I concentrated on work after my return to the keyboard last week and then spent much of the weekend reroofing a shed, so today was my first day catching up with the news. Here’s what I noticed:-
- One of my former sponsorees Adriaan Peeters was announced as a debian developer.
- Koha roles for the 3.2 release window were decided at a meeting last Friday – I’ve one public and one private task to do, which I’ll try to start today.
- PAYG iPhone will be an iWatering £400 – see Why I don’t want an iSomething for a view similar to mine. I’m using an old Sony Ericsson 3G phone rather than something like a Freerunner because I don’t have a good mobile telco yet and I don’t plan to start small device software hacking again yet – I tried once before and found it much harder than internet software.
- Tim Berners-Lee Announces World Wide Web Foundation – well, I guess we don’t know yet whether it will be fairer than the pay-to-play consortium.
- The Mozilla Corporation took another step in developing their obnoxious
“Free Software” EULA which is actually enforced by their very-non-free trademark and logo copyright licensing. It really does show that Debian Iceweasel and GNU Icecat are necessary. Ubuntu get punished for breaking ranks and accepting MozCorp’s non-free terms – Some day, it comes back in your face indeed. And I know it’s juvenile, but the suggestion on the bug report that they rename it “firecox” just to spite MozCorp made me laugh. I’m pretty angry that Mark Shuttleworth incorrectly claims that debian calls it Iceweasel “to belittle or demean” Mozilla, though. “Weasel” was posted here as a simple alternative to “rabbit”. rabbits have bad connotations in many cultures, as tricksters, cowards, disease-carriers, sex-maniacs, bringers of bad luck and so on, while weasels symbolise resurrection and bravery – except in US politics (“weasel words”) and Dilbert, oddly enough.