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Download Day!

Be part of breaking a Guinness World Record and help support free software by pledging to download FireFox 3 on the day it is released. FireFox Download day Mozilla has found many clever ways of getting press for what is arguably the most successful open source project ever.  This matches well with the innovations of the softwar

Adobe opening up?

Adobe recently announced the Open Screen Project.
Specifically, this work will include:
  • Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
  • Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
  • Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
  • Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
Is Adobe seeing the light that Microsof

Please mind the gap.

I was speaking to a colleague who just returned from a trip to the U.K. and she commented on how in the tube there was a constant recorded message to mind the gap (between the platform and the train) which is still oddly stuck in her head. Well, I am asking that you mind the gap as well perhaps not with any mind-numbing recording, but with apologies. It has been a big gap in my posting to this blog and it is not for lack of ideas, but for lack of time.

Organic software?

organic software Firefox has a great new ad campaign touting the claim that Firefox is 100% organic software. What a great ad campaign and what a great new term for OSS. From their site:
As software companies go, we’re a little unusual.

Congratulation Firefox!

Firefox is about to break has broken 500 million downloads as this New York Times article points out.

Take an Internet Tablet and call me in the morning.

The Nokia Internet Tablet is just what the doctor ordered. Great piece here that expands on what I said in Poor man's iPhone pointing to the Nokia Internet Tablet as an open platform for an iPhone-like experience ... and more. I have the original version of the tablet, the Nokia 770 which I picked up for just over $100.00. The newer version (Nokia 810) is four times that much, but has GPS, a pull out key board, Skype and much more.

Collaboration: the new paradigm.

I stumbled upon this presentation by Howard Rheingold on TED and wanted to share it.
Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons.
LCG

Ohh, yeah, that's a Known Bug.

Long before I'd heard the term free software or open source - actually before the term open source existed, I wished for something like it. My experience with proprietary systems has not been stellar, and likely is different from the casual user of software like word processors and web browsers. Long ago, the company I worked for purchased equipment and software to output computer generated slides to the actual 35mm film.

OSS post

This is a post from our online class discussion that somehow swerved into OSS.  It has been sitting in my Wordpress drafts along with many other rough ideas waiting to be released: We should be free to participate in the system we choose: the closed, proprietary system or the more communal open source system. My point about what Krug mentions in the interview is that when innovations are shared in a community, innovation grows exponentially (the OSS model). The early growth of the Internet is an example of this kind of information sharing.

Name Game

I have been reading Free Software, Free Society: selected essays of Richard M. Stallman to get a better understanding of OSS.
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