Simon co-hosted FLOSS Weekly 467, covering the Aragon project. It’s a blockchain-based system layered on Ethereum using smart contracts to support distributed ownership and operation of a company. The project is also implementing distributed political discourse, especially in support of LiquidDemocracy.
It’s not enough for you to have the rights you need; your community needs the same rights.
A few people reacted negatively to my article on why Public Domain software is broadly unsuitable for inclusion in a community open source project. Most argued that because public domain gave them the rights they need where they live (mostly the USA), I should not say it was wrong to use it. Continue reading
Simon co-hosted FLOSS Weekly episode 466 with Randal Schwartz, interviewing representatives of the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project.
The show is short because they spent over half an hour helping the guests with their video and audio setup. A hint to future guests: the instructions Randal sends out in advance really matter!
The third decade of open source software starts in February 2018. How did it rise to dominance, and what’s next?
20 years ago, in February 1998, the term “open source” was first applied to software, Soon afterwards, the Open Source Definition was created and the seeds that became the Open Source Initiative (OSI) were sown. As the OSD’s author Bruce Perens relates,
“Open Source” is the proper name of a campaign to promote the pre-existing concept of Free Software to business, and to certify licenses to a rule set.
Is it possible to hack the patent system to make patents unusable in the tech industry, like copyleft hacked patent law?
The word “copyleft” arises from a clever hack by Richard Stallman who used the laws relating to copyright — a statutory device to incent creativity by granting limited monopolies to creators — to create a world where creators are incented to share instead of monopolise their work. Continue reading
Simon co-hosted this week’s episode of FLOSS Weekly, which explored the Linkerd and Conduit projects. Both are provide a service mesh for load balancing and micro-service discovery in cloud computing.
In these days of code that no single mind can grasp, it’s hard to see how software freedom is present when there’s no realistic community access to source code.
In the early days of Free Software, it was a safe assumption that anyone using a computer had coding skills of some sort — even if only for shell scripts. As a consequence, many advocates of Free Software, despite a strong focus on user freedoms, had a high tolerance for software that made source available under free terms without providing other access to the project, especially in the days when that meant tapes by mail. Continue reading