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I have a fascination with communities, enough so that building one is now one of my primary tasks at work. Communities engender the raison d’etre of open-source software. More importantly, though, they encourage people to get along and work cooperatively.

Just this morning, I finally finished reading one of the seminal works on the subject of communities. The book Groundswell was written by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, both well-known marketing analysts with Forrester Research. The subtitle of the book is very telling: “Winning in a world transformed by social technologies.”

The book walks through a large number of sample cases, both positive and negative, showing effective ways to approach the building of corporate and social communities as well as leveraging those that already exist. It is a must-read for anyone starting or managing a community, or wondering about how communities affect their businesses, now and in the short-term future.

Also, be sure to watch this video interview of Charlene Li.

The conference season is now officially open. Here are a few this year that will be of interest to Linux developers, particularly in the embedded and/or mobile space. Be sure to search around for those I have missed. I’ll add to this list as necessary.

conference location dates
GSMA Mobile World Congress Feb 16-19 Barcelona, Spain
SCALE (SoCal Linux) Feb 20-22 Westin Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Embedded World March 3-5 Nuremburg, Germany
Embedded Systems Conference Mar 30-Apr 3 San Jose, CA
Linux Storage & Filesystems Workshop April 6-7 Kabuki Hotel, San Francisco, CA
CELF Embedded Linux Conference April 6-8 Kabuki Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Linux Collaboration Summit April 8-10 Kabuki Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Google I/O Developer Conference (Android) May 27-28 Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Linux Symposium July 13-17 Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal
O’Reilly’s OSCON July 20-24 San Jose, CA
OpenSource World August 10-13 Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Open Source in Mobile Sept 15-16 Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, Netherlands
LinuxCon Sept 21-23 Portland, Oregon
Linux Plumber’s Conference Sept 23-25 Portland, Oregon
Real-Time Linux Foundation Workshop Sept 28-30 Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany
Linux Kernel Summit Oct 18-20 Tokyo, Japan
Japan Linux Symposium Oct 21-23 Tokyo, Japan
Linux End-User Summit TBA TBA
Linux Legal Summit TBA TBA

Today’s link is for a printer that runs on coffee grounds instead of ink. I have no affiliation nor experience with this. I just thought it was interesting.

From the bold world of More Free Stuff on the Internet comes the ultimate in typographical narcissism, underlining a need many of us all too often ignore: Turn your handwriting into a font for free. Actually, this looks very cool for someone like my wife, whose handwriting is impeccable and interesting. Mine would almost certainly break the machine. I should have been a doctor.

The Scary News Department has this to say about email use declining among younger users. This really isn’t news for anyone who has worked in the margins of mobile software development in the past five years, but it certainly points out something many of us are unwilling to face, namely that, yes, I am now officially ancient. At least, that is, until I perfect that telepathic interface I have been secretly working on in my garage.