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Congratulations jdub and pipka!

21 Apr 2004 (updated 21 Apr 2004 at 01:18 UTC) »
AUSFTA: Spoke at LinuxSA, my local LUG, last night on the Australian-US Free Trade Agreement. I think we got the message across. Slides still to come.

Along with Rusty's efforts, I think the Australian FOSS community are starting to realise this stuff is important to our future.

12 Apr 2004 (updated 13 Apr 2004 at 00:37 UTC) »
hypatia: somone just pointed out that what I said was wrong - from http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/bro_one.pdf is appears that "you can make your submission public beforehand, but you're not encouraged to, because if you don't, they will and that way you get the benefits of parliamentary privilege."

Whoops! Sorry about that...

US-AUS Free Trade Agreement: Linux Australia has developed a How you can fight the FTA webpage available for the Australian Free and Open-Source community. It links our position paper on the FTA, our short summaries on software patents and anti-circumvention, not to mention a link to the Petition On-Line which you should sign if you think these FTA treaty will take away your rights. We also include background info on the issues, and list ways of finding out who your local member or senator is, and what you should say to them.

We're getting some press on the issue too. The more the better. One of the committees stop accepting submissions on April 13 (Easter Tuesday) and the other on April 30 - not long to mobilise the Free and Open-Source community in Australia. Please do your bit where you can.

hypatia: You aren't allowed to make your submission to either the lower house or senate committees public at all. The committee will make submissions public later at their own discretion. Linux Australia is combatting this by making their position paper available on which their submission will be based.

5 Apr 2004 (updated 6 Apr 2004 at 03:35 UTC) »
The US-Australia "Free" Trade Agreement (FTA): Linux Australia just released its position paper on the FTA and the negative effect it will have on Open-Source in Australia. This is a very important issue, so if you are in Australia, consider writing a letter to your local member of parliament, submitting something to the senate committee considering this treaty, or raising awareness of the issues in your local IT community. Our mailing list will soon provide details on how you can get involved - but don't wait - the senate committee submission period closes on April 30.
GNOME 2.6: Good write-ups over on ars and this one by Sayamindu Dasgupta. The next step to WorldDomination(TM) starts today...

Rocking interview with rml on ars including stuff on Project Utopia - desktop nirvana!

OT: Only a couple of days left to own a piece of history - FreeBSD hacker Greg Lehey's beard.

26 Mar 2004 (updated 28 Mar 2004 at 23:11 UTC) »

Job interview yesterday. Went well.

Useful Project Utopia link: http://www.joeshaw.org/#20040308.

Interesting article about whether Looking Glass will go open-source. A big test for Sun to see if they grok open-source, or whether they're just trying to skim the profits.

Could this influence the Thoughts on the future of open source desktop development (aka Java vs C#) discussion by some cool dudes in the GNOME world? Is this body of code cool enough to make a difference? What if Sun open sourced Java and made Looking Glass technologies patent free to [L]GPL projects? Can this be done legally? Is this an NPL situation? Is the eye candy good enough to influence what we hack on? Is GNOME destined to not make a decision on these technologies going forward? Will Xim^WNovell continue down the C# path anyway? Will Sun stay stubborn on Java staying closed source?

It shall be an interesting time to see how all this pans out :-)

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