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Decided to cure my malaise by novelty. Started learning Python again with the eventual aim of converting Mason to python. Don't know if it'll happen, but boy is python a gorgeous language. I mean, I love perl, but it is so fugly...And on the OS front, bought myself a copy of BeOS 5.0 to see what's up on that front. Should be fun.

<rant>Has anyone else noticed how little innovation there really is in the free software community? I mean, I was browsing sourceforge last night for projects, and realized i could be:

  1. Creating a new IRC client
  2. Creating a new Napster|Gnutella|Freenet client
  3. Writing a new window manager
  4. Working on a massively multiplayer OpenGL space/fantasy 3l33t RPG.
Is their anything really innovative out there? </rant>

An issue that I've been struggling with for a while is the relationship between free software development and employment as a programmer. I had a problem at my last job where I finished a perl module and I wanted to release it to CPAN. Although the work was done at home, I decided to follow the appropriate channels. Needless to say, the answer I got was not the answer I wanted -- my employer owned anything I did on or off the job that was "related" to my work. Which, of course, as a web developer, is just about anything. I could submit the thing to a board for a limited or educational release licence, but they'd have to evaluate its potential commercial value first. Beh.

How do people deal with this? Do we just go ahead and do our GPL projects and hope they never become big/popular enought that companies try to legally grab them? Do we not even bother if we're under the kind of contracts that most programmers are? Is their a happy medium? No idea...

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