Bryan, a software developer who seems to have made some really cool applications, is requesting some donations. To be specific, he’s asking for just $4000 per month. Why? Well, because he wants to make all of his software free (as in freedom), under the GPL license, while also being able to earn a monthly income from it. Many have said in the past that this is an impossible thing to achieve and this one person even commented on Bryan’s blog, about how “common sense” dictates it’s not possible to earn a living from free software. Well, it doesn’t matter too much what these naysayers say. If (or maybe, ‘When’) Bryan reaches his goal, we’ll be too busy reading the code and making contributions (whether code or otherwise) to pay attention to them.
If you are interested in free software, I highly recommend you donate to Bryan. Some of his software look really neat, like the 2229: The Game, the Illumination Software Creator, and the Lunduke SDK.
Update on 6 June 2012: Bryan made it!
I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop and until recently, I was using Linux Mint without any major issues. However, I decided that I should take the next step forward and use a completely free software compatible distribution. I tried Trisquel and found that I lost my wireless Internet access simply because there are no free drivers for the Intel Wireless-1030N card that came with the laptop.
Thankfully though, I was able to purchase a wireless card with free drivers from ThinkPenguin. It arrived in the mail today and it worked immediately as soon as I fixed it. Now, a few hours later, I have finished setting up my Trisquel installation and I am enjoying it. The best part is that I actually find Trisquel more aesthetically pleasing than Linux Mint. So if you are in the same boat as me, I recommend you install Trisquel too; it looks great, it works great, and it respects your freedoms.
I just came back from the airport, after making sure that Richard Stallman can make his way back home without any hassle. This last week has been an absolutely crazy ride, an adventure really. The amount of work that had to be done to organize this trip was insane. A lot of credit goes out to Jeanne Rasata (Richard’s assistant), Martin Henz (my partner-in-crime), Rollen Gomes (my good friend), and everyone from NUS Hackers and all the other volunteers.
Richard’s ideas and thoughts remain very relevant and very important, just as they were almost 30 years ago. I am glad that he came down to Singapore and I am glad that others could listen to him, even if they didn’t all agree with Richard. There are a lot of thoughts floating in my head about his time here and I will take some time over the next few weeks to journal them.
Finally, I’d just like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Richard. I hope he lives for a long time.
The past few months, I’ve been busy organizing this event and it’s almost here! Richard Stallman is coming to Singapore to give two talks. See http://freesoftware.sg for details. It’s happening next week and if you are in Singapore, please come down.
I did not accomplish this alone; I had a lot of support and help organizing this event from Professor Martin Henz, and my friend Rollen. The NUS Hackers club also gave a lot of help, in advertising these talks across the campus and to the general public, and in dealing with some administrative issues. Cedric, the president of the club, did a fantastic job with the posters. When the talks are over, Rollen will update the website to include the names of everyone who helped.
I’ll write a longer post when this is over.
Just as Hillary Rettig’s book 7 Secrets of the Prolific arrived in the mail, I realized that the FSF (Free Software Foundation) has published the Fall 2011 version of its newsletter. And my article is on it! No seriously, click this! Or you could just click “read more”.