Month: March 2010

Freedom (from lawsuits, to a point)

Today (yesterday? timezones are confusing) the jury in the long-long-long-running case of SCO vs. Novell returned a verdict. on the question whether the copyrights (to UNIX) were transferred to SCO. The jury answered “no”, which bring to a sort-of-close the whole lawsuit. You can find more coverage at Groklaw (kind of gloaty, though), Ars Technica […]

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EBN Down

The English Breakfast Network — which hosts the KDE code checking site, vizzzion.org, an anonsvn mirror for KDE, my irssi-in-screen instance and a bunch of other stuff — is down following a power outage at the university. While the older CodeYard machine came back up with no problems (yay FreeBSD 6.1!? too bad about the […]

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Freedom! (Document-wise)

Today, March 31st, is Document Freedom Day. It’s a day in which we (for some fuzzy meaning of “we”, but including at least Free Software developers) stress the importance of Open document formats. Those are formats which are documented as an Open Standard, which is to say that their syntax and semantics are both described […]

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In sickness and in health

It’s a tale any parent would recognize: now that my sniffles are nearly dried up and I no longer sound like Tom Waits and can speak several sentences without a coughing fit, my daughter Mira has come down with something and is in bed with a fever. Not only that, but the left mouse button […]

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Blam!

Continuing drought of tech, KDE or legal related posts from me. At the advent of spring, though, our little dead-end-street organized a Guys/Dads Day Out. The six of us (it’s a dead end street with six houses in a row) went shooting, then BBQ, beer. We cancelled the “chop down a tree” bit because the […]

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Printemps non O Lent

Back from Vienna: check. Presentation for FSFE successful: check. Gift for MOMC given: check. Color of Danube HTML-ified: 6093D1. Health: still not there. While it’s getting to be severely spring here, I’m still wrestling with the tail end of the epic cold / pneumonia / general malaise that I picked up mid-january. So I’ve seen […]

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Oh. Vienna!

Huzzah, time to use another Ultravox song title in a blog post. What’s that you say? Mid-80s music references indicate a midlife crisis? Right. But for the first time in my life I’m in Austria for non-skiing activities, and I’ll be doing a little workshop today on Free Software licensing, copyright assignment, business alignment and […]

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What midlife crisis?

I’m in a train, listening to old Metallica on an iPod while reading government documents about software procurement. Was this ever a career choice my ninth grade teachers gave me? It’s a time of change for me in Lent, as the MOMC is going back to work as a manager and organizer for an NGO […]

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Let a Thousand Licenses Bloom

A software license lets you do something that you otherwise would not be allowed to do, given the limited permissions granted by Copyright law. That is, it changes the “all rights reserved” into “some permissions granted and all other rights reserved.” Which permissions those are depends on the license; which exceptions to “all rights” exist […]

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KDE 4.4.1 and OpenSolaris

Oracle has confirmed that they’re doing something with OpenSolaris, it’s not being sunk to create a diving reef or anything, so the folks who have been putting effort into KDE4 on OpenSolaris can carry on a bit. There’s KDE 4.4.1 packages available (that link, which includes a specific port number, may be valid only through […]

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