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posted in June 2009
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.
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and Bubbl.us.
Free software grand master Richard Stallman weighed in not long ago about Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET. He's not against it in principle, he just doesn't feel it's a good idea to depend on it for anything, especially not the core GNU tools.
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?
Firefox 3.5 went to public release-candidate status earlier this week. But while the whole 3.5 branch was still under wraps, I was sticking my neck out and running the bleeding-edge nightly builds of the browser -- and was surprised at how un-beta it was.
You might remember Bryan Lunduke from his extremely pointed "Linux Sucks -- Let's Fix It" presentation of a few months back. Now he's aiming fighting words at Fedora over F11, and from that I've gleaned a few larger questions about what is the real role of any given Linux distribution.
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.
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 PortableApps.com. If even half of what's reported about them is true, their lack of ethics or scruples is jaw-dropping.
This month's catch: the cutting- (bleeding?-) -edge editions of Chrome and VirtualBox, and an HTML editor comes back from the dead.
At first it seemed like Amazon had released the source code to the Kindle -- although, as it turns out, they haven't. Not really, anyway. One would think they've got nothing to lose by doing so, since the real value of the Kindle isn't in the device itself anyway.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not long after my post about the newest rev of OpenSolaris, a programmer friend called me to dissent. He'd tried OpSol, too, found it sorely lacking, and from his comments I found a criticism that now applies to Linux as well.
With all the gloom-and-doom about Sun in the air, it almost went unnoticed that they have a new rev of OpenSolaris out in the wild. I took a quick end-user-experience peek.
By my own tally I count at least two articles in the past week on the subject of "open source freeloading": those who use open source to build new IP but don't give back to the community. Hot subject, and by no means cut-and-dried.
We dig into the operating system's security User Account Controls, Resource Monitor, and Action Center and uncover a trove of advanced features in Vista's upcoming successor.
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?
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.
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.