A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
A lawyer from Tasmania, who attempted to obtain the source code for the voting software used for the Senate polls last September, has been forced to take his appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
In yet another sign that the revelations about blanket NSA spying are biting into business revenue, Microsoft is offering to open up its source code to governments so they can satisfy themselves that there are no backdoors implanted.
The open-source file syncing and sharing software ownCloud has added a number of features in its latest beta release.