Software Freedom Upgrade Rainbow

Although the Ubuntu developer branch quiet period was very well timed — considering the many recent Important Engagements for which a predictably-functioning laptop has been necessary — I now have the elbow-room to get back on the upgrade rainbow. What a relief that it’s back!

Unlike the proprietary software upgrade treadmill, the Software Freedom upgrade rainbow is a pleasant and surprising experience, delivering warm, delicious packages of awesome every day. One day, your computer may be blessed with longer battery life. The next, you may enjoy beautiful new artwork for your desktop background. Tomorrow, you may find a new application or game to add to your treasure chest.

Every now and then it rains, and you find yourself shaving yaks. But even through that brief drudgery, you know that after the rain, a beautiful new rainbow will appear… a Software Freedom upgrade rainbow.

So today, another hearty thank you to all the contributors who make my world of Software Freedom so beautiful. I’ll be celebrating those contributions, and telling my part of the world about them, on Software Freedom Day, September 15th this year. You can too!

Hmm. I think their masthead needs a rainbow. :-)

links for 2007-05-09

Poll Position

In Australia, there is a key position — fundamental to our governance, and almost unique to the Australian political landscape — that we, the people of this nation, do not elect. As I say this, you may be thinking of the Governor-General, representative of our head of state, the Queen… but there is a far more important position at stake here.

John Howard: “We’re clearly behind at the moment and I don’t expect any great change in that. I expect this to be a very hard fought election and the toughest that the Government has faced.”

Kevin Rudd: “I expect that we’ll take a pounding in the opinion polls as a result of this budget on the politics of it. [...] There’s still a few months to go before this election, but he’ll get a surge in the polls and I dare say I won’t.”

That’s right sports fans: It’s the race of the year! One which you can’t decide! Who will be… The Underdog?

links for 2007-05-08

Filter this!

Just by looking at this picture, can you guess what NetFox do?

Saucy Minx

That’s right! NetFox produce a policy-based web filtering product, to protect you from the evils of the Internet and skyrocketing bandwidth bills care of your porn-hungry employees or students.

Which is precisely why they have this saucy minx on their front page, to clearly demonstrate the dangers of the Interweb. It’s probably just a stock photo, but that look demands to be understood. Some images utterly burst with intrigue, crying out for us to find out the story behind them. Like this one.

(I know of NetFox only via Tim Riley, of Ubuntu in SA schools fame.)