Stefan Merten | 1 Aug 09:56 2006
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[ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock


Hi!

The program of this interesting conference described below is at

	http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2308

The first WOS was the cradle for Oekonux and IMHO the WOS conferences
are still one of the most interesting events in the Oekonux
environment.

I'll be definitely there and would really like to meet a couple of
Oekonuxis there. I'll set up

	http://en.wiki.oekonux.org/Oekonux/Events/2006_Berlin_WOS4

to prepare a meeting.

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Date:  Thu, 20 Jul 2006 22:40:05 +0200
From:  "Volker Grassmuck"
Subject:  [wos] WOS4 will rock

== please redistribute  ==

Wizards of OS 4
Information Freedom Rules
International Conference
14-16 September 2006
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Stefan Merten | 1 Aug 20:13 2006
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[ox-en] Antirivalness


Hi list!

We had the terms rival and non-rival goods a couple of times here.
I'm still reading this **excellent** book from Steven Weber ("The
Success of Open Source") and he makes a very interesting point about
the rivalness of Free Software (Page 153f.):

  [...Thinking about classical concepts and thoughts about non-rival
  good which are all not very satisfying for Free Software...]

  I believe the solution to this problem lies in pushing the concept
  of non-rivalness one step further. Software in many circumstances is
  more than simply non-rival. Operating systems like Linux in
  particular, and almost software in general, actually are subject to
  positive network externalities. Call it a network good, or an
  anti-rival good (an awkward, but nicely descriptive term). In simpler
  language, it means that the value of a piece of software to any user
  increases as more people use the software on their machines and in
  their particular settings. Compatibility in the standard sense of a
  network good is one reason why this is so. Just as it is more
  valuable for me to have a fax machine if lots of other people also
  have fax machines, as more computers in the world run a particular
  operating system or application it becomes easier to communicate
  and share files across those computers. Each becomes slightly more
  valuable to existing users as each new users enters the picture.

  Open source software makes an additional and very important use of
  anti-rivalness, in maintenance and debugging. Remember the argument
  that there exists an infinite number of paths through the lines of
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Stefan Merten | 2 Aug 07:48 2006
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Re: [ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock


Hi list!

Yesterday Stefan Merten wrote:
> The program of this interesting conference described below is at
> 
> 	http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2308
> 
> The first WOS was the cradle for Oekonux and IMHO the WOS conferences
> are still one of the most interesting events in the Oekonux
> environment.
> 
> I'll be definitely there and would really like to meet a couple of
> Oekonuxis there. I'll set up
> 
> 	http://en.wiki.oekonux.org/Oekonux/Events/2006_Berlin_WOS4
> 
> to prepare a meeting.

I set it up. It would be great if people who are interested in meeting
there could put their name on this page.

						Mit Freien Grüßen

						Stefan

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magius | 2 Aug 20:28 2006
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Re: [ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock

What do you think are the most interesting speeches at this WOS?
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Yuwei Lin | 3 Aug 01:35 2006

Re: [ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock

magius wrote:
> What do you think are the most interesting speeches at this WOS?

I've had a look at the programme of WOS4. I must confess that neither am 
I impressed by the cast of the speakers/discussants, nor do I like the 
American-oriented flavour. I have the impression that the programme of 
WOS3 was more diverse and complete.

IMHO, the most interesting session at WOS4 is going to be this one which 
addresses an important issue and associates with the most fundamental 
question on 'what is FLOSS': http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2324

How do others reckon?

Best wishes,
yuwei

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Anivar Aravind | 3 Aug 10:35 2006
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[ox-en] Bangalore to Host the 4th International Conference on GPLv3

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Bangalore to Host the Fourth International Conference on GPLv3

India will host the Fourth International GPLv3 Conference in
Bangalore, this August 23-24, 2006. A part of the world-wide drive to
create awareness about the upcoming version three of the GNU General
Public License (GPLv3), the two-day conference is expected to draw
delegates  from across the communities - legal, bureaucrat and
academia. While the first day will see Richard M Stallman and Eben
Moglen, the original architects of the GPLv3 license, communicating
latest updates on the GPLv3  final draft, the second day holds panel
discussions on localisation, awareness and adoption of GPLv3 and
threat of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

The event to be held at the Indian Institute of  Management -
Bangalore is a sequence to the Third International GPLv3 Conference
that took place in Barcelona, Spain. Similar events have already been
held in the USA and Brazil. The international GPLv3 conferences are
part  of a year-long public consultation process to update the GNU
General Public
License (GPL).

The version 3 of the GPL, essentially, takes into account changes in
terms of legal and technical environment, in which software licenses
operate, and the need to increase protection against new threats such
as software patents and Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). The
worldwide awareness drive for GPLv3, is to ensure that, all users of
software distributed under its terms, have the freedom to examine,
share, and
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Stefan Merten | 5 Aug 20:23 2006
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Re: [ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock


Hi Magius, Yuwei, all!

3 days ago magius wrote:
> What do you think are the most interesting speeches at this WOS?

Generally I find the topic "Information Freedom Rules" interesting in
both ways to read it: "The theme demarkated by the subtitle of WOS 4
will be running through the conference as a whole: the question which
freedom do we mean, and what rules does it take to make it
sustainable."

Among the panels I find "Brazil, the Free Culture Nation"
[http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2313] an interesting topic I
really like to know more of. I'm especially curious on Fernanda
Weiden.

The panel "Netlabels: Niche, Long Tail, Blueprint?"
[http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2314] I find also interesting.
Indeed netlabels IMHO are something which certainly needs our
attention because really interesting things are happening there.

The panel "Quality Management in Free Content"
[http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2316] addresses an IMHO
absolutely pressing question. The debates in Wikipedia - which I think
is another germ form - about these things will give a lot to think
about - regardless of their outcome. In this panel I'm also keen to
hear Ulrich Pöschl again who argued so nicely on the quality aspect of
Open Access models.

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Yuwei Lin | 5 Aug 21:05 2006

Re: [ox-en] Fwd: WOS4 will rock

Stefan Merten wrote:
> What I dislike it that AFAICS WOS is more or less closed. Or did
> anyone see a call for papers / contributions? The WOS conference also
> has some tradition to invite big names. I don't like this attitude.
> This WOS also has only a single track which I find counterproductive.

Agreed.

In fact, the Wikimania conference taking place at the moment might be of 
interest to folks as well 
<http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>. It touches many 
issues that Stefan refers to e.g. Quality Management.

I am sure Jimbo Wales' infamous words "Is there anybody in charge of 
this conference?" will become classic for organising germ-form alike 
conferences/meetings/projects :-) See 
<http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Blog>.

Best wishes,
yuwei
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Stefan Merten | 19 Aug 18:02 2006
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[ox-en] Oekonux introduction in Wiki


Hi Oekonuxis!

As I promised a couple of times I finally put the Oekonux introduction
into the Wiki during the last two weeks:

	http://en.wiki.oekonux.org/Oekonux/Introduction

As of now the Wiki pages reflect the state of the introduction on the
static pages:

	http://www.oekonux.org/introduction/blotter/

This is the state of the introduction several years ago, however.
During the last year I thought about a lot of things which need adding
to the introduction. Some things are older which just didn't make it
into the introduction yet. Some things are from recent debates on this
list. Starting next week I'll begin updating the introduction with
what I gathered so far.

I tried to set this up as an international / multi-language project.
There are translations to German and Italian which have been created
for the original pages. Translations of new pages and of changes in
old would be most appreciated of course. Also translations to other
languages are appreciated very much (please contact me so we can set
this up properly).

Part of the multi-language approach is that discussion of the content
pages should happen on common `/Talk` pages. Though English is
understood probably by most potential readers not everyone can express
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Anivar Aravind | 23 Aug 17:12 2006
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[ox-en] India should opposse DRM: Richard Stallman

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India should opposse DRM: Richard Stallman

India should not enact a Digital Rights Management (DRM) law, Dr.
Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Movement and the
GNU Project said. He was speaking at the Fourth International
Conference on GPL v3 held at the Indian Institute of Management,
Bangalore, on August 23rd, 2006. He commented that the people who
implement DRM, which he called the "Digital Restrictions Management",
should be in prison if the government is really of the people, by the
people and for the people. This law actually restricts the freedom of
the people. A company that uses the restrictions in producing its DVD
will give the format it uses to create the DVD only to a company that
promises to protect that restriction. The law has been enacted in the
US and the European Union has given a direction in favour of DRM. Now
the government of India is contemplating modifying its laws to
incorporate DRM. The time given for the public to register their
comments on the law was short and was insufficient for anyone to give
a comprehensive response. That time itself is now over. It is
important that the public take this issue and try to convince the
government that what they are planning to do goes against the
interests of the people and protects only the interest of the large
companies. He went on to say that the Free Software licences like the
GNU General Public Licence can do only a little to protect users from
these laws.

The conference was organised by the Free Software Foundation of India,
and the Free Software Users Group, Bangalore, in association with the
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, to discuss the draft of the
new version of the General Public Licence (GPL), GPL v3. Dr. Stallman
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