"Unfortunately DroneCode has a built-in flaw. The structure and bylaws of DroneCode are built around exceptional power for the Platinum members, giving them extraordinary control over the future of DroneCode. This is a fundamental flaw in a project meant to promote free and open source software as it means that the business interests of a very small number of members can override the interests of the rest of the members and the community.
Just how great a flaw that is has been shown by the actions of the Platinum members over the last two months. Due to their overwhelming desire to be able to make a proprietary autopilot stack the Platinum members staged what can only be called a coup. They removed all top level open source projects from DroneCode, leaving only their own nominees in the Technical Steering Committee. They passed a resolution requiring that all projects hand over control of all trademarks, accounts and domains to their control."
tridge is the most honest and decent developer I know. For him to post this means utterly unacceptable behaviour by DroneCode corporate members. Please help and donate to the ArduPilot project:
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: Great article by Alexander Bokovoy on how the "badlock" flaw was discovered and fixed, showing the coordination that has to go into a modern security release of Free Software.
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: "Some companies have withdrawn from funding us and some have even successfully pressured conferences to cancel or prevent talks on our enforcement work. We do this work because we think that it is good for everyone in the long run, because we know it is the right thing to do, and because we know that we are in the best position to do it. But that's not enough — you have to think it's right too and show us by becoming a Supporter now."
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: The Software Freedom Conservancy have reported an update on the progress of the lawsuit between Christoph Hellwig and VMware in Germany. VMware questions Christoph's copyright interest in the Linux kernel. That's chutzpah for you.
Software Freedom Conservancy announces today Christoph Hellwig's lawsuit against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. This is the regretful but necessary next step in both Hellwig and Conservancy's ongoing effort to convince VMware to comply properly with the terms of the GPLv2, the license of Linux and many other Open Source and Free Software included in VMware's ESXi products.
"The New AWS Directory Service Today we are introducing the AWS Directory Service to address these challenges! This managed service provides two types of directories. You can connect to an existing on-premises directory or you can set up and run a new, Samba-based directory in the Cloud."
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: The Register points out the debt storage companies owe to Open Source projects (Samba amongst them). How does your storage vendor shape up in their Open Source contributions ?
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: Here's a (long:-) interview that Ken Fallon of Hacker Public Radio did with me at FOSDEM. Covers a variety of subjects, from the Sinclair QL interview with Linus to how Samba got started (and how to steal programming time from your employer:-), to the Microsoft/EU lawsuit !