Richard Stallman answers questions during the 2015 LibrePlanet keynote.

Notes on Richard Stallman’s LibrePlanet 2015 Keynote

On March 21st, Richard Stallman delivered the keynote at the LibrePlanet 2015 conference. In typical RMS fashion, instead of concentrating on one concrete topic, he run through a list of topics that had been bothering him lately, all with the common underlying theme of the dangers of the threats to users’ freedoms.

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Aaron Swartz is “The Internet’s Own Boy”

Aaron Swartz was a brilliant computer programmer and activist who helped develop the RSS news feed protocol, co-founded Reddit, developed the web.py framework, and helped shape the Creative Commons licensing system. At fourteen he was authoring documents for the World Wide Web Consortium. At fifteen he was working alongside the likes of Tim Berners-Lee and…

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Nina Paley – Anti-copyright cartoonist

The very talented Nina Paley talks about copyright, Creative Commons and the free flow of ideas in her thought-provoking and entertaining talk at a PechaKucha 20×20 Night held in December 2013. Nina Paley is a cartoonist, filmmaker and general all-round artist. Her film “Sita Sings the Blues”, a retelling of the Hindu epic “Ramayana” from…

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Elon Musk invokes the Spirit of Open Source

Elon Musk, the serial hi-tech entrepreneur and visionary that would give Steve Jobs a run for his money, has cited the Spirit of Open Source as the reason for freeing patents regarding the electric Tesla cars his company manufactures. “We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish…

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Opinion: More than visuals

Recently, a new team composed by extremely talented designers was formed. Their goal? Design the visual appearance of KDE 5.  Known as The Visual Design Group (VGD), they will ultimately design what will become the default look. There’re relatively newcomers on the group as well as old faces, Nuno Pinheiro the lead designer behind KDE 4’s…

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Column: Thank you Ballmer. An open (source?) letter.

Thank you Ballmer. Thanks to your bright leadership Microsoft is better than it has ever been. Stocks have gone up incredibly in these few days since you announced your retirement, stock holders know about your incredible job so they’re just giving you a few millions as a parting gift. Look, I know it has been…

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