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Free Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been under arrest in Syria since March, 2012. Photo: Joi Ito, CC-BY-2.0

As of today, Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been detained by the Syrian government for 943 days.

For those of you who may not be aware of his plight, Bassel, a 31-year-old Palestinian-Syrian, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development. He has [...]

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Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas

Phil Shapiro Open Source Library

When I read that the Takoma Park Maryland Library has 28 workstations running Linux, I literally couldn’t believe it. Really? A library offering the public Linux? Whenever I go to a library, all I ever see are Windows machines or maybe a Mac or two. When I mention Linux as an alternative, and I sometimes do, I’m usually met with blank stares and the staff begins to think I’m nuts.

To check into this, I [...]

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The Web May Look Slow Today…

Internet slowdown

Appearances can be deceiving, and in this particular case, they can make a very poignant statement.

To illustrate the point of the “fast lane/slow lane” approach proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, some of the biggest tech players today are leading a symbolic “Internet Slowdown” on their websites in what could be the largest virtual political protest since the 2012 blackouts in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

What you may see on [...]

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China Says ‘No’ to Windows 8

Reuters reported yesterday that the Chinese government has banned the use of Windows 8 on Chinese government computers. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the ban is being put in place by the Central Government Procurement Center primarily over security concerns now that Microsoft has ended support for XP, which is thought to be the most widely used operating system within China. This news has led Forbes to speculate that this may prompt Redmond [...]

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ATMs Might Go Linux, MS DOS Source Released & More…

Brendan Eich Mozilla CEO

FOSS Week in Review

Is Microsoft reading your Hotmail?

Last week we learned of the arrest of Alex Kibkalo, a Microsoft employee who’s charged with leaking an unreleased version of Windows 8 to a French blogger. According to Wired, during the course of an internal investigation in Redmond, an unidentified source approached Steven Sinofsky, who was then president of Microsoft’s Windows Division.

“The source gave Sinofsky a Hotmail address that belonged to the French blogger [...]

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