News all over: Subversion, OLPC and Second Life

Together I want to present you three news entries in the world of free and open source software (FOSS).

Subversion considers its future
What role does Subversion — a “best of breed” centralized version control system — have in a world where everyone is slowly moving to decentralized systems? Subversion has clearly accomplished the mission we established back in 2000 (“to replace CVS”). But you can’t hold still. If Subversion doesn’t have a clear mission going into the future, it will be replaced by something shinier. It might be Mercurial or Git, or maybe something else. Ideally, Subversion would replace itself. 🙂 If we were to design Subversion 2.0, how would we do it? [read more…]


The open life of Second Life
It’s not the proprietary code that generates money for most companies. A lot of companies assume that they would put their revenue streams at risk by opening their code, when the value of the service they’re providing is probably not in the code. [read more]


Stallman: Can we rescue OLPC from Windows?
Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system’s developer — perhaps permanently.
You might as well introduce the children to an addictive drug. If the XO turns out to be a platform for spreading the use of proprietary software, its overall effect on the world will be negative. [read more]



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