Category Archives: open source

2012 update to the 2007 Cost of Monoculture in Korea

Back in 2007, I published the cost of monoculture, a blog post that was the first English-language explanation of the situation in South Korea where a series of independent decisions created a de facto monopoly for Microsoft Internet Explorer. The blog post was widely covered in 2007, in Salon, Slashdot, Boing Boing, etc.
Fast forward 5+ years to the late part of 2012 and basically nothing has changed. In fact, things are so bad in Korea that a candidate for the President of Korea, Ahn Cheol-soo, has taken the position that if he were voted in, he would abolish the laws that have locked Korea to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Ahn Pledges To Wipe Out South Korea’s Outdated Internet Encryption Rule – Korea Real Time – WSJ

Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue • The Register

Sure this candidate is from the IT/software field, but the fact that his platform has this position says that this is still a painful issue for most people in Korea today. It’s stunning that the Korean government has not proactively moved away from Active-X plugins when Microsoft themselves are deprecating this technology in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.

 

India community meetup at GNUnify ’12 in Pune

This is the formal announcement for a meetup of the Mozilla India community at GNUnify ’12 in Pune, the weekend of February 10-12. Mozilla will participate at GNUnify on Feb. 10 and 11, and the India community meetup will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12th.

  • Friday, February 10 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
  • Saturday, February 11 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
  • Sunday, February 12 – Mozilla India community meetup in Pune

The goal of this meetup on Feb. 12 is to gather the India community together for a number of objectives including:

  • establish the community structure
  • build road map for 2012
  • identify priorities for the community
  • bring together key localizers and other core and active contributors (including ReMo)
  • promote Mozilla in India

Arky and Axel from the l10n Drivers will be attending. I will be attending. We also hope to get a member from Developer Engagement to attend. More info to come when we have it.

Anyone who is active in the Mozilla India community is welcome to join this event. As Mozilla will not be providing any funding to attendees, we selected Pune as this location is home to the Red Hat team which has a number of key localization team leaders and members.

We will do our best to accommodate online participation via IRC but this will depend on local connectivity at the venue which is not yet determined. Information about the weekend will be posted here:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Indiameetup2012

Vineel is helping to organize the weekend but we would love help from Mozilla community members in Pune for local support and knowledge. If you can help Vineel with planning, please contact him directly or post to the Community-India mailing list or Google Group interface.

The planning for the event will be discussed on the Community-India list (see above) so please join the list to participate.

See you in Pune!

Mozilla meetup in Cambodia Jan. 23

John O’Duinn’s Mozilla meetup in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Jan. 23rd has been confirmed:

We’ll be meeting at East-West Management Institute, House #43, Street 208, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Events formally go from 2pm-5pm Monday 23rd January, 2012; at 7pm, we’ll head over to Romdeng, House# 74, Street 174, Phnom Penh for dinner+drinks+chat.

If you are interested in helping to make the Khmer Firefox a reality, helping to promote Mozilla in Cambodia, please join John and Vannak and the EWMI team on Monday.

Khmer Firefox on Aurora; meetup in Cambodia

Mozilla Vision 2012 in Japan

Mozilla Japan will be hosting their developer event this weekend in Tokyo. Some portions will be streamed in English on UStream. Please see the details below for viewing remotely.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Japan/Events/MozillaVision2012/Conference

A live broadcast of the event will be available at these times:
January 20th (Fri) 17:00 – 18:00 (PST)
January 20th (Fri) 20:00 – 21:00 (EST)
January 21st (Sat) 1:00 – 2:00 (WET)

The following is a list of sessions available for live broadcast:
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Opening/Special Talk Session (60 min.):
Pursuing Dreams – Technology and Creation from an Open Mind
(Navigator: Satoko Takita of Mozilla Japan, Jun Murai of Keio University)
(Guest: Tomotaka Takahashi as Robot creator)

Panel Discussion (90 min.):
Raise Golden Eggs! – Discussing the Future Education Style
(Moderator: Kaoru Takeuchi as Science Writer)
(Panelists: Mark Surman of Mozilla Foundation, Kim Jones of Curriki, Shinpei Toyofuku of GLOCOM)

Session (50 min.):
The Future of HTML5 and Web Technology – Overview of the Latest Web Technologies for Everyone
(Presenter: Chris Heilmann of Mozilla Corporation)

Session (50 min.):
The Current and Future of Web Standards
(Presenter: Tantek Çelik of Mozilla Corporation)

Session (50 min.):
pdf.js – Challenging the Limits of HTML5 and JavaScript
(Presenter: Andreas Gal, Chris Jones of Mozilla Corporation)

Lightning Talk (60 min.)
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Following are other URLs for the event as your reference.

Mozilla Vision 2012 (English web site)

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Japan/Events/MozillaVision2012

Mozilla Vision 2012 (Japanese web site)

http://mozilla.jp/events/vision/2012/

Zed Shaw on the GPL

EDIT: thanks to a comment by njn and others on Twitter, I know know that post by Zed is 2 years old

Very interesting blog post by Zed Shaw on why he chooses the GPL over other licenses. Emphasis and bold is my own.

I’ll always be an open source developer, but quite frankly, we’re dying off because the companies who use our software do not give back. The irony of the situation is that, in order to improve my motivation to do open source, I have to charge for it.

I obviously won’t ever charge an open source project, since they are honoring the unwritten contract: If I give, you give.

But the days of quick-flip corporations and ingrate programmers making money on my software are over. My new motto is:

Open source to open source, corporation to corporation.

If you do open source, you’re my hero and I support you. If you’re a corporation, let’s talk business.

Why I (A/L)GPL

Open Cambodia 2011

Thanks to Gunnar from the Mozilla Foundation, Arky from the l10n team, and Mark West from the East-West Management Institute in Cambodia, Mozilla was able to co-sponsor the Open Cambodia workshop in late August.

The event is a specialized, exclusive session for local Open Sourcers – bloggers, coders, and designers who share the Open Source ethic – to attend before Bar Camp. This session is a unique opportunity to learn about the relationship between Open Source and civil society issues, such as: protecting the Open Web from Internet censorship, the benefits of continuing to develop “indigenous” (Khmer) Open Source tools, and using web-based Open Source security tactics to improve data collection for both the public and private sector. This event is a special, exclusive opportunity to spend two days with these American experts leading into late October’s Barcamp meeting.

The largest Cambodian online news source, Sabay, covered the event as did the Cambodia Daily (English.)

http://news.sabay.com.kh/articles/143765

Malaysia Open Source Conference 2011

I’m preparing for our Mozilla meetup in Malaysia this evening but wanted to publish the presentation I gave yesterday at the 2011 Malaysia Open Source Conference in Penang.

I want to thank my colleagues at Mozilla, Chris Heilmann and Robert Nyman, as their presentations provided significant inspiration and content for my own presentation.

I wanted to thank the MOSC 2011 secretariat for the invitation to speak and the coordination for the event.

Mozilla Malaysia meetup in Kuala Lumpur- July 6

On July 6th, we will hold a meetup for those who are interested in starting a Mozilla community in Malaysia at Marmalade in Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur, starting at 19:00.

This is a gathering for anyone who:

  • might be interested in starting a Mozilla community in Malaysia
  • might be interested in localizing Firefox or Thunderbird into Malaysian
  • might be interested in starting a Drumbeat community in Malaysia
  • is interested in open source software and or promotion of the open web

More details and sign-up are here:

http://mozmymeetup.eventbrite.com/

Note: I’ve capped the dinner sign-ups to 30 45. If we get more than 30 45 interested, please come meet us at the Starbucks right near Marmalade Bangsar after 9 pm on July 6th.

For those of you who cannot attend the meetup (and for those of you who are planning to attend), we have started a new mailing list for the community in Malaysia. Please join this list to follow the discussion:

https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/community-malaysia

I look forward to the discussion both at the meetup and online at the mailing list!

Burmese language Firefox localization group

Thanks to the efforts of Dietrich, Arky and Chit in Myanmar, as well as the support of Mozilla IT, we now have a mailing list and mirrored Google Group to discuss and plan and work on a Burmese language Firefox.

If you would like to join the mailing list, please do so here:

https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-l10n-my

If you prefer the Google Groups interface (same emails, different interface) you may sign up here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.dev.l10n.my

Note this is a moderated list because the spam to Usenet has been severe in recent years. Only spam messages will be moderated/deleted.

pregi.net new Mozilla mirror in the Philippines

A few months late but I wanted to announce that the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information NETwork (PREGINET) has provided a new mirror for Mozilla in the Philippines.

http://mozilla.pregi.net/

I want to thank Bani Lara and the team at PREGINET for agreeing to host a new mirror for us in the Philippines.

In this case Mozilla provided the server hardware and PREGINET is providing the bandwidth, rackspace, power, etc.

If you know of an organization who can provide mirror server bandwidth for Mozilla anywhere in the world, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We are always looking for more mirror capacity as this is how Mozilla’s software is distributed to all of our users around the world.

pregi.net Mozilla mirror 1125

pregi.net Mozilla mirror 1123