Category Archives: FLOSS

Endocode is hiring an Assistant to the Board

If you are a recent or about to graduate in a Bachelor’s or Fachhochschule degree in business studies, Endocode might be looking for you! We are hiring an assistant to the board. Admittedly, the job is quite a challenge. It gives a sneak peek into all aspects and functions of managing a company. It does not require much experience, but it requires good training and a passion for learning and problem solving. The responsibilities include supporting management processes like board meetings and negotiations, and also some administrative work for relaxation.

Endocode

One interesting detail about the job is that it is ideal for gaining management and leadership skills before beginning a Master’s degree. I was told not many companies are offering interesting jobs for Bachelor graduates – well, we do! If you are interested, the details are on Endocode’s job page. Feel free to pass it on to your student and graduate friends. The deadline for applications is December 7.

Configure your gaming mouse on Linux

Or: Configure XInput properties for USB devices on Linux dynamically
Using gamer mice with Linux occasionally turns out to be problematic, because their high resolution combined with the default X server settings makes the mouse pointer incredibly fast to a point where it is unusable. I am using a Razer Taipan mouse at 4000 DPI, a good speed for gaming, but not for work.

USB devices on Linux are of course configured dynamically. Their X windows properties like mouse pointer acceleration are managed through the XInput tool. The basic desktop settings tools allow configuring the mouse pointer speed, but not much more. This is insufficient when using multiple devices (in this case, the built-in laptop trackpoint and an external mouse) that require different settings. Also, there is no way to disable mouse pointer acceleration, the most useless default setting ever invented :-) One solution which is described below is to script configuring the settings using XInput and Python. There is an open question at the end in case anybody is able to help.

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Patent-Crosslizensierung und Open Source – Das Open Invention Network beim “meet & greet” mit open it berlin

Open IT Berlin, das Berliner Netzwerk für Freie IT, führt in Kooperation mit der OSB Alliance und der Landesinitiative ProjektZukunft und dem SIBB e.V. am 13. November 2014 das nächste Meet and Greet durch. Es gibt Vorträge über Netzwerkmonitoring, Open-Source-Web-Infrastruktur, Schutz vor Ausspähung, die Document Foundation und einen von mir über den Umgang mit und den Schutz vor Softwarepatenten im Open-Source-Umfeld.

open it berlin

Patent-Crosslizensierung und Open Source – Das Open Invention Network

Dem Management von Patentrisiken kommt vor dem Hintergrund der drastisch gestiegenen Anzahl von Patentstreitigkeiten und der Aktivitäten von “Patenttrollen” eine insbesondere für kleine und mittelständige Unternehmen regelrecht existentielle Bedeutung zu. Das Open Invention Network wurde 2005 gegründet, um durch den Aufbau eines defensiven Patentpools und dessen Crosslizensierung einen Schutz des Open-Source-Ökosystems vor Softwarepatenten aufzubauen. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Linux Foundation und den Gründern steht die freie Mitgliedschaft allen Unternehmen und Contributor offen, die bereit sind, ein gegenseitiges Non Aggression Agreement einzugehen. Der Vortrag beschreibt das Konzept des Open Invention Network, den Wirkungsbereich des Non-Aggression-Netzwerks und die Möglichkeiten zur Mitwirkung für Unternehmen.

http://openitberlin.de/veranstaltungen/meet-greet-mit-open-it-berlin
— Mirko Boehm

Wer also interessiert ist an den Fallstricken, die sich in Softwarepatenten verbergen und wie das Open Invention Network am Schutz vor diesen arbeitet, dem sei der Termin ans Herz gelegt.

Weitere Details zur Veranstaltung gibt es auf der Webseite von Open IT Berlin. Die Veranstaltung ist findet in deutscher Sprache und ist kostenfrei. Um Anmeldung wird trotzdem gebeten, denn es gibt Catering! :-)

KDE Akademy 2014 – Welcome, new KDE board!

Akademy 2014 is still in full swing in Brno in the Czech Republic with the traditional hack week that started on Monday. At about 200 participants it was well attended and organized. This years conference will very likely mark a milestone of change for KDE – a new board was elected, and a strategy discussion was started that will affect the direction and development of the KDE community for a decent amount of time. When I traveled home from Akademy 2014 on the train from Brno to Berlin, I personally felt a sense of satisfaction, because the community has managed to steer clear of the dangers of bike shedding about the board succession, and is accepting the change imposed by a shifting environment as a positive force.

Akademy 2014

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The KDE Randa 2014 meeting, in easy-digestible video format!

In case you were wondering what was going on in Randa, here are some first hand impressions. The video was produced by Françoise Wybrecht (alias Morgane Marquis) and Lucie Robin, and the people in it are the actual participants of the event. It was also created using KDenlive, one of the awesome Free Software tools a team has been working on at the Randa meeting itself. The video introduces the faces and personalities of the contributors and their different backgrounds and origins. Many thanks to our brand new ad-hoc media team for producing this video!

(In case the embedded video does not show up, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yua6M9jqoEk)