Photos: Red Hat boss seeks The Truth

Photos: Red Hat boss seeks The Truth

Summary: The open source specialist's user summit opened with a call for greater transparency in the technology industry, and in society as a whole


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  • Described by his boss Matthew Szulik as a "rock god" of the open source community, Red Hat principal software engineer Havoc Pennington unveiled a project known as Mugshot.

    The software, made up principally of a Web site enabled with collaboration tools, is designed, according to Pennington, to bring open source to people who may not have encountered it before via a "live social experience around entertainment".

    Mugshot will allow users to collaborate online and discuss and exchange information around topics such as music and television. "Mugshot is not just a site but about connecting desktops of users. What has this got to do with Red Hat? The reason I got into open source is because it's about collaboration and freedom," said Pennington.

    Mugshot will initially only be available via a limited user trial, on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find out more about the project here.

  • Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, took the final keynote slot at the first day of the conference.

    He held forth on the misuse of digital rights management technology by companies such as Sony, claiming that such technology was fundamentally "unscientific".

    "Open source is science, and before science we had alchemy. The difference between alchemy and science is that science publishes its findings. DRM is not grounded in science because it is founded on keeping things secret," Doctorow said.

Topics: Apps, Software Development

Andrew Donoghue

About Andrew Donoghue

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

Hunter S. Thompson

Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and

Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.

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