January 4, 2005

Ethical issues in open source

January 4, 2005 - Categories: opensource


One of my students e-mailed me asking for help finding interesting
ethical issues in open source. Here’s the partial list I sent him:

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Planner cited as a reason to defect to Emacs

January 4, 2005 - Categories: emacs, happy, planner


You point is well taken. I find myself living in an application more and more. At work, it’s my editor
and I’d like it to handle the G.T.D. tasks and my schedule. I never set out to do this, I’ve just seen it

Tyler will probably love being able to create hyperlinked tasks from anywhere. =)

praytothemachine » Should I defect to Emacs?

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xtla goodness ([[EmacsTips#note19][EmacsTips:19]]”[[emacs]])

January 4, 2005 - Categories: emacs, planner

I used xtla to browse my TLA archives today. xtla’s bookmarks and
missing patch summary made merging missing patches much easier. I used
m to mark interesting patches and . r to replay
the marked patches. Great stuff.

In related news, I’ll really need to migrate the archive. At 98414
characters, our ChangeLog is now 1/5 of the size of the source code
(457478 bytes). Dev’s changelog is much bigger—147672 bytes.

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A question of scale

January 4, 2005 - Categories: development, opensource


Open source allows people to work on an individual basis. Developers
can jumpstart their projects by using existing code, creating software
that answers their own needs and perhaps the needs of a small group of
users that often also contribute improvements. Because the source code
is open, people can easily choose the features they want to include or
make minor modifications to get existing code to behave the way they
want. Open source development promotes personal communication with
users, and user requests can go straight to developers without passing
through marketing. How is this different from other kinds of
user-developer relationships, and is this an advantage open source
developers can use?

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debian-installer Tagalog translation complete!

January 4, 2005 - Categories: opensource


Eric Pareja and other volunteer translators have finished the
translating level 1 of the debian-installer into Tagalog. Please check
out the completed file at http http://news.upm.edu.ph/~xenos/tl.po .
Comments and improvements would be very much appreciated.
Three more levels to go!

A glossary of terms can also be found at
http://news.upm.edu.ph/~xenos/debian-tl/kartouche .

Eric Pareja also invites interested people to participate on the
Debian Tagalog mailing list at

E-Mail from eric pareja

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Looking for Emacs blogs

January 4, 2005 - Categories: emacs

I’d love to read more about the wonderful editor/way-of-life that is
Emacs. Know of any Emacs-related blogs? (Occasional off-topics are
fine.) Please e-mail the URL to me at sacha@free.net.ph or use the
comment form.

You can check out http://del.icio.us/sachac/emacs+blogs for a list of
blogs so far.

I plan to aggregate blogs into a general blog feed and an
Emacs-specific blog feed.

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Emacs channel chat logs

January 4, 2005 - Categories: emacs

Also, if someone can help me set up logging (split into text files by
day, please) for irc://irc.freenode.net/#emacs, I volunteer to
summarize and anonymize interesting tidbits from #emacs every day.
That way, people don’t have to worry about missing interesting tips or
code snippets. ;)

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