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posted in April 2009
Linux sucks! So says Bryan Lunduke, himself a Linux software developer, at a presentation he gave at Linux Fest Northwest. In truth, it's not a hatchet job -- it's exactly the kind of pointed and forceful Linux criticism we need more of.
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.
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.
Patent reform may be in the air, but it'll be some time before the real fruits are reaped. In the meantime, we have to maintain our own guard against unfairly-granted patents, something the Open Invention Network's doing proactively with, for instance, the patents at the heart of the Mic
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.
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.
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.
Learn the five best fates for dead PCs, notebooks, hard drives, and other gear. Hint: Letting them go to a landfill is not one of them. Recycling is.
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.
Oh, man, did I ever had a bad feeling something like this would happen. Sun went from being a possible acquisition for IBM -- a company that could have done right by them across the board -- to being snapped up by Oracle, who are most likely going to take the hardware portion of Sun and throw the so
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
This episode: OpenOffice gets another revision to the right of the decimal point, Remote Desktop becomes that much less crucial, and one of the original wikis.
Time to revise another assessment. It looks like it isn't going to be a question of "will your next phone run Linux?" but "which Linux is it?" Between Android branching out into set-top boxes and both Panasonic and NEC pulling the covers off new LiMo-driven ph
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.
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
Fred Trotter writes about open source software and medicine, and recently blogged about a meeting he had with the CCHIT regarding their support for open source in their certification program. It's eye-opening stuff for anyone currently involved in the debate about how government and med
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?
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.
Ask ten different companies about their cost-savings experiences when switching to open source, and you get ten different breakdowns according to ten different timelines and metrics. Shouldn't we have something a little more consistent than that?
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
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?<
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 IPWatchdog.com: "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.<
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.
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.