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.
Just by coincidence, the reason why the Labor party is scared to death of bucking the trend when it comes to data retention laws - and, indeed, any legislation relating to national security - was brought into sharp focus last week.
More than five years after its last major release, SUSE has made available version 12 of its enterprise operating system. The release, on Monday, comes, as usual, with a host of changes.
Leak number four of the IP chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, a multi-country "free trade" proposal, tells us little more than the earlier leaked drafts. It does, however, give some reason for cheer.