Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both
If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
Will New Certification Criteria Fuel Open Source E-Health Records?
Till now, certification requirements for electronic medical records were pretty hefty, addressing hundreds of stringent criteria that comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory systems must meet in order to get a seal of approval from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, or CCHIT, a non-profit federally supported group.
Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think
Free software grand master Richard Stallman weighed in not long ago about Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET. He's not against it in principle, he just doesn't feel it's a good idea to depend on it for anything, especially not the core GNU tools.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
OpenSolaris: No Standing Still On A Moving Train
Yesterday I sat down on the phone with Larry Wake -- official title: Group Manager, Solaris Strategic Marketing -- to chat about OpenSolaris. I ended up with an answer to an unexpected question: How do you get people who use software measured in lifetimes of years and decades to move to software lifetimes of mere months?
When Business Gets Too Personal
Visualization guru Stephen Few reminds us that analyst opinions, while offered by recognized experts, are inherently personal, and that on the other side of the table, there are real people behind products, marketing campaigns, and corporate decisions. But I disagree with Steve that analysts should always name names. Some situations become simply too personal...
Will OMG Set a Standard for Case Management?
The vote to approve BPMN 2.0 is not the only thing on the agenda at this week's Object Management Group (OMG) meeting in Costa Rica. There is also the release of an RFP for a new Case Management standard, authored by Henk de Man of Cordys. The RFP asserts that BPMN is inadequate for case management, and I agree...
Summer Reading: IR, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization
Summer's slower pace allows time to work through material set aside for calmer days. My reading list includes works on Information Retrieval, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization. The items on my list are technical and accessible, of potential interest to anyone who works with analytics. You might also find them worth at least a quick look.
Oracle Owns MySQL, But.... This Is Open Source Code
Oracle and MySQL are the favorite databases of developers who use the Eclipse open source programmers workbench. That's no surprise, I thought. Developers like to develop in free MySQL and deploy in Oracle, right? Actually, Oracle and MySQL are their two favorite deployment databases, contrary to what I would have expected.
Google Pitches Faster Web
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
Transition Strategies for Enterprise 2.0 Adoption
At this week's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, Lee Bryant of Headshift looked at the adoption challenges for 2.0 technologies in companies that have grown up around a centralized model of IT... He points out that we can't afford the high-friction, high-cost model of deploying technology and processes...
Canonical's Ubuntu Channel Strategy: So Far, So Good
One of the biggest complaints about Ubuntu Linux concerns Canonical's lack of high-profile channel partners. I'm not sure if it's a valid complaint even today -- and if it is, I doubt it will be an issue much longer.