Where I get more linkbloggy than usual:
BSDCan 2010 will be May 13th and 14th in Ottawa, Canada, with 2 days of classes beforehand. Maybe I’ll actually make it this year, like I wish every time…
OpenBSD developer Jacek Masiulaniec gets 14 minutes of airtime in the most recent BSDTalk podcast.
If you use any sort of BSD product at work, the BSD Certification group wants you to take a survey. They are building a cross section of what people are doing with BSD, and this will show what requirements should go with the certifications. Any BSD use applies, not just DragonFly. The more results, the better the tests, and the more value to the certifications, so we all benefit.
The first one of the Open Source Business Resource Co-Creation issues is out. Read this if any of the open source software you use has a commercial component. (Chances are, yes, it does.)
BSDTalk 178 is all about Evil! Well, Internet evil. It’s an hour-plus-long conversation wtih Richard Clayton at EuroBSDCon about phishing, spamming, and other things that didn’t have a name a few decades ago.
The next theme for the Open Source Business Resource was to be “co-creation”, focusing on commercial companies and relationships with open source development. There were so many articles that it’s now covering 2 months.
Matthew Dillon went to the Google Summer of Code Mentor’s Conference at Google’s offices in California, and took some pictures. It’s all available on Flickr. He was the only DragonFly attendee, but check to see what developers on other open-source projects look like in person. There’s even the not-related-to-me Joel Sherrill (on the left).
Two items, picked from RSS feeds:
The October issue of the Open Source Business Resource is out, with Arts and Media as the theme. The article about film production using open-source tools is especially good, as articles like that tend to be a list of application names only, while this article goes into the whys and wherefores.
Seen via Richard Bejtlich’s excellent Taosecurity blog: the 6th issue of BSD Magazine is out.
Don’t forget, the first 3 issues (scroll down on that link) are free to download in PDF format.
Yay, another BSDTalk! Will Backman talks about where he’s been for the past month in BSDTalk number 177, and plays back a talk with FreeBSD developer Giorgos Keramidas.
Mahdi Montazeri sent in the URL to another new BSD site: irbsd.com. It’s a generic web framework reposting RSS feeds from other people, without linking back to the originals, so nothing new.
Dru Lavigne has found a new cross-BSD news site, BSD News Network. I would like to see it get away from a generic blog layout and hold something other than RSS feed data, since there’s already TheDailyBSD and BSDNews and BSDPlanet for that.
I may be a bit grumpy about it since sites that aggregate BSD news feeds often end up being something close to 50% composed of words originally typed by me, because of the Digest’s regularity. I’d like to see BSD news sources with at least a hint of authorial voice, not machine-operated copying. FreeBSD – the unknown Giant is close to that, for instance.
ÆrieBSD; a fork from OpenBSD. (via) It appears to be GNU-free.
Update: Steven Rosenberg has some further research.
BSD Magazine’s 3 previous issues are all available for download. If you like what you see, please subscribe. (via)
Dear universe, including DragonFly people: stop doing so much stuff. It’s hard to keep up.
Well, technically, the title is “Twenty questions about the GPL“, but I read it more as reasons for using the BSD license. (via)
Also, I was going to link to this article about increased BSD(ish) license adoption, and then I wasn’t, and then I found that Dru Lavigne had managed to pull out the quote that summarized the idea perfectly.
While I’m on this theme, this Coding Horror “Digital Sharecropping” article complains that people are effectively doing free labor for companies that plan to profit from that labor. There’s a parallel between free software and the activity he’s worried about. Not that he’s wrong, mind you, but there’s more to the story.
The FreeBSD Foundation is seeking donations – not that they aren’t always open to it, but they’re asking now instead of at the end of year rush. The Foundation does excellent work getting developers to conferences and sponsoring projects, all of which increases the amount of free code in the world. If you’ve got some spare cash, please donate. It doesn’t have to be a lot, as having a large pool of donors is almost as valuable as total donation size.