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posted in August 2009
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?
After giving Vista a pummeling, the Free Software Foundation has turned to Windows 7's "sins" against computer users. And like their previous anti-Windows campaign, it misses the point. You can't improve your own lot by lowering everyone else's.
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.
After The Incredible Shrinking SCO, it's now time for The SCO That Wouldn't Die. Maybe SCO should sell its story rights to Hollywood for more fast cash and make a follow-up to Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
Your old hardware isn't doomed. Here's how to migrate 32-bit printers and scanners onto your 64-bit version of the Windows 7 operating system.
The folks at the 451 Group talked recently about "the right and best way" to make money from open source. The short version: don't sell "open source", sell good software.
In this installment: three birds (one of them a singer), a tiger, and a scribe. Read on for details.
After Thursday's column about open textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge, I got in touch with Flat World co-founder Eric Frank and talked about many of the things I'd worried about. How do you make things that are free and open, but also useful and profitable?
Flat World Knowledge gives its textbooks away for free -- sort of. They're one of the first companies overturning the overpriced-textbook apple cart through a "freemium" strategy. Is it feasible?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to get the jump on Amazon, Sony's announced it's changing the format of the e-books it sells to an open standard. So does this constitute irony or progress?
After the fallout over Microsoft's XML patent suit, the usual cries to ban software patents are in the air. I have another idea: Ban unimplemented software patents.
The title of an InfoWorld/Yahoo! Tech piece about the GPL tells it: "Does the GPL still matter?" The answer seems to be "Yes, but ... "
The Sourceforge-run site Fossfor.us lets people read about, download and grade popular open source apps like OpenOffice.org or Firefox. But there's one thing about Fossfor.us that bothers me deeply: the voting system.
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.
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.
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.
A next-iteration design for OpenOffice.org's interface is being floated, and it looks like ... get this ... Microsoft Office 2007.
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?
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
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.