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Give One, Get One, Then Some

This morning the Give One Get One program went live, and after reading the terms and conditions of the program, I was ready for not one, but two laptops. Why two? You can read my ( parent . thesis ) blog to find out. (And you should, after reading this one.)

Simple Public License (SimPL) approved

After a lengthy consideration, the Simple Public License (SimPL) has been added to the list of approved licenses. The concern was that because the SimPL is a reciprocal license, it could create its own ghetto of code unusable by any other project. However, because it contains language that allows relicensing under the GPL v2.0 or v3.0, this will not happen. That should give developers the confidence to adopt the SimPL without fear of marginalization.

The Maine Media-Arts Project

In my professoinal capacity, I spend most of my time talking with public and private sector executives about how they can use open source software to save millions (potentially billions) of dollars while replacing brittle and broken proprietary software with code that actually works. And I talk about how the values of the open source community promote the very innovation that their organizations and economies so desparately strive to achieve. But I am just as excited about the creativity and self-expression that open source can inspire, especially when it helps those who would otherwise have no voice to find, develop, and then use that voice.

Who Is Behind "Shared Source" Misinformation Campaign?

Last night I received a google alert about a new blog posting with a most misleading title. The title read "OSI Approves Microsoft's 'Shared Software' Licenses". This half-truth was paired with another half-truth: that I was President of the Portland-based Open Source Initiative. (The OSI is incorporated in California.)

This morning, I received another google alert from another blog posting with exactly the same article, but from an entirely different blog.

Metadata for the Common Man (or Woman)

In July I was honored to be appointed Visiting Scholar at SILS, the School of Information and Library Science and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Information and Library Science community and the Open Source community share many common passions, especially the belief that sharing knowledge is important and good work. And increasingly I see a shared fate for both communities...

When Disclosure is better than Disaster...ALWAYS

In a followup to a previous blog posting, I read in today's headlines that NASA has corrected their position and decided to disclose research that they had planned to destroy—a victory for transparency and for public safety.

The news report I read was from CNN.

Blender in China

Last month I visited Beijing and Hong Kong on a trip through Asia. It seems that everybody visiting China—Beijing in particular—comes back saying "you just cannot imagine...". I stayed at the Kerry Centre Hotel near the Red Hat Beijing office, and as I walked across the street for my morning cup of coffee, I saw the CCTV building. I was litterally dumbfounded. I got my coffee, walked back to my room in disbelief, called my wife, Amy, 12 timezones away and said "you just cannot imagine..."

10 things you should know about Open Source

EWeek's Jason Brooks has one (print) page to dispel 10 myths about Open Source. He does an excellent job!

Creativedot--A creative experiment of linux-delhi.org

I am a proud user of Blender, the free open source 3d content creation suite, but not yet a proud artist. That will take time, practice, and a lot more digital paint on my brushes before all is said and done. Nevertheless, I am on my way.

When Disclosure is better than Disaster

CNN just reported that NASA is refusing to disclose air safety data. The topic paragraph summarizes the facts of the report:

Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized.

What does this have to do with Open Source software?

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