Bradley M. Kuhn writes about the temptations of such proprietary web service social networks and about peer pressure. Even many people who are considered free software advocates use them. But that is digging ground from under our collective feet. Just say no.Read more »
RMS: « The father of free software philosophy spoke to RT on evil developers, spying social networks, the almost-legitimacy of Anonymous hacks and the condition under which he would take a proprietary program and a million dollars. Stallman is the man behind the concept that every computer program must be free for users to study and modify as they want.Read more »
Headlines this month:
- Revolution failed: Facebook not available in Egypt;
- Lawyered! - FSFE's legal workshop;
- Leaked documents highlight Germany's Foreign Office move back to non-free software;
- Valentine's Day campaign and PDFReaders news;
- Document Freedom Day: get involved!
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Diaspora, a widely anticipated social network site built on open-source code, has cracked open its doors for business today, at least for a handful of invited participants.Read more »
So you're fresh out of college with a degree in computer science. As you gleefully wait for that one phone call, you discover the computer isn't just what you were taught it'd be. It has metamorphosed into the pervasive social web. You have the tools, and the know how. All you need is a little tete-a-tete with the ways of the social web.Read more »
Could some upstart kids from NYU with an open source social networking platform give Facebook a run for its considerable money? You never know.Read more »
"An open and distributed model gives users and organizations a chance to choose their social networking platform without sacrificing their connections to friends, family, business partners and colleagues. Control of the data would be an obviously important decision factor for many people."Read more »
SCO Group wants a judge to overrule a jury that found it doesn’t own Unix. Or it wants a fresh trial. Either, really, as long as SCO gets the result it wants.Read more »
An announcement from Mark Zuckerberg reveals his true colours and long known connections with Microsoft; Oracle’s bizarre decision regarding the ODF plug-in for Office is debated furtherRead more »
Psi is a free, open source instant messaging application designed for the Jabber IM network (including Google Talk) compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
If you're tired with the Jabber functionality of Empathy or Pidgin, both lacking lots of important features for this protocol, you should give Psi a try.Read more »
Facebook's re-written PHP to transform the dynamic language for fast performance on web-scale server farms without adding additional hardware. The site's engineers have announced HipHop, which turns the popular and dynamic PHP code into highly optimized but static C++ and then compiles it using the GNU C++ compiler, g++.Read more »
On Tuesday, Facebook is expected to unveil changes to PHP, the language that helped make the social networking site a success - along with millions of other web sites. SD Times has outed the planned change here. Facebook wouldn't provide details when contacted by The Reg but said it would make more details available Tuesday morning, Pacific time.Read more »
Facebook just announced that it has become a Gold sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.Read more »
The world's most popular social community website, Facebook, recently decided to block all links to content on The Pirate Bay, the most popular BitTorrent tracker.Read more »