OSS

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OSS Freedom!

I came to a sudden realization recently and it can be expressed easily: I started using OSS because it was free, using OSS has made me free. (I'm finally getting what RMS means by free software!) I just gave a round table presentation at the OLA (Oklahoma Library Association) conference titled OSS onramp, and I am relieved to have it over and quite excited with the feedback from it. The round table featured my fellow students from last semester who had used OSS in their projects.

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.

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.

Give 1, Get 1 starts November 12.

OLPC logoOLPC (One Laptop Per Child) will begin taking orders for the xo laptop starting on November 12 with a nice twist: You pay for two (around $400), one is shipped to you and the other to a needy child in a third world country. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbtebeftyA] Another interesting news item: EA donates SimCity to OLPC.

$199 Green PC (or is it the Google PC?)

How is Walmart able to sell a $199 PC ? I mentioned this briefly in a previous blog. This is a very low end machine, of course (and you will note the monitor is not included)

March of the penguins.

Linux mascotI've been interested in OSS and GNU/Linux for many years and wondered (as well as read) often "Is this the year for Linux?" I do think there is a tipping point and we may be quite near it, a quiet momentum that will tip the balance from a proprietary to an OSS world. I've been running dual booting systems for several years now, but Ubuntu has become my preferred OS. I have no desire to switch to Vista. In fact, it seems Vista may be a force contributing to the tipping point.
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