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posted in May 2009
Time and again I run into the belief that the open source community has an infinite amount of energy to spare for its galaxy of projects. It's not true, and we need to stop acting like it is.
Here's one for the "only in the Linux world" folder: an attempt to place the Windows NT kernel mechanisms directly in the Linux kernel. Am I the only one who thinks, outside of extremely specialized use cases, this isn't such a hot idea?
While Windows 7 has been brewing in Microsoft's labs, Linux has been maturing. We look at what each operating system is capable of today, and how they measure up against each other.
Here's a curious open source crossover for you: a Canonical programmer who's authored an emulation system to allow Android mobile apps to run on Ubuntu. I guess it really all is about the programs (stupid).
The other week I theorized about "Invisible Linux" -- what Linux would need to become to really make inroads on the desktop. Since making that post, I've been refining my ideas about what this would be and how it could be created. Read on for more.
With Chrome 2.0 out this week for Windows only, the hue and cry arises once more: why is there still no Chrome for Linux -- or for that matter, anything other than Windows?
Open source on Wall Street isn't exactly news, but the "where" and "how" are crucial. It's looking more and more like the big-money men are turning to open source not just to build their networks and backends, but to actually crunch and count the money. I hope it's not just a strategy only for hard times.
The first truly significant public beta of Intel's Moblin distribution went public the other day. It's also the first peek we've had at Moblin's native interface, which straddles a curiously wavering line between netbook, notebook, and phone interface.
Is that flapping sound I hear the wings of pigs? Microsoft and the Linux Foundation both agree on something? Yes. In this case, it's proposed guidelines for software licensing that would make both open source and proprietary software authors that much more liable.
Canonical calls it "Ubuntu One". The goal is, according to Stefano Forenza, to build a full-blown online platform -- Canonical's version of Windows Live, or MobileMe / .Mac / iTools. But can they do it without having their intended userbase siphoned away?
Sound, video, distros and programming all figure into this month's roundup of open source goodies. Read on for more.
It was back in 2002, according to Sam Trenholme, the creator of the secure DNS server software MaraDNS. That was the year that forces conspired to make sure Linux on the desktop would never become a reality. Linux as a server was another matter entirely, but to him the "Linux desktop" is as dead as the Amiga.
Linux.com was nobody's idea of a portal to the world of Linux, and now thanks to the Linux Foundation -- the best gang for the job, I'd think -- it's now online with a snappy new look and feel. All right in time with Linux's recent uptick (however minor) in popularity: the last thing people new to this whole Linux thing is a site that looks like a bad fan page.
Our Linux expert tries out netbook-ready Puppy Linux, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Xubuntu, gOS, and Moblin, and reports on how they stack up.
Apparently I'm not the only one fed up with the vocabulary wars that seem to be part for the course in the open source world. To wit: is free software the same as open source in all but the terminology? The problem is, the terminology does seem to make all the difference -- because we allow it to.
I haven't been all that impressed with Arnold Schwarzenegger's record as governator -- er, governor -- of California. But he's eyeing a plan that could have major implications for education and open content if it takes off: a state-supported repository of digital textbooks.
Okay, so I'm bad at portmanteaus. But here we have a buddying-up between two corporate outfits with more than a tentative involvement in open source, even if the exact terms of the deal are still rather vague.
Most of us don't get to vote on the Oscars. But most anyone can get into the action with SourceForge's Community Choice Awards, where your votes choose which open source projects stand out in their respective fields.
A programmer friend of mine has done something that looks paradoxical at first: he's a free-software user, creator and advocate, but he doesn't use the GPL anymore. Is he out on a limb, or just wising up?
No, I'm not talking about the fact that Linux is effectively invisible on the desktop right now (with a whopping 1% market share, if even that). Rather, this is about how the best Linux on the desktop won't need to even call itself that.
Word's been flying around all weekend about Linux finally breaking 1% consumer market share, up from 0.8% as of June last year. Red herring or milestone?
For my last shot at what's going wrong with Oracle and Sun, I've singled out one of Sun's most important projects -- and also one of its most contentious: OpenOffice.