good news

joeyh at 2014-01-25T18:28:23Z

No more DRM in public library audio books (now if they'd also remove it from their ebooks..)

http://blogs.overdrive.com/front-page-library-news/2014/01/22/overdrive-announces-plan-for-audiobooks-to-be-solely-available-in-mp3-format/

These folks claim to be signing up more kids to learn to code than are signing up for Facebook at any given day.

http://code.org/

Aaaand, the tech ctte is voting on systemd at last, so it will soon be OVER. .... right? coughGR

https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2014/01/msg00425.html

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You take the win where you can. The vendors for the most part really don't want to sell to libraries in this fashion and want to go direct-to-consumer. Overdrive fights a messy fight down in Cleveland's suburbs to make anything available at all. I still focus on purchasing physical copies whenever possible to sidestep the whole mess.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2014-01-25T19:52:40Z

Unfortunately, Overdrive have not actually removed DRM, they've just switched to MP3-based DRM: https://twitter.com/OverDriveLibs/status/426396478312304640

François Marier at 2014-01-25T23:31:13Z

Alternatively, someone said "MP3s have DRM" on twitter w/o really understanding 2 of the 3 words.

joeyh at 2014-01-25T23:56:25Z

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Take it where you can, but don't let its significance be exaggerated. Nobody should have to use proprietary software of any kind to check something out of a library.

johns at 2014-01-27T22:48:57Z

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