Monthly Archives: April 2008

Smooth upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on my Linode

A few days ago I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on my Linode VM (the machine which hosts this blog). I had upgraded to 7.10 a while back, so it was unlikely to be much of a challenge… But it … Continue reading

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This is progress? (iftab vs. udev)

Apparently, the delightfully simple /etc/iftab is no longer used, replaced with the ugly and fiercely undelightful /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. See, you can even tell from the name of the file that you’re not going to like it. Surely udev could read and … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-10

Australia’s first Open Source Census published “Results of Australia’s first large-scale Open Source community census have been released to the public. [The report] gives voice to the business potentials, patterns and concerns of a previously mute sector of the IT … Continue reading

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Shell history stats

Okay, I’ll bite: stanley: ~ $ history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head 201 host 46 bzr 43 ls 40 cd 32 sudo 22 vi 19 scp 12 clear 11 ./push-live 9 wget Amusing aberration at … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-09

Back off, China tells Rudd on eve of visit “Mr Rudd’s hardline approach comes amid Opposition claims that he is too close to China.” — Our newly minted opposition just can’t catch a break, no matter what they try. (tags: … Continue reading

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Perspective

Time for a little perspective on the Open Source industry in Australia… Yesterday, the ABS shipped some findings about digital game development companies: At end June 2007, there were 45 businesses in Australia involved in the provision of digital game … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-07

US software lock-ins harm local bidders “There should be an insistence now at the policy level on open standards, thereby limiting the capture proprietary software companies have had in the past,” [Senator Lundy] said. (tags: katelundy waughpartners opensource openstandards australia … Continue reading

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GNOME in MarkMail

So when Tim O’Reilly pimped MarkMail a few weeks ago, with a post about their huge Perl mail archive import, I liked what I saw. But it wasn’t just that. I also wondered how much we kicked Perl’s arse. Or, … Continue reading

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Australian Open Source Industry & Community Report 2008

Dodging spanners and hospitals, we’ve managed to navigate the last stages of our Census project to deliver the Australian Open Source Industry & Community Report 2008! It has been incredibly satisfying to ship the report, as this project has been … Continue reading

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Foundations of Open: Technology and Digital Knowledge

While I share some disappointment in the lack of technology practitioners at the Australia 2020 Summit, I’m tickled pink to be presenting today at a feeder event, organised by the very mavenly Senator Kate Lundy. Foundations of Open: Technology and … Continue reading

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