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posted in March 2009
Kinda saw this one coming. TomTom and Microsoft have settled their whole dispute out of court -- leaving, as various pundits have observed, the whole MS-vs.-Linux issue still in legal limbo. That is, if there even is such an issue.
Our expert shares strategies for dealing with difficult-to-trace desktop computer problems stemming from Windows and hardware failures, electrical problems, and untrappable OS issues.
If there's one criticism of open source you can count on -- one that comes back like crabgrass in the lawn of life, to paraphrase Peanuts's Linus -- it's the line that goes something like this: "Open source means everyone can see your code. Therefore anyone with Bad Things in mind can hack you all the more easily." Here is, I hope, another bullet to the forehead of that myth.
After Red Hat's last round of positive numbers, Citigroup issued a report that the flagship open source company is a "tempting acquisition target". To which I can only reply: Here we go again.
My colleague Jonathan Salem Baskin clearly isn't one to shy away from a good controversy. How, he asks, can Linux realize its full potential without a robust desktop edition as part of its diversity?
" ... is relished by even the wisest men." (I'm paraphrasing.) Meaning it helps from time to time to dissent, albeit thoughtfully and with eyes wide open, from the status quo. In today's example, it's Eric S. Raymond -- one of the key figures in the open source / free software world -- talking about why the GPL might have outlived its usefulness. You heard right.
There's an oft-repeated homily that goes something like this: "The only reason Linux hasn't become a malware target is because it's not that popular." I'm learning there's more truth to that than we realize. Especially if open source developers in general use "open source" in the abstract as a security measure ... and it's not.
You're probably just as fed up as I am with hearing about Linux-powered netbooks that'll be veritable Windows-killers. Well, there's more of them on the way. And as it turns out, they may well turn out to be Windows-killers in at least one respect: Windows won't run on them, period.
Despite the negative press Google gets from time to time, they do more things right than wrong. One of the things they do right every year is their Summer of Code initiative, where they offer stipends to students who want to contribute code to some of the best and brightest open source projects out there. It's a happy collaboration, and one worth doing outside of Google's aegis.
The first round of the Pwn2Own was something of a redux of the previous one: the Mac was the first to fall (I'm actually not surprised given Apple's culture of obscurity-over-security), with Windows 7 via IE 8 shortly thereafter. But Linux wasn't even in the running
After I read that IBM apparently is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems, I felt an odd sense of "oh, yeah -- why not?" coming on. It certainly fulfills one of the predictions people were throwing around about Sun -- but what will happen to some of the flagship open source projects under Sun's wing, namely OpenOffice and Solaris?
An odd headline, I'm sure, but that's the latest wave of insight from the pundits with an eye turned to the Linux-powered netbook world. It isn't a Windows vs. Linux race; it's a Linux vs. Linux race.
In my last post I talked a bit about an ongoing effort to build a taxonomy of open source business models. As with open source licenses, one could argue that over time there will be a consolidation of business models, too -- so if that does happen, which ones will lead the pack?
Users who shunned Vista and are clinging to XP until the release of Windows 7 can get the most out of the aging operating system by following these tips.
Pop quiz: How many commercial open source business models can you think of? Most people would probably say two or three. How about 10?
With all the talk I've heard about how open source lowers costs of development and ownership, I think it's about time for some enterprising software company out there to sink its teeth into a project that might seem way out into the stratosphere: a suite for performing open source TCO calculation, that covers everything from development to deployment to user education. Is this even possible?
No, I don't mean a computer powered by solar panels or fuel cells (although those aren't terribly absurd assertions, either). Rather, there's a growing sense that netbooks -- and notebooks generally -- won't just be running Linux or Windows, but a mix of the two. But this doesn't look like proof that Windows is on the skids.
The other week I received an e-mail in response to my piece "Windows 7. vs Linux," from a fellow who'd tried to run Ubuntu 8.10 and ran into rocky territory. The whole thing brought up some tough questions about whether talking about open source "equivalents" to existing programs may be misleading.
A quote attributed to various sources goes as follows: "Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral." It takes the shape you give to it, but it will always take one shape or another. The same could be said of open source, and ought to be.
If one of the community values of open source is participation, I figured it was high time I participated by doing more than just using a product. This week I sat down and filed bug reports for OpenOffice -- or rather, affirmed that I'd like to see this feature added and that I had that problem as well.
Dealing with rumors and gossip is like nailing jelly to the wall. The right (wrong?) ones take on a patina of truth they don't deserve, just because they sound right or we feel they should be right. Consider the recent blog-buzz about whether or not social-networking Web browser Flock, a Firefox-derived product, is going to ditch its Mozilla base and switch instead to Google Chrome because of poor support from the Moz side.
For what felt like forever, Linux.com was a stale holdover from an earlier generation of the Web -- and an earlier generation of Linux. Now it's about to get a major makeover, thanks to both the Linux Foundation and SourceForge. To get a better idea of how the revamp will take shape, I got up close and personal with people on both sides. On the SourceForge side, I spoke with J
Microsoft is getting early kudos for the Windows 7 beta, but our reviewer has identified some tools and accessories which improve the out-of-the box experience for monitoring system health, backing up data, playing media files, and more.
I mentioned to a friend of mine the other day how I was replacing Word with OpenOffice in the long run. He replied that they use OO exclusively at his place of work (mostly as a security measure, as it turns out). That provoked a question from another, skeptical friend: How do you know this is really going to help?
There's little that's more frustrating than someone who only seems to get half the picture. Consider this article at TechRadar, "Open source doesn't make software safer." The underlying premise is one I've hammered on myself, but the way this article talks about it amount