canopic jug writes:
The site Techrights is turning 10 years old. Though now called Techrights, it was best known as Boycott Novell until 2010. It has become an internationally recognized site whose aim has been advocacy of digital rights with the goal of maximizing freedom, reducing surveillance, and generally promoting the sharing of knowledge. This, in turn, requires transparent systems, open licensing terms, no censorship, and active collaboration among parties. Its focus has always included the fight against software patents and in recent years it pays special attention to the goings on and intrigues within the European Patent Office and their attempt to bring by hook or crook software patents into Europe.
Patents on software became a pressing issue for Techrights around 2010 because they have been increasingly used against Free/libre software projects, not just proprietary makers small and large. There are usually several new posts each day, many of which are categorized and indexed in the wiki.
Other than advocacy, have they done anything about anything?
A little tangential, but I would like to commend the submitter/editor for the quality of the submission. Right up front they define who they're talking about and put the submission in the proper context. I was not immediately familiar with them either, but once I read some of the background info, it triggered some dusty grey matter cells.
> Other than advocacy, have they done anything about anything?
The most recent is from a couple of months ago when there was a small tempest in one of their IRC channels that spilled over into various social control media. It was regarding Lenovo [techrights.org] actively blocking GNU/Linux and BSD installation on a model or two as well as their removing of critical posts from the Lenovo customer forum. The end result was that Lenovo walked back the blocking of GNU/Linux installations on those models, at least for the moment.
... and how do they and their ideas differ from... for example FSF Europe (They have even RMS on the front page banner)?
With the recent "M$ Loves Linux" nonsense and other closed-source entities trying to glom onto the attention that Free Software is getting, editor Roy Schestowitz, PhD has added an Openwashing / Pseudo-Open Source section to the site's quasi-daily news digest.
As mentioned in TFS, the site's recent focus has been largely on patent abuse.
-- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]
Fuck you, women.
I can hardly read that site anymore. The main writer sounds like a prepubescent twerp with turret's syndrome.