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+ - MediaGoblin and FSF successfully raise funds for federation, privacy features

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

+ - Thirteen open source workshops at colleges in 2013-> 1

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paulproteus (112149) writes "Three years ago, Slashdot covered a "How To Get Involved In Open Source" workshop I helped run at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm part of the team that put that together, and in 2013, we ran 13 events, 7 of which were organized by women in CS groups. There's still no shortage of students that want to get involved, so read how we're going to run even more in 2014!"
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+ - Falkvinge: Engstrom, not Andersdotter, should be Swedish Pirates' #1-> 1

Submitted by rysiek
rysiek (1328591) writes "Rick Falkvinge has weighed-in on whom should the Swedish Pirates place on the all important #1 place on the ballot: Christian Engstrom. Why?

The reason is simple: between him and the other candidate for the ballot’s top position, Christian is the only one funding my keynoting and evangelizing

So even among the Pirates, is it always about the money? This has not garnered too positive a response, especially in the light of the fact that the "other candidate" is Amelia Andersdotter who, as some would argue, does a better job. The heat is on, including a twitter conversation (and a Diaspora hashtag for the decentralites among you)."
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+ - Conservancy running campaign to write better accounting software for nonprofits-> 1

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy is running a campaign to improve accounting software, especially for nonprofits. To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees. This is fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality, democracy, and sharing. You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now!"
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+ - Libre Graphics Magazine 1.1 seeking submissions->

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ginger coons
ginger coons writes "Libre Graphics Magazine, spawned from the Libre Graphics Meeting and its surrounding community, is seeking submissions for its inaugural numbered issue. Anyone using or thinking about Libre Graphics applications, standards and workflows is invited to submit already completed works or proposals for work for inclusion in issue 1.1, to be published in print and online November 8."
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+ - Cosmetic Carbon Copy, a new standard in email->

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paulproteus
paulproteus writes "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"
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Wikipedia's Assault On Patent-Encumbered Codecs 428

Posted by timothy
from the because-they-hate-the-march-of-progress dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Open Video Alliance is launching a campaign today called Let's Get Video on Wikipedia, asking people to create and post videos to Wikipedia articles. (Good, encyclopedia-style videos only!) Because all video must be in patent-free codecs (theora for now), this will make Wikipedia by far the most likely site for an average internet user to have a truly free and open video experience. The campaign seeks to 'strike a blow for freedom' against a wave of h.264 adoption in otherwise open HTML5 video implementations."
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What Aspects of Open Source Projects Do You Avoid? 344

Posted by timothy
from the don't-you-want-to-cuddle? dept.
paulproteus writes "I'm a Debian developer and a part-time contributor to a few smaller projects. I do a lot of free software-y and open source-y things. Sometimes, though, I don't do them. I figure some other Slashdotters might have similar hang-ups — we contribute to a project, but there are parts that we really dread thinking about. So I wrote a post about having these hang-ups, and I made a place on the web to share how others can help your project. What are the parts that, in your projects, you would be relieved if someone else looked at for you?"

+ - What in open source are you avoiding working on?-> 1

Submitted by paulproteus
paulproteus (112149) writes "I'm a Debian developer and a part-time contributor to a few smaller projects. I do a lot of free software-y and open source-y things. Sometimes, though, I don't do them. I figure some other Slashdotters might have similar hang-ups — we contribute to a project, but there are parts that we really dread thinking about.

So I wrote a post about having these hang-ups, and I made a place on the web to share how others can help your project. What are the parts that, in your projects, you would be relieved if someone else looked at for you?"

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Comment: Re:my experience (Score 1) 8

by mlinksva (#30396806) Attached to: License For Textbooks — GNU FDL Or CC?
Great summary. Two tiny things:

Another possibility would be dual-licensing with CC-BY-SA and GFDL, but that's probably not worth the extra work unless you've identified materials you want to use that are under GFDL.

If the things they want to use are GFDL-only and the product is an adaptation of those then they don't have the option of dual licensing. You may have meant "you want your work to be incorporated into that are under GFDL."

Only do CC-BY if you simply want to make a gift to the world, and you don't care if your work is repackaged into something non-free by other people.

CC-BY isn't quite a pure gift -- it could be used by a selfish licensor if that person only cares about maximizing the amount of credit they get -- incorporating CC-BY works into non-free works still requires giving credit.

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