The Best of News Feeds #8

Here’s a few stories that I stumbled across via my newsreader over the past week…

Open Source continues to challenge mainstream hegemony

Newsforge on: The tanking economy and OSS

The economy is falling as fast as temperatures in November. Recession seems certain, if it’s not already here. The stock market’s performance resembles Disney World’s Space Mountain roller coaster. And every open source vendor, every Linux project, will be touched in one way or another….

The power and interactivity of blogging

Tavurvur on: Profiling the PNG Blogging Scene

I wrote this Blog’s first post only a couple months ago. It took me thirty minutes to write that post. And It took me ten of those minutes to realise the power of blogging. Nobody told me how addictive blogging is – not addictive in the sense that it’s something you need for yourself. No…..

Time to dig up a little dirt here and there…

The Melanesian on: Oligarchy, defeatism and the rule of law

THREE MONTHS AGO IN AUGUST I published an article entitled Cabinets of mendacious Curiosities which offered a commentary on the pscyhology of lying and deceit that is so much part of politics. The article was inspired by prevailing disagreements over the legality of a deal brokered between the PNG Government and a consortium of companies to produce liquified natural gas (LNG) over the next 50 years. The deal promises to bring into PNG an anticipated annual revenue of about K2.76 billion….

Anyone know the whereabouts of Glenys Köhnke?

Tavurvur on: Time Belong Tumbuna

If there’s one thing I’ve come to realise about literature on Papua New Guinea it’s this: there are more books about PNG outside of PNG than there are inside the country. I don’t think you’d find many people who would disagree with that statement. It’s a sad fact but it’s true. Because of this, I started a personal library collection of books about PNG a couple of years ago and I’ve been slowly adding to it – book by book….

An excellent resource for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS):

Newsforge on: provides super-portal to free software sites

When users want the latest in free and open source software (FOSS), they are likely to think first of sites like freshmeat, or perhaps Softpedia or GnomeFiles. However, as the FOSS community has divided into specialized communities, sites for new releases have proliferated, to the point where it is difficult to keep track of them all. Since 2007, has provided a portal for many of these specialized sites. Under the slogan “Let’s build the desktop of the future,” provides a quick overview of new software that is independent of desktop or distribution….

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