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posted in June 2008
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.
Sun's experience making Java open source offers lessons for Nokia.
One of my favorite open projects -- open software and hardware, both -- has finally been delivered to end users. The problem: India and Europe are the only ones getting it directly ... for now.
The recent announcement by Linux kernel developers that open source hardware drivers are the way to go got me thinking. You can make a business case for open source device drivers (you'll sell more hardware) or you can make an ethical case (it's the right thing to do). I believe in both, but for me the second view takes precedence over the first.
What with Google's Android currently stuck in the state of a work-in-progress, it was only a matter of time before someone else ponied up their own open source competition for the smartphone/handset market. But it isn't some newly-minted firm flush with a round of startup funding -- it's Nokia's own Symbian, to be merged with the S60, UIQ, and MOAP(S) platforms into one great big happy
A while back I noted that the pricing for ASUS's new Linux-powered Eee PC was at a premium over their XP version of the same machine, a move which defied most brands of logic I could apply to the situation. Fortunately, after a bit over a month of this decision getting flamed roundly in public, they're backing down and quoting the same price for both machines: $649.
Last Friday afternoon I sat down for an hour with Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE, to talk with him about SUSE 11 and the open source world in general. It was a bit rambly, but that was part of the fun: We stumbled across a whole slew of key truths about open source along the way.
Conference summaries can be so misleading. When I saw a note in the Thursday schedule for "Exchange strategies for open source software", a part of me wondered if they meant that Exchange. No -- this was about creating a software exchange on the order of SugarCRM's SugarExchange, a marketplace for SugarCRM extensions and add-ons. After all, what's an open source project --
I couldn't pass up a discussion of the failures of the American patent system -- certainly not at the Red Hat Summit, where questions of IP law, licensing, and copyright are filling the air. What I got was not a fiery invective against the USPTO or a fulminating war cry against patents in general, but a much more nuanced and well-argued case for selective patent reform than I've heard in a long time.
A prime choice from yesterday's panels at the Red Hat Summit in Boston was a synopsis of Alfresco's third Open Source Barometer. The Barometer is a yearly survey conducted by open source content-management outfit Alfresco to learn about who's using what and why amongst folks doing content management. For every revelation that had me nodding in recogn
My first actual panel for the opening day of the Red Hat Summit sported the eye-grabbing moniker Why computers are getting slower (and what we can do about it). With a title like that, I was worried I'd be in for a fluff panel about spyware 'n viruses on Windows being performance killers, with Linux as the panacea for that. I couldn't have been more wrong, thank goodness.
The big first topic of the morning as I headed downstairs for the first day of the Red Hat Summit in Boston wasn't virtualization or kernel optimizations, but the Celtics trouncing the Lakers. I'd heard the street-level mayhem for that victory from 20 floors up at just before midnight (mainly, endless car horns honking) and had called the front desk in a half-panic to make sure it wasn't an incipient natural disaster. With
Greetings from Boston, where for the next three days I'll be covering the fourth annual Red Hat Summit -- three days of breakout sessions, vendor demonstrations, and partner pride for all things Red Hat.
Wary eyes have been turned to Microsoft for some time now about the way it has been dipping toes into the open source pool. It's not quite ready to cannonball in -- my feeling is it simply can't -- but it's getting used to the water, and is making tentative gestures toward being a better open source citizen.
Last week I wrote about the Flock browser, based on Firefox and a surprise hit with me because of its social-networking integration. The 1.0 version was great, but I was most eager about the 2.0 release, based on the Firefox 3 code and also open source (of course). Wait no longer; here it is.
Who gets to tell the open source world it needs to learn to play by proprietary rules? Nokia, evidently. When VP of software Dr. Ari Jaaksi spoke at the Handsets World conference earlier this week, he stated that open source developers needed to be "educated" in how the (very closed) mobile telecom industry works. Touchy words, but not wholly foolish ones.
The other day, while in a phone conversation, the old canard about open source being a "disruptive technology" came up. It's true, but I think it's one of those things (like "information wants to be free") that runs the risk of becoming a thought-cliché. You always want to talk about what's being disrupted, why, and to what end. For me, what's being disrupted most is complacency: the mentality that no one ever got fired for buying Vendor X.
I have to admit, the first time I heard about Flock, I said "What, another Web browser?" My skepticism remained high when I learned how Flock was designed to make it easier to work with social Web sites, most of which I never touch. Then I actually tried it out, and within two days I was using it to manage my Flickr account. Within four days it was my new default browser. And with a success story like that under my belt, I picked up t
Disasters happen to the best of computers. Luckily, open source apps like SystemRescueCD, dd, Partedmagic, BackTrack, Security Tools Distribution, Helix, and TestDisk can help recover important data and bring dead systems back to life.
Me, evidently! This month I've been elbow-deep in the beta-testing of no less than three open source products: Movable Type 4.2, OpenOffice 3, and (of course) Firefox 3. It's no coincidence I use these three applications almost daily, so I have a vested interest in making sure their newest
Here's a problem for you. Once you have made the jump to Linux and discovered that a great many commercial programs have free / open source equivalents, why would you want to pay for a given program (like, say, a CD burning suite) when you can get the same thing or even more from your distro's software repository? That was the question I put to the folks at Nero, makers of the for-pay Nero CD/DVD authoring suite for both
Chalk up another edition of what's shaping up to be the Linux edition for the rest of us. A new version of Ubuntu, "Netbook Remix", sports a feature set and a slimmed-down footprint specifically for the emerging (shilling for already emerged!) micro-notebook market.
Every few months without fail there's another call for Microsoft to release Windows as an open source platform. This time around it's in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. The easy interpretation: it's a sign the idea has reached critical mass. My take: it's pipe dreaming.
An article at Law.com named "Open Source Software Shows Its Muscle" has been drawing a lot of fire from other commentators on the open source beat. Allow me to add my own heat to that fire.
The other week, when representatives from Facebook mentioned that they'd be open-sourcing significant portions of their platform, I hazarded a guess that they would be providing at most a set of APIs. Now that Facebook's actually released some code under the aegis of the Facebook Open Platform, I had a look-see. To my
Scarcely a week goes by when I don't hear about yet another new (or relatively new) open source project that stands in for a proprietary solution. Consider Untangle, a network gateway appliance that runs on any commodity hardware and handles spam, firewalling, Web filtering and protocol controls, VPN, and tons more. They'll even Post a Comment