✈ Old Vienna Reflected In New Vienna

☞ Not Wild Just Alive

  • Excellent article.

    The internet does not exist as untouchable. Morality and the rule of law do apply to the actions people do there. The question is whether those laws are appropriate. … And the proper response, if there is “unsuitable” (unsuitable to whom, by the way?) content is to go after those who produced and distributed it. Not to seek to block access and sweep it under the rug. That’s denial. Let’s live in reality.

    Time to reject the frame, I’d say.

  • Roberto’s review of OSI’s governance reforms correctly points out that individuals are very important to OSI. I hope the new governance will grealy expand the number of individuals able to contribute significantly and directly to OSI’s mission to advance open source and unite its communities.
  • CIX is still the hosting provider for the static parts of my web site, just as it has been ever since they introduced those novel “web page” things a couple of decades ago. I too still have my CIX “sphipps” ID and mail to it still works fine.
  • I wish I’d had the conceptual overview of Asterisk in AOSA when I first encountered Asterisk. Explaining the concepts clearly like that should be a mandatory part of every open source application’s documentation.

☞ No Respect

☝ eG8, Control Points and NameCoin

As the pressure on and from political leaders to “regulate” the internet mounts, the need for basic infrastructure to switch from hierarchical to distributed control is becoming more urgent. The week has seen a number of developments that highlight the growing conflict between those with vested interests in centralised control of the web and those who believe control points are a form of defect. Read about it on ComputerWorldUK.

☞ Future-proofing

  • With internet-control-freak politics everywhere now – just look at eG8 and PROTECTIP for example – the need for distributed infrastructure beyond the control of any entity is getting stronger and stronger. This new project uses the same approach (same code, in fact) as BitCoin and creates a distributed DNS where everyone gets to be their own domain registrar in a safe way. It’s a very young project, but I am certain we need something like this soon. Otherwise the lobbyist-driven actions of our political leadership will soon render citizen-empowered innovation impossible.
  • This clear explanation of the hole UK schools have got themselves in with ICT rings true for me. I remember around 5 years ago explaining very clearly to the headmaster of a local school why the new infrastructure he was creating in his new school buildings needed to use virtualisation, thin clients and open source software for as much as possible, and then watching him install Windows PCs everywhere. I bet that school has the mother of all legacy issues today.
  • I like the story at the start of this, but it’s mainly notable for the insight in the comments that Matthew Aslett is not a fan of open core.

☞ 500th Post

This is the 500th posting on Webmink.Com, and it’s taken about a year to get here. Thanks to all my readers for supporting me this far in my post-corporate adventure!

☞ From Around The World

  • Interested by how few European participants there are in GSoC. Does this reflect poor support for FOSS or a reluctance to sign on to a programme that’s widely seen as a disguised graduate recruiting activity?
  • Strong statement here from TDF shows they have the support needed to take the former promise of OpenOffice forward. They have multiple, participating vendors operating as equals in their Engineering Steering Committee. They have a global community of localisers. They have a roadmap that’s driving ongoing releases. They have the organisational backing to keep them going and a pot of money to spend. Fine work – I hope the remaining hold-outs can sink their differences and join in with TDF to make LibreOffice the revitalised success that the world needs it to be. Indeed, that’s what TDF leader Florian Effenberger says himself.
  • Product Notification: Skype for Asterisk – end of sale – July 26, 2011
    Unless Microsoft are going to surprise us all by releasing the Asterisk modules as open source, this is a depressing indication of Microsoft’s true intentions with Skype, as well as a wake-up call to all the FOSS people who have been “sleeping with the enemy” and treating Skype as excusably closed.
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