Monthly Archives: January 2010

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The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions. Blog entries before 2010 are in my Archived Blog.

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Daily Links for Sunday, January 31, 2010

Linux 7 of the Best Free Linux CalculatorsLinuxLinks News To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 high quality Linux calculator tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest … Continue reading

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Virtual world resources and directory

I’ve just added a page to this site containing links to resources and books about virtual worlds and 3D networked online games. Suggestions for additions welcome. In looking through the available books, I was struck by the number that have … Continue reading

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Next generation virtual worlds: preliminaries

I’m about to start another series of blog entries on what I see are some of the most important issues to consider for the next generation of virtual worlds. Since I’ve written a fair amount before on these networked 3D … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Saturday, January 30, 2010

Virtual Worlds Five companies create United Nations Citizens virtual worldVentureBeat Cisco Systems, Equifax and three smaller companies have partnered to create United Nations Citizens, a virtual world that has a real economy and is geared toward enabling a virtual shopping … Continue reading

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My OSBC 2010 keynote

I’ll be giving a keynote in March at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). The conference is on March 17 and 18 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Here’s the title and abstract for my talk: Title: Asking the … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Friday, January 29, 2010

Open Source Wikimedia hires open-source veteran as CTO | Deep Tech – CNET NewsCNet / Stephen Shankland Danese Cooper, a former open-source community specialist at Sun and Intel, now will work on technology for Wikipedia and other projects. Red Hat … Continue reading

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My new WordPress theme

After working through a lot of issues with my website over the December holidays, I started to look for a more modern and, frankly, better looking theme. After trying a dozen or so, I finally settled on Atahualpa. This theme … Continue reading

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The Sirikata open source platform for games and virtual worlds

As many of you know, I’m still quite interested in virtual worlds and 3D immersive environments though I certainly don’t spend as much time in Second Life as I did several years ago. So from time to time I poke … Continue reading

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Fixing my Firefox crash

Last night my Firefox browser started to crash. Not occasionally, but every single time I started to to type something in the search bar in the upper right hand corner. What the heck happened? There are several possibilities when an … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – Open Source Web Filtering Edition

Open Source DansGuardian – True Web Content Filtering for All DansGuardian is an award winning Open Source web content filter which currently runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, and Solaris. It filters the actual content of … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Linux Novell Delivers First Integrated Toolkit for Building, Testing and Managing Software Appliances Novell today announced the availability of a suite of new tools that significantly reduces the time and cost for independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprises to develop, … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Monday, January 25, 2010

Linux London stock exchange switches to linuxThe Inquirer / Ed Berridge The software was gained by acquiring the Sri Lankan company that developed it for £18 million in September. When it is switched on it will replace the outgoing TradElect … Continue reading

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Life with Linux: Connecting two machines with a USB KVM switch

This weekend I put together a new machine for my home office to complement the iMac on my desktop. Since I didn’t want to fill up the desk with another mouse and keyboard, I decided to get a USB KVM … Continue reading

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Press Release: “ZSL Unveils ‘PowerCube’ DaaS in the U.S., Africa and India”

I’m a little tardy in noting this, but this last week at Lotusphere, IBM partner ZSL issued the following press release, which begins: Lotusphere, Florida (PRWEB) January 19, 2010 ZSL, a leading ISV & Global Software Solutions and Services provider, … Continue reading

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Open source game engines for Linux

My recent post about Linux and video games has gotten quite a few hits, so while I was on a three hour flight today I thought it would useful to later put together a list of free and open source … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Open Source German “dump IE” warning results in huge increase in Firefox downloads 300,000 extra downloads over a few days, all with no advertising, and all thanks to the German government. I bet Mozilla are well pleased with that result. … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – Linux Games Edition

Linux More Free Games for LinuxLinux Journal / Mike Diehl Back in 2007, I wrote an article on free games for Linux and thought it was time to write a bit more on the subject. Actually, I had a lot … Continue reading

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Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows? Alternatively, those same … Continue reading

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2010 Community Leadership Summit

Via Jono Bacon, I just learned about the 2010 Community Leadership Summit on July 18 and 19 in Portland, OR: The event provides the first opportunity of its kind to bring together the leading minds in the field with new … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Open Source Open Source House: designing eco-affordable housing together Open Source House (OS-House) is a non-profit organization that aims to provide better, more sustainable housing in low-income countries. 8 Design principles are utilized by OS-House to guarantee standards of sustainability, … Continue reading

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Press Release: “IBM Client for Smart Work Available Through Business Partners in India”

Here’s a another press release from today involving IBM, Symphony, Lotus Live, Ubuntu Linux, and Virtual Bridges. We’re continuing the rollout of the partner-led IBM Client for Smart Work: IBM Client for Smart Work Available Through Business Partners in India … Continue reading

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Press Release: “Canonical Offers Dedicated Support Program for Lotus Symphony …”

Canonical announced the following today via a press release: Canonical Offers Dedicated Support Program for Lotus Symphony, the Core Component of IBM Client for Smart Work on Ubuntu Canonical today announced a dedicated support program for Lotus Symphony, the no-charge … Continue reading

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Lotusphere photos: Ubuntu’s Peter Woodward and Tux

Here’s the next round of photos from Lotusphere 2010. Here’s Peter Woodward of Canonical/Ubuntu and me. Light could have been better, but you take what you can get in a meeting room. Next is our friendly penguin friend sporting an … Continue reading

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Two very early Lotusphere 2010 photos

Here are a couple of photographs taken very early at Lotusphere 2010 at Disney World in Florida this week and they are, perhaps, a bit different. This was a lonely hammock by the beach looking toward the Grand Floridian Resort. … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Friday, January 15, 2010

Virtual Worlds Power users holding back Second Life?Hypergrid Business / Maria Korolov Second Life is being held back by an “elite group” of users, according to Forrester Research, Inc. analyst Tom Grant. There is an “Iron Law of Oligarchy,” Grant … Continue reading

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Questions to ask about open source projects

So you’ve heard about this great piece of open source software and you are considering either contributing to it or using it a very serious way, maybe even a business critical way. What are some of the questions you should … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Linux Another day, another SUSE/Moblin Linux netbookComputerWorld / Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols In all the hurly-burly of CES, a second SUSE/Moblin Linux netbook was quietly released. This one comes from Samsung. Red Hat repurchases $33.4M of sharesTriangle Business Journal Red Hat … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Monday, January 11, 2010

Open Source Novell lose[s] Open Source CTSO as Nat Friedman leavesThe H Open Source: News and Features Nat Friedman, co-founder of Ximian and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source at Novell has announced in a blog posting that … Continue reading

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Almost Spring, in my dreams

Late yesterday afternoon I trudged from the car through the snow to a Home Depot to pick up a few things for a home project. After getting inside and shaking off the snow, I was met with a wonderful display … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Friday, January 8, 2010

Linux Red Hat CEO On Recession, Virtualization, BallmerInformationWeek / Charles Babcock Whitehurst said many Linux conversions have been from Unix in the past, but during the recession, “more and more conversions [come] from Windows users.” Red Hat Enterprise Linux now … Continue reading

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Life with Linux: Another week of work

I use my Lenovo T400 Thinkpad as a work laptop but also as an experimental machine on which I put and delete various Linux distributions and software. At various times I’ve had Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE on the computer, though … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Thursday, January 7, 2010 – Afternoon Edition

Linux MSI Ships First Netbook Powered By SUSE Moblin From NovellNovell, Inc. Addressing the growing demand for lightweight, mobile netbook devices, MSI and Novell today announced the upcoming availability of SUSE® Moblin preloaded on the MSI U135 netbook. Following the … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Thursday, January 7, 2010 – Morning Edition

Open Source Munich administration switches to OpenDocument FormatThe H Open Source: News and Features Also see my blog entry “Update on sharing documents”. According to a 2009 development review that the deputy project leader Florian Schießl has posted on his … Continue reading

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Checking broken links in WordPress blogs

I just installed the Broken Link Checker plugin. It scans your blog entries and pages and gives you an nice report and way to fix any links that end up in the great web void rather than honest web pages. … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

News Research Firm Gartner Acquires Burton Group For $56MThe Wall Street Journal Online Gartner made the purchase, expected to expand its product and service offerings and increase IT research-market opportunities, Dec. 30. Burton, an IT research and advisory firm that … Continue reading

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Reminder: new blog and feed locations

Effective January 1, 2010, my blog is split into current and archived versions. Current blog Please update your bookmarks and feed subscriptions as follows: The address of the current blog is http://www.sutor.com/c/. The link to the blog feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/BobSutor. … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Monday, January 2, 2010

Open Source Google Chrome passes Safari, releases ‘Similar Pages’ extension – Computerworld BlogsComputerWorld / Seth H. Weintraub Well, we didn’t have to wait long into 2010 to find that Google’s Chrome Browser would surpass Apple‘s Safari. Today, NetApplications released the … Continue reading

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Site statistics through December 31, 2009

Here are the rolling three month sutor.com site stats from Google Analytics, plus 12 month previous stats. Percentages are calculated with respect to total numbers of hits. Statistics are computed from the first to the last days of the months … Continue reading

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Getting ready for Spring gardening in upstate NY

Ok, it’s after New Year’s so I can officially start thinking about gardening again in about three months. I live in the northwest corner of New York State in the USA, so that very much affects what plants I can … Continue reading

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The great website reorganization of 2010

Well, I did it. Over the end of December, 2009, holiday break I took about 15 hours to do what I considered a much needed website reorganization. Here are the highlights: Modified my WordPress theme to have printing CSS support … Continue reading

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Daily Links for Friday, January 1, 2010

Open Source Seeking Profit in Open-Source Search SoftwareThe New York Times / Ashlee Vance In the case of Lucid, the company hopes to profit from an open-source software package called Lucene. When paired with some other software (another open-source package … Continue reading

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