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Is open source communications software really free?

Does every communications technology based on open source and open standards enable free communications? Or is something more necessary?

The FSF's campaign for a Skype replacement gives some indication that existing free software solutions have shortcomings.

Comments are back, spammers are not

After a few more queries, I've tried enabling blog comments again, so please jump in and feel free to make a contribution.

Thanks to the earlier feedback from Gunnar Wolf, I'm trying a combination of the Drupal modules CAPTCHA, Blogspam and moderation to keep out those pesky spammers.

Debt, Liberty Reserve, Bitcoin and beyond

Russ Allbery has provided an insightful review of The Making of the Indebted Man

The BBC and a confused concept of what is free and open

One of the top 10 read pages on the BBC website today is a feature article by acclaimed computer scientist and inventor Jaron Lanier (inventor of the term virtual reality) urging the middle class to Sell your data to save the economy and your future

This particular quote stands out:

Upstream packaging and Debian: Drupal third-party libraries API

Many large, successful, de-centralised software projects have a suite of their own packages maintained with their own platform-independent tools. Typical examples are Drupal's collection of module and theme packages, the R Project packages (CRAN) and the Central Repository for Maven packages (Java).

In the case of Drupal:

Debian to rescue Skype users?

Last year at DebConf12 and the Paris mini-DebConf I mentioned some of the sophisticated techniques that the likes of Microsoft and Facebook are using to monitor their customers.

So when Skype was busted spying on the content of chat messages, it was no surprise for many people in the Debian community.

Get WebRTC going fast

A question that comes up more and more these days: what's the quickest way to try WebRTC and see it working? How can a web developer start experimenting with WebRTC in their blog or demo site?

Good news: it's no longer necessary to compile anything from source - and many of the components are available on Debian-based systems (including Ubuntu) or RPM-based solutions like Fedora

A quick look at how easy it is, explanation below:

Switzerland Rigi-Bahn scenic mountain railway, Swiss rail travel (video)

With DebConf13 registrations opening very soon, it's about time to share some more about Swiss travel.

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