Jan 07, 2009, 18:02 (9 Talkback[s])
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"There is a very big problem, though, with digital preservation.
Many members raised that issue with me, and so I decided that we do
indeed need to address that. A university professor, as it happens,
is working on a digital preservation project with his students, and
I have been offered an opportunity to pick their brains, and I'm
definitely going to do that. Digital preservation is no mean trick,
and just as Groklaw has been cutting edge in other areas, I want to
make a contribution by doing all I can to make sure our work
doesn't fade away. We put our hearts and souls into putting
together this library of SCO, UNIX and Linux history, and libraries
have their own requirements and standards.
"I would truly love to do both, because I love doing Groklaw,
but I don't scale, so I had to choose. And I choose to make sure
our work as fully reliable, comprehensive and, to the degree
humanly possible, permanent. After we get the preservation work in
gear, I will definitely begin to explain how to do a site like
Groklaw. I have had a number of requests for information on how to
create a site where the atmosphere is kept polite, for example.
Actually, that's a book in itself. But I'll tell you what I have
learned. FOSS's strength is that there's no one throat to choke,
and the more people who know how to do a site like Groklaw, the
better off FOSS will be. So that's my decision."