In this interview, Terpstra shoots down some pernicious misunderstandings about Linux and open source and explains how IT organizations often end up shunning their IT planning duties.
Also: Poor planning slow Windows-to-Linux desktop migrations.
I was interested in posing questions on this topic to various people that work with, contribute to, or provide customer support and consulting for Open Source applications that run on Windows and Linux.
Open-source software, once primarily associated with computer operating systems, is now being used by companies for critical functions and software applications such as storing data, managing customers and analyzing business information.
Under the masterplan, the government hoped to make all its chief information officers and IT personnel OSS-literate at the awareness level by the end of this year.
According to Alan Cox, we're just at the beginning of a long journey into getting security right. Eager for directions and a glimpse of the future, O'Reilly Network interviewed him about his upcoming keynote
Greg Aharonian, a vehement campaigner for higher quality patents, slammed Computer Associates' patent donation last week to the open source community as a 'fraud to impress the naive'.
In this interview, Hans looks back at Reiser3, describing the advantages it had over other filesystems when it was released and its current state. He then explores the many improvements currently in Reiser4.
In addition to hands-on technology and product marketing expertise, Dave brings important relationships across the technology industry," said Stuart Cohen (pictured), CEO of OSDL, as OSDL today announced the appointment of Dave Rosenberg to a newly-created position as Principal Analyst.
The cornerstone of open source software is the free availability of its source code, which lets developers and users around the world contribute to it and improve it. The power of participation has been confined almost entirely to the development phase of the software life cycle. Testing remains open source's weakest link as it is difficult to reproduce all intended usages.
During the introductions my friend mentioned to his client that I was "an expert" in Linux and Open Source. The IT manager made the comment, "We have a few boxes around but we really haven't gotten into Linux yet." I smiled and we continued to talk, but the question remained with me, "Why was it that they have a few Linux servers lying around but hadn't gotten into Linux?"
In a report to be presented at the World Bank yesterday, a group that includes senior government officials from 13 countries will urge nations to adopt open-information technology standards as a vital step to accelerate economic growth, efficiency and innovation.
In ever-growing numbers, CIOs want to take advantage of the many benefits that free and open-source software have to offer their companies. But there's a snag. Their lawyers can be grouchy when it comes to open-source.
No one could have anticipated the phenomenal growth and adoption in the development and use of the open-source platform, said Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio. Consequently, there are several ways in which companies developing and using software licensed under the GPL are now vulnerable to lawsuits.
Since the term was coined in the late 1990s, open source has rapidly matured from an egalitarian approach to software design into a movement whose practices underpin the internet. More recently, it has begun to represent the seed of an ideology
Computer Associates will give open-source projects access to 14 of its patents, the company said on Wednesday as it also announced a technology cross-licensing deal with IBM.
And our day is Saturday, 10 September. Software Freedom Day is almost upon us, and Go Open Source and other OSS pundits have a ton of install fests happening around the country, intended to spread the good news of free software and introduce non-geeks to the welcoming world of open source.
There was a lot going on in our region this week. It's very refreshing to see open source gaining some momentum right here in our neighbourhood. We also sampled some good diligent tech journalism and some slightly less savory work.
I understand the open-source software community's frustration with the existing software patent infrastructure, but denouncing the patent system and refusing to file for patents isn't the answer.
On Roddenberry's 24th century Earth, there is no money. Everyone shares everything. I'd say that sounds a great deal like the open source development community of today.
Back on August 3rd, I installed the Beta 1 version of Windows Vista on my work desktop. That meant reinstalling all my applications...but I didn't have a copy of Microsoft Office handy. So I installed a beta copy of OpenOffice.org 2.0--the leading open-source office suite--figuring that it could serve as a stopgap.