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posted in December 2008

Why OpenOffice Is Mired In Sun's Swamp

While I was out getting my fill of Christmas turkey, a brouhaha erupted online about the state of the project. One of the developers on the Novell side, Michael Meeks, wrote a widely circulated blog post in which he chastised Sun for its heavy-handed handling of arguably one of the most significant open source projects of our time.

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Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?

The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.

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200X: Year Of The Linux Argument

In no less than two days I've read a flurry of articles pooh-poohing the Linux desktop as a veritable delusion and a fairy story -- something to tell young GTK+ coders before you tuck them in at night. It isn't the year of the Linux desktop; it's the year of the Linux catfight.

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Linux's '09 Outlook: Everywhere, Even On Windows Machines

It sounded like a wild hook for a story, to put it mildly: In 2009, it is said, Linux will ship on more PCs than Windows. So I sat down with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation to explain his reasoning behind such a statement. He did, and I learned about great many other forward-looking insights for Linux in '09, too.

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Palamida's Open Source Hit Parade

Palamida's a firm that sells consultancy services for open source software, so it's not exactly a surprise that it would be listing "25 Hot Open Projects You Should Be Using Now To Save Money" in its recent report on the open source outlook for IT in 2009. It has posted the list at its blog with the headline "In A Time Of Less, Do More With Open Source."

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FSF Vs. Cisco: Are The Gloves Coming Off?

Looks like Cisco and the Free Software Foundation are about to come to real legal blows. The FSF filed a lawsuit this morning alleging that some Linksys brand routers use FOSS without properly releasing the source code for same. What's going on here?

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Books Or Bits For Crowd-Sourced Content?

I've got two books sitting in front of me, sort of. The first is Martin C. Strong's Great Rock Discography, 7th edition, with every track and every piece of vinyl waxed by 1,200 major artists. The other is the Web site, the "crowd-sourced" / Web 2.0 / pick-your-buzzword discography site that sports millions of discs by millions of artists. I rely on the latter often, but I keep the former on my shelf. So which will it be

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Google Chrome: A Point of Departure

Google Chrome officially got ratcheted up to a 1.0 release earlier today. The feature set may be meager compared with Firefox (e.g.: no plug-ins, yet), but it's only a starting point. And not just for something to be decked out with plug-ins, either.

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Top 10 Open Source Stories Of 2008

The advent of Linux-powered netbooks, the launch of Google's Android and Chrome, and Nokia's move to snap up Symbian pushed open source further into the mainstream, despite ongoing legal wrangling.

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Open Source: Our Defense Against Lousy Preloaded Software

I spent a good part of the weekend helping a friend remote-repair her PC, which had suddenly gone berserk after she added memory to it. That's supposed to fix problems, not cause them -- in theory, anyway. By the time we were done, I'd gotten her sold on at least two open source programs as replacements for the ones causing this mess.

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Microsoft, Open Source Schizoids

I take any of Microsoft's proclamations about open source with a Plymouth Rock-sized chunk of salt, especially when it comes in the form of a thinly disguised sales pitch. Such is the case with a recent PressPass release where it trumpets the benefits of a company dumping open source solutions in favor of going all-Microsoft.

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Linux's New Digs: The iPhone

So now the latest iteration of the iPhone hasn't just been "jailbroken," it's snagged a visa to another country entirely. A project named OpeniBoot lets you boot Linux on the iPhone -- admittedly with little more than a command line, but for Linux that's more than enough to begin with.

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Open Source: Broken Model Or Breaking The Mold?

Much of the analysis of open source business models seems schizoid: it's either the greatest thing since sliced bread or the worst thing since ... you get the idea. The truth is, of course, somewhere in the middle, but in what form?

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