Free/Libre and Open Source Software

BBC: New browser wins over net surfers

This BBC article includes:

The proportion of surfers using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) has dropped to below 90%, say web analysts.

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Letter to NDP critics: Keep eye on the future during Bush visit

I wrote a letter to key NDP issue critics discussing the importance of policy around patents and copyright.

Canada is at a crossroads: It could join the "coalition
of the billing" which are those countries that bow to US pressure to
outsource their cultural and economic policy to foreign special economic
interest groups. Alternatively, Canada can adopt a modern way of looking
at development in the knowledge economy and become a world leader.

Also posted on: Rabble Babble

Torvalds Dubbed Most Influential Executive of 2004

CRN has named Linus Torvalds the most influential executive of 2004. IBM's Palmisano is #2, and Microsoft's Ballmer is #3.

I sent a message to the Industry Minister and critics to let them know that the most influential executive of 2004 is also a strong opponent to software patents.

Linus, Monty, Rasmus: No Software Patents

The three most famous European authors of open-source software have issued an appeal against software patents.

The draft directive in question is deceptive because it leads laymen, and even those legal professionals who are not familiar with the intricacies of patent law, to falsely believe that it would exclude software from patentability. However, it is actually a compilation of the entirety of the excuses with which the patent system has, for many years, been circumventing article 52 of the European Patent Convention in order to grant patents on software ideas.

eWeek: GPL 3 to Take on IP, Patents

This article by Peter Galli includes:

"[[Trust is] a critical point and extends well beyond the IT industry," said Zymaris. "We, as IT professionals, must act as stewards for the coming century, which, more than any previous era, will be built atop information technology. If we want a free society in the future, we must prevent any organization or collective from attaining such a level of immense control over the platforms of the future."


People have asked me quite a few times why I insist on using as my PC office product. I have written a commentary, "Why" at

I encourage everyone to take a look. Have I missed any important points? Perhaps you might run across a new reason to switch from that klunky MS Office system.

Penguin Day in Straight Goods

This article in Straight Goods includes:

Penguin Day Toronto links non-profits leaders, activists and socially responsible techies for a day of question-asking, knowledge-sharing and networking about the potential of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) for non-profit organizations.

Mindjack - Cities Without Borders: Digital Culture and Decentralization

This feature article by Paul Hartzog includes:

What Howard Rheingold has termed "tools for thought" provides a whole new market in cultural goods, a market that is extraordinarily crucial to digital culture. The development of Linux and the evolution of the pro-sharing norms of the open-source community are quite possibly the pre-eminent cultural explosion of our day.

Who Let The Source Out? OOoFf! OOoFf!

The always amusing Michael's Minutes, this issue includes the following about the combination:

The open source nature of these products is critical because it encourages a communal effort. No one company can compete with Microsoft now - they are simply too powerful. It will take an industry pooling their efforts to crack Microsoft's desktop monopoly.

Mozilla Party 2: It's 1.0 time... Again!

There will be launch parties all around the world for the 1.0 release of Mozilla Firefox and thunderbird.

The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) party is happening on the same day as Penguin Day on Saturday November 20th.

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