Richard’s not happy about the London’s Oyster system which does use an open source operating system and other OSS it has a “freedom flaw”. Due to the unique ID of each card makes it very easy to be used as surveillance tool, I like Richard’s remedy…
To protect yourself from surveillance, you must pay cash. It is also a good idea to swap empty Oyster cards with other people from time to time. That way, even if Big Brother finds out which card you have today, he can’t use its number to look up all your movements for the past N years. And keep the card in aluminum foil whenever you are not using it — that way it can’t be scanned when it shouldn’t be.[via Glynn Moody]
I am on the board of Software Freedom Day for 2008, and enjoyed doing serving with Pia in 2007. It’s a good awareness event.
Pia Waugh is a leading advocate for FLOSS in her home country, Australia, and all over the world. In addition to running a consultancy in partnership with her husband, she is the vice president of Linux Australia, the president of Software Freedom International (sponsor of the annual Software Freedom Day events), and on the board of directors of the OLPC Australia program.
If you’ve followed our recent coverage of Asus’ success with its (primarily Linux-based) low-cost Eee PC laptops, and Hewlett Packard’s Mini-Note, you know that Linux-based portables are seeing surprising success. Now, Acer–traditionally more of a hardware titan overseas than in the U.S.–is joining the fray with its new Aspire One Linux-based subnotebooks. Because of its distribution might, this could represent major competition for Asus, HP, and the OLPC project.
Consumer devices: Revealing the underlying technical details of electronic gadgets can have many benefits, for both users and manufacturers[via the Linux and Open Source Blog]