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posted in September 2009
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools.
Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.
If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.
After my post about the GPL's day in court in France, a programmer friend noted he no longer used the GPL for anything, now that its instigator, the Free Software Foundation, has (in his view) gone off a cliff. Do other people see the GPL as tainted because of the FSF's rather stentorian views?
Another test of whether open source licensing is enforceable in court has come. A French firm was taken to court for redistributing GPL-ed software minus its licensing and copyright information -- a big no-no.
SUSE-based Linux distributions can be built with little more than a working knowledge of the open source operating system.
Over the last week I've been either tracking or actively beta-testing several open source projects which are worth a quick rundown here. Read on for more.
If Linus Torvalds himself is saying that the Linux kernel is bloated, something's wrong. Or is it just a matter of expectations and perspective?
Last week I wrote about an open source utility with an interface that I thought needed work; commenters on the article slammed me for being critical. Sorry, I don't think free software and open source has a future in a world where it's somehow immune from criticism because it's free.
Earlier this week I talked about Haiku OS's alpha 1 release (not beta, my mistake!), and thought I'd dig past the FAQ and get answers to some of my own questions about this remarkable new, free-and-open OS that's aimed squarely at the desktop.
Last night I migrated a Windows 7 box to a new 1 terabyte drive, thanks to an open source tool named Clonezilla. It was a success, but the whole time I kept saying to myself the same thing again and again: "Wow, this program is ugly."
There's a hard truth to be learned about making most computer users care about open source: they won't care. But that's the beginning of wisdom, not the end of it.
When The Register ran news of a "Linux botnet" out in the wild, the bloviation did fly: See? Linux really isn't that secure! But odds are this has nothing to do with Linux security per se, and everything to do with the biggest and most notorious security hole of all: bad system administration.
After years of quiet but steady development, Haiku OS finally has its first public alpha. Here comes a new competitor for the desktop -- not just with Windows or OS X, but Linux,too.
What's this? Microsoft forming its own open source foundation? Apparently, yes.
Here is a question which has been bothering me for some time now, and which doesn't stand much of a chance of resolving itself. Is comparing the much-vaunted security benefits of open source software to similar proprietary apps a false comparison?
The title says it all: the Open Invention Network, an open source coalition "formed to promote Linux by using patents to create a collaborative environment", has grabbed up a few of Microsoft's patents.
Which is worse: losing a visionary, or losing the people who make visions possible? The ongoing drama of Sun's acquisition by Oracle may tell us.
Here's further proof there really is a Linux distribution for every need out there: Scientific Linux. The name alone should speak volumes about its intent and design, but as always there's more under the hood.
After long and careful consideration, and with a deadline looming, I chose to opt out of the Google Books settlement. Sorry, Google, this time you were evil.
Linux is always looking for new markets, and now it might have one via the ultra-small notebook space: Japan.