It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide. Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.
1. Microsoft and the Samba Team. After a good deal of constant outside pressure, Microsoft has finally allowed the technical details of many of their proprietary protocols to be revealed, albeit in a controlled way. The most important thing about this agreement is that it allows open source programmers to avoid certain Microsoft patents that might have made them the target of future litigation. It's a step towards ending Microsoft's secretive Linux patent strategies once and for all.
2. The OLPC, the Eee PC and the gPC. No less than three personal computing devices appeared this year, each in a slightly different niche, all of which ran a version of Linux as their out-of-the-box operating system. The OLPC was significant enough by itself -- both as an open source event and as a way to bring computing to developing nations -- but the Eee PC and gPC, marketed at many of us right here at home, were even bigger heralds for how much closer Linux is to being a household name.
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Three New Year's Resolutions For CIOs
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BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.
Top Five Open-Source Stories Of 2007
It's been a landmark year for open-source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide. Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open-source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely-entrenched open-source software (especially Linux) has become.
Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.
The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Microsoft's cagey Linux patent talk.
Think Secret No More
Alas, poor Nick Ciarelli, I knew him Horatio. A fellow of Infinite Loop, a most excellent Apple fan boy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now how abhorred in my imagination it is! Still... good luck with that pile of cash from Apple, buddy.
AT&T Disables Windows Live On Treo 750 Smartphones
Palm earlier this month released a Windows Mobile 6 update for AT&T customers with Treo 750 smartphones. But it turns out that Treo 750 users are unable to utilize Windows Live. Instead, they're restricted to using AT&T's Xpress Mail and instant messaging, as one very unhappy AT&T customer pointed out.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.