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Linus Torvalds in a recent LKML posting:

Gaah. I don’t tend to bother about slashdot, because quite frankly, the whole _point_ of slashdot is to have this big public wanking session with people getting together and making their own “insightful” comment on any random topic, whether they know anything about it or not.

Quoted for truth.


I had a great time at Reboot7 in Copenhagen last weekend. One of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. I hope there will be better chairs for Reboot8 though. The Mother of All Demos was very impressive. Raymond M. Kristiansen on the demo: “Fantastic movie indeed. I kept asking myself what evil forces have been at play ever since, halting our development.“.

Audio from the second day. Reboot7 at Technorati and Flickr.

Speaking at Reboot7 reminded me that I’m not very good at quickly articulating my thoughts in English. Something tells me that speaking English more often than twice a month would do wonders. To that end, I’ve installed Skype. If you’d like to talk about copyright law, software patents, DRM, life, the universe and everything – Skype Me: jonlech


I’m back from Twente where I had a great time at EuroFoo. Thanks to Tim and the gang for having invited me. They’re hoping to host a European OSCon next year. Looking forward to that.

An anonymous developer has released iOpener, an application which integrates DeDRMS and FairKeys with iTunes. From the FAQ:

iOpener is an application that will find all of the “protected” AAC files in your iTunes library (the ones you purchased online) and remove the DRM (encryption) from them “in place”, allowing you to enjoy the music you’ve purchased on any device anywhere that supports the standard AAC format. This means that you will notice no change whatsoever in iTunes except that the “type” of the track will change from “Protected AAC audio file” to “AAC audio file”. Additionally, iOpener can run in the background (in your task tray, actually) and auto-decrypt any “protected” AAC files as they are added to your iTunes library.

Cody Brocious has written up a description of FairPlay and started working on pyTunes.