GDT::FLOSS::Electronic Rambler::Archive::Year 2009

Google Helps Advance the Open Source Movement
When I think of Open Source, I don't think Google; however, Matt Asay's CNet posting prompted me to think about Open Source in a slightly different way.
   "[...] the industry needed Google to take open source 
    out of the realm of geekdom and into the boardroom." source became big business in 2009

[28 December 2009, top]

FCC and Internet Voting
I'm not sure I trust the FCC given you can see simulated oral sex on prime-time TV.

Tweet received from @OSDV on 2009.12.26.

   FCC Wanders into the Internet Voting Quagmire; OSDV/TrusttheVote 
   Summary of response Wanders into the Internet Voting Quagmire

[26 December 2009, top]

Lawrence Lessig is a Free Software Foundation Member
The following was copied from Free Software Foundation's website at
   "The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman's work 
    represents the most important work for freedom that this 
    culture (the American culture) has seen in many many generations, 
    because it takes the idea of freedom and it removes it from the 
    ivory tower and it removes it from lawyers and places it in a 
    community--a technology community--that is one of the most 
    important communities defining the contours of freedom that 
    most people in our culture--and increasingly around the 
    world--will know."
    --Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons founder, FSF member. the contours of freedom

[25 December 2009, top]

Free Software Foundation Lives
FSF is the Free Software Foundation. In the past, I've given money to the FSF, but that wasn't the case this year. Sorry about that FSF. But, as of 8 December 2009, I was still on their mailing-list.
   "The FSF is putting together a 'Community Team' of supporters 
    to spread the free software philosophy in blogs, online press, 
    and through social networking sites." Team

[08 December 2009, top]

SourceForge Changes Its Name To Geeknet
I'm going to be writing more about this when time permits...

On 4 November 2009, SourceForge, Inc. changed its name to Geeknet, Inc.

"Our new name is a more accurate articulation of our business," said Scott Kauffman, President and CEO of Geeknet.

Kauffman continued...

   "The geek demographic is bigger than most people realize, 
    and it is growing every day in both scope and influence. 
    Its product appeal extends beyond servers and slide rules 
    to include video games, soft drinks, automobiles, fast food, 
    fashion, entertainment, consumer electronics and other goods. 
    We call this phenomenon the 'geekification' of the world, 
    and we believe that our network provides the best platform 
    for advertisers to reach this highly coveted audience."

Go Geeknet!

[10 November 2009, top]

Mozilla Firefox Turns Five
Tweet received from @arstechnica on 9 November 2009...
   Firefox turns five: half a decade of Web liberation - via @arstechnica

I was always a Netscape fan, but that went away and along came Mozilla Firefox.

Firefox is a great example of the power of Open Source. turns five: half a decade of Web liberation

[10 November 2009, top] Using Drupal's 'Community Plumbing'
Tweet received from @SteveCase on 25 October 2009.
   White House switches to open source for 
   web site (WPost)

Note: On 25 October 2009 there was no mention of "Open Source" on the homepage. House opens Web site programming to public

[25 October 2009, top]

SourceForge--Is It Growing?
I've been sitting on this posting for a couple of months and on 31 August 2009 SourceForge announced that Jon Sobel was leaving the company.

Jon Sobel, SourceForge's group president of media.

   "We have the financial strength and the recognition within 
    the open source community. Plus, we have a lot of smart, 
    motivated people inside the company to make something 
    really 'impactful' happen here," he remarked, adding 
    that is is all the raw materials any company on a growth 
    trajectory needs." Grows Up - and Out

[06 September 2009, top]

OSDV - Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
I tweeted the following on 6 September 2009.
   nanofoo I'm following @OSDV i.e. #OpenSourceDigitalVotingFoundation 
   "Fundamentally re-inventing digital voting technology." #evoting

I like how the ODSV Foundation describes itself as "a meritocratic community of technology and policy geeks, developing open source guidelines, specifications, and prototypes of high assurance digital voting systems and services." Source Digital Voting Foundation

[Extra] Recent news item concerning evoting.

   "Computer scientists from the University of California, 
    San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton 
    University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic-voting 
    machine could be hacked, and votes stolen, using a programming 
    technique that had not yet been invented when the machine 
    was designed."

[06 September 2009, top]

Open Source Sensing and Data Control Project
I agree with the following assessment.
   "Huge economic, environmental, health, and security benefits 
    are expected from the coming Sensor Age -- if these devices 
    are accepted by the public."

Open Source Sensing and Data Control is a Foresight Institute project. Source Sensing and Data Control

[17 August 2009, top]

Facebook is Hiring
Facebook is looking for people with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python) experience. Competency in Shell and C are considered a plus. Job location is downtown Palo Alto. Reliablity Engineer

[11 July 2009, top]

Freemium--Free as is Free Beer (Not Freedom)
The other day Kathleen stated that her Picasa account was almost full and that she might pay to get more space for her pictures.

Kathleen's Picasa experience reminded of a lyric from Tom Petty's song "The Last DJ" that goes... "As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free."

Picasa is an example of how many Internet-based services function: Provide users a service for free, but with limits; when the limits are hit, users pay to have the limits increased.

A couple of days after hearing Kathleen speak about Picasa, I heard for the first time the term "freemium". Again, I was reminded of Petty's lyric... "As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free."

I've added Free: The Past and Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson to my reading list.

[11 July 2009, top]

I Like the Beerware License
I learned about Poul-Henning Kamp via tweet from Chris Anderson ( on 11 July 2009.
   "So, welcome to my 15 kilobytes of fame (Yeah, I think 
    Andy Warhol got the unit wrong there.)"

The following was copied from Kamp's homepage.

 * ---------------------------------------------------------
 * "THE BEER-WARE LICENSE" (Revision 42):
 * <phk@FreeBSD.ORG> wrote this file. As long as you retain 
 * this notice you can do whatever you want with this stuff. 
 * If we meet some day, and you think this stuff is worth it, 
 * you can buy me a beer in return. Poul-Henning Kamp
 * ----------------------------------------------------------
 */ Kamp

[11 July 2009, top]

Open Source Movement Continues To Grow
Oops... this should have been posted long before now...
   "So, what has Open Source done for the software business?"

   "Well, it's created whole new communities of energized users 
    and developers and pushed them to collaborate on better and 
    better building blocks. " Source - The Walmart Effect?

[25 June 2009, top]

Red Hat Continues To Grow
On 24 June 02009, Raleigh, NC-based Red Hat reported solid FY 02010 1st-quarter results despite operating in the "worst economic recession since the great depression."

Red Hat, which was found in 1993, claims on that it is the "leader in enterprise Linux and is the most recognized open source brand in the world."

Couple notes about Red Hat's 1st-quarter results.

   Revenue:  $174.4 million
   Subscriptions:  +14%
   Net Income: $18.5 million
   Operating cash flow:  $61.2 million
   Cash/cash equivalents/investments:  $884.5 million

During the quarter, Red Hat spent $47 million to buyback RHT shares. Between 31 May 2008 and 31 May 2009, the number of RHT shares had decreased by 11%. In a nutshell: the pieces are getting small

Kudos to Red Hat!

[25 June 2009, top]

The ACM Prints Stallman's Viewpoint
The June edition of the Communications of the ACM printed a Viewpoint by Richard Stallman (rms).
   "Open source is a development methodology; 
    free software is a social movement."

Stallman concluded his article with the following.

   "As the advocates of open source draw new users into our 
    community, we free software activists have to work even 
    more to bring the issue of freedom to those new users' 
    attention. We have to say, "It's free software and it 
    gives you freedom!"--more and louder than ever. Every 
    time you say 'free software' rather than 'open source',
    you help our campaign."

That's why this blog uses the term FLOSS... Free/Libre and Open Source Software. "Open Source" misses the point of Free Software

[10 June 2009, top]

Mathematicians Should Like FLOSS
Transparency has been a popular buzzword during the first half of 2009.

Many people in the math world might not be aware that the Free in Free Software is "Free as in Freedom, not free as in free beer." Although it must be noted that lots of Free Software is free. Software Brings Affordability, Transparency To Mathematics

[03 May 2009, top]

Young People Should Be Excited About FLOSS
I guess a "teacher" stopped a student from handing out Linux CDs. The following generate a lot of discussion the PLUG (Phoenix Linux Users Group) mailing-list. Some "teacher" wrote...
   "At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. 
    No software is free and spreading that misconception is 
    harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance 
    and discipline. I will research this as time allows and 
    I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, 
    I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I 
    along with many others tried Linux during college and 
    I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated 
    and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting 
    computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting 
    linux on these machines is holding our kids back."

   "This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer 
    and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not 
    helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted 
    Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with 
    copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers 
    would actually be of service to those receiving them..." - Stop holding our kids back

[03 May 2009, top]

Sun Microsystems Pushing Open Source in China
Sun Microsystems, Inc. issued a press release stating that it had reached a MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of People's Republic of China (SAFEA) to "support China's national drive on talents cultivation and significantly improve the quality and capabilities of China's university administrators, teachers and future technologists by leveraging the power of open source technologies."

[21 April 2009, top]

The Open Cloud Manifesto
The Open Cloud Manifesto is "dedicated to the belief that the cloud should be open."

I looked at the list of Open Cloud supporters and as of 30 March 2009 Google was not on the list and North Carolina State was the only university on the list.

[side-bar] The following was copied from the FAQ: "The Open Cloud Manifesto is published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License 3.0. As a result, we encourage others to build on our initial effort." Cloud Manifesto

[30 March 2009, top]

Document Freedom Day
25 March 2009 is Document Freedom Day.
   "Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. 
    It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about 
    the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general." Global Day for Document Liberation

[25 March 2009, top]

xkcd Open Source (webcomic)
xkcd is "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." Source

[02 March 2009, top]

Why Not Linux Instead of Windows 7?
The following headlines was seen on
   "California Agency Skips Vista, Goes Directly To Windows 7"

I don't know why the headline didn't read as follows.

   "California Agency Skips Vista, Goes Directly To Linux" Agency Skips Vista, Goes Directly To Windows 7

[11 February 2009, top]

2008 Was a Good Year For FLOSSers
2008 was a good year for FLOSSers (i.e the users of Free/Libre and Open Source Software). The FLOSS movement still has a long way to go and the next few years should be fun. 10 Open Source Stories Of 2008

[31 January 2009, top]

Is FLOSS Recession Proof?
I'm starting to think that nothing is recession proof, but FLOSS makes a lot of sense when monies are tight. in 2009: Recession vs. GNU

And... Companies Turn to Open-Source Software

[31 January 2009, top]

Obama Adds a Googler To His Team
I posted the following to my blog on 29 January 2009 and it generated zero comments.

Title: Obama adds a Googler to his team

The Vatican has established a YouTube channel and one the first videos posted to PopeTube is of the Pope talking about the power of the Internet. YouTube is owned and operated by Google.

Barack Obama, both pre- and post-election, seeks Google's CEO Eric Schmidt for advice (both technical and economic). I've recommended that Obama recruit Vint Cerf (Google's Internet evangelist) to be Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Yesterday, on 28 January 02009, Obama named Katie Jacobs Stanton to be his "director of citizen participation." Stanton has been a Googler (i.e. an employee of Google) since 02003; therefore, she probably excels at what she does. According to Stanton's LinkedIn profile, she is into online finance, social networks, elections, and open government.

Kudos to Obama for adding a Googler to his team.

[31 January 2009, top]

Will Obama Turn Government Onto Open Source?
The following quote from Scott McNealy reminded of the quote... "it's intuitively obvious to even the most casual of observers."
   "It's intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective 
    and productive than proprietary software," said Scott McNealy.

Open Source is a movement and the movement is alive and well.

   "It's an accident of history that proprietary standards became 
    so entrenched so early and it's been a colossal expense for 
    government," said Michael Tiemann, president of the Open
    Source Initiative (OSI)

The BBC quoted Obama's website as saying it is a portal for "interactive government" and "open source democracy." for open source government

[31 January 2009, top]

About the FLOSS E-Rambler
The FLOSS E-Rambler (FLOSSER) is excited about the increasingly popularity of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The FLOSSER was started on 18 September 2004 and it enters 2009 with 178 postings.

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