Happy DEC-10 Day
A particularly well-known PDP-10 computer known formerly as AI@MIT (for those that know their GNU history) is in a museum here in Seattle but hasn't been but running because of a hard disk head crash. The museum has been working to make a hard disk emulator that they could connect the machine to in order to get it running. It seems that they've made some progress on this and they're releasing that emulator as free software under the AGPLv3+: http://its.victor.se/pipermail/its-hackers_its.victor.se/2017/000160.html today, December 10 aka DEC-10 day. (Get it? Haha...)
I wonder how much longer it'll be until the machine is up and running the Incompatible Timesharing System once again.
Today is the third annual Reboot Tuesday.
What? Libreboot has its own holiday. Reboot Tuesday is held on the first Tuesday in December every year. To celebrate it you need only to any of: * Reboot a computer that has libreboot on it, at least once (a reference to a joke that libreboot is really a reboot library called "lib"reboot.) * Install libreboot on at least 1 computer * Help someone install libreboot on at least 1 computer * Port libreboot to at least 1 computer
AJ Jordan shared this.
- I'm announcing the availability of the Linux-libre-firmware repository to coincide with the release of Linux-libre 4.14, codename -ENOFIRMWARE - https://jxself.org/firmware.shtml Enjoy!
- What you need to know about the Conservancy / SFLC trademark dispute (and the context around it): http://www.rants.org/2017/11/conservancy_sflc_dispute/
>> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):
“> FSSN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects.
Yes, but the catch is that you don't get to merely claim that status on your own. The Internal Revenue Service has to grant you that status and can also revoke it. In searching Publication 78's successor (Exempt Organization Select Check) which is a list of all such 501(c)(3) organizations that can receive donations, I can't find it under that name. See: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities
I also searched the NYS charities bureau. They've never heard of it either. For a group that says they file regularly with the Attorney General of New York, it is strange to find they've never filed there under that name.
This only matters since FSSN figures into one of the press releases by the Software Freedom Law Center as an alternative to the Conservancy.
- Strikes me as 100% conceptually aligned with FLOSS -- look at the table comparing Unicorns to Zebras https://static1.squarespace.com/static/588e67e0a5790aa54e649863/t/58c002f9e3df28e544ec499b/148897869... basically every row could be instead proprietary vs libre, but (a guess, very happy to be wrong) likely very little practical overlap.I think this must indicate some kind of massive social failure on the FLOSS side.
Karl Fogel shared this.
Conservancy Applauds Linux Community's Promotion of Principled Copyleft Enforcement
October 16, 2017
Software Freedom Conservancy congratulates the Linux community for taking steps today to promote principled, community-minded copyleft enforcement by publishing the Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement. The Statement includes an additional permission under Linux's license, the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 (GPLv2). The additional permission, to which copyright holders may voluntarily opt-in, changes the license of their copyrights to allow reliance on the copyright license termination provisions from the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) for some cases 1.
Conservancy also commends the Linux community's Statement for reaffirming that legal action should be last resort for resolving a GPL violation, and for inviting noncompliant companies who work their way back into compliance to become active participants in the community. By bringing clarity to GPLv2 enforcement efforts, companies can adopt software with the assurance that these parties will work in a reasonable, community-centric way to resolve compliance issues.
Conservancy believes that free and open source software communities can use copyleft licenses to establish a healthy framework for collaboration and cooperation. We also believe that, when seeking compliance with such licenses, it is in the community and in the public's interest to bring people and companies into the community rather than to alienate them or seek monetary gain. That's the fundamental premise of our Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement: yesterday's violator can be tomorrow's valued contributor.
We co-authored and published the Principles with the FSF in 2015 to engage the broader free and open source software community in a dialogue about how to best achieve community-minded copyleft compliance. We believe that GPLv3's termination provisions better reflect the collaborative and friendly process of GPL enforcement that Conservancy, FSF, and gpl-violations.org have historically employed. Accordingly, we've encouraged copyright holders in GPLv2-licensed projects to forgive violators who cure violations in a timely manner in accordance with GPLv3§8, despite the stricter terms found in GPLv2§4. We are glad to see the Linux community express their formal alignment with this position.
Some Linux sub-projects — such as Netfilter — have wholly endorsed and adopted the Principles, and we continue to encourage the entire Linux community to adopt all of the Principles fully. We want to continue the conversation about how to best promote, encourage, and enforce compliance, and we invite members from the Linux community to join our ongoing forum for public discussion on the principles-discuss mailing list. Conservancy has suggested to all Linux copyright holders participating in our GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers) that they sign this new Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement to grant the additional permission.
In addition to coordinating a coalition of copyright holders, Conservancy itself is a copyright holder in Linux, as developers have also assigned Linux copyrights to our organization. As a copyright holder in Linux, Software Freedom Conservancy signs onto the Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement. We plan to continue our work enforcing GPLv2 for our own copyrights (and those of our coalition), and will always afford violators — as we have since our inception — the 60- and 30-day periods for violation cure in GPLv3, even though Linux's default GPLv2 termination is much stricter and always permanent. We will continue to do this, even in defensive actions.
1. The additional permission in the Statement does not apply when a company is defending itself from any legal claim, even one unrelated to GPL.
I said to my wife tonight that Trump could save time (and thus spend more time POTUS-ing rather than tweeting) by using a Markov chain to generate his tweets based on past data and that they'd likely be just as coherent.
I wasn't the only person who thought of this; I quickly found this: https://filiph.github.io/markov/
Make Markov chains great again. Sad.
>> Mike Linksvayer:
“This is your first dent in 5 months? S__.
Anyway, I suggest the reverse would be more useful. Markov POTUS, the entity you refer to dedicated full time to microblogging.”
You should submit that idea for reinventing government. We could layoff a few GS-13 or higher grade people in other agencies who are the official Twitter posters. I kid you not that they get paid that obscenely high.
pump.io denial-of-service security fixes now available
I've just published security fixes for several denial-of-service vulnerabilities in pump.io. All admins are impacted and should update ASAP. http://pump.io/blog/2017/10/denial-of-service-security-fixes-now-available
Please share this widely.
- happy birthday to GNU... 34 years striving to enable you to use computers in freedom. let it make a difference in your life.
Maybe because their leader is seen as a clown (which he is). But it's a very dangerous clown nonetheless.
And now this clown is playing the threat game with another particularly orange, and also dangerous clown.
I think there are plenty of reasons to be afraid.
Mastodon is rolling out ActivityPub support this week & a new AP CR coming out. I feel like years of work are finally proving themselves. 😌Show all 5 replies
I'm not claiming I did any work on AP implementation in Mastodon of course, that's thanks to a herculean effort on Gargron and friends. But standards stuff unexpectedly occupied 2.5 hard years of my and others' life; sometimes I laid in bed wondering if it was worth it. Feels like it was now, and I'm grateful for that.