On highly customizing that open source code

Several weeks ago at OSBC I posed a serious of “hard questions” about open source software. They weren’t meant to demean it, of course, but were really to say that software for the enterprise needs to be held to very high standards, whether it open source or traditional. One of…

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Daily links for 03/26/2010

Undergrads flock to computer science programs “The total number of undergraduate majors in computer science increased 5.5% in 2008-2009, the second consecutive year that the number of computer science majors has increased, according to the annual Taulbee Survey by the Computing Research Association. Over a two-year period, the number of…

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Daily links for 03/23/2010

Novell revives annual BrainShare conference, dispels rumors | Deseret News “Although BrainShare was not held in 2009 because of the rocky economy, BrainShare 20TEN, as it’s being called, has drawn roughly 4,000 attendees for four days of hands-on training, networking and socializing. And a European version will be held in…

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Daily links for 03/20/2010

Phasing Grace | Social Architecture and Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab Leaping the Chasm? “This last week I read the Harvard Business School case study entitled: Linden Lab: Crossing the Chasm Rev. August 3, 2009.  If you’d like to follow along, the pdf will cost you $6.95 USD and if you…

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“Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet” at Novell BrainShare

On Tuesday morning, March 23, at 10:30 in Salt Lake City, Jean Staten Healy and I will be presenting a talk called “Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet” at Novell’s BrainShare conference. The talk is coded as SPR201 and will be in room 150 G. Here’s the abstract:…

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Hard questions about open source software

Several days ago I posted the slides I used at the Open Source Business Conference in PDF form and also provided the SlideShare version. For those who want to see the contents of the slides directly, I’ve included most of it below. What I do not have here is one…

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Daily links for 03/18/2010

CWE – 2010 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors “The 2010 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors is a list of the most widespread and critical programming errors that can lead to serious software vulnerabilities. They are often easy to find, and easy to exploit. They are dangerous…

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My OSBC 2010 keynote, with slides

This morning I gave a keynote called “Asking the Hard Questions about Open Source Software” at the OSBC 2010 conference in San Francisco. Here’s the abstract: Businesses have had decades of experience in acquiring software directly, on hardware, in services engagements, and through system integrators. As more and more organizations…

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Daily links for 03/17/2010

Categories of Free and Non-Free Software – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF) “This diagram by Chao-Kuei explains the different categories of software.” tags: gnu, free, software, open-source IBM developerWorks : An overview of cloud computing “This collection of resources from developerWorks will guide you at every stage of…

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Daily links for 03/16/2010

IBM Extends Development and Test to the IBM Cloud – Yahoo! Finance “IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing. IBM, which already delivers a test and development cloud, is now allowing enterprise and government clients to test and…

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Daily links for 03/15/2010

OpenGL 4.0 to unlock next-gen graphics on the latest GPUs – Video Games Reviews, Cheats | Geek.com “Khronos said the new software delivers speedier performance, improved graphics quality, and flexibility enhancements, including tessellation and double precision shaders. In addition, OpenGL 4.0 plays nice with OpenCL, another visual computing standard by…

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Daily links for 03/12/2010

OpenSim security 101 – Hypergrid Business “Enterprises rolling out new opensim grids are often concerned about security issues of running OpenSim, and justifiably so. OpenSim is alpha software and still poses some security challenges. However, the security level of a particular OpenSim deployment depends quite a bit on how it…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last year, as the physical economy withered, Second Life‘s economy blossomed, with user-to-user transactions topping $567 million in actual U.S. currency, a 65 percent jump over 2008. About 770,000 unique users made repeat visits to Second Life in December, and…

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Daily links for 03/09/2010

W3C pulls former Novell CTO for CEO spot “Filling a position left open since 2008, former Novell CTO Jeffrey Jaffe has taken on the role of chief executive officer for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).” tags: novell, w3c Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash – washingtonpost.com “Last…

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Daily links for 03/03/2010

IBM brings memory flexibility to x86 servers “IBM‘s eX5 servers will come in blade and rackmount configurations, with the first ones being released later in March. IBM is taking the Intel architecture and adding a chip of IBM’s own design that reduces latency between memory and processors. IBM claims the…

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