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Free & Open Source Software: the Libertarian View

A few days ago I entered a conversation (in French) on the LibreOffice mailing lists that was highlighting the misunderstanding that some people were caught into about how the project is running and how Free and Open Source Software works. There was nothing new in this conversation, so to speak. …

Eyes and Ears – November 2013

Sometimes I post videos of tracks I like on this blog, but I’ve decided not just to  make it something more regular, but a more complete books and tracks listing as well. Without much further ado, welcome to the Eyes and Ears section, November 2013. Tracks Madeon – The City …

Expanding the battlefield for Free & Open Source Software

The title of this post may sound rather belligerant, but it is for a reason. Ever since this Summer -longer in fact- I ended having several conversations with people from the FSF, OSI, April and FSFE (as well as other orgs). Something is becoming increasingly obvious: FOSS has come of …

Quantity, Reason and enduring Freedom

During the last OpenWorld Forum in Paris there were a lot of panel discussions and talks, private and public about the trends in Free and Open Source Software. I was part of a panel about FOSS communities growth and development and there was in the room next to us a …

Understanding designers – or at least trying to

Back a few months ago I met with the team of La Fonderie in Paris and we were discussing opportunities of collaboration around some of the events that this regional agency for innovation and Information Technologies was planning. At some point several people were joining our discussion in a quite …

FRAND, Uncertainty & Doubt

It’s been interesting to watch the latest patent litigation between Microsoft and Motorola. The judge’s opinion has been well documented (see Groklaw’s copy here and an annotated one there over at the Essential Patent blog). Now I’m not going to offer an informed  legal perspective in this post and by …

The case for Open 3D Printing (now with links)

3D Printing is all the hype these days, at least among some communities. What it really is however spans  a lot of different things, several different uses and in general many different realities. 3D printing has actual uses in lots of industries and can be considered to be born out …

Why the Terra Nova foundation’s report on digital France matters

Last Wednesday I was one of the speakers at an event organized by the french Terra Nova Foundation. The event itself was the publication of its much anticipated report on the state of “digital France”, which really means that the report covers a broad range of topics from I.T industry …

Software Freedom & the status quo

Next Saturday, the 15th of September, we will all celebrate the Software Freedom Day 2012. As usual, it will be a worldwide event with lots of big and small conferences, parties and presentations happening all around the globe and driven by teams of volunteers. Such a day highlights the momentum …

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