Interviews

Interviews with various people, mostly in the FOSS world

People Behind KDE: Albert Astals Cid

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For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to Spain to meet a focused developer who does not go off at a tangent. Someone with flashes of brilliance you may miss if you Blinken. With plans in abundance, tonight's star of People Behind KDE is KPDF maintainer Albert Astals Cid.

A SHORT INTRO

Age: 25

An Interview with KDE-Edu Developers

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We are here today to talk about the developers of the KDE-Edu Project. The purpose of this interview is to feature and present their work and motivation, which is often not as well-known or regarded as other, more prominent work within the KDE project.

Interview: patent attorney Jack Haken

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In this interview, Jack Haken, the vice president of the Philips Intellectual Property and Standards and 2006-2007 visiting professor at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai, China describes some of the work he does as an IP attorney for a technology company that has had a significant impact on the computer, audio, and video technology industries, explains some of the issues facing technology

IBM's Handy on managing Linux

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Scott Handy started with IBM 1983 as a systems engineer and went on to sales, marketing, and strategy positions covering large accounts, channels, small and medium business, and IBM products for Windows NT, Sun Solaris and OS/2 Warp. Now as VP of Worldwide Linux & Open Source for IBM he is one of the main public faces articulating IBM's open-source strategy.

We Want Linux to Win: Q&A with Novell CEO, Ron Hovsepian

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Novell's annual user event, BrainShare, took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. President and CEO, Ron Hovsepian sat down with Linux Magazine's Bryan Richard to talk about patent protection, responding to customers, and competing with Red Hat.

The Torvalds Transcript: Why I 'Absolutely Love' GPL Version 2

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"First off, I don't even know what the GPLv3 will look like. I would be totally crazy to accept a license for my code sight unseen," Torvalds says.

On March 6, Linus Torvalds responded to e-mail questions on GPL version 3 sent by InformationWeek editor at large Charles Babcock.

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InformationWeek: Can you comment on why you oppose moving the Linux kernel from GPL 2.0 to GPL 3.0?

Ian Murdock: Debian "missing a big opportunity"

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Ian Murdock founded Debian GNU/Linux nearly fifteen years ago, and today it provides the foundations for many well-known distros such as Ubuntu and Knoppix. LXF caught up with Ian, who currently chairs the Linux Standards base, and asked him about Debian politics, leadership and the rise of Ubuntu...

LXF: How happy are you with how Debian has turned out?

MINIX: what is it, and why is it still relevant?

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MINIX, as originated by Andy Tanenbaum, is an operating system that has its roots and heart in academia as a tool that teaches you how kernels really should work. Recently, however, with the advent of version three of this rock solid OS, the focus is on making a production ripe embedded distribution.

Apache Software Foundation: 2007 Open Source Outlook

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Open Source is enjoying a fabulous ride, with F1000 adoption growing, developers and architects seeking training and new projects incubating and maturing all the time.

People Behind KDE: Pino Toscano

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Pino Toscano
Date: 15th March 2007

A SHORT INTRO

Age: 21
Located in: Catania, Italy
Occupation: University student
Nickname on IRC: pinotree
Claim to Fame: okular, kig, KDE-Edu
Fav. KDE applications: Konqueror, Kate, KNetwalk
Blog: http://www.kdedevelopers.org/blog/2661

THE INTERVIEW

In what ways do you make a contribution to KDE?

Three Minutes With IBM's Linux Leader

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Scott Handy started with IBM in 1983 as a systems engineer and went on to sales, marketing, and strategy positions covering large accounts, channels, small and medium business, and IBM products for Windows NT, Sun Solaris, and OS/2 Warp. Now, as vice president for Linux and open source, he is one of the main public faces articulating IBM's open-source strategy. IDG News Service Senior Writer Elizabeth Montalbano caught up with Handy at the sidelines of the recent LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit in New York.

Open source can be very `benefit-driven'

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Over the last five years, the IT community has seen a consuming increase in the usage of open-source technologies and acknowledged the role Sun Microsystems played in the process. eWorld spoke to Matt Thomson of Sun Microsystems Inc at Sun Tech Days.

'The Linux desktop is a complete blast'

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In January, Chicago native Katie McAuliff, who has worked for Novell Inc. for 13 years, took over as president of Novell Canada, replacing Don Chapman. Ms McAuliff will oversee all facets of the Canadian organization. She sat down with Jack Kapica of Globetechnology.com to explain her company and its plans.

Interview with Shane Coughlan of FSFE's Freedom Task Force

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The Free Software Foundation Europe has created a resource designed to assist FOSS projects with copyright and licensing. Shane Coughlan heads this project and agreed to answer our questions. The interview was conducted by e-mail on February 23rd. Mr. Coughlan was speaking at FOSDEM in Brussels today [February 24th]. We would like to thank him for responding to our questions.

Etherboot's leaders are breaking new ground

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Etherboot is an open source project that gets little public notice, but is essential to almost any other open source project that relies on thin clients or network booting. Here's a lightly edited log of an IRC conversation with Etherboot project leader Marty Connor and primary Etherboot developer Michael Brown.

Q&A: Why Union Bank scrapped AIX for Red Hat

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As Linux establishes itself as a mainstream operating system, and open source tools and applications prove their enterprise readiness, a growing number of organizations are talking publicly about their open source deployments and direction. Recently, Mok Choe, CTO at Union Bank in Monterrey Park, Calif., spoke with Network World Senior Editor Jennifer Mears about the financial institution’s decision to scrap proprietary Unix systems for commodity servers running Red Hat Linux.

MEPIS founder clarifies MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship

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MEPIS Linux founder Warren Woodford began, a year ago, to migrate MEPIS from Debian to Ubuntu packages, and in July achieved the first Ubuntu-based simplyMEPIS release. In light of the recently announced Linspire/Ubuntu collaboration, DesktopLinux.com asked Woodford to clarify the MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship.

Interview: Sam Leffler of the FreeBSD Foundation

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During last weekend's Southern California Linux Expo 5x, Sam Leffler of the FreeBSD Project and FreeBSD Foundation and "old school" hacker from the UC Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (where the original Berkeley Software Distribution was developed) took some time to explain to me what the Foundation actually does, and the kind of work it has fostered. We also chatted briefly about the current status of FreeBSD, and the degree to which Apple contributes to the Project.

Firefox Site Gets a Relaunch

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We recently sat down with Mozilla technology strategist Mike Shaver, who explained the reasoning behind the site's overhaul. He hopes the enhancements will not only help developers shepherd their add-ons from prototype to finished product, but also make it easier for new users to discover new extensions.

Q&A: Nicholas Negroponte talks about his cause

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Nicholas Negroponte took some time recently for an e-mail interview with Mercury News Columnist Dean Takahashi about his low-cost laptop project.

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