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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in August 2009

Ad Copy For The Faithful

Last week's talk about FSF's "7 Sins" campaign made me think about the nature of such pro/con publicity efforts -- like Apple's PC/Mac ads, the "I'm a PC" ad. Are they designed to draw people into the fold, or keep people from leaving it?

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A License War - Or At Least A Debate

Amidst the laundry list of links I get sent every day to paw through, FOSS Licences Wars was a standout. Despite the word "wars" in the title, it's actually less vitriolic than such a name would suggest. It's one guy's take on the whats, whys and should-Is of the different open source licenses.

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Linux Kernel Development Keeps On Picking Up

The Linux Foundation's latest report about Linux kernel development is a case of good news busting out all over. There's more work than ever being done with the kernel, by more people than ever. Why? People reap the benefits.

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Which Web Browser And Why?

Stuck in a 'Net surfing rut? Firefox, IE, Safari, and Opera have all been refreshed recently, and newbies Google Chrome and Microsoft IE 8 have joined the fray. Here's how to choose.

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Linux's Desktop Growing Pains

It's long past time to stop talking about Linux as the hotshot new upstart, and to demand the same things from it as any other environment. That means no more excuses about what's to come, but results right now -- especially on the desktop.

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Join The Discussion On Open Source Licensing

If the essence of open source is collaboration, it makes sense that the discussions about it have some collaborative flavor. Such is the case with an upcoming event about open source licensing, where the discussion's being shaped ahead of time by third-party contributors.

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A Gripe About

The Sourceforge-run site lets people read about, download and grade popular open source apps like or Firefox. But there's one thing about that bothers me deeply: the voting system.

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The Future Is (Selective) Open

Some would say proprietary / commercial software has a lifespan you could measure with a stopwatch. I don't think the sun has set on the Proprietary Empire yet, but it's getting dusky out -- and there are candles you can light up right now instead of cursing the dark.

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Microsoft's Open Source 'Threat': An Opportunity

That's how it seemed to me, anyway, when Microsoft declared in its 10-K filing that it faces "intense competition" from open source. No one should be shocked, but it would be more striking if they saw open source as more of an opportunity and not a danger. And in more than the usual, obvious ways.

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Is Linux Irrelevant?

It's not the distro or even the Linux kernel that matter. It's the things made with Linux -- the servers, smartphones, netbooks, and other mobile devices.

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Canonical's Closed Landscape

Something interesting is happening with Canonical's software portfolio. They're offering a new system-management server, but it's not an open source offering. If memory serves, it'll be Canonical's first venture into offering a closed-source product with open-source connectivity. Aberration or evolution?

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A Peek Inside SUSE Studio

While I was doing my writeup of SUSE Studio the other day -- Novell's new "Linux vending machine" -- I was in the process of building a couple of different distributions with it, too. The system is still closed to the public -- it's invite-only -- but I thought I'd share some basic impres

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SUSE's Amazing Software Vending Machine

SUSE Studio may well be the neatest thing in Linux so far this year. It's a web service where you can build a custom Linux distro or "appliance" in minutes. I think of it as a software vending machine, a way to get exactly the product you want the first time.

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