Shifting the mood away from the unpleasantness of constant urgency for little real purpose and the futility and frustration of a government that’s changing laws that benefit a few and not the many.
Let’s contemplate for a minute how the world is truly changing and the implications for the many. In a good way. Mostly. I talked about this a week or so ago.
A couple of things to read. If you dare. And apologies to those who’s heads hurt reading this stuff. It’s important and actually liberating.
First: On the politics, the ethics and the etiquette of Twitter. An interesting read because it shows how Twitter has fast gained traction in the media world, that it poses particular dilemmas and conundrums for journalists and how much it exists in real time. I recommend.
Second: Today, Canonical, a European company committed to free software, releases Ubuntu 9.10 (codenamed “Karmic Koala”)
Ubuntu is the leading desktop Linux distribution. They put out a new release every 6 months, generally without hoopla. You might have noticed in the last week, there’s been a lot of hoopla about a few other software releases (ie. big advertising campaigns).
Why is this important? The speed of progress demonstrated by Ubuntu really shows the power of open source. A single entity, even one as big as Microsoft or Google, really struggles to keep up with the speed of development across various open source applications. What Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) does is simply test, bundle and release a collection of desktop and server software.
Why am I telling you this? Because open source is integral to governments (and parliaments) all over the world being effective in our present and our future.
I’ve begun a conversation about this and it must continue. Not sure where our government is at with it. There’s no doubt it’s a seamless fit with Labour values. Ultimately it’s about co-operation. Borderless and with good will.