Tag Archives: FOSS

The next UbuCon is in Orlando, Florida!

Thanks to the generous organizers of FOSSETCON who have given us a room at their venue, we will be having another UbuCon in Orlando this fall! FOSSETCON 2015 will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista‎, from November … Continue reading

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Free Software’s Fifth Freedom

Way back at the dawn of the open source era, Richard Stallman wrote the Four Freedoms which defined what it meant for software to be free. These are: Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose. Freedom … Continue reading

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My SCaLE 13x and UbuCon review

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the thirteenth Southern California Linux Expo, more commonly known at SCaLE 13x. It was my first time back in five years, since I attended 9x, and my first time … Continue reading

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On Democratic Republics and Meritocratic Oligarchies

There’s a saying in American political debate that is as popular as it is wrong, which happens when one side appeals to our country’s democratic ideal, and the other side will immediately counter with “The United States is a Republic, not … Continue reading

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Big improvements come from small changes

After I implemented infinite scrolling in uReadIt 2.0, I found that after a couple of page loads the UI would start to be sluggish. It’s not surprising, considering the number of components it kept adding to the ListView. But in … Continue reading

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Ubuntu Incubator

The Ubuntu Core Apps project has proven that the Ubuntu community is not only capable of building fantastic software, but they’re capable of the meeting the same standards, deadlines and requirements that are expected from projects developed by employees. One of … Continue reading

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Economic warfare in FOSS

Or, How to destroy a project rather than compete with it. Whether they are conscious of it or not, many parts of our community have engaged in it, and it’s hurting us all. When a project comes along that some people … Continue reading

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Public speaking for introverts

Last week I attended FOSSETCON, a new open source convention here in central Florida, and I had the opportunity to give a couple of presentations on Ubuntu phones and app development. Anybody who knows me knows that I love talking … Continue reading

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YAGNI, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the BSD

Last week I published a new app to the Ubuntu Store, which isn’t anything particularly new, but this time I didn’t use my normal license, instead I went permissive. This is something I’ve been wavering on for a while now, … Continue reading

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Communicating Recognition

Recognition is like money, it only really has value when it’s being passed between one person and another. Otherwise it’s just potential value, sitting idle.  Communication gives life to recognition, turning it’s potential value into real value. As I covered in … Continue reading

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