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Simon Phipps
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.

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+Randal L. Schwartz and I had a great conversation yesterday with +Brian Behlendorf on +FLOSS Weekly about the Hyperledger project, where he is now Executive Director. Blockchain, but without the distraction of a cryptocurrency and the consequent goldrush.

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The Apache Software Foundation has moved the “Facebook BSD+Patent grant” license combination (FB+PL) to its “Category X” licensing list, effectively banning inclusion of any software under FB+PL from Apache projects. That included RocksDB, which has consequently just dropped FB+PL and added the Apache License v2 on Github.

I'm tracking all the facts that I hear about on this page:
https://meshedinsights.com/2017/07/16/apache-bans-facebooks-license-combo/

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Today is the #DayAgainstDRM again. Over a decade ago (while still at Sun) I wrote an article about DRM explaining why it was a short-sighted, greedy technology that was going to render our culture inaccessible to future generations. Depressingly, almost all that I wrote then is still relevant, so I have reworked it and posted it to mark the protest day today.


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The root cause of why I left ForgeRock was because I disagreed with the other directors about making open source a priority. So I am sad but not surprised to see the company heading ever more in the direction of Oracle's approach. Sad.

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Open Source is a strategy for making Free Software ubiquitous, not an alternative.

It’s been almost 20 years, but people are still arguing over “open source” and “free software”. Here’s why it’s the wrong argument. The term “Open Source” in the context of software was coined in 1998 by a group of experienced software freedom advocates…

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How can a project spend donated money in a way that does not discourage community growth? Here's how +The Document Foundation approaches it with +LibreOffice
There are two sides to the "growing the community" coin, as TDF illustrate.

How can you grow an open source community? Two blog posts from The Document Foundation (TDF) illustrate a proven double-ended strategy to sustain an existing community. Since it was established in 2010, the LibreOffice project has steadily grown under the…

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Want to leech off your friends? There's an app for that.

#BrandingFail

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Want to get with the LibreOffice Community? While you're waiting for the conference in Rome, try the online meeting spaces.

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There's a keylogger in HP's laptop audio driver. It's been there since December 2015. It dumps keystokes to a log file.

" If you regularly make incremental backups of your hard-drive - whether in the cloud or on an external hard-drive – a history of all keystrokes of the last few years could probably be found in your backups."

"All users of HP computers should check whether the program C:\Windows\System32\MicTray64.exe or C:\Windows\System32\MicTray.exe is installed. We recommend that you delete or rename the executable files so that no keystrokes are recorded anymore. However, the special function keys on the keyboards might no longer work as expected. If a C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log file exists on the hard-drive, it should also be deleted immediately, as it can contain a lot of sensitive information such as login-information and passwords."

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Is the GNU GPL “dying” or is that just the prejudice of those whose open source exploitation would be hampered by its use?
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