Stormy, our very own Executive Director, talking about the two new additions to our advisory board and the future of GNOME. Rock on![read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
November 4, 2008
August 14, 2008
You know on my blog I see a lot of spam which gets caught by my filters but the funniest I ever see are the inept ones. Here is one:
Your site regarding %TITLE% looks very interesting to me. I found it doing a search for %KEYWORD%….
If you can’t even get the template right … try harder not smarter, because I know you are as dumb as a rock.
In other news look for some Fedora announcements from me pretty soon. I’ve been pretty under the radar recently in terms of what I have been working on. It has all been public, just not publicised. Revolutionary, probably not. Those who know me know I like calculated improvements. A step forward…let’s just say I am proud of what I am doing and have to praise Red Hat for having faith in me and my plans to let me work on things I felt were important. There is a reason they are not just a pay check to me, and part of that is their belief in the power of free and open source softaware and the confidence in developers who work on the betterment of not just the company but the community and the ecosystem as a whole.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
July 24, 2008
It seems that Moblin will be switching from Ubuntu to Fedora Linux as their base operating system. I’m interested in finding out the underlying reasoning for such a move. The stated reason is because they wanted to use RPM instead of DEB. I can’t quite buy that but perhaps that is because having come from both camps I think that packaging is an implementation detail that too many people put way too much stock in. This has the effect of causing unnecessary emotional splits within the community resulting in animosity which often overshadows real threats.
The second reason given, which has to do with building a community is pretty broad but more believable. Fedora has made huge strides while also sticking to its guns in the freedom department and being valuable upstream contributors. It may be that we sacrificed short term gains which can be gotten via a bit more differentiation, or out of the box “just works” on closed hardware but as companies are being convinced to open up their specs and open drivers are being written, a large portion of which is being done by Fedora developers working upstream, little of the short term gains matter much.
I suspect the real reason is somewhere in the community vein, staring with the Kernel and X team developers who work tirelessly making sure their work is fit for upstream consumption and can be supported in the long term. Following their lead the rest falls naturally out of that single notion of moving Linux forward as a whole. Kudo’s to all my Fedora friends – keep moving forward.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
January 12, 2008
Fedora is community and no where is it more evident than at FUDCon, a gathering of Fedora developers from around the world. Catch the Linux.com video feature taken on day one of FUDCon;. I have a small section at the end talking about the community with Karsten Wade.ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
December 24, 2007
Here is a nice article to read over the holidays. It really showcases what the OLPC project is all about.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
December 11, 2007
It seems Apple is not the entity fighting for a DRM-less world we thought they were and Nokia isn’t such a great patron for open source software either. For those who haven’t heard the news, lobbying by both companies have caused the W3C to strike a provision in a HTML5 draft which would make OGG Vorbis and Theora a standard media format on the web. What baffles me about this is having Vorbis and Theora media formats does not stop Apple or Nokia from distributing content using whatever proprietary format they wish. This just hobbles the web which had exploded thanks to open standards, open formats and open source. In recent years though the web has become more and more proprietary. Allowing companies to remove open formats from an open standard without nominating another equally open format to take its place allows special interests to control the development of the web. This effectively locks out a large portion of the small independent content providers from distributing next generation content such as video while moving us toward a world where a few entities control the distribution of all content.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. It is time for us to make the OGG family of codecs ubiquitous with or without the mandate of a standard. A large step in that direction is Firefox developing native OGG support. Easily installed IE plugins would go a long way also. It is also up to the community to post their content in an open format. The next time linux.com post a link to mp3 content that they produced and not have a Vorbis link associated with it I hope people take them to task. The same goes for people posting content on the various planets. Open formats are essential to a free and open web.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
October 13, 2007
I know you don’t want to comment on specifics of recent US law news but what might be useful to the community is a discussion on what patent law really says. There is a disconnect (often emotional) between the true nature of such laws and the laypersons understanding. I for one would like to know why patent law isn’t more like trademark law where one has to actively defend a trademark or risk losing it. Obviousness of a method is hard to prove over the lifespan of a patent. As time goes on and more people start accepting a certain method as being commonplace (and hence obvious to those concerned) does that factor at all into the law? What is the metric for obviousness?
The reason I have to ask here is there really are few resources a person has access to to research these issues without going to law school – something I personally have considered and then rejected at this point in life. This is not a desire to create some sort of grass roots campaign against cases in the court system. I’ll leave the lawyering to the lawyers. This is more of a hacker’s desire to understand the rules that govern the world around him. So far, where the law is concerned, it seems an unobtainable goal for your average Joe citizen.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
June 12, 2007
ONE is a campaign to make poverty history. I found out about it through a news story on the CNN. It is a nice complement to the work I do at OLPC as it focuses on some of the more basic needs outlined by the UN Millennium Goals. What I liked about this particular effort is it is bipartisan, having picked up members from all over the political spectrum. Their One Vote ‘08 initiative is geared towards putting political pressure on all the US candidates towards focusing policy into trying to solve the issues of world poverty. This is a much better strategy than backing one horse in the race and brings change through unity and not division. I’ve signed the declaration, joined the facebook group, and offered to help and am now seeing if there are any like minds who would like to do the same.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]