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posted in January 2009
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
Printed documentation never goes completely out of style. Cases in point: the O'Reilly books, the ... For Dummies series, and MacFreda's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. It's $10 in print -- and free as a PDF.
The Linux Foundation's "We're Linux" video contest is the newest attempt to get Linux a little airtime alongside both Windows and the Mac. A fine idea in theory, but I'd like to submit a few notes about why this sort of thing is a lot tougher than it looks.
Jon Evans of The Walrus didn't like the OLPC. He thought it was the wrong tool for the job -- badly engineered, improperly envisioned, and more hype than substance. The OLPC folks didn't take that criticism lying down, but their
When Microsoft specifically cited netbook PCs as a big reason for its weakening sales, the "L word" didn't get mentioned by name -- but it wasn't difficult to tell this was the flip side of that news tidbit about Linux-equipped netbooks being returned. So what's this mean for Win7 vs. Linux in what is fast becoming the battleground for the new desktop?
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.
For years one of the few truly irreplaceable Microsoft technologies has been Active Directory. Now it's that much closer to being replaced, by the open source Samba project in its fourth major revision.
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.
The bad news for Linux users: Obama's 2009 inauguration ceremony is being Webcast -- but only for those with the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. The good news: Microsoft to the rescue. Say what? Yes.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the eve of the release of the fifth iteration of the Debian Linux -- er, GNU/Linux -- release, a bit of noise erupted that got me thinking about the whole question of why, when it comes to the ethics of software development, polite manners tend to get short shrift.
If people are skeptical about open source on the desktop or in mobile spaces, the one place where open source has generated a good deal of consensus is in that amorphous place so commonly referred to as "the cloud". Just ask EMC, judging from its most recent open source acquisition.
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.
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.