Free Software

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Free Software, Drupal, and Kittens

This past Saturday was the 7th NYC Drupal Camp, and apparently something I said started a little bit of a twit-storm.

As part of the introduction to the event, I was asked to give a quick introduction to Open Source/Free Software. I've given similar presentations at many of the past camps and other conferences, and it was a busy week so I did not really prepare as well as I should have so I improvised a bit more than I usually do.

I pulled out one of my earlier presentations and gave the fastest possible history of the GPL, Free Software and the relationship between the copyleft nature of the GPL sofware license and the community-centric development process of a tool like Drupal.

Radical Reference, Free Software Use in Librarianship

Apr 28 2009 4:30 pm
Apr 28 2009 5:20 pm

Radical Reference is an online reference service provided by volunteer library workers in a collaborative virtual setting using free/open source technology. Come learn more about how you can use this model to deliver services in your own communities (social, political, familial, spiritual, etc.). Presenters will share the five year history of the group and discuss how it collaborates, as well as give an accessible history of free/open source software.


Ocean Place Resort & Spa Long Branch, NJ
United States

my rant on Open File Formats is going to be published in Spanish!

I was contacted today by some folks in Spain that are publishing a book about Media Art Conservation. They found something I posted to the mailing list of the Institute for Distributed Creativity last year and want my permission to translate and publish it. I'm really excited.

more info on the IDC can be found at their website or on the archive of the mailing list at

It took me a while to dig up the post from my archive so I could decide if I wanted to give permission, I'm posting it here for no particular reason other than procrastinating other things I should be doing.

Internet Telephony, Cell Phones and Open Source For Labor

Dec 7 2008 12:00 pm
Dec 7 2008 1:30 pm

more info to come soon, this is one of the two panels I'm on at the upcoming LaborTech conference. this one is a discussion of using Open Source internet telephony, sms and other communications technologies for organizing.

Open Source/Free Sofware: What it is, how to use and defend it in your Union

Dec 6 2008 4:30 pm
Dec 6 2008 6:00 pm

more info to come soon, this is one of the two panels I'm on at the upcoming LaborTech conference. this one is another incarnation of my Introduction to Free Software Presentation. This time with a Labor Union focus.


University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA
United States