Every now and then, you stumble across a software system that you never think about. Such is the case with a Linux-powered helicopter simulator being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. And no, you can't run it on your PlayStation 2.
First, you tell me the YouTube’s Lonelygirl15 was an actor. Next, we have Microsoft talking about some kind of “open source” model and finally, Hewlett-Packard has board room spies. The next ting you will tell me is something really goofy; like Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
Knowing a handful of programming languages is seen by many as a harbor in a job market storm, solid skills that will be marketable as long as the languages are.
If there was one commonality to describe the "hardcore" users from all three computing platforms, it would have to be the fact that many of them spend too much time making excuses for their OS' inadequacies. When they're not doing this, they're hard at work poking and prodding their least favorite columnists.
In many ways, an open source project is just like a business. There is a product - admittedly one with a price tag of zero - serving customers; ideally, the managers, aka project leaders, would like more people to use that "product". So doesn't this imply that those in the open source "business" should be blogging away just like their commercial brothers and sisters?
When it comes to personal computer operating systems or an ''OS,'' you can count them on one hand. There's the Windows OS that you find on more personal computers than any other. Then there's Apple Computer's Macintosh OS called OS X. The third big name in operating systems is Linux. I recently found a new remote OS. This is not an OS that resides on your computer. No, the OS resides on a remote server. The entire OS runs within an ordinary Web browser.
There are so many variants of Linux to discover and each has its own particular emphasis and individual strengths. One of the more unusual ones I’ve seen is the “Christian” edition of Ubuntu, the latest version of which was released on September 4. This is yet another development which indicates the flexibility of Linux.
The first big test of the FBI's latest effort to create a more cohesive data-sharing infrastructure comes next month, when the bureau will formally scrutinize plans for its highly anticipated Sentinel project.
What makes a good open source project name, and what makes a good name for a product, or even a feature within a product? And, does it really matter in the world of open source software? From what I have seen, it matters a lot.
It is quite unlikely that any of us will ever see an open source version of Microsoft Windows in our lifetimes.
Or is it?