Today February 14th, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) celebrates the “I Love Free Software” day. I Love Free Software day is a day for Free Software users to appreciate and thank the contributors of their favourite software applications, projects and organisations.
We take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all the Debian upstreams and downstreams, and all the Debian developers and contributors. Thanks for your work and dedication to free software!
In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not underestimate the power of a simple “thank you” to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.
Wed 30 December 2015 by Ana Guerrero Lopez, Donald Norwood and Paul Tagliamonte :
With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free Open Source Software, Father, Son, and the ‘ian’ in Debian.
Ian started the Debian project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. Debian would go on to become the world’s Universal Operating System, running on everything from embedded devices to the space station.
Ian’s sharp focus was on creating a Distribution and community culture that did the right thing, be it ethically, or technically. Releases went out when they were ready, and the project’s staunch stance on Software Freedom are the gold standards in the Free and Open Source world.
Ian’s devotion to the right thing guided his work, both in Debian and in the subsequent years, always working towards the best possible future.
Ian’s dream has lived on, the Debian community remains incredibly active, with thousands of developers working untold hours to bring the world a reliable and secure operating system.
The thoughts of the Debian Community are with Ian’s family in this hard time.
His family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and we very much wish to respect that. Within our Debian and the larger Linux community condolences may be sent to email@example.com where they will be kept and archived.
Source : Bits from Debian
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2016
Feliz Natal e um próspero 2016
Hyvää Joulua ja vauras 2016
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016
Prettige Kerstdagen en een voorspoedig 2016
Around and around, all has nearly turned full circle
The warm lazy days of sunshine and brown rivers winding through the meadows are a tale of yesterday
The pilgrim sighs and draws his mantle close about him in the smoky evening
He watches the leaves wither and fall
Frost has rimmed the pools with ice and hung diamonds in the spider’s web
For this is the turning of the year, the final scene before the curtain falls
And now beside the road there stands the pilgrim of the year to be