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Thanks to Groklaw | Gracias a Groklaw

Posted in Site News at 6:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Cordial regards to Pamela Jones and her site Groklaw, which retires after this weekend

BACK in 2006, Shane and I were discussing this site via E-mail, seeking to find out how much each of us would be able to commit in terms of time. I was finishing my thesis draft at the time, which meant that I had a lot of spare time (I had finished my first draft months before the site was even created). It occurred to us that both of us were major followers of Groklaw. As for myself, I had sent News Picks suggestions on a daily since the beginning of 2006, so I felt like there was also a personal relationship. Pamela was always polite, insightful, and grateful. She had charisma, she had the diligence of a superwoman, and she inspired many of us who were fighting for software freedom. To many of us, Groklaw became a routine, it became something we do several times per day (commenting and/or reading for the most part).

About 2 years ago Groklaw lost some eagerness to carry on, but despite demoralisation and legal risk it carried on heroically, leading ahead the hordes of GNU/Linux proponents, who rarely happen to be lawyers. Groklaw‘s era is not over and the site’s impact will have a place in our hearts for many decades to come. It’s not just a site, it is also a community and a role model. On behalf of Techrights I wish to express my immeasurable gratitude to Groklaw. If it were not for Groklaw, it is possible that Techrights would never have existed.

Back in the days when my personal site was ranked around 17,000th in Alexa I decided to transition more towards full-time GNU/Linux advocacy and later on, when Novell signed the patent deal with Microsoft, I realised that patents were a more urgent issue to address. It was killing software development. So ,I focused almost only on this site. We have wrestled with this issue for almost 5 years now and Novell finally caved a couple of weeks ago. In a way, we won, but the battle has not ended. Groklaw is now describing Novell as a company that sold the community out and it focuses on patent issues more than ever — an issue which we have been focused on for years. We hope the tackle this issue for many years to come. As I am still in my 20s without many strings attached, I can certainly afford to participate as editor and with me I have great contributors such as Gordon, Edwardo, Will, and others whom I probably cannot name as they prefer anonymity. It is safe to say that all of us are grateful to Groklaw and we will defend that site’s reputation in the face of its detractors, who have already begun revisionist propaganda against it, as we showed last month.

With kind regards,

Roy and the Techrights team

ES: Gracias a Groklaw


Ya en 2006, Shane y yo estábamos discutiendo este sitio a través del correo electrónico, búscando averiguar cuánto cada uno de nosotros sería capaz de comprometerse en términos de tiempo. Yo estaba terminando mi proyecto de tesis en el tiempo, lo que significa que tenía un montón de tiempo libre (ya había terminado mi primer borrador meses antes que el sitio fuese creado). Ocurrió que ambos fuímos mayores seguidores de Groklaw. En cuanto a mí, personalmente había enviado sugerencias de Noticias Selectas casi díariamente desde el comienzo de 2006, así que me sentí como si hubiera también una relación personal. Pamela fue siempre amable, perspicaz, y agradecida. Tenía carisma, tuvo la diligencia de una supermujer, e inspiró a muchos de nosotros que estabamos luchando por la libertad del software. Para muchos de nosotros, Groklaw se convirtió en una rutina, se convirtió en algo que hacemos varias veces por día (comentando y/o leyendo en su mayor parte).

Hace unos dos años Groklaw perdido el afán de seguir adelante, de continuar pero a pesar de desmoralización y el riesgo legal continuó heroicamente, llevando por delante las hordas de GNU/Linux proponentes, que rara vez sucede que sean abogados. La era Groklaw no ha terminado y el impacto del sitio tendrá un lugar en nuestros corazones durante muchas décadas por venir. No es sólo un sitio, también es una comunidad y un modelo para seguir. En nombre de Techrights deseo expresar mi gratitud inconmensurable para Groklaw. Si no fuera por Groklaw, es posible que Techrights nunca hubiera existido.

En los días en que mi sitio personal fue clasificado/ubicado alrededor del 17.000, en Alexa decidí hacer la transición hacia tiempo completo más a la promociónGNU/Linux y más tarde, cuando Novell firmó el acuerdo de patentes con Microsoft, me dí cuenta de que las patentes fueron un problema más urgente de abordar. Estaban matando el desarrollo de software. Por lo tanto, me he centrado casi exclusivamente en este sitio. Nosotros hemos luchado con este problema desde hace casi 5 años y Novell finalmente se derrumbó hace un par de semanas. En cierto modo, hemos ganado, pero la batalla no se terminó. Groklaw está describiendo Novell como una empresa que vendió a la comunidad y que ahora se centra en asuntos relacionados con patentes, más que nunca — un problema que en el que nos hemos centrado desde hace años. Esperamos en abordar este tema durante muchos años por venir. Como todavía estoy en mis veintes años sin muchas cadenas adjuntas, que sin duda puedo darse el lujo de participar en calidad de editor y tengo conmigo grandes colaboradores como Gordon, Eduardo, Will, y muchos otros a los que probablemente no puedo nombrar ya que prefieren el anonimato. Es seguro decir que todos nosotros estamos muy agradecidos a Groklaw y defenderemos a la reputación de ese sitio en la cara de sus cobardes detractores, que ya han comenzado la propaganda revisionista en su contra, como lo mostramos el mes pasado.

Con un cordial saludo,

Roy y el equipo Techrights

Translation produced by Eduardo Landaveri, the esteemed administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

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  1. twitter said,

    May 14, 2011 at 9:54 am


    The collapse of Novell is vindication for Boycott Novell but it is neither satisfying nor a victory. Microsoft applied money and pressure to convince a few people to make bad decisions for thousands of others. Novell was once a great US tech company and could have become a powerful proponent of free software. Instead, by small and relatively cheap steps, the company became an advocate for Microsoft. Boycott Novell analyzed the situation correctly and predicted the wasting away of market share and revenue. Novell’s tech was used to harm software freedom, its people injected Microsoft into gnu/linux with all the associated strife and problems. It is satisfying that no one took mono seriously but deeply troubling that thousands of people will now lose their jobs while those responsible will retire with tens of millions of dollars. Microsoft has succeeded in destroying another great tech company and has sucked what’s left of it up to do more harm.

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