☞ Credit Where It’s Due

Don’t Suspend Scout Finch, Mr. Schmidt. It’s Wrong and It’s Bad for Business. Very sensible commentary on Google’s misjudged “real names” strategy. I still have no idea why Google thinks its approach is worth burning vast tanks of karma to secure. Thank You, United Airlines A heart-warming thank-you letter to United after a warm web […]

☞ LibreOffice Governance Progress

Board Elections: Nominations Open – The Document Foundation Nominations are now open for The Document Foundation board of directors. Anyone who is eligible to vote is also eligible to stand for election. I’m acting as the Elections Officer so that all the people who were actually involved in setting up LibreOffice (I was not) are […]

☞ Freedoms

Software Freedom Day It’s just two weeks away, get ready to join in! open80211s Meshed WiFi in every Linux device? Yes please! Eagles singer Don Henley: EFF, Google “aid and abet” criminals Listening to the “special interests” who worry about freedom of speech and breaking the Internet? Well, that makes you just as much a […]

☞ Who’s On Your Side?

Nym Wars I’m not sure what offends me most about Google’s idiotic approach here; the patronising parochialism that says they are the arbiters of what a “real” name is and how it’s constructed, the heavy-handed use of Terms of Service to bully individuals, the disregard for the established privacy strategies of so many people or […]

☞ Classifications

Court Ruling Opens The Door To Rejecting Many Software Patents As Being Mere ‘Mental Processes’ The incremental adjustment of software patent law in the USA continues. As the global corporate conflict intensifies, we’ll see more and more of these cases reaching the courts. Yes, It’s Time To Abandon The United States This controversial piece makes […]

☞ Clarion Call

Beware: Europe’s ‘unitary patent’ could mean unlimited software patents Stallman is right to call the alarm on unitary patents. We need to resume the defence of the barricades against the pro-patent lobby. It’s worth noting, however, that the reason the pro-patent lobby pulled the plug last time (as Stallman says) was not because of the […]

☞ Interesting Reading

Mark Shuttleworth on patents, tablets and the future of Ubuntu Interesting interview with Mark, who I consider one of the key thinkers of the software freedom movement. I think too many people criticise him too much while failing to understand the larger picture of his philosophy. When we look back in the future, Mark will […]

☞ Smart Build

SmartOS.org A new operating system distribution emerges from the OpenSolaris/Illumos legacy. An excellent piece of work technically, bringing all the strengths that Solaris bequeathed to Illumos into union with the strength of KVM and pragmatically binding them together with BSD packaging. The real questions will be around licensing since this package blends all three licensing […]

☞ Control Points

Welcome to the Cloud – “Your Apple ID has been disabled.” By introducing remote control points we risk more and more of this. Since the holders of the control point usually have little incentive to treat your case as a priority, the outcome is frustrating, slow and indefinite. Strongly federated identity anchored in an organisation […]

☞ Anti-Social Media Policy

Google’s Real Names Policy Is Evil This policy is amazingly misguided – it’s like Franco trying to stamp out Catalan by banning baby names not on the state list. Is G+ actively blocking suspended users from viewing public sites? I can’t help thinking the people working on this project need reigning in for a while. […]