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Getting Started with SQL-Ledger Presentation Files - As promised, here's the file for my SQL-Ledger presentation.
(note: the file is in OpenOffice 2.0 format) [Calgary Linux User Group]
Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits - With Sony slated to appear in a New York courtroom on Friday to seek approval for its class action settlement for the rootkit fiasco, its Canadian arm is now facing several Canadian class action suits. The Merchant Law Firm, based in Calgary, launched class action suits in both the Ontario and B.C. courts yesterday (Ontario brief, B.C. brief). This follows a less-publicized class action launched in Quebec against Sony last November. All of these cases arise from the rootkit issue. The briefs make for interesting reading as the Canadian cases raise a long list of legal issues including the violation of Canadian privacy law, breach of contract, violation of the Competition Act, and a host of tort claims.
Open Source and the Canadian Election - As most Canadians know at this time, we're in the middle of an election campaign, the vote is January 23.
I don't know whether you consider open source to important enough of a public policy matter to make it an election issue, but consider this: The Green Party actually has as specific policy the goal to:
Require federal departments and agencies to transition to open source or free software for general applications, and provide free tech support to Canadian companies who also use this software.
Cleaning Up Copyright - With both prospective Canadian Heritage Ministers accepting copyright
Why UserFriendly went private again - For many in the computer industry, the UserFriendly comic strip is the first Web page they open in the morning. However, only its most loyal readers are aware that, over the past five years, the company behind the cartoon has wandered into the public equity market, only to return to the status of a private company. Recently, I talked about this journey with JD Frazer, the creator of the strip, and David Barton, vice president of UserFriendly.org. Their account is a practical lesson in the difficulties involved in such business maneuvers -- to say nothing of a testimony to their collective ability to keep their business, ethics, and audience intact. [Newsforge]
Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed... - Today I received 8 signatures for the Petition for Users' Rights from Waterloo, Ontario. It is important that we continue to collect signatures and have them tabled in the new parliament. Some of the people will be new, and we need to ensure that they are aware that, contrary to the misinformation in press releases, that Canadians (including Canadian creators) are not behind the extreme views of the Canadian branch plants of foreign intermediaries like CIRA and CAAST.
Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux - CLUE relaunches to tackle social policies around technology choices [ITBusiness.ca]
Do LUGs still matter? - Commentary -- There is no question that LUGs -- Linux User Groups -- have been important to the rapid growth and adoption of Linux. In the early years, a typical LUG brought together early adopters from every walk of life who had a missionary zeal for Linux. Today, most members are IT professionals. Given that, I wonder, do LUGs matter any longer? [Newsforge]
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