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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in April 2009

Inside Ubuntu 9.04

Critics are calling 'Jaunty Jackalope' as slick and seamless as Mac OS X. We uncover the Linux distro's pitfalls and gotchas -- as well as its hidden delights.

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You Can't Have Your Java And Fork It, Too

The other night I commiserated with a friend over Sun's sale to Oracle, with both of us agreeing gloomily that this most likely means the end of Java as we know it. Actually, it may mean a whole new beginning for Java -- or a whole bunch of new beginnings -- and that's exactly the problem.

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The Trend Towards Open Source: It's There, But Not Inevitable

I spent most of last week and the whole of my weekend knee-, hip-, and finally neck-deep in Ubuntu 9.04 for an upcoming feature on the OS. I had my problems with it, and from that had a philosophical "what exactly are we trying to accomplish here" moment (shilling for rant). But after the dust settled, I had a better picture of how all these platforms complemented each other.

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Hold Your Breath And Say 'Sun!'

A good deal of the noise over the Oracle/Sun acquisition centered around what would happen to all the flagship software products on Sun's side -- OpenSolaris, Java, MySQL. Look no further than Monty Widenus, the original MySQL developer and founder of MySQL AB itself, for the word on that -- and the word is, frankly, not good.

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The Open Source Name Game

Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet has proposed another name for open source. He wants to call it "democratic software." Me, I'd rather it just be good software, no matter what label we put on it or what development method we use.

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Where Is Open Source?

No, not "what", but "where". As in, check out this nifty map courtesy of Red Hat that shows levels of open source adoption in different countries around the world. It's eyebrow-raising research, not least of all because the results go against a couple of conventional wisdoms about open source.

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For Want Of A Working Keyboard

While most everyone else was wrestling with the specter of Oracle swallowing Sun, I was wrestling with something a little more prosaic: getting my laptop keyboard to not die every time I took my system out of suspend mode while running Ubuntu 9.04 RC. Sometimes all it takes is one thing to wreck your enthusiasm, and I consider a dead keyboard on resume to be a real killjoy. In the aftermath of all that monkeying, I asked myself a question: What is the real goal of desktop Linux anymore, anyway

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Linux Netbooks And Their Stumbling Blocks

First it was "the desktop." Now it's "the netbook" -- as in, what's the big proving ground for Linux vs. Windows going to be? And the latest hotly-debated bit of conventional wisdom is whether the Linux-based netbooks just don't cut it compared to their Windows cousins. The real problem seems to be who's willing to do more to bring regular users in.

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How To Take (Yet Another) Beating

Is there any company in this industry that takes more of a drubbing from all sides -- its own customers, the competition, its ideological opponents -- than Microsoft? Especially when it's in the form of Microsoft's open source guy, Sam Ramji, in a room (and in front of an audience) with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin and Sun dev veep Ian Murdock. These sorts of

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The Dead Star Blues

Open most any tech-related publication and headlines smack you in the face about the imminent demise of Sun. Or the reasons why Sun has failed. Or what could be done to save Sun. In short, it's what most decently clued-in people have been talking about for years now. So why not just let Sun die?

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Open Source Cost Surveys, Revisited

I got a lot of great feedback regarding yesterday's post about needing some kind of standard way to gather data about cost savings / ROI / TCO / [your buzzword here] when switching to open source. Based on a little more discussion and thought, I have some more ideas about what form something like this could take.

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Give A Little, Get A Lot ... But How Much?

The term community contribution is one of those phrases in the open source world that's gone from being shopworn to downright fly-blown. Everyone talks about it, but less often do we dig under the skin of those words to extract a little true meaning from them. Given that Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier is moderating a panel on the subject of community contributions at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit this w

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Scrounging For Sun's Next Suitor (If There Is One)

You say Java, I say Solaris -- eh, let's call the whole thing off. So much for Java (or OpSol, or even OpenOffice) becoming an IBM brand. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea: where else are you going to find a second home for all that where the people "get" open source -- and there are other business models apart from hoping really hard that everyone comes around to your way of thinking?<

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How Is Open Source Like The Large Hadron Collider?

Answer: you start using it, and it sucks everything else up into a black hole. If that sounds like a cheap shot, consider this column by Gene Quinn of "Open Source Race to Zero May Destroy Software Industry." That's a scary headline if there ever was one, and I read the piece with the growing sense that I had Heard This One Before. I had, just in a different skin.<

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Ubuntu Server's Ambitions No Longer Cloudy - Er, Murky

Yesterday I sat in on a conference call with Steve George, director of the Enterprise group at Canonical, to get more of an idea where they're headed with Ubuntu Server 9.04 and beyond. It's helped make clear what Canonical's ambitions are for Ubuntu as a server -- something that has been slightly dim even for Ubuntu / Canonical supporters.

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Conficker's Not A Blessing For Linux

In the last few days before the Conficker worm's alleged conquest of the known world on April 1, a bunch of Linux and open source blogs have ruminated about the possibility that this would be another nail in the Windows coffin. See? Windows is horribly insecure! Linux is not! Watch people defect from Windows in droves! ... And that silence you hear is me trying hard not to die laughing.

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