LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Australia

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Australia starts today.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Australia, is the worlds leading trade show and conference for management and IT professionals, to learn about Linux and open source applications, solutions, ROI and Total Cost of Ownership.

Here’s some other interesting info from digging through a few sites.

NSW State Revenue Office claims 83% reduction in costs under Linux
“The tax collection agency has declared it would rather switch desktop operating systems than lock itself into Microsoft’s licensing regime…”
“As soon as support ends for XP, we will look at moving to Linux [desktops],” Babhoota said…

Linux 40 per cent cheaper than Windows, exclaims IBM
“Linux’s total cost of operation (TCO) is typically 40 percent lower than Windows, according to an IBM-sponsored report from the Robert Frances Group (RFG), publicized by IBM last week…”

Squeak and the Croquet Project

Most people have heard about the $100 laptop project that’s developed by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization.

If you haven’t then follow the links above, its an amazing project. I hope our government gets involved but I have my doubts.

I noticed the software includes Squeak so I decided to take a closer look at Squeak and the Croquet project. I’m not going to explain those things, you will just have to follow the links. You really should, the Croquet project is impressive.

I put together a page called $100 Laptop, One Laptop per Child Research. It contains a screenshot walk though of Squeak and Croquet, some links, my observations and a Squeaklet demo. I enjoyed playing with Squeak and Croquet, I will create a space soon and share the info with the edu people and hopefully get some feedback.

Terminology of LSLK

I’ve been casually developing some resources for a course on LSLK, the first week is all about learning terminology. Here’s the first article called “Terminology — Week 1“.

Some big names use libre software like HP, IBM, Google, Yahoo, Amazon and the pure open-source vendors Red Hat, JBoss and MySQL so you might not be aware that you’ve probably used it at some point. David A. Wheeler’s Paper provides quantitative data showing why business people should look at FOSS. More on that later.

Happy Birthday RMS

Richard Matthew Stallman

Richard Stallman
Ruchard Stallman By Ruben Rodriguez – CC BY 4.0

Quotes on rms essays.

Richard Stallman is the prophet of the free software movement. He understood the dangers of software patents years ago. Now that this has become a crucial issue in the world, buy this book and read what he said.

– Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World-Wide Web.

For the first time this book collects the writing and lectures of Richard Stallman in a manner that will make their subtlety and power clear. The essays span a wide range, from copyright to the history of the free software movement. They include many arguments not well known, and…will serve as a resource for those who seek to understand the thought of this most powerful man…

– Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University Law School professor and expert on Cyberlaw.

Richard Stallman is the philosopher king of software. He single-handedly ignited what has become world-wide movement to create software that is Free, with a capital F. He has toiled for years at a project that many once considered a fool’s errand, and now that is widely seen as “inevitable.” We stand today not at the brink of the Free Software revolution, but in the middle. From today’s perspective it is hard to remember a time when free software was not widely available and the concept of Free Software was not widely understood. Yet this was not always the case. Fifteen years ago, Stallman was widely seen as a person tilting at windmills; people jeered at him and told him to “move to Russia.” Today Stallman’s views on the usefulness and role of Free Software are understood and, to a great extent, accepted. On the other hand, Stallman’s views on Copyright (and Copyleft), Digital Restrictions Management, and the poisonous role of patents are only beginning to meet with acceptance.

– Simson L. Garfinkel, computer science author and columnist

Publicly funded research available to the public

From QUT news: Cyber copyright opens new world of knowledge

Visit the The OAK Law Project to find more information. I was really impressed by one of the papers I read called “Legal Issues for the Use of Free and Open Source Software in Government“.

Most people don’t get the meaning of “Free” in Free Software but this paper really nailed it. I switched to using the word Libre to avoid some of the problems I’ve been experiencing with proprietary software thats available at no cost being lumped in with FOSS and generally people will ask “what is Libre Software?” when most people will assume Free Software is just software you can get at no cost and its a neverending uphill battle trying to correct them, I also created this paper on Terminology so I can concentrate on other projects . I think it was one of the better decisions I’ve made.

It looks like they have a strong team of lawyers. Lets hope they continue to use GNU Eprints with an option for users to select a Creative Commons license to use. I hope it has nothing to do with AEsharenet.

Webpublish

I’ve been using a GNU software package called Webpublish. Here’s some info from the Webpublish page.

WebPublish can be used to manage all of the details that are associated with publishing a local copy of a website to one or more remote servers using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Using WebPublish to manage the transfer of a website to one or more servers allows the website developer to concentrate on a website’s content…..

Finally, a special feature of WebPublish allows you to have a shell program called each time that a file with a specific extension is about to be transferred to a remote server. This makes it easy to write a script or a program that can make alterations to a file just before it is transferred.

Very handy for managing the documentation I’ve written lately.

Instant Messaging using Libre Software for windows Users

Everyone knows how much I love windows Users so I wrote another guide called “Instant Messaging using Libre Software for windows Users“.

Crowds - 2005 Melbourne Show image by Fir0002 GFDL

The thing I didn’t mention in the guide is the issue of how other instant messenger clients leave you vulnerable to malicious code writers. They will infect your computer with spyware, malware, trojans, virus’s and worms and spread them to your friends. info, info, info

It may not meet everyone’s needs but its worth taking a look.

Communities that Value Freedom

A few weeks ago I told some edu folks about the Web browsing and Web Feeds for windows Users guide and one of them pointed out that I wasn’t making it clear to people that they are free to distribute the cover image. When you read the Copyright page, I think it makes it clear.

The thing was the cover image was using a Creative commons license and I wasn’t displaying the mark or any info about it. So he was right to point this out. Apart from one cover image all of the content in the guides are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License which means they are free as in freedom.

The thing I dont like about CC licenses is that they don’t require your work to be distributed in a form which is transparent. I like to support the Free Software Foundation and their values so I decided to contact Joe Crawford to ask him about his thoughts on this and whether he would dual license the image.

I found the image on the Wikimedia Commons while I was searching for an image of a library, originally I wanted the name of the guide to have something to do with knowledge management. I only knew Joe as artlung but he provided a link to to his flickr album so I was able to contact him.

He gave me permission to use the photo in my work under the GNU Free Documentation License. It turned out that he is a big believer in the GPL and related licenses (and CC as well, for different reasons) and he’s delighted to have me use the photo. That was wonderful news to me, after looking at more of Joes work and chatting I added this message to the guide.

“Thanks to Joe Crawford for the image. He is a web designer and developer who co-founded http://crawberts.com/ and he lives in Simi Valley, California. You can find out more about him at http://artlung.com/

Joe is cool and a really good guy. Joes a Frank Zappa fan, I’ve been listening to some of his music lately, its pretty wild, I wouldn’t mind checking out the Absolutely Free Album. Wikipedia entry for Simi Valley

Well perhaps I just spend the new found spare time browsing even more web feeds and meeting more people with similar interests. I hope you get time to checkout the guide and find it useful and thanks again Joe.