Saturday, 16 August 2008

Lots happening

At work I have been putting in some time with a VMWare setup, running Kubuntu Linux. I've also installed Apache, PHP, and MySQL. I'll now try to get Moodle working.

All this open source software fits well with a talk today by Richard Stallman, the man behind the GNU software licence, copyleft, and the free software movement; he's at the University today at 2pm. A shame to be indoors on a lovely day, but we don't get to see people like this very often.

Stallman can be a bit extreme in his views, but a movement needs people to lead from the front. His efforts span a lot more than just software; he's equally strong on human rights and liberties, individual responsibility, and the evils of "intellectual property".

He is famous for the definition of "free software" - Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to his talk. He spoke with Kim Hill on National Radio last week; you can find the podcast here for another week or two.

Back to local politics with more on the Hendo fiasco: Sue Wells abandons democracy, business interests rally against the CCC, and blogger Steven Cowan continues his excellent dissection of the whole smelly buyout mess.

A totally unrelated photo to finish: this shot of Dubya at the Olympics deserves a caption, suggestions welcome!

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