GNU GPL actually *depends* on copyright, an intellectual monopoly, in order to spread intellectual freedom. Moreover, it seems to doom free software into a kind of symbiosis with copyright, forcing it to remain a supporter of that monopoly, since without it, the approach used to make the GPL so powerful would not work.Read more »
Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Free Software developer and community builder from Iceland, has received the Nordic Free Software Award. Einarsson has been a leading figure in Iceland's Free Software movement for more than a decade.Read more »
There is a significant spam problem on Identi.ca, and it looks like some fresh ideas are needed to crush it. Here are mine, and a few ideas that I like from other people. Identi.ca is the open microblogging site based on the StatusNet software. It’s a fantastic service, with features that leave Twitter in the dust. But spammers are not being caught and banned quickly.Read more »
One month, one campaign, one goal: getting rid of non-free software advertisements on public websites. In four weeks, FSFE received reports concerning 2162 European institutions who advertise non-free PDF readers.Read more »
Generally it isn’t a good idea to offend someone you’re trying to convince. This is sounding almost too obvious, but offending someone we are trying to get to free software is a tactic we often use unconsciously. Instead of getting your point across it will likely lead the other to strengthen or adopt a contrary believe.Read more »
YouTube will make anything uploaded in WebM available for viewing in WebM, for users who have opted in to the HTML5 version of the site, so if you follow this recipe, any videos of yours that get shared there will be viewable by users using all free software!Read more »
The Free Technology Academy and the Free Software Foundation announced today their partnership in the FTA's Associate Partner Network. The Network aims to expand the availability of professional educational courses and materials covering the concepts and applications of free software and free standards.Read more »
Rosegarden allows recording, arranging, and composing music. Multiple tracks can have effects added and then be mixed down for burning to CD or for distribution on the web. The built-in notation editor supports printed output via GNU LilyPondRead more »
KDevelop 4.1 IDE brings Git integration, patch exporting, external scripts support, project fetching, integrated hex editor, PHP 5.3 support and more.Read more »
I am a historian.
I've long studied ancient history. And modern history. Particularly since I've had access to the Free Internet.
The Free Internet opened my eyes to many aspects of history, like nothing before it.
When we get to explain our views in the plenary, we are after all speaking to 200-300 diplomats and specialist policy makers from around the world. You don’t get many opportunities to explain to such a crowd why software patents are a bad idea, or why patents in software standards must be licensed royalty-free and without restrictions on their use.Read more »
Petter Reinholdtsen: The Gnash project is the most promising solution for a Free Software Flash implementation. It has done great so far, but there is still far to go, and recently its funding has dried up. I believe AVM2 support in Gnash is vital to the continued progress of the project, as more and more sites show up with AVM2 flash files.Read more »
KDE software compilation 4.5 offers some impressive tools for all types of Linux users. This list will point you toward the best ones to check out.Read more »
While they are not busy doing (crazy) research, most scientists do a lot of technical writing: papers, presentations, posters, reports. Such writing is usually accompanied by large number of references; managing them by hand can be tedious and long. That is why scientists use bibliography managers.Read more »