porkrind writes: Given its roots in the GNU project, free software and the four freedoms, Open Source has always had an element of social advocacy and the betterment of humankind. Should open source communities be expected to bear some responsibility for related causes? Our communities have traditionally advocated for social issues like information rights, but what about things like gender and racial equality in high tech? Given that the hippies were right about freedom all along, maybe it's time to take their cue on other issues, as well, eg. the Ada Initiative and other efforts to address under-represented minorities in the tech industry.
porkrind writes: This is a restrospective to mark the 10th anniversary of what has remained the biggest IPO of all time — in terms of largest first day gain. It looks at the legacy of VA and puts the IPO day in context. I tried to capture just how surreal the whole thing felt. I felt then, and feel now, that VA was on the cusp of something really great, but just... couldn't... get... there. Read the post here.