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posted in January 2009

A Little Neighborly Consideration, If You Please?

The other night a friend of mine, an active open source developer, told me something which has convinced me all the more that you can't be a good open source developer by simply being a good programmer. You have to also be a good neighbor, for lack of a better word.

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Sun's Pitch To Obama: Go Open!

Looks like we have our first hint about what attitude the new administration may have toward using open source. Scott McNealy of Sun's been tapped to write a paper for Obama and his cabinet about using open source to leverage cost savings.

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Debian And Ubuntu Flaunt Their Package Popularity

Two "popularity contests" in the Linux world aren't what you might think they are -- they don't track Linux's appeal at large, but rather who's installing what packages from a given Linux distribution. The results are still somewhat raw and subject to different interpretations, but eye-opening nevertheless.

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Superstar Syndrome Shouldn't Have To Keep Canonical Down

Nobody I've talked to believes Steve Jobs is anything but deathly ill. They're also convinced that Apple will go on somehow -- even if not quite in the same vein. But what if this situation applied not to Jobs but to another technology entrepreneur that I've covered a great deal -- Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth?

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Windows 7, Meet Fedora 10; Play Nice

I'm tempted to name my notebook Panmunjeom. In real life, that's the name of the DMZ where North and South Korea meet and conduct what diplomacy they can. As far as my notebook goes, it's where I have the public beta of Windows 7 and various Linux installs (currently Fedora 10) running dual-boot.

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The New York Times On Ubuntu: Half-Right

When an article about Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical, and Ubuntu begins with the words "They're either hapless pests or the very people capable of overthrowing Windows. Take your pick," then I'm fairly sure I'm not about to read a good article about any of the above. But that's the first line of a piece about them in, incredibly, The New York Times.

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A Close Look At Phoenix's HyperSpace

With all the talk there's been about Linux displacing Windows on the desktop, the big question is how is it going to happen? Here's one possibility: it will outflank it. One way this may happen is through HyperSpace, Phoenix Technologies' Linux-based boot environment that could give people one less reason to boot regularly into Windows.

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Open Source In Obama's Tech Agenda

Much noise has been made in the past week or so about President-elect Barack Obama's creation of a governmental chief tech officer position. My question is: What will be their stance on open source? Will they lean towards it, mandate it, forbid it ... or ignore it entirely? I looked into it, and came away feeling we had much bigger problems looming.

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OLPC Feels The Pinch

Chalk up another open source victim of hard days: the One Laptop Per Child project. It isn't dead, and I'm glad it's not, but I'd wondered how well these guys could weather the tough times.

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The FOSS Project Blues

Here's frustration incarnate for you: an open source program that fills a vital niche in your computing experience, but hasn't been updated in what feels like forever and ... could really use an update.

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The For And The Against For Linux

Two responses to things I've written recently are worth commenting on. Both were responses to my post about Windows 7 being more of a previous-version-of-Windows-killer than a Linux-killer -- and both bring up further points to be argued and defended.

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