Chad Perrin: SOB

2 July 2006

Finding Licenses

Filed under: Geek,Liberty — apotheon @ 03:30

It’s not easy to find free/libre/open source software these days that is licensed other than GPL, I’m finding. There are major projects with other licenses (Apache, X Windows, and the various *BSD operating systems come to mind), but it’s simply not as easy as I’d like to live GPL-free without going entirely the other way and embracing closed-source software. I’m caught, as they might say, between the devil and the deep blue sea.

I have already sent an email to Brian Harvey about his UCBLogo implementation, since it seems to be the only non-KDE implementation of Logo available through the Debian archives, asking him about the likelihood of getting it relicensed (or dual-licensed) under the terms of the BSD license. I’m hunting for other software alternatives to GPLed packages I’m currently using as well. Unfortunately, I’ll end up having to find a new favorite window manager if I ever abandon GPL software entirely, especially since I sincerely doubt the WindowMaker maintainers are going to be too keen on arranging to relicense it on my say-so. I don’t think WindowMaker runs so easily on *BSD anyway, though, so if I swap kernels I’m likely to swap window managers in any case.

I’ve decided to compile a short list of some software I’ve been using that is GPL, and alternatives I’ve found that are not (but are still FLOSS). I may ultimately post the list here at SOB, but in the meantime, if you’re having trouble finding non-GPL FLOSS alternatives to what you’re already using, feel free to contact me (probably most easily by commenting on this entry) if you want some help finding them.

Tour stage 1: Hincapie in yellow, Hushovd in ambulance

Filed under: Metalog — apotheon @ 11:15

I thought it unlikely that there’d be too much to report about today’s stage — Stage 1 is usually not the most exciting. There was the usual jockeying for sprinting points and for the stage win, of course. George Hincapie got a two second time bonus in the middle of the stage for being third on one of the sprints, though, which moved him from 0.73 seconds behind Thor Hushovd after yesterday’s Prologue time trial to ahead by a second plus, putting him in the yellow jersey that indicates the current Tour leader. Things are looking good for Team Discovery again, even without Lance.

Within sight of the finish for the stage, something happened to Thor Hushovd’s right arm. He was riding near the spectators at the edge of the course, trying to angle for position enough to get a time bonus on the finish so he could keep his yellow jersey (unlikely to happen but worth a try). It’s theorized by the commentators that a big cardboard hand thingie some spectator was holding hit his arm as he went by at something like 50kph. Nobody really noticed right away, as he hauled himself across the finish line along with all the other people pushing for a top spot in the stage finish, but not long thereafter there was footage being showed of him lying on the ground, blood all over his right arm, being tended by paramedics and team support personnel and the like. I’ve read in one account that he was actually carted away in an ambulance, and he’ll likely have some serious stitching on his arm tomorrow — whether he comes back to the Tour tomorrow or not.

Every year, at least one stupid fan does something to screw a Tour competitor. It’s pretty annoying to watch this sort of thing happen.

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