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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in November 2008

My First Open Source Project

I started an open source software project a couple of weeks ago, sort of. It's about as minor as something like this gets -- at least for now. But even at that scale, it's become a learning experience.

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Death, Taxes, And Open Source Business Models

To the eternal list of death and taxes, we might as well add debates about open source licensing and sales. Two recent discussions about licensing and business models got me thinking again about what's suitable to what end, and how to interpret what you see other companies doing as a model for your own work.

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Fedora 10: Building A Community, Not Just Code

With all the shouting about Ubuntu 8.10's release, it's easy to forget about the other distributions out there. Case in point: Fedora, which has typically been my favorite (apart from Puppy), now getting a bump to its own revision number. And so yesterday I sat down around a warm conference bridge with Paul Frields, the project leader for Fedora at Red Hat, to chat about Fedora 10.

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64-Bit Flash On Linux: It's A Portal

And lo, Adobe did create a 64-bit edition of Flash for Linux. And it was good -- but now that appetites have been whetted for more Adobe software on Linux, what else may be in the pipeline? My take: Native Flash, yes, but native Photoshop, no. And not just because of Linux's currently marginal desktop market share.

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French RIAA Sues SourceForge For Aiding And Abetting Piracy?

Yes, this sounds every bit as ridiculous to me as it probably does you. The Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France, or SPPF -- France's analogue to the RIAA -- is preparing to file suit not only against the makers of various P2P sharing apps, but, which provides code hosting for many such projects. All together, now, in your best Stupefied Bill Maher Voice: What!?

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Microsoft Office Coming For Linux (Sort Of)

No, Microsoft isn't releasing a platform-native version of Office for Linux. It's doing something a lot smarter: releasing a platform-neutral version of Office -- its vaunted Office Web suite -- that can theoretically run anywhere, Linux included.

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Surprise: CTOs Want To Pay For Open Source

Matt Asay, open source blogger for CNET, got some eye-opening feedback from CTOs about their use of open source. As with many other aspects of business, money speaks louder than freedom alone, but freedom isn't a bad bonus.

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Debian On The Android T-Mobile G1: Maybe One Day We Won't Have To Hack It

If you build it, they will hack. They hacked the iPhone, the PSP, the PlayStation 3, and just about every other "closed" piece of consumer electronics out there. Now we have a hack that lets you run Debian on the Android-powered T-Mobile G1. But if Android is getting a far less restrictive application store than the iPhone, does that mean this kind of reverse engineering is ultimately irrelevant?

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The View From Firefox's Bleeding Edge

I don't normally live dangerously. I wear my seat belts and follow the labels on my prescription bottles with religious care. That said, stick an alpha or beta edition of an open source app in front of me, and I'm honor-bound to try it out -- within reason, of course.

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Red Hat Puts On Fedora #10

Hot on the heels of Ubuntu 8.10, Red Hat has a new version of Fedora preparing to go out the door later this month. After the remarkable level of polish on Intrepid, Red Hat's Cambridge has a tough act to follow, even if the two distros aren't meant to cover the same territory -- or even compete with each other.

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Don't Fear Big-Box Linux Development

News of a new Linux graphics-server project called "Wayland" crossed my desk this morning. It got me thinking: are "big-box" open source vendors going to make individual programmers irrelevant?

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Linux Vs. Windows 7: The Coming Showdown

It's inevitable. With Microsoft's showcasing of Windows 7's pre-beta edition at PDC, the Boys From Redmond have thrown down a gauntlet to the Linux community that's been angling to take over the netbook market (and then maybe the desktop). Anything you can do, they say, we can do better.

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Sun Continues To Fade

You know you're in trouble when you make the technology pages of the New York Times with a piece about how much money you're bleeding. Such is the case with Sun, which reported a $1.7 billion loss for the first quarter of 2008. And that's not the worst of it.

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