RocketKnight is about supporting reasonable technologies. The good technologies are already there … we just need to grab and use them. Here an interview with the webmaster:
Question: How do you define reasonable technologies and how do you want to support them?
Webmaster: For me there are two fields that are of special interest: GNU software and bicycles, there would be many other intersting things but open source software and bicycles I can support and promote. For example I can show how to use open source software and help to get things up and running. I liked what Judy Hopps said in the movie Zootopia: “Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” Sure Judy Hopps is a fictional character and this has been said many times before. Change needs individuals and I have first installed Linux in 1998 and often switched back to Windows the following years for several reasons, one reason was that at the university they embraced .NET in some classes. Today there is really a broad range of mature applications available for Linux – there are simply very few excuses for not using Linux in the home office. There is however a lack of applications for Linux in the field of ERP-software and CAD-software, and that is probably a reason why companies are not switching to Linux, it’s often that administrations and educational institutions embrace open software for example in Spain the city of Valencia or in Germany in Schleswig-Holstein. So I just feel that it is the right time to go out there and say: “Look there is Linux and there is a lot of free software! Use it !”.
Question: When would you call a technology or software “bad”?
Webmaster: When companies get too big they will dominate and create entrance barriers – that is not good. Some technologies are not bad in itself … like the combustion engine and airplanes – it is just the thousands of airplanes flying right now and the millions of cars driving right now … we use up almost 100 million barrels of oil every day. So when technologies or companies have a negative impact on society and the environment, then we should question that. Eventually people will understand that it is better to drive a small electronic car than a large SUV with a combustion engine and more and more people want to buy an aelectric car. The same will happen with Linux, most people have a smart phone with Android … they will see how powerful a tailored Linux can be and Linux can also be tailored for the desktop. However, this will take some time because there is some very powerful proprietary software out there, software that is not available for Linux – this is especially true when it come to CAD applications and ERP software.
Question: So you have no car and you use only Linux?
Webmaster: No, I have a small petrol driven car but I try to use it very little, I try to use the bicycle whenever possible and I try to use public transport. I have a system running Windows 7 and I even have subscribed a monthly magazine with the title “dotnetpro”. I think it is useful to know how Windows looks like, the Zorin Linux distribution is popular because it offers a Windows-like desktop and makes migrating easier. I have a very simply goal with this web-blog: to show how Linux can be used to do: digital image processing, connecting scanners and graphic tablets, OCR, Office applications and so on … here at rocketknight the focus will be on sustainable or “good” technology – even Richard Stallman is concerned a lot about mankind, according to Richard Stallman it’s the extreme capitalism that is bringing total disaster upon us … we must find back onto the right path.
updated 9th December 2017