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4 Dec 2007 (updated 4 Dec 2007 at 08:26 UTC) »
Help kill the upcoming Canadian copyright law

As avid readers of BoingBoing will know, Canada is likely to be passing a new copyright law in the next month. The current Conservative gov't is withholding specific information about this new law to stiffle public debate. Jim Prentice, the Industry Minister, whose ministry is responsible for copyright law in Canada, has refused to come on Search Engine, a CBC program talking about culture and the net. It is critical that they don't get away with this. Online Rights Canada is running a great Contact your MP campaign and Michael Geist has other people you should contact. Don't let them get away with this!

20 Nov 2007 (updated 20 Nov 2007 at 00:09 UTC) »
Rosetta (and Launchpad) fail again

When are we going to realize that the hard problem is not building a better mousetrap but rather that making the mousetraps talk to each other?

re: OLPC sets up a Pootle install

Got an Ubuntu event? Add it to the Fridge calendar

The Fridge has a very handy little feature for those who are very forgetful about upcoming events: our calendar. However, as you can see, it is a little empty right now. If you have any events you are running as part of your LoCo team or a larger project-wide team, email us to get it added. And for those who have already emailed us and don't see it, I will be trawling the archives tonight. for anything we might have missed.

5 Nov 2007 (updated 5 Nov 2007 at 04:20 UTC) »
Back from UDS Boston

I have arrived back from FOSSCamp and UDS Boston. Had a little issue with weather which caused a delay in my flight out of Boston until 10pm which meant I got to spend 6 hours in a hotel (at Alaska Air's expense) to wait for the next flight out. Then of course, I had a nice delay in Seattle due to weather again. All these delays meant I arrived home after about 16 hours of travel, twice what I was planning. I did get a nice reminder of why I live in Victoria. As the flight crossed the border, the weather cleared. What was raining and completely socked in ground fog became gloriously clear skies.

Minor flight details aside, UDS and FOSSCamp rocked! Thanks to Canonical for sponsoring me again and for running such great events. I especially want to thank James Troup (elmo) and Chris Jones (Ng) for keeping all of the infrastructure up and running. Scott Ritchie, my roommate, commented that phones actually worked this time! Having run my an Asterisk box at my last work place, I can feel their pain.

As an aside, I highly recommend Alaska Air/Horizon Air. Every single of their employees was professional and courteous. Besides the hotel voucher, I also got two "free money" vouchers for food, valid at any SeaTac store for anything.

If you are at UDS, tell me your story for the Fridge!

As I say in the title, if you are at UDS in Boston, please mail me or grab me in the hallway.

First day of UDS done

The first day of the UDS for Hardy is now done. I written up a little writeup on the Fridge about the first day: Developer Summit Day 1 concludes. I have also written something about FOSSCamp last weekend, which I attended. It too can be found on the Fridge: FOSSCamp wraps up.

See you all tomorrow. I might even remember to set my alarm this morning.

18 Oct 2007 (updated 18 Oct 2007 at 06:14 UTC) »
10 Rocking Features in 10 Days

I just finished writing a series of articles on 10 rocking features in 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) the Fridge. So as we wait for the final release of 7.10, take a peek at the cool features we will be getting.

On PackageKit

Og, PackageKit is a very cool project and I think it would make a great addition to 8.10. Why 8.10? Because 8.04 is our next LTS and introducing new ways to handle packaging is a very bad idea, IMHO.

However, I suggest you create a spec and suggest it for the next UDS and let's see what the real developers say.

Hey Mozilla, please care about Linux

For all the good Mozilla has done for the web, one thing that really irks me is how they apparently couldn't care less about Linux. Another classic example of this: Alex Faaborg talks about how "system integration" is so important for Mozilla. Notice the conspicuous lack of mention of Linux.

Webkit + Epiphany looks better every day.

One more day of OpenStreetMap Mapping Party in Victoria

By popular demand, the OSM mapping party has added another day, tomorrow, at the end of F0SS4G 2007. If you are interested in learning more about how OSM works and are in Victoria, drop by Dolce Vita coffee on 1213 Douglas St. tomorrow at 3:30pm.

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