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article: The GNU Project FTP Site

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Michelle Bejian of the UMich School of Information has written "The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement". It's an overview of the combination of volunteer and mechanical processes which enable ongoing development of that very large collection along with its history. Particularly interesting is how it's all driven by the free software ethic. Funny, when I was a umich i-school student I was fascinated by micropayment schemes... ;)

NEASIS Open Source symposium

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from Step, on oss4lib-list yesterday: "The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science is sponsoring a symposium on "Open Source (and Free) Systems and Libraries" on December 6, 1999 at Yale University. NEASIS looks forward to the participation of Daniel Chudnov, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman, and others at this event. A formal announcement will be sent out to various listservs, including OSS4LIB, in September."

SilverPlatter statement: no source for you

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SilverPlatter responded on SPIN-L to a brief thread (just click around for it) asking if SP had considered the free software model. The answer, to paraphrase, was "we thought about it, but it wouldn't work with our business model." Understandable... but hey, there are other business models out there, too: just ask Cygnus, RedHat, Caldera...

Dialog Descending to its Doom?

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as seen at lisnews: Dialog is not healthy, and if the reasons don't signify the changing times in libraries who knows what what does. See the full story here, evidently from forbes.com. And don't miss the "Demolition Derby" table attached to the story, which profile the struggles of competitors... note that J Gastro is anything but obscure... hmm, maybe JWJ will have to switch to google and mp3.

oss4lib at Open Source/Open Science

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Anyone attending the Open Source/Open Science conference starting tomorrow should stop by and visit the oss4lib poster/demo table. That's right... oss4lib is taking its first road trip. I'll be mostly talking about Jake and Prospero, but am definitely looking forward to meeting folks and such. Hope to see you there... (afterward: the conference went really well, with lots of very good feedback. in particular, Jon "Maddog" Hall suggested during his talk that librarians should reclassify free software to make it easier for folks to find... and one of the folks from openscience.org suggested something like science citation index for code, so programmers could get credit for reuse of their work by others. and i got a tour of a superconductor. all in all, it was a very worthwhile day on at our friendly neighborhood national lab... look for it next year. -dc

help us test

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i am working on enabling project/topic specific discussion threads. click -comments- and add one or two to help test it out.

SilverPlatter ERL shipping on Linux

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from the press release: "SilverPlatter is pleased to announce that ERL Database Server version 4.05 for Linux, is now in general release... SilverPlatter Information has responded to many customer requests by developing ERL Dbserver on the Linux platform. This release is fully year 2000 compliant, runs on RedHat v6 for Intel and incorporates the latest software improvements for statistics retrieval and searching." good news... and you can get it here.

Netprints from BMJ up and running

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The coming service announced in Netprints: the next phase in the evolution of biomedical publishing (BMJ 1999;319:1515-1616) is now up and running at clinmed.netprints.org. Warning: useless warning page approaching...

the scoop on linux-2.4

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If you've been a linux fan for a while you're probably familiar with Joe Pranevich's timely overviews of what's new in major kernel releases. As seen at slashdot, he's recently updated Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 to cover everything in Linux 2.3.99-pre3 (i.e. the kernel is in feature-freeze (aka bugfix only) until 2.4 shows up). His overview comes from LinuxToday.com.

conference: Open Source and Free Systems/Software

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Step wrote to the list that the December 6, 1999 event to be held at Yale University is on, and sponsored by NEASIS. Speakers will include Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, and yours truly. Attendance is limited, so get signed up now...