Free/Libre and Open Source Software

The GNU Affero General Public License and “DRM”

There is an all too familiar dynamic in conversations about copyright. If you disagree with a proposed solution to a problem, such as the unintended consequences that it can have, then the proponents presume it is because you disagree that there is a problem. I am very familiar with this dynamic when speaking to copyright holders about "DRM" or technological measures as they believe any opponent to the use or legal protection of these measures must be apologists for copyright infringers.

I observed the same dynamic last weekend at the Ontario Linux Fest when discussing some concerns I have with the Affero General Public License (AGPL). The conversation was with Bradley M. Kuhn, one of the people behind the license.

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Avoiding Ruinous Compromises

The article Avoiding Ruinous Compromises by Richard Stallman should be looked at not only in the context of software, but politics as well. Then again, given I'm a follower of Lessig's "Code is law" idea, I don't think we have to separate the two.

Focus On: Opensource Business Models and Opportunities

There is a posting on The Ottawa Network about the event they are co-hosting with LaBarge Weinstein called the "Start-up Drop In". This appears to be a monthly event, and I've been invited this evening for the first time as a "featured contact" this evening. I will hopefully have more to say after the event, but wanted to get the word out for anyone who might want to drop in. (Sorry for this being late)

Free Software and the Canadian Federal Election 2008

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. They have sister organizations in Europe, India and Latin America.

Since any inclusion of legal protection for "technological measures" in the law regulates what software citizens are allowed to run on their own computer, they have an interest in this issue. Canadians who are part of the Free Software Community really need to get involved in this election to ensure that the rights of Canadian Free Software users are protected. Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF, requested that I write this article to give our community some ideas of what to do.

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OLPC to Sell Its Low-Cost Notebooks Via Amazon

Brian Heater of PC Magazine and Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe report that OLPC plans to sell their laptop through Amazon for this Christmas season.

I don't have more details yet, but will post as I learn.

FSF and Stephen Fry celebrate the GNU Project 25th anniversary

In a press release with filename freedom fry, the FSF indicates:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 -- The GNU operating system is turning 25 this year, and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has kicked off its month-long celebration of the anniversary by releasing "Happy Birthday to GNU," a short film featuring the English humorist, actor, novelist and filmmaker Stephen Fry.

Google Chrome, new Open Source browser available soon.

From the Official Google blog, Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management, and Linus Upson, Engineering Director write:

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

Evan Prodromou is a TWiT.

Congrats to Montreal-based Evan Prodromou who seems to have enlisted #3 Twitterholic Leo Laporte in Evan's attempt to open up Twitter with Identi.ca. To learn more about Evan's awesome project, check out FLOSS Weekly 37: Laconica. See also: Army.TWiT.tv.

September 20 is Software Freedom Day

While I will be at the Ottawa event, their wiki contains details The Wiki contains details for other teams in North America (Calgary, Quebec, Vancouver)

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