links for 2008-11-28

open…: IBM's ex-Mr GNU/Linux Joins Obama Policy Group Irving Wladawsky-Berger, the person who essentially steered IBM toward GNU/Linux has joined one of that nice Mr Obama's policy groups: Technology, Innovation & Government Reform (tags: ibm gnu/linux policy obama usa government reform innovation) Facebook Etiquette: Five Dos and Don'ts – PC World Information you post can…

Openmoko forced to fight a patent troll

Instead of innovating the mobile business, OpenMoko is now forced to divert energy on a battle against an Italian patent troll. From a message to the OpenMoko mailing lists: The short story is that we are in a protracted battle with some patent trolls. Google for Sisvel. In order to get ourselves in a stronger…

New MacBooks are Defective by Design

The new MacBook not only have reflective screens and miss a FireWire prot, but they also hide a stupid DRM locks in the video signal called HDCP. CrunchGear reports: What is HDCP? It’s essentially a digital standard that tells your OS what you can display content on. If you connect your device to a project,…

Leveraging the community for marketing?

Roberto Galoppini’s idea of an Open Source Network Marketing (OSNM) hints at some of the values that a strong community can bring to your brand: Open Source Network Marketing could help to reduce information asymmetry, bringing more end-users to become customers and save time (and money!) buying instead commercial open source services (i.e. subscriptions and…

Free Software Foundation year end fundraising campaign

I had the feeling that 2008 was an important year for FSF. We’ve seen new campaigns take off, like End Software Patents and Support Open Document Format; the established campaigns Defective By Design, Play OGG, Expert Witness Fund have received good responses (if Google page rank is an indicator).’  We’ve seen also the first FSF…

Funambol’s first developers conference

Funambol’s community has grown so much that it deserves its first developer conference. We’re hosting this one day event on November 25 in Milan, at Politecnico di Milano.’  It’s very exciting for me to see how rich is’  the agenda: Funambol’s Engineering team will explain the structure of the various components and, more importantly, illustrate…

FSF new license gives more freedom of choice to Wikipedia

The FSF has updated its long controversial Free Documentation License. Developed initially for the manuals of GNU system, it was chosen for Wikipedia. This choice led to various problems, with many people regretting it. The new version allows changing the license from GNU FDL to Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0. Today FSF and Richard Stallman demonstrated…