GPL: Declining Or Not?

Going where angels fear to tread, I wrote in Infoworld today a summary of the “Is the GPL in decline” debate and come to the conclusion that the use of the GPL remains strong and growing but the business game that was extensively played with in peaked in 2006 and has been declining ever since.

Open Standards Consultation Extended

The Cabinet Office has acted on an undisclosed conflict of interest by adding an extra month. Read more on ComputerWorldUK.

“Open” Standards? OSI Did That In 2006!

Back then, a detailed discussion at the Open Source Initiative – where I am today a director – led to the creation of a statement about what makes a standard open, and a set of criteria for determining if the requirement was met and a standard compliant. Both are very simple as well as fully explained. So why is there even a need for a UK Government Standards Consultation? I discuss in detail on ComputerWorldUK.

Random Memes

Plenty on my mind this week, so to focus I’ve written a quick post on ComputerWorldUK listing some of the things I’m thinking about. A bit random; I’d be interested in feedback on this approach.

Microsoft Does Open Source – Updated

I updated and expanded my speculation about why Microsoft started “Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.” – sadly without any help from them as all their many evangelists and PR people were too shy to talk to me. Read the results on InfoWorld.

☝ All About RAND

What does “RAND” really mean for open source? It’s the key issue in the current UK government standards consultation (which I really ask you to complete). I’ve tried to explain why RAND and open source don’t mix in my article for ComputerWorldUK today.

☂ Welcome to Webmink.Net readers

I finally applied an HTML redirect to Webmink.Net so it brings readers here to Webmink.Com – please update your bookmarks, and welcome!

♫ Eric Whitacre at Union Chapel

We went to this one-off concert with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre at Union Chapel in London last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. This official video is just about the whole concert. Enjoy!


If you liked that, buy the album “Water Night” (it’s available in the US too)! I’ve had it on continuous play since it arrived on Monday.

♫ Virtual Choir 3

Eric Whitacre launched Virtual Choir 3, the composite performance of his choral work “Water Night”, to promote his new album of the same name (of which more later). Once again, it’s transcendently beautiful.


3746 singers from 73 countries. Amazing, in every dimension.

If you missed the earlier editions, watch them – they are beautiful and remarkable.

✈ The Lesson of the Pantheon Roof

“No matter how tempting it is to judge a community by its failures, the true measure comes from finding and appreciating its successes.”

The Global Mink

Pantheon Roof by webmink
Pantheon Roof, a photo by webmink on Flickr.

Probably the most amazing artefact of the ancient world I have seen, the Pantheon in Rome, started life as a Roman temple to all the gods around 27 BC. When it became a Christian church in 609 AD it was already as mature a building as a medieval church would be to us today. It is still splendid, 2000 years old and going strong. I first saw it when I was in my mid-teens and it’s one of those places in the world (like Mono Lake and Yosemite Valley) always guaranteed to awe me no matter how many times I visit.

It is an amazing leveller for me. It’s easy to imagine those ancient people were primitive, that our technology and culture is superior. No amount of words and explanation can dispel that intuition. Wandering modern Rome and seeing those piles…

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