Summary: Another show with Gordon Sinclair may be the first among many where he is a regular
THIS is our ninth episode. Gordon, Tim, and Roy speak about news from the past two days (everything that matters since the previous show). This show mostly focuses on GNU/Linux, it hardly mentions Apple at all, and Microsoft is secondary at best. Tim’s site, OpenBytes, will soon publish some show notes (we put the audio out there as soon as possible while the news covered is still fresh). We have finally found a way to structure the show such that it covers everything which needs to be covered rather exhaustively.
During the discussion of criticisms of Jono Bacon’s “Open Respect” efforts, I couldn’t help but notice a rather striking incongruity between one side being characterized as “the Fedora people”, “the Fedora community”, “certain people in Fedora”, “Fedora is the vocal proponents of this whole protest”; while the other is presented as “people are individuals”, “people are not their jobs”, “something that Jono has taken up as a personal project”, and “it’s not Canonical, it’s him”. How does one reconcile the defense of a person based on his individuality and independence of action while at the same time disparaging others as collectively indistinct from their own project affiliations?
A timely reminder of the importance of patent matters, for they are being used to eliminate the zero-cost advantage of Free/libre software and make it more proprietary, privacy-infringing, and user-hostile (as a result of blackmail)