Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


Something insightful, etc.

I had big plans to write something insightful (or equally likely something completely irrelevant) about free and open source software today, but something else has occupied a more significant part of this week: technology. As the FSFE's executive director, I'm also coordinating some of our technical work, an often overlooked but nonethele…

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My Kid Will Never Hack Linux

When I was a teenager, around 15-16 years old, I started to learn C programming by reading the source code for the Linux kernel. Mind you, the kernel was quite a bit smaller then and quite easy to understand. For any software over 25 years old, I think it's remarkable how legible and understandable the kernel still is. But there's no deny…

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We have passed peak GNU...

Sometime soon, I need to elaborate on why I feel we've passed peak GNU (actually, quite a few years ago) but it'll need to wait for next week or so. I'm now on the train heading for Denmark and Bogense. Wishing everyone a good holiday and talk more next week!…

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Friday readings - here's what's next

The last three Friday's, I've been posting some thoughts about the free and open source software community and our work. These are usually observations I've made about ourselves, often critical, sometimes provocative. This coming Friday, I plan to return to my post about how Free Software is Failing the Users to take into account some tho…

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