misc. Archives

  1. A revised OSI “Open Source Licenses” page

    Don't do a nano without them by mpclemens, used under CC-BY 2.0.

    When someone new to open source does a web search for “open source licenses”, the first page that comes up1 is opensource.org/licenses – making it one of the most important resources for newcomers to open source.2 Despite that, until today, all that a newbie would get when going to that page was two links: one…

  2. Personal MPL acknowledgments

    This morning I hit publish on the announcement of MPL 2.0, finishing a two year process. The official announcement had a number of acknowledgements for the many people who helped out along the way, but I wanted to take to my personal blog to add a few personal notes. “thank you note for every language,”…

  3. Other Ways to Slice Revenue Pies

    A large company with a distribution network, and a little guy with something nifty to distribute walk into a bar… Step 18 / Rex Roof / CC BY 2.0 [NB: Nothing here is legal advice; just business advice. I do not represent either the GNOME Foundation or Canonical, and have not talked to either one…

  4. A must-read on google

    In the same vein as my earlier commentaries on Google comes this piece by James Grimmelman. He doesn’t comment on the actual substance of the net neutrality announcement. Instead he focuses on process, and his description of how google does things seem so dead on to me into how google that I think I’ll be…

  5. working it

    It is extremely satisfying when you can see your work turn directly into a working product. I just played with last night’s test version of firefox, and as per roc’s blog post, it indeed contains the video support whose licensing I (and others here) were working on last week. In an ideal world, lawyers should…

  6. Cambridge lazyweb request

    Hello Cambridge-based lazyweb! I am looking at network Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) for guest wifi networks, and I have been told that MIT’s AUP for their guest wifi network is particularly terrific- short, simple, etc. Can someone in Cambridge who happens to stumble by MIT check into the network and copy/paste the text and email…

  7. over at opensource.com…

    I’ve written a brief piece on the open source law community over at opensource.com. May be of interest for those hackers who wonder if they have any lawyer/guardian angels, and if so, do they ever talk to each other?

  8. two great quotes from this weekend

    “We are working well when we use ourselves as the fellow creatures of the plants, animals, materials, and other people we are working with. Such work is unifying, healing. It brings us home from pride and from despair, and places us responsibly within the human estate. It defines us as we are: not too good…