Flo Fleissig: Wir haben Land: Schwarze Saat, das Buch

Per89: Flo, du hast ein Buch geschrieben, “Wir haben Land: Schwarze Saat”. Was soll das?

flofleissig: Haha, danke Perspektive. Genau, ich habe eine Gesellschaftsvision in Buchform geschrieben. Es geht um Anarchie und wie wir sie machen können. Stell dir vor, ein gutes deutsches Bundesland fällt in linke Hände und dann wollen die da eine Anarchie statt eines Staats aufbauen.

Per89: Ja, aber was soll das?

flofleissig: He, findest du nicht auch, dass es Zeit ist, darüber nachzudenken, was in Deutschland noch so passieren soll, außer weiter merkeln.

Per89: Immerhin, seit 89 keine Diktatur mehr. Keine Perspektive?

flofleissig: Nee, eine schöne, kleine Demokratie haben wir, mit noch einer Menge Luft nach oben. Die ächzt und kracht an allen Ecken und Ende, am rechten Rand zum Beispiel. Zeit für Angriff! Wir müssen überlegen, wie wir sie noch besser machen, noch mehr Leute beteiligen und mit noch mehr demokratischen Instrumenten ausbauen.

Per89: Das ist dann Anarchie?

flofleissig: Klar.

Per89: Und das klappt?

flofleissig: Im Buch? Mehr oder weniger. Das hat mich so interessiert. Es geht mir nicht um ein Theoriemonster, sondern um die kleinen Ecken und die großen Plätze, wo dann Menschen handeln, Fehler machen und in die falsche Richtung losgallopieren für ihre Ideale.

Per89: Apropos, warum gibt es das Buch nur auf einer Einkaufsplatform mit fragwürdigen Arbeitsbedingungen für ihre Mitarbeiter?

flofleissig: Weil der Stoff und die Idee unter die Leute soll und das immer noch besser ist, als es über anrüchige Eitelkeitspublikations-Verlagshäuser zu machen. Zumindest erreicht es mehr Leute. Es ist einer von diesen inneren Wiedersprüchen des Lebens im Kapitalismus.

Per89: Aha. Wann kann man Wir haben Land denn im Buchladen an der Ecke kaufen?

flofleissig: Wenn sich genug Leute für den Stoff interessieren, dann wird es auch von einem Verlag übernommen werden.

Per89: Na dann, viel Glück damit!

flofleissig: Danke.

Wer das Anarchiebuchprojekt von Flo interessant findet, hier ist der Link:
http://www.amazon.de/Wir-haben-Land-Schwarze-Saat/dp/1519157665

Taschenbuch: 154 Seiten
Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Auflage: 2 (1. November 2015)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 1519157665
ISBN-13: 978-1519157669
Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,9 x 22,9 cm

Anarchie auf deutschem Boden! Mecklenburg war unrentabel und wurde versteigert, aber ausgerechnet die internationale Linke hat es gekauft. Jetzt ziehen Hippies, Aktivisten und Träumer in die neue Freie Republik Mecklenburg Vorpommern, um das Leben in Selbstorganisation auszuprobieren. Andere flüchten und lassen ein Land zurück, dass sich erstmal selbst aus dem Dreck organisieren muss. Wolf hat mit der neuen FRAMP nichts am Hut und schlägt sich als privater Sicherheitsberater durch, aber seine Mutter ist krank und er muss ihre Medikamente auftreiben – mitten im Chaos. Doch dann wollen ausgerechnet die, die das alles angezettelt haben, dass er herausfindet, warum einer von ihnen auf dem Frachter mit den Wirtschaftsservern verbrannt ist. Sein Weg ins Herz des Landes beginnt, wo alle alles selbst machen müssen. Was wird für Wolf und die Framp noch aus der schwarzen Saat wachsen, die von dem Feuer übrig blieb?

Radio Tux: Lumiera Radio Interview during FROSCON 2009

Radio Tux has published my interview with the core developers and contributors to the Lumiera project now. I conducted the interview at FROSCON 2009 a couple of weeks ago. Lumiera is a Free and Open Source video editing application project for GNU/Linux developed originally by the
CinelerraCV community. It was born as a rewrite of the Cinelerra codebase called Cinelerra3 but it is now an independent project with its own name.

Lumiera Collage
Poster of ideas in the Lumiera logo contest

The lumiera project is insofar an amazing project, as it involves a lot of artists and videomakers. Also there seem to be quite a few women involved. So we do see the free and open source community evolving and including different people with various backgrounds. What a great news! Lumiera shows that people do not want to be limited by proprietary video editing software. I am looking myself for a good open source video suite for years and I believe Lumiera can be a good alternative in the future. Actually there is not a version to test yet. There have been code aditions to other projects.

Why I do think Lumiera will be successful, is because the project lead focuses on building a broad community of contributors and they do not focus on short-term success, but rather long-term goals. When they had to decide what logo they should use for lumiera, they put up a forum, a wiki page and a voting system and let the community decide as a whole. And I like what came out. Cool way to do it.

Lumiera Logo
Lumiera Logo after community contest

The interview is pretty interesting. It is a bit more than half an hour. I was also very happy to hear that Lumiera will focus on speed and usability for people with less powerful and expensive hardware. These are exactly the goals of LXDE and Freifunk, which I am happy to support as well. Lumiera folks just incorporate the idea of empowering people. I am looking forward to what comes out of this exciting project.

Die Nicht-Lineare Videoschnittsoftware Lumiera ist gewissermaßen ein Fork von Cinerella. Warum es zu diesem Fork kam, wie der Name und das Logo für das Projekt entstand und warum die Community, die sich mittels Wiki
und Mailinglisten organisiert, jetzt schon eine große ist, obwohl die
Software noch nicht veröffentlich ist versucht unser Moderator Mario
Behling im Gespräch mit Developern und anderen am Projekt beteiligten
Leuten zu klären. (http://blog.radiotux.de/2009/09/02/interview-ueber-lumiera/)

Special thanks to Sirko and Thomas “der genial vom Thema abschweifende” Steinbrecher for giving me the opportunity to conduct the interview and for always keeping us up to date about the FOSS community over the years with radio tux!

Links

* Lumiera project http://lumiera.org
* Lumiera wiki http://pipapo.org/pipawiki/Lumiera
* On Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinelerra#Lumiera_rewrite

* Radio Tux http://blog.radiotux.de

lubuntu first alpha releases

lynxis published the first lubuntu test iso based on the seeds by David Sugar and additional patches. The first release was 381 MB and a second one only 292 MB. Following test images are also around this size. After crashing the c-base server several times with the lubuntu images, the LXDE team kindly offers the download from its website: download.lxde.org/lubuntu-9.10

lubuntu
lubuntu logo suggestion by gusion

The lubuntu project was started in February after I met with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin. We talked about how to cooperate between LXDE and Ubuntu. Mark agreed that a light Ubuntu distro would definitely be worthwile to proceed. I started the lubuntu project with the goal to create an Ubuntu derivative that is fast and lightweight just as the goals of the LXDE project.

LXDE, “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment”, is an extremely fast, performing and energy saving desktop environment. It is maintained by an international community of developers and comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM. It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications like netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers. LXDE can be installed with distributions like Ubuntu or Debian. It provides a fast desktop experience connecting easily with applications in the cloud. LXDE supports a wealth of programs, that can be installed with Linux systems locally. The source code of LXDE is licensed partly under the terms of the General Public License and partly under the LGPL.

The lubuntu team already had IRC meetings, face to face gatherings in Singapore, Berlin and other cities. And, I am excited to see the team getting together and releasing first results now. lynxis who is most of the time in the c-base just over the street from my appartment joined the team a few months ago. I am looking forward to more people joining up with us.

There are many ways you can support the project. Firstly download and test the current test releases. If you are a developer you can submit patches. If you are a tester, please leave info about bugs in the bug tracker. Secondly you can join us and create desktop backgrounds and logos for lubuntu. We have not decided yet, what the final logo will look like.Check out the lubuntu Artwork Forum and leave your ideas there. You can also help with translations, if you speak another language and translate the desktop of LXDE. Or you can help to improve or write Wikipedia articles about lubuntu and LXDE.

lubuntu logo idea by genelyk
lubuntu logo idea by genelyk

lubuntu design idea
lubuntu Design Idea by leo

Download lubuntu test iso: download.lxde.org/lubuntu-9.10

Links

* lubuntu on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubuntu
* Join up with the LXDE community http://join.lxde.org
* lubuntu Artwork Forum http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=437
* Bug reports: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* Seeds and Code of Lubuntu: https://code.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* Launchpad Project: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* How to make a LiveCD: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomizationFromScratch

Debconf11: The Debian Conference and Camp Proposal for 2011 from Germany

On Tuesday, June 2 2009 sixteen members of the local Debian and FOSS
community met in Berlin to discuss a possible bid from Germany for the
Debconf11. We had some discussions at DebConf8
already and also our DPL promoted the idea. There is a strong desire in
the local community to get the Debconf to Germany for the first time.
The participation at the informally organized Berlin meeting was
already overwhelming. There is a big and active group of very welcoming
and friendly local supporters and there is an excellent and cost
effective infrastructure available to host the event and contributors
from all over the world. We had a follow up about a Berlin bid during the Linuxtag on June 26, 2009, where bidders from Rhein/Rhur and Munich also presented their ideas for bids. We decided to submit only one bid for Debconf11 from Germany and will have an internal German process to decide which bid will work out best. During the Debconf9 there was a presentation of the bids from Germany.

 

Presentation by: Berlin – Torsten Werner, Rhein/Ruhr – Rene Engelhard, München – Michael BanckLinks

* http://debconf.org 

* Debconf 11 Germany Wiki page: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf11/Germany

* Mailing list: http://lists.debconf.net/mailman/listinfo/debconf11-germany

* Archive: http://lists.debconf.net/lurker-net/list/debconf11-germany.html

* IRC: #debconf11-germany on irc.debian.org AKA OFTC 

Harald Welte auf dem Linuxtag in Berlin

Robert Schuster interviewt Harald Welte auf dem Linuxtag 2008.

Links:

* Video http://www.vimeo.com/2081264

* Blog von Harald Welte http://gnumonks.org/~laforge/weblog/

* GPl Violations http://gpl-violations.org/

* Robert Schuster  http://blogs.fsfe.org/robertschuster/

Chris Wickert running for Fedora Engeneering Steering Committee

A good friend of mine, Chris Wickert, is running for the Fedora Engeneering Steering Committee.
Chris is a big contributor and supporter of LXDE and I value
Christoph's contributions to the free software community a lot and
especially his commitment to make computer systems more accessible to
people who do not own high end computers, be it here in Europe or
anywhere else in the world:

  • Christoph is the maintainer of Xfce and LXDE in Fedora, the lightweight desktops in Fedora.
  • His goals are to make Fedora more lightweight and less ressource hungry as well as keeping depencies low.

Christoph Wickert

To be able to vote for Chris you need to have a (1) Fedora Account and (2) be accepted in a group, for example as a Fedora Ambassador. Voting is possible until June 22, 2009. Chris is the most active distro package maintainer of LXDE in
Fedora. His engagements is a great success for both Fedora and LXDE as
the large interest at Chemnitzer Linuxtage and other events have shown
recently.

A quote from Chris Wickert:
(I want to) … improve packaging quality and enforce higher standards
for better cross desktop interoperability. Try to reduce the dependency
bloat to make sure Fedora does not become too fat, so it still can be
used on older or smaller hardware like netbooks or the OLPC without too
much pain.

If you are interested to find out more about the community elections at Fedora, please check out: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/fescof12

Links

* Blog of Chris Wickert http://www.christoph-wickert.de/blog/
* LXDE: http://lxde.org
* Join Fedora https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts
* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections/Questionnaire
* http://www.leemhuis.info/files/fedora/answers.txt
* http://www.leemhuis.info/files/fedora/answers-table.ods
* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meetings:Town_Hall_FESCo_2009-06-03_1400

The Asian Free and Open Source Community

During my work as a FOSS business matchmaker in Asia for FOSS Bridge and other projects in the
last two years I met many fantastic people doing amazing things with
free and open source software. Yes, there is a vibrant free and open
source community in Asia. I have done a few interviews and talks and
will be publishing more of that step by step. I had a talk at the
Berlin Webmontag a few days ago about business opportunities with free
and open source technologies in Asia. The slides (in German) give some
ideas about this.

Community First!

The current release of MySQL shows
the problems free and open source software projects face that put
business first and community second. Michael “Monty” Widenius critizes in his Blog the current developement model of MySQL and recommends not to use the current release 5.1 of the database system.

The reason I am asking you to be very cautious about
MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in
the new features that are still not addressed.

Monty points out problems stemming from having a company taking the
lead in the development of a free software system – cause they need
something to sell fast. In this article I am supporting the view of
Monty and discuss his views in regards to Freifunk and LXDE.
I believe communities must take the lead in order to make and keep a
project on the bleeding edge, however, we should work together with
companies (like FON.com for Freifunk or ASUS for LXDE) and exchange resources. Both can profit. In the end open and free community projects are all about cooperation.

In his blog entry Monty gives some reasons why the MySQL development department again got a quality problem with the release. Problems are ranging from the fact that MySQL 5.1 was declared a release candidate to early (because of commercial reasons), to focussing too much on new features rather than on quality (because of commercial reasons), to involving developers that are not experienced in developing database systems (Mario: Maybe because they do not come from the community?), to not keeping the development open for testing and participation of the community and more.

As I said in my talk at the MySQL users
conference, I think it’s time to seriously review how the MySQL server
is being developed and change the development model to be more like Drizzle
and PostgreSQL where the community has a driving role in what gets
done! (http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2008/11/oops-we-did-it-again-mysql-51-released.html)

What can we learn for the free software and other open source projects here? The consequences are
clear. Projects that want to stay on the bleeding edge of technology with quality code and widespread support must put the community first.

In the projects I participate – e.g. freifunk, LXDE, FOSS Bridge – I always work hard to bring the community together, make the community grow and keep and foster it. And this is not always easy. There are different expectations of people involved, different goals and outside circumstances change and have positive and negative effects.

For example, even though the Freifunk community was in the spotlight many times in the last two years, it seemed somehow stagnating. We had put a lot of resources to rebuild the website and foster more exchange, but with the broader availability of broadband in some districts in Berlin for example the motivation of people to participate to get constant Internet access became less. Additionally new business models seemed to draw people away from freifunk to something that seemed easier to use and offer many things similar to Freifunk. However Freifunk is more than mere exchange of free Internet access. The idea of Freifunk is to build a local network – the public space in cyberspace, but we did not have the tools easy enough giving everyone the chance to build the local network with the limited resources, especially time!, that people have.. but we are getting there with simpler software and easier to use devices.

FON.com received different reactions in the core groups of the global Freifunk community when it started, ranging from refusing any connection with FON to trying to ignoring it. Some welcomed FON and their involvement. FON pays some of the core OpenWRT developers which is the base of the Freifunk Firmware and it offers new hardware, that can also be used by the Freifunk community. Personally I do not mind working together with FON. As I see it, we have to be pragmatic and everyone has to make a living and the Freifunk community could profit from the involvement of FON and other companies. I would like the decision if people from the community work for and with FON left to the person him/herself. At a recent meeting in Berlin, I have discussed this a bit with Martin Varsavsky. Martin actually asked me how FON could work together more with the Freifunk community.

We should be clear here though. FON and Freifunk are two very different things. FON is a company that labels its participants (actually its customers) community. Freifunk is a community with many different people – students, engineers, scientists, free and open source activists, people who want Internet, people who want a truly free network, people using it for their business, people working for development cooperation and so on. People have different motivations to participate in Freifunk – interest for technology and development, Internet access, interest in new ideas and projects, inspired by idea of freedom, a way to make a living. These people would not participate if Freifunk was a commercial operation. I remember the saying of some ¨Money destroys the community¨. It is formulated in this regard, I believe.

Still, we should not be absolute here – meaning – we should acquire resources and money for the community -> for conferences, events, hardware for developers, funding for projects etc.. Based on my experience of the last years, communities need resources. We should study successful models of communities that have achieved to channel resources to the people really working on it. Associations, Foundations and similar organisations are very helpful here as they keep things transparent and offer newcomers entry points. Also companies that would like to support projects have it easier to talk to someone from the community if there is a working organisation set up.

During recent months I have seen more activity in the Freifunk community again. With the new OpenWRT Firmware Freifunk will have many features which we want for years. I am always talking about the fantastic things we can do in local networks – new usage cases and sharing of content in your local environment, community radio in schools, universities or simply your backyard. Local networks are different to the Internet as cinema to TV. Felix Fietkau and John have presented a development version of OpenWRT to a group in Berlin recently. The new OpenWRT will offer plugins that will let us store content directly on the nodes. With router devices offering USB connections now everyone can have their small webserver at home. We can have a local Web 2.0. With devices connected to sensors like thermometers we can have live feeds from all over the city, the country and worldwide. I do not want this local Web 2.0 called after a company, a device or anything else. We call this FREIFUNK. A global local = glocal network open to everyone – to the public and to companies.

Companies are always welcome to join development and focus on their
business models. However, Open Source, Open Infrastructure and Free Software Projects like Freifunk and LXDE or Open Content projects like Wikipedia have a roadmap that is following
long term goals instead of short term profitability. And people are engaging here not just for monetary reasons, they have much broader motivations and they are inspired by the freedom the communities offer. This is why communities are more powerful. Companies simply cannot compete with this in terms of human resources and motivation. In order to grow and sustain free and open projects and the communities though we need to work together in our different fields and we need companies that engage and support the communities.

Liferay: CEO Bryan Cheung provides some insights to current developments

Liferays CEO Bryan Cheung offers insights into its business. Liferay has hit 1 Millions downloads in the forth quarter of 2007 and currently employs 55 people worldwide.

Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8314322112100513065

Mario: What can I do with Liferay?

Bryan: You can do blogs, wikis, message boards, document library, web publishing, more traditional things like having an intranet or extranet . You can do e-commerce. I think the key difference from just having standard litte blog or message board is, it is community based. So you have different groups of people that have a message board.

Mario: About your business case. How do earn money?

Bryan: Some of the major revenue sources are professional services, professional support, sort of providing insurance for large enterprises, that want someone to call if something goes wrong and then things like training. We also do performance tuning as well as partnerships with other businesses…

….

Mario: Why did you actually start as an open source company? Why did you take that decision?

Bryan: … Looking back, we do agree very much with the philosophy and we do think that software development in the future an increasing percentage of it will be done in open source fashion. The way we started the business and the project was very grassroot and so having an open source development philosophy meant getting a lot of development and systems from the community. It has worked out very well for us.

Liferay LogoLiferay, Inc. is a professional open-source company that provides free documentation and paid professional service to users of its software. Mainly focused on enterprise portal technology, the company was founded in 2000 by Brian Chan and currently has its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. Liferay was created in 2000 by Chief Software Architect Brian Chan to provide a enterprise portal solution for non-profit organizations. In 2006, the company was incorporated under the name Liferay, Inc., formalized its Germany subsidiary Liferay GmbH and named as its new CEO Bryan Cheung, the company's former Director of Business Development. In 2007, the company opened a new Asian headquarters in Dalian, China. … In July 2007, they announced a partnership with ICEsoft Technologies for developing AJAX technology for their enterprise portal software. In January 2008, the company hired the lead engineer for jQuery UI, Paul Bakaus, to exclusively work full-time on the JavaScript library. (Version 2 April 2008, 18:33, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liferay)

Links:

  • Liferay http://www.liferay.com

A world where everything is free

Imagine a world, where everything is free. Impossible? Right now
people all over the world are working on this idea. They want to create
a world where you can instantly have access to free content like free
music, videos or texts, free software like free operating systems,
programs, computer games and even powerful search engines, free
hardware like plans for computer chips and free infrastructure like
local wireless mesh networks.

1983 Richard Stallman launched the GNU Project, 1996 Linus Torvalds
started Linux, 1997 started Slashdot, 1999 Indymedia was started, in
2000 the first freifunk enthusiasts started experimenting in London and
Berlin, in January 2001 Wikipedia went online, in July 2001 the
P2P-Network BitTorrent was set up, the development of the free search
engine Nutch began 2002 and the P2P search engine Yacy was first tested
2004. These are examples of projects of people who started to create
free and open structures – of people who create free layers for
everyone to use.

How is this possible? Why do people do this? How can they afford to work like that?

The ideas behind setting up free layers are ground shaping. They
include a complete cultural and civilizational change of how we behave,
work, communicate and live together. The idea behind is a new social
contract where you give freely and receive freely. These people simply
have fun by doing what they are doing and additionally their motivation
is to do good like for example to educate and help others.

The surprise is that this system is working as a real economic
system – a sharing economy, where everyone wins. What you get is always
more than what you give. This is especially true in the free software
community, where a person puts his work into a software program and in
exchange gets back the work of sometimes hundreds of programmers, who
worked on other parts of the software. This example was famously made
by Rishab Ayer Ghosh: You give one hour and you get back the work of
hundreds or thousands of hours of programmers around the world. It is a
point where you always get back more than you give – a real
win-win-situation.

Of course this example cannot be transferred exactly to the “world
of things”. When you have one apple and you share it with someone, you
will only have half an apple. However in a world where technology is
the driving force of the economy, the knowledge of how to produce
something becomes often much more valuable than the availability of
natural resources which can be delivered easily anywhere in today’s
world.

And in fact what we can observe is that besides the production of
free software (e.g. Linux) and free content (e.g. Wikipedia) people
begin to exchange knowledge of how to actually make and manipulate
things like computer chips or wireless routers as well – driven by the
ideas of free sharing and its personal profits or because they simply
want to gain experience, get feedback or to have fun.