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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


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Open Source Initiative at OSCON

According to their blog, the Open Source Intiative (OSI) is holding a public meeting at OSCON on Thursday July 3 at 7:30pm. I've been wondering what has transpired since they issued their statement on license proliferation back in April:

Interference between different open-source licenses is now perceived as a sufficiently serious problem that OSI has become as a victim of its own earlier success... The day of the open-source license as tribal flag or corporate monument will have to come to a close.

I thought those were hopeful words when I read them, but it's been pretty quiet since then. No doubt there's a relation -- whether cause or effect I don't know -- to recent structural and leadership changes.

There are a lot of real issues with license conflicts (q.v. the MySQL and PHP5 situation), but there's a lot of FUD too, and the crazy number of different licenses facilitates it. It would be nice to see someone take the lead in cleaning things up a bit.

Thursday, July 28th, 2005
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