Iskratel nettop

ntb_keyvisualI purchased Iskratel Nettop 30 . It is a Slovene branded nettop computer. The price is 99 EUR without DVD unit and 114 EUR with the DVD unit, that attaches to the base unit. Installed with gNewSense 3 – fully free software distribution. Machine can boot from CD/DVD, Hard drive, USB or Network. It comes preinstalled with FreeDOS. Further specifications are:

  • Procesor Intel Atom N230 (1.6 GHz)
  • 1 GB pomnilnika (DDR2-800, druga reža prosta)
  • Grafični pospeševalnik NVIDIA ION (GeForce 9300)
  • Trdi disk 160 GB
  • Bralnik pomnilniških kartic 4v1 (SD/MS/MS-Pro/xD)
  • 8-kanalni digitalni zvok
  • Gigabitna Ethernet mreža
  • Podpora polnemu FullHD 1080p
  • Daljinski upravljalec
  • Možnost VESA pritrditve na zadnjo stran monitorja ali televizorja
  • Varčen napajalnik (poraba < 35W)
  • Mere: 186 x 189 x 38 mm, masa naprave 1 kg
  • Priključki: HDMI, S/PDIF optični digitalni zvok, mikrofon/slušalke, 5x USB 2.0, eSATA, LAN RJ-45
  • DVD optična enota (odvisno od izbranega modela)
  • Na napravo lahko preko USB vhoda priklopite katerikoli WiFi vmesnik za delo z brezžičnim omrežjem!

Some other GNU/Linux specs:

# dmesg ( in the link )

# lspci ( in the link )

# lspci -vvv ( in the link )

# cat /proc/cpuinfo ( in the link )

# free -m
total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           748        680         67          0         30        440
-/+ buffers/cache:        209        538
Swap:         1463          1       1462

# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
146G  3.3G  135G   3% /
tmpfs                 375M     0  375M   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                  369M  196K  368M   1% /dev
tmpfs                 375M  4.0K  375M   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1             228M   18M  199M   8% /boot







Libreink is a future project that will feature a fully free GNU/Linux distribution for eBook reading devices, using e-Paper and other high-latency, bi-stable screens. It will be based on LibreWRT and backported from the pre-existing open source project Openinkpot. Target devices with the proper platform are still being evaluated. The main goal will be to use only free software and support freely available eBook formats, without Digital Restrictions Management. Developers are welcome to join the discussion channel #libreink on Freenode.

Replicant funding opened doors for further development

replicant_smallReplicant funding organised by the Free Software Foundation was a great success ! People donated over  20,000 USD over the past two months. The project didn’t expect that much money and it will greatly cover their needs, which include buying new devices and cover travel-related expenses, allowing developers to attend events such as FOSDEM. On a sad note, they are more and more looking for new developers to get involved in the project: both GNUtoo and PaulK are very busy and cannot contribute to the project as much as they’d like to, so things will keep moving a bit slowly, compared to what it used to be. There is also a new set of images ready, with additional support for 10 devices. Camera support was added to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and other smaller improvements were made as well. All the guides were rewritten to be device-specific and include clear and step-by-step instructions, which should make it easier for everyone to install Replicant on their device. Moreover, the newly-launched forums and their mailing list make it possible to get help from the community, about the installation or anything else you want to talk about ! Congratulations !

Meeting Richard M. Stallman

Free_Software4I would like to share with you my experience meeting the most important person in the GNU/Linux community, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), the man who started the free software movement. It was on April 20th 2012, when Andraž announced on RIPE-64 Twitter blog, that RMS will attend the “Digitizing ideas and Common Knowledge” conference at the Museum od Modern Art in Ljubljana the next day. At that time Robert a friend of mine was my guest in Ljubljana with whom I attended the RIPE-64 conference. RMS’s meeting was unofficial, therefore it wasn’t publicly announced earlier. April 21st was the last day of Robert’s visit, so we went to the Museum of Modern Art, where several artists held their lectures. After the first series of lectures there was a break and we noticed RMS how he talked with the organiser. We wanted to greet him, but he seemed upset because the organising team didn’t respect his request about his accommodation. His request was that he doesn’t wish to provide his Identity information in order to be accommodated, due to respect for his privacy. I am not familiar where the organising team tried to accommodate him, but he said, he pointed out information where he could be accommodated without providing any kind of ID form. I think this was a failure for the organising team, which hasn’t studied the contract deep enough to avoid confusion. Despite the conflict, RMS managed to speak privately with Robert and me for a few minutes. I asked him how many times he has visited Slovenia and he replied “Let me search on the laptop” and he took the “Lemote Yeeloong” (the only free hardware laptop on the market) out of his bag and searched the archive using GNU Emacs and replied “I have been here 3 times earlier”. Secondly I asked him if he was aware of the RIPE conference being organised in Slovenia, which picked up our topic for further discussion about the peering technologies which are being used on the internet, where RMS expressed concern about the technology and saying something like (quoting from my memory) “Internet doesn’t exist independantly, there is always some upper authority that controls it in this case Local Internet Registry (LIR) controls the internet on national level and Regional Internet Registry (RIR) controls it in the region by allocating address space”. He expressed the concern about upper authority and mentioned if there could be some other alternative for the internet to work in a more decentralized manner in a form of peer to peer networking. At the end of our short and interesting conversation RMS also agreed to be photographed with us. The conference had a lunch break, so RMS had to leave and after the break he held the lecture about “Copyright Vs. Community“. Robert had to catch his plane back home, so I drove him to the airport. Afterwards I returned back to the conference hall, where RMS already started with his lecture (video with subtitles available). The lecture was very interesting, and started with the introduction of the free software and it’s four essential freedoms:

  1. The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
  4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

The lecture continued with opinion about Copyright Vs. Community, mentioning three different categories for intellectual property:

  1. Works for practical use (patented tools).
  2. Works that show what people feel and think.
  3. Works for amusement.

Suggestions :

  • Shortening the period of Copyright from existing 70 years after the death of the author to 10 years.
  • After 10 years the intellectual property becomes available for public use.
  • We have to insist to fair use of works and fight for those rights.
  • Attack to work separation is an attack against the society.
  • May 6th is celebrated as the day against DRM (Digital Restriction Management)

At the end of the lecture RMS held an auction for the GNU toy animal and placed an autograph on GNU’s tail for the winning bidder. Later he got surrounded with people and discussed with us and autographed his books, brought by the free software enthusiasts. I also bought some stickers for my laptop, which say “GNU/Linux inside”. There were also free stickers provided for the attendants which were designed for FSF campaigns and RMS said “Take as many as you like to spread the word about free software”. I took some which I glued to the places where people could further explore the idea of the free software. Overall it was a very interesting experience to participate at the conference and meet him personally.

GNU 30th anniversary

GNU_30th_badgeThe GNU project was started 30 years ago by Mr. Richard Matthew Stallman with it’s primary goal to distribute completely free (free as in freedom) software. It includes more than 80% of the code shared by todays popular systems often mistakenly called Linux (Linux is just a kernel, which was the missing part at that time, when GNU existed and was developed by Mr. Linus Torvalds in 1991), so the proper name for operational system is GNU+Linux. GNU/Linux is being used worldwide today with various distributions and in professional setups on Mobile phones, Embedded systems, PDA’s, Notebooks, PC’s, Servers and Mainframes and has already gained a large recognition. Congratulations to all the people involved and mostly to Mr. Stallman for striving so hard through the years for the recognition of the system.

Fairphone – the new alternative

fairphone-540x304 Fairphone is an alternative campaign to create a mobile phone with a fair share of payments to everyone involved in the project. It begins with the lowest process, with mineral digging workers in People’s republic of Congo and Zambia, where Fairphone will pay them 6 usd/day, which is more than 3 times the amount that other companies pay them. The minerals that are digged from mines are used in creating phone batteries. The tree of fair share then expands to all companies involved, each of them contributing some part of electronics to build up a complete mobile phone. Phone will use the Android 4.2 operating system and comes with the following specifications:

  • Chipset – MTK6589 (quad core) 1.2 Ghz
  • System memory – 16GB + 1GB (RAM)
  • Primary camera – 8 MPx, Secondary camera 1.3 MPx
  • Dual SIM card slots
  • GPS, WI-Fi, FM, G-sensor, Gyroscope, Flash light
  • Screen size 4.3″, 126 x 63.5 x 10 mm, 170 gramms

The pre-order price for this phone is 325 EUR and it’s only available inside European Union.

Donate to Replicant and support free software on mobile devices

replicant_logoThe Replicant project is a fully free Android (replacement) distribution running on several mobile and tablet devices. It is sponsored from the Free Software Foundation which currently runs a fundraiser campaign to support this project. Donations to the fundraiser will enable developers to obtain new devices. Replicant is also looking for new developers to get involved with the project. On July 22, 2013 Replicant project announced new flashable images and added support for more platforms including the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 , Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300).

Richard M. Stallman inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame

Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman today joins the ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet.

Links to official articles:

Congratulations !

Why is Free Software good for you

On my earlier blog post I wrote about the difference between proprietary and Free Software (free as in freedom, not free as a free beer) and use of proprietary software on (mobile) devices. Here I would like to expose more links for you to read regarding this topic :

Trisquel GNU/Linux on my laptop

I am proud that I am now using Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution for my daily work on a laptop. It is a distribution that is endorsed by the Free Software Foundation and it is based on Ubuntu, so if you already know Ubuntu and care for more freedom, you should consider using it, too. There is a list of hardware on H-NODE which is compatible with Free Software distributions. Almost all features on my laptop work, I spotted only a few minor errors, which don’t afffect overall usage. What doesn’t work yet is the 3D acceleration on the GPU, but I don’t even have the need for that. Another thing is that backlight doesn’t go into standby mode when the laptop is idling, but stays turned on at all times (the bug is already fixed in Ubuntu). There is a free Adobe Flash replacement called “gnash” and videos on Youtube are WebM encoded and can be viewed using a pure HTML5 standard. While mentioning HTML5, there is a petition going on for Anti Digital Restrictions Management in HTML5, which you should sign.