because it's classic space opera. Spaceships, technobabble, drama among the crew, external threats that are never quite what they seem. It's all here, and it sets the stage for the amazing books that follow. The Stardrifter setting is consistent. The world is well-defined and the plots work within those parameters. I appreciate that because there's plenty of science fiction out there that relies on once-in-a-lifetime technological quirks or sudden unexpected anomalies. Those can be fun plot devices, but I don't think they're ultimately as satisfying as problems that make sense within a setting. The story of "Motherload" doesn't happen because space magic goes wrong, or the [sci fi] laws of physics suddenly change for the sake of the plot. This story is about things that could happen on a space vessel in a future that, aside from advanced technology, is very much like our own present. People argue. Corporations pursue an agenda. Equipment breaks down. And regular people doing their everyday jobs sometimes rise to the occasion to make thing right. This is a great book, and a great introduction to the Stardrifter universe.