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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in June 2009

GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both

If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.

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OpenSolaris: No Standing Still On A Moving Train

Yesterday I sat down on the phone with Larry Wake -- official title: Group Manager, Solaris Strategic Marketing -- to chat about OpenSolaris. I ended up with an answer to an unexpected question: How do you get people who use software measured in lifetimes of years and decades to move to software lifetimes of mere months?

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Melody: Movable Type, Reloaded

It's always compelling news when an open source project of some renown is forked. It's twice as compelling when it's a fork of a project you use and rely on personally. I speak of Melody, a spinoff of the open-source branch of the blogging and publishing system Movable Type.

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LiberKey: That's Not Freedom, That's Shoplifting

After all the recent talk about "open-source leeches", it's sobering to come across an entity that sorely deserves the label. I'm talking about LiberKey, the creators of an open source application collection along the lines of If even half of what's reported about them is true, their lack of ethics or scruples is jaw-dropping.

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Open Source Was Just The Beginning

If Tim O'Reilly's comments in a recent podcast are on the mark, the future of software won't be open or proprietary, or even revolve around software at all. It'll be about open, user-aggregated data, and how we get there will become increasingly unimportant.

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To Mono Or Not To Mono

Open source seems to attract -- or maybe breed -- controversy, both from without and within. This week there's been a good deal of noise on the role of Mono -- the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework -- in Linux. Is it a legitimate worry or much ado about nothing?

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Google's Video Tag Controversy

Love it or hate it, YouTube has become the de facto video presentation portal for, well, everyone. Now comes some worried discussion about what format YouTube may support when HTML 5 and its <video> tag make their debut.

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Ubuntu's New Goal: Ten Seconds To Boot

The newest word from the Canonical camp about future features for Ubuntu Linux is booting to a desktop in, get this, ten seconds. If they can do it, great! But I suspect another reason might be to do an end run around the rather flaky state of power management in Linux.

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Linux Kernel 2.6.30's Band of 'Open Sorcerors'

The newest version of the Linux kernel, 2.6.30, went out into the wild on the 9th. I took a peek at the "what's new" document and saw plenty of evidence that the kernel's becoming a place where Big Software has come to contribute.

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SkyOS's Linux Experiment

I've been writing on and off about using the Linux kernel as a base for OS projects with closed but stable and centrally architected designs. Here's such an experiment already in progress: SkyOS.

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A New Fedora, Size 11

Version 11 of Red Hat's Fedora Linux has hit the streets. I'm downloading it as I write this, although rather than simply picking through its feature set, I find myself thinking more of what each successive major-distro release means for Linux as a whole.

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Is Moblin Headed Up Or Just Sideways?

Behind the scenes, Moblin's taking off. Both MSI and Acer have tapped Intel for the netbook-friendly distro to power future editions of each of their products. So what's to stop history from repeating itself -- i.e., Windows (7) gobbling up Moblin there, too?

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On Reports Of Amazon's Open APIs

You might well have heard by now -- from one of a number of sources -- that Amazon is "contemplating" or "investigating" making their various web APIs into open source ventures. I can sum up the impact of this in six words: instant cloud standard, and let people tinker.

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Canola's GPL Trick

The name Canola probably makes you think of vegetable oil, but it's also the name of a newly open sourced media-center application for tablet-style PCs that run Linux. And whenever something is newly open sourced, that almost inevitably means close attention is paid to the terms of the licensing.

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