BitKeeper saga

He didn’t create something new and impressive. He just tore down something new (and impressive) because he could, and rather than helping others, he screwed people over.

That sounds like something an Apple zealot would say about reverse engineering for interoperability, but those are actually the words of Linus Torvalds in the BitKeeper saga.

Portable Vorbis Player

It means Vorbis support for a portable player. It means Linux interoperability for a portable player that’s supported by the manufacturer, not an after-market hack supported by some guy in Johannesburg with a dialup connection and a copy of emacs. It means that you’ll be able to go out and buy a portable audio device that will play Vorbis and support Linux at your local CompUSA.

How cool is that?

Very cool. Now where’s that Vorbis-playing iPod?

Keynote at Software 2003

Ole-Andreas Rognstad and I held the keynote at Software 2003, Norway’s largest IT-conference, on Tuesday. Rognstad is a law professor at the University of Oslo and talked about the DMCA and EUCD/Infosoc from a legal viewpoint, while I talked more about the practical implications.

Keywords: December 1996 WIPO, 1998 DMCA, 2001 EUCD, Technical measures, Lexmark vs. Static Control Components, Chamberlain Group vs. Skylink Technologies, RIAA vs. Edward Felton’s team, Alan Cox, HP vs. Snosoft, US vs. Elcomsoft, MPAA vs. 2600, CSS license, “Allright”, EUCD in Denmark.

Linux Expo Paris 2003

will take place next week. You’ll find me in the VideoLAN booth:

VideoLAN at Linux Expo Paris (29 Jan 2003) VideoLAN will have a booth at Linux Expo Paris 2003 (4-5-6 February 2003 at the CNIT). The VideoLAN team will welcome you at the booth and invites you to its conference (Conference n. 5, February 5th afternoon).

VideoLAN Client 0.5.0 will be released in time for the expo. Help out by trying the latest test release and reporting bugs you find.

First Post!

I finally got around to setting up my own blog. I decided to go with blosxom. It’s simple, but has all the features I require (of which static rendering is the most important).

Blosxom (pronounced “Blossom”) is a lightweight yet feature-packed weblog application designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind.