GDT::FLOSS::Electronic Rambler::Archive::Year 2012

GNU Hits 29 Years Young
The plan for the GNU operating system was publicly announced on 27 September 1983. UNIX implementation [by Richard Stallman]

[27 September 2012, top]

Criminal Hackers Are Crackers
I gave my hacker/cracker sermon on 26 September 2012 to my Introduction to Computer Science class. I ended the sermon by quoting Eric S. Raymond.
   "There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, 
    but aren't. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a 
    kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. 
    Real hackers call these people 'crackers' and want nothing to do 
    with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, 
    and not very bright, and object that being able to break security 
    doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars 
    makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists 
    and writers have been fooled into using the word 'hacker' to 
    describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end."

Quoting Raymond prompted me to end my sermon with something like the following.

   "Irrates real hackers no end"... Heck, it irritates me to no
   end and I'm not even a real hacker. At best, I'm a pseudo-hacker.
   In a nutshell: Hacker good, cracker bad.

I agree with Raymond (esr): "The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

[27 September 2012, top]

Teach Them To Use Proprietary and They Become Proprietarians
John Sullivan is right.
   "Companies such as Apple and Microsoft offer 'free' or 'discounted' 
    prices on their proprietary software licenses, so that students 
    become 'hooked' on their platforms and have to pay for them at 
    home or at work whenever they graduate from school."
    -- John Sullivan in a Guest Post at Post: Why schools should refuse iPads

[28 August 2012, top]

Disney Inc. Makes a Comment About Open Source Open Source Software = Rookies Mistake

[25 August 2012, top]

Torvalds Awarded 2012 Millennium Technology Prize
The creator of the Linux kernel has been awarded the 02012 Millennium Technology Prize. [He shared the prize with pluripotent stem cell developer Shinya Yamanaka.] The Technology Academy said, "Linus Torvalds' work has kept the web open for the pursuit of knowledge and for the benefit of humanity -- not simply for financial interests." Torvalds released Linux in 01991. Academy Finland - Laureates 2012

[15 June 2012, top]

The Phrase 'Open Source' Can Be Confusing
"Open Source Training" changes to "OSTraining" because "people were confused about the phrase 'Open Source'". Hmm... OSTraining? What does it mean for OST to be raining? Disappearance of Open Source?

[18 May 2012, top]

Coming Out Party For Open Source?
The headline was successful at catching my attention... Source Software's Coming-Out Party

Hmm... I thought the OS in FLOSS had its coming out party around February of 1998.

From the posting... "While open source software is free to use, it doesn't come without cost." Wait a nanosecond. It should be clarified that not all Open Source Software is "free to use." Source Initiative

   "Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the 
    power of distributed peer review and transparency of process.  The 
    promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more 
    flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in."

[02 May 2012, top]

Interview with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
My Google+ posting on 27 April 02012...
I've been a Red Hat fan for a long time. I've been a Red Hat shareholder 
since November 1st of 02002. I've used Red Hat a couple of times, but 
I'm currently not using it. Go Red Hat! Open Source CEO: Jim Whitehurst

[27 April 2012, top]

Open Source Hardware
#OpenSourceHardware #OpenSourceEcology "A burned DVD is effectively a civilization starter kit." -- Marcin Jakubowski

[16 April 2012, top]

GCC Turns 25
GCC version 1.0 (which started out as the GNU C Compiler, but is now the GNU Compiler Collection) was released 25 years ago today on 23 March 1987. GCC is "100% Free Software." So much of the software that we use a daily basis was compiled using GCC. <ps> GNU is Not Unix <ps>, the GNU Compiler Collection

[22 March 2012, top]

GNU is Not Unix and It's Free Software
This was my Facebook status update on 9 March 2012.
   This morning's system [home computer] update was the "embedded" GNU C 
   Library. So much of the software that is our computing world are 
   executables compiled with GNU (Free Software ["Free" is as in 
   Freedom and not free beer]). In addition, GNU is Not Unix.

[09 March 2012, top]

The Open Source Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
I'm not sure what "The Open Source Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse" is, but I found the video clip cute.

[27 February 2012, top]

Raleigh, North Carolina, is a FLOSSer City
Red Hat Inc. is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina; therefore, the city of Raleigh better be a FLOSS advocate.
   "Today, the Raleigh City Council passed an Open Source Government 
    Resolution, unanimously, promoting the use of open source software 
    and open data. The resolution includes language that puts open source 
    software on the same playing field as proprietary software in the 
    procurement process. It also establishes an open data catalog to 
    house data available from the city." to get your city to pass an open government policy

[08 February 2012, top]

New Hampshire Passes FLOSS Related Legislation
The FLOSS movement continues to grow.
   "This bill requires state agencies to consider open source 
    software when acquiring software and promotes the use of 
    open data formats by state agencies. This bill also directs 
    the commissioner of information technology to develop a statewide 
    information policy based on principles of open government data."

[05 February 2012, top]

Bill Gates a FLOSSer?
@nanofoo received the following tweet from @LinuxView on 2012.01.30.
   Meet Bill Gates, the Man Who Changed Open Source Software 
   Wired News

[30 January 2012, top]

NASA Launches
On 4 January 2012, NASA launched in order to "continue, unify, and expand NASA's open source activities."
   "We believe that tomorrow's space and science systems will be 
    built in the open, and that will play a big part 
    in getting us there. Will your code someday escape our solar 
    system or land on an alien planet? We're working to make it 
    happen, and with your help, it will." --

[23 January 2012, top]

Raven II: Open Sourced Robotic Surgery Platform
The posting starts with...
   "Robotics experts at the University of California, Santa Cruz 
    and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of 
    seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical 
    research laboratories throughout the United States." 
    [source:]'Open-source' robotic surgery platform going to top medical research labs

[13 January 2012, top]

Do the Russians Still Like Open Source?
My Facebook status update on 13 January 2012.

My Facebook status update one year ago today (via New quote added to my quote collection... "At the end of 2010, the 'open-source' software movement, whose activists tend to be fringe academics and ponytailed computer geeks, found an unusual ally: the Russian government." -- Evgeny Morozov

[13 January 2012, top]

About the FLOSS Electronic 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 started 2012 with 231 postings.

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