What if… Windows went open source?

Sam Varghese over at iTWire asked me a couple of days ago for input on whether FOSS would be affected if the Windows source code was released. I started drafting a response, expecting to be finished quickly, but the ideas just kept flowing. The end result was a touch...

Do you dare open the Necronomicon?

As promised, Microsoft have released documentation on their old binary formats by February 15. I haven’t taken a look yet, but the comments on the article don’t look too encouraging: some people contend that elements are missing and incomplete. It’ll be interesting to...

A Licence Odyssey

My last post made me revisit an internal debate that I’ve been having for a number of years: what licence should I publish my works under? There has been plenty of work done on this with regards to software, but what about documentation and other works? What licence...

Treasured

I’m a little late on this, but Marco Ostini has done a fine job of creating a submission [PDF] to the Federal Treasurer for Linux Australia. I feel especially stoked to see that it includes some of the explanation of FOSS that I maintain for Linux Australia. Nice to...

A win for the People… or Pyrrhic victory?

I mentioned in my write-up of the Microsoft visit to SLUG that Microsoft are going to release the specifications to their binary file formats. I wasn’t aware at the time that this had already been announced: the specs will be released on February 15. Groklaw has...