redalien writes "Steve McMahon of the Plone project discusses what the appropriate role of a BDFL is in a mature open source project and the importance of a not-for-profit foundation to limit the BDFL's powers:
Many open-source software projects have a BDFL, typically one of the project founders. In a healthy project, that authority is nearly exclusively moral authority. There is little or no real legal or contractual authority resting with the title holder. Moral authority is important. It allows the BDFL to resolve disputes, and a healthy project needs one or more persons with that kind of authority. What’s vital is that the authority can be challenged, and, if not exercised on behalf of the community, lost. The fact that moral authority can be lost is the best insurance it will be well-used.
redalien writes "In 2008 I invited two policemen into my home and voluntarily gave them a DNA and fingerprint sample to help with a murder investigation, as they'd promised it would only be used for that investigation. I was never under any suspicion and could just as easily have said no. Almost a year after the investigation closed they have now confirmed that they've retained my samples and at my request have begun an investigation to see if there are sufficient "exceptional circumstances" to remove them.
I'm not the only one that was told samples would be removed, so if you've had such a promise from the police I recommend contacting their data protection registrar immediately." Link to Original Source top
redalien writes "Plone 3, the newest version of the enterprise content management system built on Zope has been officially released today. New features for this version include massive back-end rewrites to use Zope 3 features, a new portlets engine, built-in wiki support, OpenID and automatic "content rules" for performing scripted actions on certain events. The full release announcement is also available."