A more apt title would be "", but hey, brevity is the soul of wit. It goes very well with my favourite occasional outburst for annoying Free Software and zealots: "Free as in CRAP!"
…best-known tech book publisher, founder ofand all-round champion of the Free Software and movements.
The debate began with this tweet:
Rebecca Solnit's essay on how Slicon Valley is draining lrb.co.uk/v35/n03/rebecc...of its dissident spirit is so good
— Evgeny Morozov (@ evgenymorozov) January 31, 2013
The essay in question is a diary entry by Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit, …
Open Source and Free Software
Speaking of GitHub, it's worth considering the open source and free software movements. Does Richard Stallman fall under the banner of activist engineer? Linus Torvalds? The Ubuntu and Apache teams? Have they not changed the world?
I'd argue that most open source software is about craft rather than seeking societal change. Rails and Django are terrific at improving the lives of the developers who work with them every day. But they're …
This talk was given by Stefano Zacchiroli, the Debian project leader.
They now have support for running kFreeBSD. This was added about 2 years ago. It's important for running ZFS. I remember wishing back in 2001 that Debian would make it possible to swap in new kernels, especially FreeBSD.
Ubuntu is 15-30 times more popular than Debian.
Dropbox Notification Servers
Dropbox can handle 1.7 million …
…picking up the for the of Free Software. He joins a short list of open source heroes including Alan Cox, Larry Wall, and Guido van Rossum.
Released: 'The ' by and Williams
Working in' view layer can be tricky with brittle, complex views all too easy to rustle up. This book digs into strategies and approaches for upping your Rails view game and breaking free from tangles of logic and …
…Chief Ruby Architect , has received the 2011 annual Advancement of Free Software Award. Presented by Richard Stallman and on behalf of the Free Software Foundation, the award is given each year to those who have greatly contributed to the freedom of software.
This is great news for Matz, who has dedicated over 20 years to the development of free software including the creation of the Ruby programming language. While writing Ruby he chose to focus on programmer happiness …
Thefor the of Free Software is given annually to an individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software.
This year, it was given to( Matz), the creator of the programming language. Matz has worked on , Ruby, and other free software for over 20 years...
I'm going to be giving a talk tomorrow at the Manchester Free Software Group meetup at the tomorrow night (Tues, 18th Oct at 7pm).
I'll be exploring the benefits and pitfalls of using free software to
part of our platform as a free software community edition .
…Brian and I will be working together to run Ruby Mendicant University's first Free Software Clinic. This will be a chance for some of our students to work with me as we contribute something interesting that should make RubySpec even more useful than it already is. More information will come about this topic soon.
Free Software Bounties and Reverse Bounties
Free software maintainers could approach RMU with bounties for features or fixes to their applications and libraries. We could also post ideas of our own and ask for community funding to build useful things. We'd work out a way to share revenue between the organization running RMU and the alumni who might help out with the work.
Partnerships with other Non-profit Organizations
We could work with other non-profit organizations …