2018/08/29: something called the Lerna project has added a codicil to its MIT license denying the use of its software to a long list of organizations because it disagrees with a political choice those organizations have made.
Speaking as one of the original co-authors of the Open Source Definition, I state a fact. As amended, the Lerna license is no longer conformant with the OSD. It has specifically broken compliance with clause 5 (“No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups”).
Accordingly, Lerna has defected from the open-source community and should be shunned by anyone who values the health of that community. I will not contribute to their project, and will urge others not to, until and unless this change is rescinded.
We wrote Clause 5 into the OSD for a good reason. Exclusions and carve-outs like Lerna’s, if they became common, would create tremendous uncertainty about the ethics and even the legality of code re-use. Suppose I were to take a snippet from Lerna code and re-use it in a project that (possibly without my knowledge) was deployed by one of the proscribed organizations; what would my ethical and legal exposure be?
2018/09/15: Then Peer Production sat down and wept, because there were not other worlds for her to conquer
2018/09/14: This article will explain how to produce documentation in multiple formats from a single markup language (in this case Markdown) using Pandoc. It will also explain the value of using meta-information files to create a separation between the content and the meta-information (e.g., author name, template used, bibliographic style, etc.) of your documentation.
2018-08-29: Linux now represents 100 percent of the supercomputer market, 90 percent of the cloud, 82 percent of the smartphone market and 62 percent of the embedded systems market
2015/10/09: The point, which others before me already made very well, is one and one alone: DRM and DMCA as they are today are dangerous
2018/01/25: Do we need to reinvent software every 5 years, or should we instead improve software we already have (and work on new and innovative things separately)?
Because most plant varieties have been optimized for Big Ag and long-distance distribution, plant biologists can explore many new avenues to find cultivars that will perform even better when grown inside. Marcelis’s experiments, for instance, suggest that fine-tuning the lights in a food computer could double the shelf life of lettuce and double the vitamin C in tomatoes. A generation from now, mothers may pass along to their kids their favorite recipe for tomatoes along with the family recipe for tomato sauce.
Italian proponents of the use of free and open source software by public administrations are protesting a decision by the town of Pesaro to switch from using OpenOffice to a proprietary cloud-based office solution. They say the city has garbled the cost calculations and omitted a required software assessment study.
I left my job in venture capital last May. When I said goodbye, I explained that I initially joined Collaborative Fund to help launch a nontraditional, non-venture fund, but ended up in a traditional
2009/08/10: As open source gets more commercial, GPL's idealism is overridden by developers' business needs
2001/12/02: Two years ago, my wife Carol and I decided that our children's education would not be complete without some grounding in modern computers. To this end, we bought our children a brand new Compaq to learn with. The kids had a lot of fun using the handful of application programs we'd bought, such as Adobe's Photoshop and Microsoft's Word, and my wife and I were pleased that our gift was received so well. Our son Peter was most entranced by the device, and became quite a pro at surfing the net. When Peter began to spend whole days on the machine, I became concerned, but Carol advised me to calm down, and that it was only a passing phase. I was content to bow to her experience as a mother, until our youngest daughter, Cindy, charged into the living room one night to blurt out: "Peter is a computer hacker!
There are, unfortunately, many hacking manuals available in bookshops today. A few titles to be on the lookout for are: "Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson; "Neuromancer" by William Gibson; "Programming with Perl" by Timothy O'Reilly; "Geeks" by Jon Katz; "The Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling; "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland; "Hackers" by Steven Levy; and "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric S. Raymond.
If you find any of these hacking manuals in your child's possession, confiscate them immediately. You should also petition local booksellers to remove these titles from their shelves. You may meet with some resistance at first, but even booksellers have to bow to community pressure.
Ouch. Here goes another “Linux desktops” article that misses a crucial point: “To capture more of the desktop market, Linux needs to target the average user. That article does get lots of things right, many more of most similar articles, starting with this sentence:“Don't even mention the terminal window, commands, or open source. Why? The average user doesn't care and is only turned off by those ideas.”which I suggest to compare with the “Where's the trick?
Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange, they ask for nothing in return except for recognition and help
2017/05/11: Come non molti sanno, il software che viene sviluppato dalla pubblica amministrazione internamente o con contratti di sviluppo, è disponibile in riuso ad altre pubbliche amministrazioni. Agid, l'agenzia per l'italia digitale, manutiene il Catalogo Nazionale Programmi Riusabili dove è possibile consultare le appena 2 paginette di software disponibili in riuso. Chiunque lavora nel mondo IT dal "software in
Local Motors is a ground mobility company focused on shaping the future for the better. Founded in 2007 with a belief in open collaboration and co-creation, Local Motors began low volume vehicle manufacturing of open-source designs using multiple micro-factories.
If you're involved with the "cooperative community" on social media, you've probably heard a lot about platform cooperatives in recent years. The vision is simple: what if Uber or AirBnb were owned
2016/08/31: Often times as developers we see funding open source as a charity. We will give our personal money to projects we believe in. If we're lucky, our company might have a matching program for our donations. This has proven not to be a sustainable way to support open source.
La notizia del giorno, rimbalzata tutto il dì sui social network: Apple apre una "scuola di apps iOS" in Italia, la prima in Europa. Gioia e tripudio a secchiate, petti gonfi di italico orgoglio, ed un via vai di condivisioni entusiastiche hanno accompagnato in ogni dove l'annuncio. Il quale è sempre stato riportato con un