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Beating A Dead FRAND
From Wild WebMink

Beating A Dead FRAND

Of course FRAND terms are incompatible with software freedom, even if you can find a project that has devised a construct to allow it to attempt to accommodate...

Ubuntu Phone – Nick Of Time?
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Ubuntu Phone – Nick Of Time?

I discussed Ubuntu Phone with Canonical Mobile Product Manager Richard Collins (who you’ll recall demoed Ubuntu for Android for me). Here’s the video: For my full...

PBX Project
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PBX Project

I’ve written a bit about my holiday project to try the Raspberry Pi as a PBX over on InfoWorld today.

Could Cloud Terms of Use Kill Your Business?
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Could Cloud Terms of Use Kill Your Business?

Business service providers are unlikely to just cut you off on a whim. So why do the terms of use all cloud providers impose leave them with an unquestioned right...

Why Did Bern Switch?
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Why Did Bern Switch?

I had the chance to discuss with a key instigator the background to the decision by the Swiss city of Bern to switch to open source. You can read about it in my...

Neelie Kroes Endorses Open Source
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Neelie Kroes Endorses Open Source

This video message from EU vice president Neelie Kroes includes a fantastic explanation of the benefits of open source for public administrations.  

The Princess And The Pea
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The Princess And The Pea

The Princess And The Pea, originally uploaded by webmink. Because the internet is still for sharing cat pictures. And no, she could not tell if there was a pea...

MariaDB Foundation
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MariaDB Foundation

I interviewed Monty Widenius and Andrew Katz about the new MariaDB Foundation. There’s more in my column for InfoWorld today.

Dawn Tree
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Dawn Tree

Dawn Tree, originally uploaded by webmink. One of the advantages of the irregular sleep patterns I’ve been experiencing lately post-travel is I get to see the early...

Samba 4 As Anti-Trust Remedy
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Samba 4 As Anti-Trust Remedy

Has Microsoft got a problem? The extensive new features in Samba 4 make it a viable, license-free, security-certified alternative to Active Directory, and make...

CDB Not Fit For Purpose
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CDB Not Fit For Purpose

I felt the report from the UK’s Joint Select Committee investigating the draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) needed a tl;dr summary, so wrote one in ComputerWorldUK...

It’s Not Free If It Cost My Liberty
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It’s Not Free If It Cost My Liberty

Actually, your download is not "free" if to gain access I have to trade my personal details so you can spam me.— Simon Phipps (@webmink) December 09, 2012

Another Cat
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Another Cat

My own cat is almost never this animated.

No Apologies
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No Apologies

Sorry is not enough in the days of the tabloids. There’s no way out; they will hound and pursue and compound and imply and demand and decry, treating confession...

German Lessons
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German Lessons

Why did Munich succeed but Freiburg fail in their open source migrations  Following up from my look at the situation in Freiburg, I tried to distil the differences...

A Bad Loser
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A Bad Loser

Donald Trump seems to want us to think he’s an asset to Scotland. All the same, his behaviour there leaves many British people cold. His most recent outburst involved...

MariaDB Foundation
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MariaDB Foundation

I was pleased yesterday to see the MariaDB community starting the process of creating a Foundation to host open collective governance for their community. I’ll...

Intended to Fail?
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Intended to Fail?

Was Freiburg’s cancellation of its open source migration a foregone conclusion? With friends to support my terrible German, I tried to find out – see ComputerWorldUK...

GitHub and Open Source Licenses
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GitHub and Open Source Licenses

Are you ar risk if you use code from GitHub? There’s a lot of code shared on GitHub. But surprisingly, much of it is “all rights reserved”, meaning despite being...

Locked-In With Open Source?
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Locked-In With Open Source?

You can be if it’s not really open source. While open source forms a part of many proprietary solutions, the term “open source” should only be used to describe...
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