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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 23:14

Episode 11. In this episode of the Free Software Podcast, we introduce the fifth freedom. That is the freedom to access your data stored in web applications and to migrate to your own instance of a network application without degrading your experience(i.e. losing touch with friends). We also go over where to find free software and note that infections in non-free operating systems can present an opportunity for free software adoption.

Where to find free software:
Sourceforge.net, Freshmeat.net

Savannah.gnu.org, directory.fsf.org

Google code, github, and your favorite search engines are also options!

Discussion topics:
The Fifth Freedom - access to your data that is stored on web applications is an essential freedom. For more, read Freedom in the Cloud - Defining the Freedom to Migrate

Increased infections in proprietary operating systems may help free software adoption. At best, proprietary software can be completely replaced, and if that's not possible, free software applications can be installed. Finally, installation of a free operating system as a future fall-back or as dual boot may also be a good strategy.

Plugged Free Software or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer

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Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 21:01

Episode 10. A new version of F-Spot is released and we discuss 5 year copyright terms, Windows7Sins.org, a bittorrent client idea, and women in free software.

New Releases:
Spacewalk (0.6) - http://freshmeat.net/projects/fspot#release_303642

F-Spot (0.6.0) - http://freshmeat.net/projects/fspot#release_303642

Viper suite (initial release) - http://freshmeat.net/projects/viper-suite#release_303635

Simple Groupware (0.530) - http://freshmeat.net/projects/simplegroupware#release_303626

Amahi Linux Home Server (9.27) - http://freshmeat.net/projects/amahi#release_303620

Openwall Linux Kernel Patch - http://freshmeat.net/projects/linux-ow-patch

Discussion topics:
Stephen Fry voicing his opinion about copyright: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/07/fry_on_copyright.html

0 AD - a free software historical RTS that was just liberated - http://wildfiregames.com/0ad/

Women in Free software - http://www.itwire.com/content/view/27190/1090/

Microsoft's GPLd virtualization driver

Bittorrent client idea

Windows7Sins.org - http://windows7sins.org

Google Wave - http://waveprotocol.org - http://wave.google.com/

Events:
http://www.fsf.org/events/all.html

Software Freedom Day - September 19th, 2009 - http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 20:55

This time we talk about free software, Mono and whether or not it's a gratuitous risk, Microsoft's broken ODF support, PHP, MySQL Workbench and much, much more.

New Releases:
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Kongoni Nietzsche v1.12 released - http://www.kongoni.co.za/news/kongoni-nietzsche-release-announcement

Ad Bard - http://www.adbard.com/

OpenMeetings - http://freshmeat.net/projects/openmeetings

ConcourseConnect - http://freshmeat.net/projects/concourseconnect

PHP 5.3.0 - http://www.php.net

MySQL Workbench 5.1.16 - http://dev.mysql.com/workbench/

VLC Media Player 1.0 - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Discussion topics:
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"Mono is a gratuitous risk" - RMS - http://www.fsf.org/news/dont-depend-on-mono

Microsoft adds broken ODF support to Office - http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/

After the Software Wars by Keith Curtis - You can download it free-of-charge after all! - http://www.lulu.com/content/4964815

EyeOS Community Programming Contest - http://wiki.eyeos.org/Community_Programming_Contest_2009

Events:
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http://www.fsf.org/events/all.html

FSF Internship - http://www.fsf.org/volunteer/internships

Software Freedom Day - September 19th, 2009 - http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

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Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 15:12

Episode 8 - OpenProj, Linux.com, Ekiga, and Safecopy are this week's new releases. Our discussion topics include an FSF-approved GNU/Linux distro called BLAG, the Lemote YeeLoong netbook, talking about free software, Librivox.org, Ad Bard and Snowy.

OpenProj is a free software tool for project management and is a replacement for Microsoft Project and other project management tools.

Linux.com has been upgraded to a full social network website for GNU/Linux users and developers. We started our own group there.

Ekiga has a new version out. We talked about a feature we'd like to see: a more prominent buddy list to make calling buddies easier.

Safecopy is a file recovery tool that works on many types of media. Hope we don't have to use it!

BLAG is a free software GNU/Linux distribution with a notable set of Firefox bookmarks built-in. The project is on a bit of a hiatus but we're looking forward to future developments.

The Lemote YeeLoong is a unique netbook in that it's based on a MIPS architecture and runs 100% free software from the bios to the applications. A little pricey but in active development in free software circles.

We share a notable post describing the origins of the free software movement and it doesn't mention the founder's name!

Librivox.org is your source for public domain spoken audio files. Participants in the project record themselves reading works so the rest of us can enjoy them on the road, on the trail, or anywhere quiet enough to listen.

Ad Bard is a new free software focused ad network with nearly 1,000,000 monthly impressions just a couple days after launch. You can advertise your free software related product through the network or help grow it by placing their ads on your website.

Snowy is an AGPL-licensed project that synchronizes data from your local Tomboy installation to a central or your own web server. Gnote support coming soon?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 16:42

Episode 7 - gNewSense 2.2, AgileWiki, and TrafficMeter are this week's new releases. Our discussion topics include a Richard Stallman interview we found, Google Code blocking Iran, software patents, Oracle's potential Sun acquisition, Libre.fm, and installing gNewSense in a free virtual machine. (photo by Gisle Hannemyr)

Stallman discusses Free Software and GPLv3 http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2009/04/stallman-discusses-free-softwa.html

Google Code blocks Iran - http://www.fsdaily.com/Opposition/Google_selectively_censors_Iraninan_users

End Software Patents including a new wiki resource - http://endsoftpatents.org

Libre.fm - http://libre.fm

Oracle's potential acquisition of Sun Microsystems:
http://www.osnews.com/story/21340/What_s_Going_to_Happen_with_OpenOffice...
http://jeremy.linuxquestions.org/2009/04/20/oracle-agrees-to-acquire-sun...

Installing gNewSense - http://wiki.gnewsense.org/

Upcoming Free Software events - http://www.fsf.org/events/all.html
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Monday, April 13, 2009 - 22:53

Episode 6 - We start this week's show with the release of NoMachine NX, youtube-dl, VirtualBox, and rsstrak. We then cover ways to find jobs in free software, Jeremy Allison's article "GPL's cloudy future", and upcoming free software events.


NoMachine NX - http://www.nomachine.com/download.php

    XDMCP - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xdmcp#X_Display_Manager_Control_Protocol

    Cygwin - http://www.cygwin.com/

Youtube-dl - http://bitbucket.org/rg3/youtube-dl/wiki/Home

VirtualBox - http://dlc.sun.com/virtualbox/vboxdownload.html

    Differences between OES & Closed-source Edition - http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Editions

rsstrak - http://trygnulinux.com/rsstrak/rsstrak-0.2.tar.gz

Free Software Job Sites
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http://www.fsf.org/resources/jobs/listing
http://gnuherds.org/offers
http://jobs.linux.com/

GPL's cloudy future - http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=15855

Upcoming Free Software events - http://www.fsf.org/events/all.html
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Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 09:33

Episode 5 - We start this week's show with the release of Gnome 2.26, Piwigo, GNU Bash 4.0, and Ogg Video Tools. We then cover the four freedoms that make free software, the Freedom Toaster, Richard Stallman's recent article about javascript, a script we released under the GPL, and upcoming free software events.

Gnome 2.26 - http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.26/

Piwigo - http://piwigo.org/

GNU Bash 4.0 - http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/

Ogg Video Tools - http://freshmeat.net/projects/oggvideotools

The Four Freedoms - http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

Gcompis (Free Education Software) - http://gcompris.net/

Freedom Toaster - http://freedomtoaster.org

The Javascript Trap - http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html

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Friday, March 13, 2009 - 22:04

Episode 4 - We introduce the new releases segment, talk about the FSF's high priority projects list, FOSS Community India's Syllabus Review project, FUSBi and upcoming free software events.

The Free Software Foundation's list of High Priority Free Software projects: http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority.html

FOSS Community India's Syllabus Review program: http://fci.wikia.com/wiki/Syllabus_Review

FUSBi, a tool to make a bootable 100% free software flash drive: http://www.aligunduz.org/FUSBi/

The list of speakers at the upcoming Libre Planet 2009: http://www.fsf.org/news/libreplanet2009-speakers

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Monday, March 9, 2009 - 21:12

Episode 3 - We discuss recycling old hardware with free software, recording ekiga calls with wireshark, the cloud computing threat and upcoming events.

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Friday, February 13, 2009 - 12:00

Episode 2 - We go over some upcoming free software events, introduce your hosts Dave and Ken and do an audio version of the newsletter.

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