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The Future of Copyright (a contest)
How would you change copyright law as it stands today? A contest is on : Future of Copyright Contest (deadline is 15th April 2012). If you are thinking of participating, the following may be useful (from the “libre lens” perspective): Past: Brief History of Copyright. Present: Creative Commons 4.0 discussions. Future: Time to update copyright […] [?]
Reminder: libre means free as in freedom and is clearly defined
Libre means free as in freedom. This posting was prompted by the thread “[okfn-discuss] Problems of nomenclature“. The meaning of “libre” is well established and is correctly used (at least today) (by definition) on the following pages: Definition of Free Cultural Works Declaration on libre knowledge Libre Knowledge on Wikipedia These definitions are rooted in […] [?]
Which software you use is an ethical choice
A reminder, especially for educators and specifically WikiEducators with implications for the OERu, the OERF and other open education initiatives: WikiEducator and Libre Software. It applies to you too – we are all educators and learners. Comments are welcome of course :-). [?]
OERu: equality and freedom to learn
Response to ‘OER university’ to cut cost of degree (Times Higher Education, 10 February 2011, Rebecca Attwood) “… It is up to universities to see the opportunities and live out their vocations. …” “When we look back, I wonder whether we are going to ask why it took so long,” – Wayne Mackintosh. Well said! […] [?]
Use of the word “ecosystem”
When people use the word “ecosystem” to refer to something which is not an ecosystem (e.g. the education ‘ecosystem’ or a network of people sharing resources on the Internet), be aware that the analogy will break at some point (unless the system in question is broadened to include the real ecosystem within which it functions). […] [?]
7 Billion
In terms of being libre, celebrating this milestone is an “anti-pattern” and does not bode well for sustainable evolution unless it stimulates change. [?]
Electronic/digital books vs paper books in terms of environmental sustainability
Questions: Does selling eBooks at a lower price than paper books encourage people to buy eBooks rather than paper books? Are eBooks generally sold at lower prices than their paper counterparts? Where this is not the case, are people prepared to pay more for the convenience of reading on their portable device(s)? Some say (e.g.) […] [?]
Advertisements mentioning freedom
Libre lens: “What’s the catch?” “What freedoms are not included?” … (see threats, …, etc.) Tagged: drm, freedom [?]
Hello world!
Welcome to Libre Lens. Think about it … whatever it may be … in terms of freedom, equality, happiness and sustainability. Watch this space for postings … Tagged: freedom, libre, sustainability [?]

Being Libre

Hardware Devices that Support GNU/Linux
See Hardware Devices that Support GNU/Linux. [?]
DRM-free – A label which indicates that all files provided by the supplier come free of DRM. [?]
Hardware purchase?
Interesting initiatives: Dell: Sputnik (Ubuntu on a Dell XPS13). ZaReason Linux Laptops, Desktops, Servers running GNU/Linux, Android. system76 Anyone know of any more ? (hardware without non-libre software, or at least moving in that direction)? [?]
SOPA and PIPA: Wikipedia is down today
… in case you haven’t noticed. Essential reading: and [?]
Update on installing Oneiric
Added some screen-shots and a few additional notes: [?]
Use Libre Software
One aspect of being libre is to use libre software. Ubuntu 11.10 (“Oneiric Ocelot”) has just been released for download. I made some rough notes on what I typically do when this happens: Feel free to take ideas from these notes and work them into a proper tutorial for installing this great libre (also […] [?]
Exploring freedom …
(updated: October 2011) Blog set up to help peer-produce a document “Be Libre” (title may change). From libre software to libre knowledge to liberated people and free life. Feel free to join this journey by commenting on this blog or participating in developing associated libre knowledge resources such as: Be Libre Libre software Libre Knowledge […] [?]

NB New blog page(s) (since 2012 08 08).

Not much of a blogger ... except after accepting requests to blog on other sites. I occasionally "retro-blog" as you will see below (and elsewhere). In general, this is to share thoughts and ideas I would like to but don't have time to think about and invite you to participate.


New Blog Page

For postings after 2012 08 08 see New blog page(s) - Kim Tucker 09:31, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Libre Software and WikiEducator

21 Nov 2011

Wrote this to remind people that there is an ethical issue involved in choosing which software to use. Open initiatives such as the OERF, OERu, etc. need this reminder from time to time.

Comments welcome: WikiEducator talk:Libre Software.

Installed Ubuntu 11.10

14 Oct 2011

Shared some notes here.

Be Libre


Set up a page on "Libre Living" to explore freedom from software to knowledge to life with all its diversity and evolutionary potential. See related blog. - Kim Tucker 12:46, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Update: renamed to "Be Libre" as a sequel to "Say Libre" - Kim Tucker 23:40, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Economic growth and sustainability


Made the following point on a LinkedIn discussion of the group "Economist of the World": "Way forward for African economies in this difficult times":

Continued [over]use of the term "economic _growth_" will lead us deeper into an obviously unsustainable situation. A new paradigm is required for policy formulation which focuses on "quality of life" i.e. _all_ life with all of its diversity and evolutionary potential.

"Economic growth" has potential negative effects: .

A long term more holistic view of sustainability should underpin all discussions on 'economic policy' in cognisance of the fact that the natural environment is the source of all life. This is universal.

Related: Sustainable evolution.

cc-by vs cc-by-sa

I think the OER community needs to be reminded of the importance of cc-by-sa and encourage anyone to write essays, blog postings, etc. in this regard - Kim Tucker 22:59, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

SchoolNet Namibia Archives

Near the end of May I posted some documents to augment the The Case of SchoolNet Namibia. Feel free to make wiki versions within the links on the left of the table on that page.

Libre Knowledge and Sustainability

新年快樂 - 過年好

年年有餘 - 年年有馀

(Happy Chinese New Year :-) (for 3 Feb 2011)

Knowledge, Patterns, Wisdom, etc.

After the original post on LiveJournal (account closed now) on Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 at 22:48.

Starting this to generate discussion about wisdom, knowledge, technology, and sustainability. One motive is to get into the semantic web, possibly with applications relating to conservation biology (biodiversity).

Imagine agents able to detect conflicts of interest. For example, biotechnology seeks to create GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to solve the world's problems of health and food security, while conservation biologists largely oppose production of GMOs on account of the potential dangers (e.g. invasion, susceptible to unforeseen disease, etc.).

An agent could come across research or business intentions and highlight the need for the two parties to share knowledge and proceed in a wiser fashion.

Another angle is to examine patterns in software architecture, analysis, design, etc. and patterns in other fields such as architecture (buildings, bridges, etc.), patterns of behaviours (organisational and individual), and patterns evident in environmental decision making. Raise the level of abstraction and discover meta-patterns applicable across disciplines.

Ideas, insights, suggestions, pointers to people, papers and existing discussions on this topic are welcome.

Kim Tucker 00:28, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

See also: Knowledge Patterns - a proposed book linked to some of the above ideas.


Aliens and GMOs

An anonymous comment on LiveJournal: 2004-04-19 04:50 am UTC (link):

Yes, alien plants, not aliens as in scifi, may have a similar effect in the new environment as could certain GMOs (loss of biodiversity, overuse of water and other resources, etc.). Ontologies would have to distinguish aliens and the conflicting objectives of biotechnologists and conservation biologists. Challenging.

Lore of Learning

11:49, 30 April 2007

Started a wiki book called "Lore of Learning". It requires gurus of philosophy of learning and theory of learning/education. Contributors should also appreciate why the book was so-called: after another book which sets the standard: Lore of Running[1] by Tim Noakes.


  1. Noakes, Tim. 2003. The Lore of Running. (4th edition) Oxford University Press ISBN 0-87322-959-2
Create a book