Free[dom] Radio 05-31-2013


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Person of the week: Aaron Swartz

Here’s a bunch of things to introduce you to who Aaron was and what he was about:

his website

Aaron Swartz: The Documentary – Teaser

How we Stopped SOPA

Lessig on “Aaron’s Law – Law and Justice in a Digital Age

through investigating Aaron for this post, I discovered the awesome service he was involved in creating: Jottit!

Free Software of the Week: GIMP & InkScape

  • GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
    GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
  • InkScape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
    Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

Relevant  News Items:

New Zealand Government Announces That Software Will No Longer Be Patentable

US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to attack pirates!