I've been working on some freelance type stuff for the past week or so and we leave for Yurp in less than two days so I've been spending very little of my time doing much of anything other than work. Periodically I take breaks from doing any kind of work with code (especially code that other people wrote and I have to modify) in order to keep my mind from shattering into little, useless pieces (some would refer to these as modules or plugins) I skim the news or open a feed reader. Here is what crossed my tired and cranky periphery that I think is worth sharing:
1. Apple bought out CUPS which has been rolled into OS X under a different license for a while now (since the beginning? I'm not sure about that) anyhow. I have no idea how this is going to work out for non-Apple users. Apple hasn't done the best job, historically, with handling FOSS inclusions. Jesus, the beginnings of the incorporation of khtml into Safari was a complete fiasco. They'll follow the license requirements to the letter but are super tight fisted about contributing back. I'm unwilling to either applaud or decide that the sky is falling right now based on an announcement from the lead developer lead.
2. Apparently Linspire sold their soul to MSFT for next to no benefit. The Groklaw run down is pretty detailed and offers the usual interpretation of legal language we've all come to know and love. Linspire really grabbed their ankles on this one and they're passing that federal level ass hurt on down to the customers. One of the prime pieces of interpretation is that basically by using the versions of Linspire covered by this agreement you have opened your computer up to potential inspection by the Business Software Alliance. I'm not sure that is the sort of value added indemnification that most people are looking for unless they've got some deep masochistic streak.
3. My new(er) band Warsaw Surrenders recorded some songs back in July. They're all available from the website in a couple of different formats. Recording was a little more smooth this time around and I'm pretty happy with the way things came out after having a little time to listen to the recording and dealing with the fact that part of the process of making recordings is to capture mistakes as well as the goodies. I'm just mentioning that in this list because I haven't before. We're still ridiculously loud, just more melodic.
4. Easy Eclipse is a wonderful piece of work that actually makes it possible to use Eclipse without wasting a lot of time that could be better spent cranking out code trying to find plugins for language support and things like that. I installed it (easy? yes.) and I've actually been using Eclipse for some PHP work. The key part here is that I actually used the application instead of getting frustrated three quarters of the way through a setup and abandoning it entirely.
5. The One Click Ruby Installer for OS X is also good stuff. It corrects the problems with the Apple distributed versions of some software that make running Rails a tedious process on the Apple platform. Rails is supposed to be included (presumably in the developers tools) in the next version of the OS but this is better than some promises and a video presentation to inflate investor interest, right? The really nice part about this package is that it does not whomp the version installed already so you could actually remove it without potentially trashing your install. Thanks.