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?
The corporate media and Web sites or people who are funded by large corporations have essentially suppressed any debate about issues in the patent granting process, thereby guarding software patents and preventing criticism of large corporations' power grab
The USPTO, much like FISA (notorious court for surveillance/espionage authorisation), has become a rubber-stamping operation rather than a patents examination centre, as new evidence and old evidence serve to show
More of that awkward shifting of the patent debate towards small actors who are misusing patents, not large conglomerates like Apple and Microsoft which use patents to destroy competitors, crush startups, drive up prices, and so on
Windows maintains its reputation as a back doors haven, but the media is still not highlighting the severity of this issue, instead focusing on accidental bugs in Free software, even very old (and already fixed) bugs
Under the traditionally misleading title "Future of Open Source" Black Duck expresses its desire for proprietary software sales, salivating over fearful managers who may get bamboozled into buying the patents-'protected' Black Duck 'product'