On Wednesday the topic was Copyright vs. Community. Discussing the history of copyright, how it is being extended and (mis)used, and how Richard Stallman proposes to reform copyright.
On Thursday night the topic was A Free Digital Society. Covering a wide range of topics including privacy, censorship, electronic voting, software freedom, DRM and streaming services, software patents, services as a software substitution and also the EU Unitary Patent.
Here is Stallman auctioning off a plush GNU at the end of the talk. My apologies for the poor photo.
As always it was a very interesting and entertaining experience. Video recordings were made and should be up on the KLID website before too long. If you can’t wait, you can download other audio and video recordings of Stallman’s speeches here: http://audio-video.gnu.org/
Stallman also gave away stickers and sold various other items for the support of the FSF.
On Wednesday openSUSE 12.3 was released, due to 12.2 having been delayed this cycle was shorter than usual, 6 months instead of 8. Last night I upgraded my ‘production’ PC and so far everything is running very smoothly for me.
If, like me, you aren’t too fond of the dark theming. Switching to the vanilla KDE Air plasma desktop theme and Oxygen colour scheme is just a few clicks in Systemsettings.
By default Apper will only notify you about updates via the KDE notification system, if you want a full update applet install the package ‘apper-plasmoid’. The plasmoid is a bit immature and rough around the edges, so it was decided not to include it in the default installation.
As always, remember to join our community and help make 13.1 (to be released November 2013) even better than 12.3.
PS: Of course the release of openSUSE 12.3 means that openSUSE-Guide.org was updated too.
Last weekend was the annual Open Source Days Conference in Copenhagen. It was another very nice event, everything was very smooth (no power outage for several hours in the entire part of town like last year), so my compliments to the organizers.
We had some fun at the SSLUG booth:
And I even managed to see a few more talks this year than I usually do.
Danmarks Idræts-Forbund har samlet nogle tip og værktøjer samt en lille test om rekruttering og fastholdelse af frivillige i idrætsforeninger. Det meste kan nemt overføres på FOSS-foreninger og andre fri software-communities. Måske kan du finde inspiration i noget af det.
Today openSUSE 12.2 has been released, and judging by my personal testing and what I’ve been hearing from the community, it might just be the best release since the mythical SUSE Linux 9.3. You can read all about the release in the announcement and on the 12.2 portal or go ahead and download it right away. Join our community and help make the next version of openSUSE even better.
The Unofficial Guide to openSUSE 12.2 has also been published today.
People often complain about KWallet prompting them for the password (too often). So here’s the simplest solution to this: Simply use an empty password for KWallet, and KWallet will never prompt you for the password again.
Change KWallet Password
If you have already set up KWallet with a non-empty password, here’s how to change it:
1) Run ‘kwalletmanager’ and click on the KWallet icon in the systray – the icon might be hidden so you’ll need to click the little arrow in the systray to show hidden systray icons.
2) Right click on your wallet in the kwalletmanager window and select Change Password
3) Enter an empty password, simply by clicking OK without entering anything.
Last week I visited the immensely beautiful city of Prague with its extraordinarily friendly and polite people. Of course I saw all the main sights like The Charles Bridge and its statue of John of Nepomuk (Jan Nepomucký). Being in the neighbourhood I also had to stop by the SUSE office, especially since it was conveniently only a few tram stops away from the hotel. So this is where the guys in Prague are hacking (happily, I hope).