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posted in September 2008

Sundown On Solaris?

Netcraft -- er, Jim Zemlin, confirms it: Solaris is dying. Customers are leaving it and legacy Unix behind for Linux, in his purview. Open sourcing the platform was too little, too late. Well, maybe not sundown, but it's getting mighty dark out.

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More On The Mandriva Mini

My post yesterday about the Mandriva Mini distribution for Intel Atom-powered machines prompted a response from Adam Williamson, Community Manager for Mandriva. There, we talked more about what makes Mini a special case -- so much so that simply offering it for universal download isn't (in their eyes) a wise plan.

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Google's Android: A Quiet Revolution

The first phones sporting Google's open-source phone OS Android are set to be announced sometime today, courtesy of T-Mobile (my own cell provider, huzzah!). Android-powered phones are set to compete with the iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Windows Mobile, and all the rest -- and the way I see it, it'll be in much the same way Google itself competed with AltaVista, Yahoo Search, and so on: quietly, but decisively.

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Web 2.0: Intridea Considers Open Source (Too)

Intridea is a Washington, D.C., company that builds collaborative tools for the enterprise. Its big release this week was, a "Twitter that runs inside the firewall" -- something I imagine most people reading this will either love or hate on sight! It's all built on open source -- Ruby on Rails -- but, again, it's not an open source app itself.

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Web 2.0: Yuuguu Contemplates Open Source

In the "Long Tail Pavilion" (bad name, interesting people) at the Web 2.0 Expo, one of the companies I took time out to speak with was Yuuguu, which makes an online-meeting system that works across Linux, Windows, and Mac equally. Are they open source? No, but they use a lot of it. Will they be open source someday? Mmmmaybe.

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Web 2.0: Zoho Gears Up

The other year, when I first looked at Zoho, it was (to me) an upstart curiosity. Now it's a force to be taken seriously in the online apps space, thanks to leveraging open source in its work -- even while it faces possible competition from, you guessed it, open source.

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Web 2.0: Unison And Ubuntu

Time for some serendipity. I sat down with Rurik Bradbury of Unison to talk about its unified messaging solutions for Windows and Linux, and ended up with a strong hint as to how the commercial application space for Linux might get a boost.

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Web 2.0: Define 'Disruptive'

When you sit down to talk with someone who has the title "Senior Director, Platform and Disruptive Innovation," the first question that comes to mind is: OK, what's "disruptive"? That was, indeed, the first thing that popped out of my mouth when I spoke with Max Mancini of eBay.

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Web 2.0: The Power Of The Web, Opened

"How will you use the power of the Web?" That's the slogan for the Web 2.0 Expo, courtesy of both TechWeb and O'Reilly Media. I'm there this week to ask that question in a slightly different way: How will people use open source to use the power of the Web?

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Lenovo & Linux: Honeymoon's Over?

Word's been circulating that Lenovo's no longer going to be offering Linux on ThinkPad notebooks to individual customers, at least in the U.S. But it's far from the end of Linux for Lenovo, period -- it just means the honeymoon's over.

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What's 'Commercial Use' With Open Source Derivatives?

Some projects derived from open source have licensing fees based on who's using them -- a good idea in practice, but sometimes it can become unintentionally thorny. This goes double if the criterion is "commercial use," one of those terms that, in the words of The Princess Bride's Fezzik, does not always mean what you think it means.

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'Don't Be Evil' - Yes, But What's 'Evil'?

Advocates of open source often echo Google's "don't be evil" slogan, with non-FOSS code (among other things) being evil in this purview. That is, evil until you decide not to open source something you've created. Suddenly, you're the bad guy.

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Google Docs, Zoho, Or ... DIY? Meet OpenGoo

With all the worries people have about the stability, safety, and privacy of Web-based apps and cloud computing in general, why not do it yourself? "It", in this case, meaning hosting your own Web apps via an open source package that you install and manage on your own.

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Why Does Google's Chrome Seem Tarnished?

I should be more excited about Google's Chrome browser than I actually am. It's fast on its feet, looks good, runs very nicely even for an 0.2 beta, and has even been released under the extremely liberal BSD license. So why do I feel like it's the wrong solution for the wrong problem?

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Free And/Or Open, 25 Years On

This September marks the 25th anniversary of the Free Software Foundation, and no discussion of open source is complete without them. They've given a philosophy to the computing world -- and to the world as a whole, let's face it -- but like any philosophy or movement, it's not a static thing. The minute the words leave your mouth, they're not yours anymore.

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