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.
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.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
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...
Life With A Bleeding-Edge Browser
Firefox 3.5 went to public release-candidate status earlier this week. But while the whole 3.5 branch was still under wraps, I was sticking my neck out and running the bleeding-edge nightly builds of the browser -- and was surprised at how un-beta it was.
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...
Pick Your Distro: Cutting-Edge, Bleeding-Edge, Blunting-Edge
You might remember Bryan Lunduke from his extremely pointed "Linux Sucks -- Let's Fix It" presentation of a few months back. Now he's aiming fighting words at Fedora over F11, and from that I've gleaned a few larger questions about what is the real role of any given Linux distribution.