Free/Libre and Open Source Software

Linux Standards Base (LSB) as an ISO standard

I sent a message to the contact address for the Standards Council of Canada, hoping to reach the people who will be casting Canada's ballot for whether the Linux Standards Base will become an ISO standard.

Also discussed on SlashDot.

Samba Creator Andrew Tridgell Joins OSDL

This press release from OSDL includes:

BEAVERTON, Ore. - January 17, 2005 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® in the enterprise, today named Samba creator Andrew Tridgell, PhD, as the Lab's second appointed Fellow. Tridgell joins Linux creator Linus Torvalds as an OSDL Fellow, positions created by the Lab to allow strategic developers to focus exclusively on their development and coding contributions to the open source community.

Am I a communist? Bill Gates thinks so...

There has been much said about Bill Gates and his comment that those who have different ideas on the expansion of Patents and Copyright are somehow communist. Wired Magazine published an article that included:

Glenn Otis Brown, executive director of Creative Commons, wondered whom Gates was referring to when he made the remarks. Certainly not Creative Commons, which is a "voluntary, market-based approach to copyright," Brown wrote in an e-mail.

See also: Mitch Kapor's BLOG, Dan Gillmor's BLOG, BoingBoing, ATTABOY, The Register, TechDirt

FLOSS website management software

It is interesting that this article on Open Source Alternatives to Dreamweaver Templating ended in someone writing about NVU.

Nvu was started from the Mozilla Composer code base. The Mozilla Internet suite is in the process of being broken up into individual pieces (browser, email, etc.). Nvu will pick up where Composer left off, adding additional features, functionality and ease of use.

It will be interesting when/if NVU can support the identical templating system. This will hopefully allow someone to take an existing Dreamweaver site and just move over to NVU without having to redesign the site. This might be the tool that finally makes me switch from using a text editor and server-side includes for most pages, using the OpenOffice.org word processor's HTML editor for most larger documents.

Your software rights or the best tools: often a sad choice

This article by Jem Matzan includes:

It's hard to think of disobeying licensing terms as being dishonest or dishonorable, and the moral need to help your friends and family is a far more powerful force than the least degree of honesty toward a proprietary software corporation. How do you convince someone that they are giving up freedom when in reality they take those freedoms anyway, whether they are granted or not?

This is an argument I have been making for years. The fact that infringing non-FLOSS licenses is so prevalent has been one of the barriers to the wider adoption of FLOSS. I don't support clients who have improperly software on their computers, and am unfortunately am very easily replaced by a non-FLOSS commercial support company that has no problems with this.

Kerneltrap.org interviews Richard Stallman

This interview by Jeremy Andrews begins with an introduction:

Richard Stallman founded the GNU Project in 1984, and the Free Software Foundation in 1985. He also originally authored a number of well known and highly used development tools, including the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), the GNU symbolic debugger (GDB) and GNU Emacs.

Linus Torvalds named one of the Top Managers of 2004 by Business Week

Linus Torvalds, a shy 34-year-old Finnish programmer, may seem an unlikely choice to be one of the world's top managers. But Linux, the software project he created 13 years ago while a university student, is now one of the most powerful influences on the computer world.

Free Software Magazine to see first issue in January...

The first issue of the Free Software Magazine is expected to be published near January 12.

CBC's Zed TV shows Revolution OS

On Thursday January 6 they will be showing the Revolution OS documentary on ZeD.

We meet a rag-tag group of hackers and rebels who are taking on
corporate America. Are they digital freedom fighters? A bunch of commies? Both?

The Care and Feeding of FOSS (Free Open Source Software)

In this essay by Craig A. James he makes many observations and suggestions about software lifecycle and the inevitable maturity of software towards being FLOSS.

I think there are some issues not included in this essay. Craig made the common mistake of narrowly equating "commercial software" with software created, distributed and funded using "software manufacturing" techniques. Software that is not centrally created or sold on a per-unit price can still be commercial, with software manufacturing representing a single commercial business model and not the commercial software marketplace.

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