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posted in October 2008
As of last Saturday, the infamous Linux Hater's Blog has signed off. Seekers of curmudgeonly wisdom about Linux cleverly disguised as flaming bile will have to look elsewhere. And, strangely enough, I already miss him.
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
In what probably comes as a surprise only to people who haven't been following trends in open source recently, the vast majority of people who've grabbed OpenOffice.org 3.0 in its official release are Windows users. Out of 3-plus million downloads in the first week or so, almost 2.5 million of those were for the Win32 edition of OO.o.
Look forward, not back. That's a philosophy Mark Shuttleworth wants to bring to Ubuntu, and by extension to the rest of Linux as well. In a conference call on Monday, right before the release of 8.10 at the end of this month (happy Halloween!), he laid out what's in that release right now and some high-level goals for the future.
For those of you who've been downloading the OpenOffice.org 3.0 betas and release candidates, there's an alternate build of OO.o that's well worth your attention: Go-oo.
"Open DRM", a contradiction? Not according to the Marlin Developer Community. This consortium claims it's created an "open" digital rights management scheme, one that also allows a degree of sharing and movement of content. But under it all isn't DRM still just ... DRM?
Not long ago I wrote that hard economic times could be a good thing for open source. Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur, seems to be arguing the opposite: that hard times will knock all of this open source / open content silliness out of people's heads.
How much would it cost to create a Linux distribution from scratch -- assuming, that is, Linux didn't exist yet? The Linux Foundation crunched some numbers and came up with an answer: around $10.8 billion.
Over the last couple of weeks, many of the open source projects that I use on a daily basis enjoyed new releases, including a Firefox competitor (sort of): Flock 2.0. Upgrade time!
Over at the Monday Note blog, former Apple/Be maven Jean-Louis Gassée poses a rhetorical question to Microsoft: How do you compete with free? But it's not just "free" that Microsoft's competing with here, and it's not "open," either. It's "agile."
Earlier this week Microsoft took another step toward making open source part of its balanced breakfast: it introduced the Web Platform Installer. It not only installs Microsoft's own Web stack, but a slew of common open-source Web apps. Prepare to see more flying pigs, I say.
The first public beta of version 4.0 of the Linux Standard Base is upon us, and with it comes some thoughts: How exactly do you standardize something as protean as Linux? Answer: Create a standard that goes with the flow.
It sounds like the title for an inflammatory puff piece, but it really isn't. It's the title of a new report issued by the 451 Group's Commercial Adoption of Open Source subdivision. And in it, the research firm makes a good case for its premise. Open source is a development model, but there's a whole slew of business models
OpenOffice.org 3 is here at last. It's an evolutionary change from 2, not a revolutionary one, and if deployed right it could be yet another nibble out of Microsoft's big Office cookie. The trick is how to get the word out.
Happy birthday, Big L. Now that you're old enough to get into an R-rated movie without an adult guardian, here's a little heart-to-heart from someone who's been watching you grow up.
Linux's first step must be to own the emerging netbook market, where it is gaining traction among users who live on Web-based apps and aren't married to Windows.
Grim financial times are not "ahead"; they're here, now. Belt-tightening and budget-butchering across the board are the order of the day. Now's the time for commercial vendors of open source to show what they're made of: if they can weather this, they can weather anything.
I didn't go to LinuxWorld this year. People who did go told me I didn't miss anything. Now LinuxWorld itself is being rebranded as the OpenSource World Conference & Expo -- a sign for me that a) Linux is that much more mainstream and b) it's getting subsumed that much more into open source as a whole.
Curious about patterns in corporate use of open source, I chatted up VP of Marketing Kim Weins for OpenLogic, creators of the OSS Discovery tool and a leading maker of open source enterprise integration and support tools. My rationale: they've seen how it works from the inside, so they ought to know.
Linux netbooks face an uphill road, according to makers of one such machine, MSI. Their director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, noted that returns of Linux netbooks in general have been "higher than regular notebooks...the main cause of that is Linux." Wired carried the story, along with DesktopLinux and a number of other ou
It's a spiel that makes a lot of sense on the face of it. Switch to open source and you'll not only save money (who doesn't want to do that?) but guard yourself against the unexpected repercussions of these financially grim days.
In this edition: Chrome vs. Flock, a new OpenOffice.org release candidate, leaving behind free-as-in-beer, and a tiny open source gem.
Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation is a little tired of talking about Solaris. I don't blame him. Sad to say, though, when I spoke to him yesterday about the Linux Foundation's new event, LinuxCon, I started by asking him about ... Solaris. Oops?
The Sept. 29 edition of The Guardian sports an interview with Richard Stallman -- he of GNU and the Free Software Foundation -- in which he fulminates long and loud against cloud computing. Break out the asbestos suits before reading. Some of his words: "It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype cam