Linux Turns 20 Video

A fellow open source enthusiast from super cold Clarkson University pointed out this great video telling the story of Linux over the past 20 years. The video is embedded below: MINIX instead of Linux; after all, Andrew Tanenbaum was...

Red Hat - Last of the Mohicans

Matt Asay, a well-known open source leader has posted a new article on The Register at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/29/red_hat_billions/ about Red Hat making it to $1 billion in revenue and how he doubts that any other truly...

Open Source Foundations vs. Corporate-Run Projects

I came across an interesting paper, “The Economic Case for Open Source Foundations” by Dirk Riehle, a professor at Freidrich-Alexander-University of Erlandgen-Nurnberg at...

Winning the Enterprise

Laurie Wurster’s blog posting on Harvard Business Review, titled “Open Source Software Hits a Strategic Tipping Point”, presents the latest data to emerge from open source research at Gartner. The data collected from 547 IT leaders...

Need a Job?

Over the past few weeks I have been presenting on open source technology in college environments at St Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and Korea University in Seoul. Spending time on a college campus is a great way to...

Do I have to buy Android?

I am currently an iPhone user and have been thinking about switching to an Android phone as the technology looks very interesting and as a supporter of Open Source, I would like to put my money where my “mouth” is. I visited the...

Looks Do Matter

A few weeks past I wrote about why some open source projects, especially consumer-oriented technology, were not gaining the type of traction in the marketplace that is seen by infrastructure open source projects such as Linux. I...

Developing in Open Source

As the community manger for two different open source projects, I have witnessed first hand two development methodologies that are dissimilar. In this week’s blog post, I detail the two methodologies and look to you, the reader, for...

No Internet For You

Sarah Kessler from Mashable posted an article yesterday on recent activities by the US Senate to create an Internet “kill switch” for the United States (http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/us-kill-switch/).  Apparently, Sen. Susan Collins...

Open Source FAIL

I recently read an interesting blog on Open Source and ERP from Derek Singleton at http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/enterprise/can-open-source-erp-succeed-1012111/, titled “Can Open Source ERP Succeed?” His blog focused on the...

Steve Jobs Dilemma

With the recent announcement from Apple that Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave and subsequent stock drop of 4% instantly (it did recover after their earnings announcement) I began to wonder if people really think that the entire...

Apple is Professional Linux

I am spending the week in San Antonio, TX at a training course filled with Linux system administrators with a wide range of professional experience supporting large and small enterprise environments. In speaking with many of these...

Yea Closed Source, Boo Open Source

I have survived my holiday break and spent enough time watching the Battlestar Galactica TV series that I started thinking about the possibility of open source software for Cylons. I hope you had a nice holiday break as well and are...

Easy Linux for Your Grandparents

In the January 2011 Computer Power User magazine there is a review of a new Ubuntu derivative designed for novice computer users to run Linux on their desktop, Pinguy OS. The developer of this new Linux distribution describes the...

Death by Open Source

I read an interesting interview of Scott McNealy at The Register by Gavin Clarke (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/07/mcnealy_sun_and_open_source/). The article reveals Scott McNeally’s, founder of Sun, thoughts on open source...

The Linux Desktop Revolution is Dead

I often come across articles and commentary from people in the open source world that Ubuntu and Canonical are making a difference in the desktop Linux space and they are a “ball rolling down a hill.” Some examples for your...

Is Facebook the new evil Google?

A few weeks back, I had a blog posting on Facebook and the implications of them being an open source solution, which is relevant to today’s blog post. I recently came across an article by Josh Halliday at the guardian.uk discussing...

What Open Source Community is the Healthiest?

When thinking of an open source developer, most us of probably think of a male in his 30’s, overweight, long beard, and socially awkward. While this is just a stereotype and not a true reflection of all open source developers, there...

Should FOSS projects adopt Social Networking Documentation?

Those of us in Open Source often run across great technology that would be of great benefit to the computing masses but somehow never takes hold or even gets tried by people. There are many reasons for the failure of these...

Could Facebook Have Been Open-Sourced

I watched the movie "The Social Network" last night and noticed a comment about Mark Z. deciding to not sell his technology in high school to Microsoft and instead just posting it all online. That was a great moment in the movie as...

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