MyKolab.com: Building the Open Source Cloud service that was missing

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In January this year we started the MyKolab beta phase and last week we finally moved it to its production environment, just in time for the Swiss national day. This seemed oddly fitting since the Swiss national day celebrates its independence and self-determination, as they were liberating themselves from the feudal system. So when Bruce [...]

All boys dream of being knights, don’t they?

Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE’s old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18. December 2009 I had [...]

It’s time for the community to take charge of its brand

There are a couple of “beginner’s mistakes” when thinking about Free Software in general and its commercial application, in particular. One is to believe there was a substantial difference in the software referred to by the terms “Free Software” and “Open Source.” There isn’t. As far as the actual software is concerned, both [...]

Back from GPLv3 conference in Tokyo, Japan

Today is my first day back in office after the GPLv3 conference in Tokyo, Japan. Great thanks and compliments go to the Free Software Initiative Japan (FSIJ) for organising such a professional and interesting conference in Akihabara, where dead geeks reincarnate.

If you are interested in more information, all the presentations are available in PDF [...]

Update: Fellowship crypto card with PCMCIA and for SSH logins

After figuring out how to use the Fellowship crypto card with a PCMCIA reader and then setting up SSH authentication with the card, I had a lot of fun with my card at the United Nations and elsewhere. And so did many other Fellows, it seems.

Andrea Borgia figured out simpler udev rules for his [...]

Authenticating SSH logins with the Fellowship crypto card

There is a German aphorism that would translate to "ask someone holes into their stomach." If that were true, Werner should have holes in his stomach from my questions — but at last the SSH login with the Fellowship crypto card is working perfectly fine for me.

And I can’t help but find this extremely [...]

Fellowship crypto card: the cool way!

From the very first day we started planning the Fellowship about 1.5yrs ago, I always wanted a PCMCIA smart card reader for my notebook. Believe it or not: The design incorporated that idea from the start. When you plug the Fellowship crypto card into a PCMCIA reader, only the upper third sticks out of your [...]

GPLv3: Official start of the revision process

MIT lecture room 10-250 in Boston just saw the release of the the first discussion draft for version 3 of the world’s first Copyleft and most used Free Software license, the GNU General Public License (GPL).

As expected, it contains provisions for additional compatibility with other Copyleft licenses, language against Digital Restriction Management (DRM), an [...]

RMS Interview: Free Software as a Social Movement

For your pre-Christmas reading, and to possibly evade the stress this season usually brings, ZNet carries a very interesting interview with Richard Stallman, titled "Free Software as a Social Movement". For those familiar with his writings, much will be familiar, but it is a good summary and reference for newcomers.

It also seems to contain [...]

Will Microsoft support the development agenda at WIPO?

Jonathan Murray, Microsoft’s CTO for the EMEA region felt compelled to comment on our recent announcement of the GPLv3 revision process for 2006. Naturally, I was interested to see what he had to say. Unfortunately he only seemed to go about confusion that had already been clarified. But let me still repeat some of those [...]