I will be speaking at the Southern California Linux Expo (and yes, given the topics covered, it's missing a GNU). My talk, "Four Freedoms for Freedom," is on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 16:30 to 17:30.
The most obvious people affected by all four of the freedoms that define free software are the programmers. They are the ones who will likely want to -- and are able to -- modify software running on their computers. But free software is a movement to advance and defend freedom for anyone and everyone using any computing device, not just programmers. In many countries now, given the ubiquity of tablets, phones, laptops and desktops, "anyone and everyone using any computing device" means nearly all citizens. But new technological innovations in these areas keep coming with new restrictions, frustrating and controlling users even while creating a perception of empowerment. The Free Software Foundation wants to gain the support and protect the interests of everyone, not just programmers. How do we reach people who have no intention of ever modifying a program, and how do we help them?
Other presentations on my list to check out (in chronological order, some conflicting):
If you will be there and want to meet up, drop me a line.
I'll be at FOSDEM again this year, arriving in Brussels on Thursday 31st and leaving on Tuesday 5th.
I'll be speaking on Sunday in the legal issues devroom at 10:00.
If you will be there and want to meet up, let me know.
I may be trying to watch the Super Bowl from there, a plan that didn't quite work out last year but seems more likely this year.
FSF licensing policy challenges in 2013
This talk will cover the main challenges facing the Free Software Foundation's Licensing and Compliance lab in 2013, and will invite discussion of the FSF's work and policies in this area. We'll explore:
Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower were pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, my photos were not -- slow shutter speed without a tripod does not work that well. But click to see a few anyway.
Yes, that's a disco ball hanging from the center of the Tower; the musical theme this year was disco. This seemed to catch the French (as well as all the other tourists) by surprise -- nobody around us was dancing except the Americans we were with. Other than during "YMCA," which caused a spark.
It was without a doubt the best fireworks display I've seen. Maybe not better than San Diego's though.
I have no idea why they put the above tray table in front of me. While I'm on the topic, I learned some interesting things about airplane food from The New York Times recently:
I'm trying to figure out how to get two 27"x33" framed pictures (glass) safely from Detroit to Boston. In reading about Delta's policies on fragile luggage, I learned about their Christmas Tree policy. Who knew.
Do you want to bring some holiday cheer to your destination? You can indeed bring your Christmas tree with you. We will accept cut Christmas trees as limited-release baggage on all flights within the United States, including flights to/from Hawaii. However, all Christmas trees will be subject to baggage allowance and baggage size restrictions, as well as some other rules:
- Trees need to be adequately packaged with the root ball or cut base and all branches wrapped and secured using a burlap-type material.
- If you are traveling into Hawaii and checking a Christmas tree as baggage, you must include it on your declaration form and the tree must pass agricultural inspection.
One policy I'm glad I don't have to concern myself with this Christmas? The Cremated Remains policy. "TSA suggests the passenger purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container of lighter material such as wood or plastic which can easily be x-rayed." Is there a Ralph's around here?
I welcome suggestions for transporting/shipping these pictures.