Celebrating freedom

We celebrated the U.S. July 4th independence day with BBQ'd bratwurst, hot dogs burgers and (still not free) beer. Here is some other freedom news this week:

Today the European Union parliment voted to free itself from a bad software patent law. The FFII, Sun and RedHat lobbied for this outcome and it's a clear victory for the open source software movement. I hope U.S. patent law is reformed to approach the spirit of idea exchange as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and slow the exodus of jobs, innovation and money from the U.S. software industry. I wonder if this scruffy group of computer hackers would have made it big if the threat of hundreds of obvious but expensive to challenge patents had been hanging over their heads in 1978.

Gman has a proposal regarding the future of JDS and JDS on OpenSolaris. (OpenSolaris is free as in Beer and free as in Thomas Jefferson's open letter to the king.)

Some noise is drifting across from Edinburgh having do with the Kyoto agreement. I was unsuccessful in convincing unions and politicians in my home town that coal power plants are out of vogue. But I can demonstrate one way to save a few pounds of CO2. Upgrade those bulky desktop P.C.s and CRT monitors to Sun Ray 170s! Here is an illustration of how I migrated desktop applications from my old Sun Ray client to the new one: how to migrate desktop applications to a modern efficient ultra-thin client.

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