Nov 15, 2011 GMT
I had heard, of course, of the Diaspora* project some time ago. It is a project to create a decentralized social network that would allow the users to have complete control over their data and their privacy. Started by four college students, they had the audacity to take on a project that would be daunting to programmers with many more years of experience and many dollars of corporate investment behind them.....reminding me of another young friend of mine who started a small project in 1991 called “Linux”....
When Diaspora* was first pointed out to me I received a login account, but the... more »
What recession? Lessons learned through Free Software
Nov 15, 2011 GMT
It all started ten years ago, at a beach party called (appropriately enough) “Open Beach”. A young programmer named Douglas Conrad had discovered Free Software about two years before, and dreamed of having his own company devoted to Free Software, making a living from the use and production of Free Software.
Douglas started his company “OpenS Tecnologia” a year... more »
Oct 13, 2011 GMT
Over the weekend of October 8th a giant of computer science died. Like a lot of really great people in the field, he died without a lot of fanfare, most of his friends and colleagues finding out about his death several days later. I heard about his death last night from a post by Rob Pike, and while I wanted to blog about it last night, I found I could not, so I waited until this morning. I sit here typing with tears streaming down my face.
Dr. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, known as “Dennis” to many people and “dmr” to many more, passed away the weekend of October 8th after a long... more »
Luis Iván Cuende García demonstrates the power of Free Software and the determination of a fifteen year old
Sep 26, 2011 GMT
A few months ago I went to Campus Party in Spain. I have blogged about Campus Party before, so I will not spend a lot of time and space here on that topic.
I... more »
Supercomputing in Paradise
Aug 28, 2011 GMT
Imagine working in one of the most beautiful places in the world, high on a bluff in front of the magnificent Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Also imagine working in pure research dedicated to helping us understand the weather and climate that make up our environment, and finally imagine working with some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. You might imagine that you are working for the more »
Ohio Linux Fest (OLF): September 9-11th, Columbus Ohio
Aug 24, 2011 GMT
The Ohio Linux Fest (OLF) is the weekend of September 9th, 10th and 11th in Columbus, Ohio.
Originally a “one day (Saturday) Fest”, it has been expanding to include a set of activities on Friday and Certification Exams for both LPI (LPIC-1and BSDA certifications, as well as a more »
Why I Support Free Software
Aug 14, 2011 GMT
One of the great pleasures of helping to represent the Free Software community is to meet a lot of young people who have done some amazing things.
Often in my talks I show a slide of some of the young people I have met in the fifteen years since I met Linus Torvalds and became involved with the GNU/Linux system. Of course a lot of them are no longer considered “young”, as they are in their mid-thirties or even (cough) approaching forty years old.
However, when they started their various projects a lot of them were either in... more »