]> CLUE - Other Canadian blogs http://www.cluecan.ca/taxonomy/term/87/0 en How to avoid the benefits of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1192 <p><A href="http://flora.ca/floss">FLOSS</A> offers many benefits over software that has a sole proprietor and is funded by royalties. Examples of sole proprietor software are packages such as Microsoft Office where there is a single entity which either owns or is relicensing the exclusive rights on the software, and thus is the sole entity which can provide many levels of software support.</p> <p>While I recommend against this, it is possible to use FLOSS and yet receive none of the benefits beyond lower ($0) royalty payments. Government departments seem to do this all the time, not wanting to accept the advantages of FLOSS (misinterpreting software acquisition policy? Ideologically predisposed to sole proprietor software? Offer your thoughts in the comments...).</p> <p>The two most common ways to avoid the benefits of FLOSS can be summarized by two acronyms: COTS and DIY.</p> <p>&gt;&gt; <A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2009/09/19/how-to-avoid-benefits-floss/">Read full article</A> on IT World Canada's blog</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Sat, 19 Sep 2009 12:07:36 -0400 Free Software and the Canadian Federal Election 2008 http://www.cluecan.ca/node/746 <p>The <A href="http://www.fsf.org">Free Software Foundation (FSF)</A> is a donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. They have sister organizations in <A href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/">Europe</A>, <A href="http://www.fsf.org.in/">India</A> and <A href="http://www.fsfla.org">Latin America</A>.</p> <p>Since any inclusion of legal protection for "technological measures" in the law regulates what software citizens are allowed to run on their own computer, they have an interest in this issue. Canadians who are part of the Free Software Community really need to get involved in this election to ensure that the rights of Canadian Free Software users are protected. Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF, requested that I write this article to give our community some ideas of what to do.</p> <p>Read the <A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/09/11/fsf-election2008/">rest of this entry on IT World Canada's blog</A> »</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:52:45 -0400 CLUE's involvement in Internet issues: ICANN, Net Neutrality and competitive access http://www.cluecan.ca/node/727 <p>As a demonstration of CLUE's involvement in issues beyond "Linux Users", I want to talk about some of the issues that Evan Leibovitch (past executive director) and I (as policy coordinator) are involved in.</p> <p>Evan has been acting as chair of the North American Region <A href="http://alac.icann.org/">At-Large Advisory Committee of ICANN</A> (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Evan will hopefully be blogging about his involvement soon, and some of the issues that the advisory committee deals with. People may get a taste for the types of issues by listening to the <A href="http://twit.tv/twil13">This week in Law episode 13 from last month</A>.</p> <p>While I spoke at <A href="http://it360.ca/">IT360</A> last week on the issue of Software Patents and Free/Libre and Open Source Software, recent interviews and blogging have been focused on the related issues of "Net Neutrality" and competitive access to telecommunications facilities. While these two issues are often lumped together or even confused for each other, I try to separate them in my articles.</p> <p><UL ><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/04/14/more-bell-canada-misinformation-and-misdirection-in-attempt-to-justify-questionably-lawful-throttling/">More Bell Canada misinformation and misdirection in attempt to justify questionably lawful throttling</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/03/29/separating-the-competitive-access-issues-from-the-net-neutrality-issues/">Separating the competitive access issues from the Net Neutrality issues</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/03/20/an-ideal-future-communications-infrastructure-how-do-we-get-there-and-what-is-stopping-us/">An ideal future communications infrastructure, how do we get there, and what is stopping us!</A><br /> </UL></p> CLUE blogs From and about CLUE Other Canadian blogs Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:36:49 -0400 Free Ontario http://www.cluecan.ca/node/717 <p>Hi folks! I'd like to invite anyone interested in participating to check out the Free Ontario initiative begin run by myself at <a href="http://therabidpenguin.blogspot.com">http://therabidpenguin.blogspot.com</a>. In a nutshell, I want to try stir things up a bit in Ontario and get the discussion around Free/Libre Open Source Software going among Ontario Politicians.</p> Other Canadian blogs Discuss Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:49:05 -0500 Blogging on IT World Canada http://www.cluecan.ca/node/716 <p>I have started to offer commentary on the <a href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/">IT World Canada Blogs</A>. The first three articles are as follows:</p> <p><UL ><br /> <LI ><a href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/09/when-a-hardware-and-software-hacker-meets-lawyers-and-policy-wonks/">When a hardware and software hacker meets lawyers and policy wonks.</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/11/we%e2%80%99re-not-thieves-we-just-can%e2%80%99t-read-contracts-mcafee-and-open-source/">We’re not thieves. We just can’t read contracts (McAfee and Open Source)</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/15/even-in-the-drm-debate-content-is-not-king/">Even in the “DRM” debate, Content is not King.</A><br /> </UL></p> Other Canadian blogs Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:57:31 -0500 Tech and Sec - October 2006 an interesting blog entry http://www.cluecan.ca/node/473 <p>I think that the following addresses some of the problem we have with<br /> our politicians and the surrounding bureaucracy.</p> <p>http://techsec.blog.ca/2006/10/</p> Other Canadian blogs Discuss Thu, 07 Dec 2006 11:07:00 -0500 Globe and Mail: Liberal MP's fundraiser causes controversy http://www.cluecan.ca/node/41 <p><a href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/1806">Globe and Mail: Liberal MP's fundraiser causes controversy</a> - <em >This <A href="http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060119.wfunds0119/BNStory/specialDecision2006/">Globe and Mail article by Roma Luciw</A> about Bulte's fundraiser tonight contains this gem:<br /> "I will not be silenced by zealots like Michael Geist and political opportunists like Peggy Nash who are making something out of nothing," she said, adding that she believes Mr. Geist's comments are nearing the point of being defamatory.<br /> "I am not going to sue him before the election but dammit, watch me after the election."</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Patents & Copyrights Fri, 20 Jan 2006 09:12:10 -0500 A Web pioneer lays out the drawbacks of American-style copyright laws http://www.cluecan.ca/node/38 <p><a href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/1740">A Web pioneer lays out the drawbacks of American-style copyright laws</a> - <em >Canadian science fiction author <A href="http://www.craphound.com/bio.php">Cory Doctorow</A> wrote <a href="http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&amp;c=Article&amp;cid=1137279034770&amp;call_pageid=970599119419">an article in the Toronto Star</A> which includes:<br /> As well as being a writer, I'm a partner in a copyright-based business whose server is located in Toronto, not far from Bulte's riding. Boing Boing is the daily blog I co-edit; it gets about 1.7 million readers a day. We rely on copyright to protect our income, but we also need copyright to get out of the way when we quote, excerpt and include stills from other websites in the course of reporting on them.</p> Other Canadian blogs Patents & Copyrights Sun, 15 Jan 2006 20:05:21 -0500 Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits http://www.cluecan.ca/node/31 <p><a href="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1062">Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits</a> - <em >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.&nbsp; The<a href="http://www.merchantlaw.com/sony.html"> Merchant Law Firm</a>, based in Calgary, launched class action suits in both the Ontario and B.C. courts yesterday (<a href="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/dmdocuments/_0105142012_001.pdf">Ontario brief</a>, <a href="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/dmdocuments/_0105141456_001.pdf">B.C. brief</a>).&nbsp; This follows a less-publicized class action <a href="http://consommateur.qc.ca/union/293.htm">launched in Quebec</a> against Sony last November.&nbsp; 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.</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Patents & Copyrights Fri, 06 Jan 2006 09:03:10 -0500 Open Source and the Canadian Election http://www.cluecan.ca/node/30 <p><a href="http://telly.org/foss-election">Open Source and the Canadian Election</a> - <em >As most Canadians know at this time, we're in the middle of an election campaign, the vote is January 23.</p> <p>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:</p> <p>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.</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Thu, 05 Jan 2006 09:14:12 -0500 Cleaning Up Copyright http://www.cluecan.ca/node/28 <p><a href="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1061">Cleaning Up Copyright</a> - <em >With both prospective Canadian Heritage Ministers accepting copyright<br /> lobby cash (see <a href="../index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1060">The Sad Reality of Copyright Policy In Canada</a>, <a href="../index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1058&amp;Itemid=89&amp;nsub=">Campaign Contributions</a>, <a href="../index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1057&amp;Itemid=89&amp;nsub=">Tipping Point</a>, <a href="../index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1047&amp;Itemid=89&amp;nsub=">That's What Friends Are For</a>) and the funders making it clear that they are in the market for more (see <a href="../index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1059">Business As Usual</a>), it is time to clean up copyright in Canada.&nbsp; The election campaign provides the perfect time to do so.&nbsp; The short term solution<br /> is obvious - Bulte should cancel the January 19th fundraiser and apologize to her constituents and the Canadian public.</p> Other Canadian blogs Patents & Copyrights Wed, 04 Jan 2006 11:37:30 -0500 Who's in charge of these user groups anyway? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/25 <p><a href="http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/news.asp?id=37957">Who's in charge of these user groups anyway?</a> - <em >They may be powered by passion and a love for technology, but it's often the vendors that keep these organizations alive. We talk to leaders about how they deal with the conflict of interest issues. Also: Are LUGs immune?</em> [<a href="http://www.itbusiness.ca">ITBusiness.ca</a>]</p> Other Canadian blogs About the Community Tue, 03 Jan 2006 22:35:17 -0500