Friday FOSS Week in Review
Another typical week in the FOSS world. Mainly, the proprietary guys have been busy bad-mouthing the competition, while the FOSS folks have been busy finding solutions.
ESR Defends RMS on Jobs
This week I ran across a blog by Eric Raymond that was posted on October 8, in which Raymond [...]
Richard Stallman at the University of Pittsburgh 2010 (courtesy Wikipedia)
When it comes to software freedom, Richard Stallman is a bomb throwing anarchist. That’s a good thing. The FOSS community needs a few bomb throwers in its arsenal.
His job is to keep the bad guys, those who constantly attempt to usurp our principles for [...]
A couple of years ago I literally ran into “Woz,” Steve Wozniak, the inventor of the Apple II and co-founder of Apple Computer, while wandering in one of the geeky electronic parts shops in the bowels of Silicon Valley. When I realized whom I had almost accidentally knocked over, I squealed like a child, [...]
Today, Apple announced that Steve Jobs has died at age 56.
For our readership, there’s no need to explain Jobs’ life and career. Most visitors to this site will be well acquainted with his legacy.
Jobs on stage at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, January 11, 2005 (Wikipedia)
The FOSS community has always [...]
It’s Thursday, and around these parts that means it’s time for the Top 10 list, which means nobody nor nothing is safe.
This week it was deja vu all over again (to steal somebody else’s line) over in Cupertino town, where the Zapple… (oops, that’s a cheap wine they might not even make anymore) …the [...]
Friday FOSS Week in Review
I’m back from vacation and raring to go. Of course, when I decided to take time off, all heck broke out in the tech world – isn’t that the way it always goes. Now that I’m back, things will probably slow down and I’ll find myself begging for things to [...]
As a FOSS supporter, I’ve often found myself POd by actions taken by Steve Jobs, especially in recent months as he’s pulled out his patent portfolio and declared war on Android. However, I’ve never viewed his actions through the same lens I’ve used to see the anti-FOSS moves made by the likes of Bill Gates, [...]
Here we go with our first ever Top 10 List. Hopefully, if David Letterman doesn’t sue us, we’ll make this a regular Thursday feature.
I’m having a Big Mac attack. Now that Microsoft’s come out with the Zune we might as well hang it up. Thank you for your email suggestions on how we can [...]
Yesterday was a great day for open source at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
At the I/O developers’ conference, host Google finally announced they are open sourcing the VP8 video codec they acquired with their purchase of On2 Technologies back in February. Google is packaging VP8 as part of a format they’re calling WebM, [...]
There are many reason’s to dislike Adobe’s Flash. It’s buggy, it’s a resource hog, and it’s a security risk of Microsoft proportions. But the biggest reason to dislike Flash, the engine behind everything from YouTube videos to distracting online ads, is that it’s proprietary. It’s not free, and most likely never will be.
That’s why, [...]