FOSS Week in Review
Well, much of the focus for the week was on the Federal Communications Commission vote on increased net neutrality protections, and according to rational news sources reporting on the issue (e.g., just about everyone but Fox News and their wannabes), this is a good thing.
Enough has been written about it, but I did want to point out a post by Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker, where she says, “We just accomplished something very important together. Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted for strong net neutrality protections. This happened because millions of people — including many hundreds of thousands
in Mozilla’s community — joined together as citizens of the Web to demand those strong protections.”
Oh, and an additional thing or two worth mentioning happened in FOSS news this week too, like:
Switching gears: Much has been said about the ever-closing gap regarding the quality of Free/Open Source Software and proprietary software, and nothing brings it to the fore more prominently than when a tech journalist converts. Columnist Dan Gillmor recently shared why he moved to open source and mostly away from products made by Google, Microsoft and Apple.
“The tools I use now are, to the extent possible, based on community values, not corporate ones,” Gillmor writes in a lengthy, yet interesting, commentary which is well worth a read. It echoes what most of us have been saying for quite some time, in a far more eloquent manner than most of us have been saying it.
An old friend returns: Was that former Linux Outlaw Dan Lynch on FLOSS Weekly 326 earlier this week? It most certainly was. Dan joins regular host Randall Schwartz in talking about the Open Source Initiative with Simon Phipps and Patrick Masson in this particular episode, which is well worth a watch. It’s always great to see Randall on his show, and it’s great that he has such fantastic “guest help” from time to time.
OK, so NOW I’ll shut up about SCALE: One more thing about the phenomenally wonderful FOSS show called SCALE 13x, and then I’ll shut up. I know it’s a joke as old as time itself — “Funny when Gilgamesh told it to Urlugal. Still funny today,” as Jeffrey Osier-Mixon noted (and for those who missed the reference, hit the history books) — but probably the funniest tweet between two folks regarding SCALE 13x comes from Don Marti and Joe Smith:
See you next week, when I promise I won’t say anything about SCALE 13x. SCALE 14x, on the other hand…