If you have questions for the mailbag, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this anything like that hacking group Anonymous? Are you involved in Wikileaks?
I’ve given you my email address and where I go to school. I’d say we are pretty un-anonymous. I’m personally not involved in either. Given the nature of Anonymous, I can’t say for certain that none of our past, present or future writers are or will be involved.
So this isn’t about hacking?
Ok! I’m excited about learning about OSI and want to inundate myself. Do you have any recommendations for where else I can go to learn?
I’ve tried to make this clear in the past, but we are not affiliated with the OSI. Assuming we are involved with OSI is a bit like assuming all cable news is associated with CNN (Cable News Network). We suppose free and open source software and the OSI supports open source software. That is the extent of our overlap.
That said, there are plenty of places to learn. I’d suggest going to a local Linux User Group (LUG) meeting. If you don’t think there is a local LUG, then you can certainly chat in IRC. IRC has web clients, so it isn’t too hard to use, but if you are apprehensive about IRC, there is status.net and pump.io. We’ll make sure you get the help you need.
What if I have a question about OpenSource, Open Source Initiative, or anything else? Can I ask you directly?
Sure, that’s what the mailbag is for. Just send an email to email@example.com or leave a comment.
Do you have a podcast?
Yes and no. Are you asking me, Doug, or OSP? I host the Music Manumit Jazzcast, Music Manumit Lawcast, Music Manumit Punkcast and co-host the Music Manumit Podcast. I am also starting a new podcast, which will be centered around sports, but, considering the likely participants, will likely include some tech talk as well. If anything is particularly interesting from the tech side, I’ll post it here.
OSP does not have a separate podcast, but we do sometimes repost relevant material from the Music Manumit Lawcast.
What other projects are you involved in?
The only organization with which OSP is affiliated is the Netizen Empowerment Federation.
I (Doug) am a writer for Sportazine and Music Manumit. I’ve been involved with various organizations in the past, some of which, like the Carolina Open Source Initiative, no longer exist. I’d certainly be happy if a student brought that organization back from the ashes I left when I moved to Madison.
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