Daily links for 03/30/2011

  • Amazon launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player on Tuesday morning, offering US-based Amazon customers 5GB of online storage to use for whatever they please. If they buy an album from Amazon MP3, however, they get 20GB of storage for the year, and all Amazon MP3 purchases are automatically synced to the user’s Cloud Drive without counting against the quota. Users could then use the Cloud Player Android or Web app to stream the music to any compatible device or browser, even if the files themselves had not been synced there. We wondered aloud how Amazon managed to strike such an impressive licensing deal with the record labels, given the fact that Apple seems to still be working out the details for its own digital locker service. It turns out that Amazon hasn’t struck a deal, and seems to be hoping that the record companies will be the ones to blink.”

    tags: amazon cloud music

  • “On this important occasion, let’s all recognize that progress has been made to promote and use open standards and to liberate documents. In January, India’s Department of Information Technology published its draft Interoperability Framework for E-Governance in India (IFEG), which lists ODF on its approved standards for e-governance in India. That same month, the government of the UK published its Procurement Policy Note on the use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements, recommending that they “…should whenever possible deploy open standards in their procurement specifications.” Bill McCluggage, the UK’s Deputy CIO, attended the 5th ODF Plugfest , held for the first time in the UK. According to one publication, “his presence there sent a strong message of support to the open standards community across Europe. Open Document Exchange Formats will inevitably be an area for important debate, and one where we can expect to see government determination to lead by example being put to the test.””

    tags: document freedom odf

  • “Amazon.com plans to introduce a service that will let people upload their digital music to the Web and access it from browsers on any computer and from Android phones. The service, known as a music locker, was made available to Amazon account holders early Tuesday. Amazon will offer a Web-based hard drive backup service called Cloud Drive, where people can store documents, photos, videos and music.”

    tags: amazon music

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My NASA presentation: “Open Source Governance for your Organization”

Today I’m giving a presentation at the NASA Open Source Summit at the NASA Ames Conference Center in Mountain View, CA. The talk is called “Open Source Governance for your Organization” and is based on my experience within IBM in the last few years and what I have written in this blog. The talk is available in PDF form and on Slide Share.

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Daily links for 03/29/2011

  • “Here you will find the World Wind SDK for Java. With this SDK, developers can embed World Wind technology in their own applications. The API documentation will be made available later.”

    tags: java nasa Open Source virtual-world

  • “The balance between control and community is not simply a matter of balancing between the vendor and developers/users, but between all participants in any collaborative initiative.”

    tags: Open Source

  • Apple typically holds its WWDC each June, and this year the Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on June 6. In the announcement, Apple makes it clear that it will “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.” This means it will introduce the next major version of iOS, which is likely to be called iOS 5. Apple has already given us a sneak peak of what OS X 10.7 Lion will offer, but we’re sure to get the full scoop — including pricing and availability — at WWDC in June.”

    tags: apple wwdc ios osx

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Daily links for 03/28/2011

  • “As readers of our earlier post on the “greenest” code will no doubt remember, there is some debate over what code is, in fact, greenest. Some codes may run faster in some instances; other codes in others. This is one of the questions Liu wants to tackle, who has noted that none of the mainstream computer languages support “energy-aware programming.””

    tags: researcher green software

  • “Blogs. We all read them to get a sense of what is going on in the world, peeling back layers of the old world in which media was too scripted. By definition, if you are reading this you read blogs. But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? Absolutely.”

    tags: vc startups blogging

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Open source communities: trust vs. control

It can’t be overstated just how important the notion of “community” is to the entire open source process.

If I’m an individual and I want to open source some code and start a project, I suppose I could always do it by myself. My code would get out there, people could use it to do whatever it does, and they could harvest the source to do bigger and better things. That’s fine, but for the project to really take off and grow, you’re going to need more people.

You’ll want coders and architects and testers and, if you are lucky, you’ll get documenters and designers and UI specialists. Yes, you might be able to do all these things eventually, but it will go faster and better with friends.

If you are a business and have made the decision to open source some code, you need to learn to trust others in the community. Through the years I’ve heard of multiple companies that never really opened up their open source projects to non-employee committers because they were afraid of losing control.

“What if they steer the project to someplace we don’t want it to go?”

“What if someone who doesn’t work for us becomes the leader of the project and we lose the PR advantage?”


While bad things can happen in any group of two or more people, here’s the thing: you need to let go.

The project will stay on track in a direction useful to you if you participate aggressively and contribute solid code, but only if you let others do the same. Don’t expect others to yield to you as the project founder, have them do so because you deserve it because of your high quality contributions and good behavior.

Similarly, you will continue to be a leader if you act like one. That means you don’t keep threatening to take up your marbles and go home. That means understanding that sometimes other people have better ideas than you do. That means learning to negotiate and collaborate vs. being a bully.

As to making money, open or closed source won’t save you if you are fundamentally not good at business. However, I would caution you that having an “it’s only business” attitude might not jive well with others in your community if you carry an attitude that you should be the only one profitting from the effort.

So in my opinion, this is how you can succeed in starting an open source community:

  • Be honest with those people you are trying to recruit about your reasons for working in open source. Clearly state your goals and how you will measure success for yourself and the community.
  • Contribute your code, but accept improvements or better solutions.
  • Give up sole control of the project to a more democratic leadership in order to get a better code base that you can use, at a lower development cost to yourself. Don’t stack the leadership group with cronies or puppets.
  • Don’t act like a prima donna just because you started the project.
  • Trust that if you and everyone else plays fairly but works hard, you’ll get something of great value that many can use.

Daily links for 03/27/2011

  • “IT HAS long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies of the world. These days, it would rank eighth, falling between Italy and Brazil on a nominal exchange-rate basis. But how do other American states compare with other countries? Taking the nearest equivalent country from 2009 data reveals some surprises. Who would have thought that, despite years of auto-industry hardship, the economy of Michigan is still the same size as Taiwan’s?”

    tags: economics visualization states

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Daily links for 03/25/2011

  • “During a keynote presentation at Google‘s IO developer conference last year, Google VP of engineering Vic Gundotra proclaimed that the search giant created Android in order to bring freedom to the masses and avoid a “draconian future” in which one company controlled the mobile industry. Looking past the self-congratulatory rhetoric, Android’s poor track record on openness is becoming harder to ignore. The company revealed Thursday that it will delay publication of the Android 3.0 source code for the foreseeable future—possibly for months. It’s not clear when (or if) the source code will be made available. The decision puts Android on a path towards a “draconian future” of its own, in which it is controlled by a single vendor—Google.”

    tags: google android openness

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Daily links for 03/24/2011

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Daily links for 03/23/2011

  • “Perhaps that “need for attention” might derive from a desire to spread FUD about Android and to try to revive the old Microsoft myth that Linux’s GPLv2 is a cancer that infects other programs. After all, as Joe Brockmeier discovered, the attorney who originated these claims, Edward J. Naughton of Brown Rudnick went to some trouble to disguise that he had once worked on a case for Microsoft. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.”

    tags: microsoft android linux fud

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Daily links for 03/22/2011

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Daily links for 03/21/2011

  • “Does the FOSS movement suffer from not having a strong person who functions as its leader? Noting the impact that figureheads such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had, that’s the question that TechNewsWorld tackles in a post based on a poll on TuxRadar. Of course, the FOSS movement has had notable leaders over the years, ranging from Linus Torvalds to Richard Stallman, but there is no single charismatic leader who regularly keeps open source and open standards topics alive in public conversations. While one person with enough charisma might make a big difference, though, what FOSS really needs is more unified messaging, and on the commercial open source front, more unified marketing.”

    tags: Open Source FOSS

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The outside view on the first day of spring

Today is the first day of spring and since the temperature hit 45 F, I decided to celebrate by going outside and doing some cleanup after the rough winter we just had. The first task is always picking up the branches that have fallen in the last few months, and most of them come from the many black walnuts around the property. I’m always surprised that there are any branches left on those trees once I see the pile of them I’ve collected.

Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011 Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011

We have some woods at the back of the property, so the branch cleanup involves pulling a large garden cart around, loading it up, and hauling it to the back. Through the years my pile has compressed but seems to be the home for many small animals and birds. I filled one cart and then spent almost an hour collecting larger branches into a pile which you can see in the photo below. He doesn’t know it yet, but my son William will have the task of bringing those to the back.

Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011 Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011

The rest of the photos show the various flora that are starting to push up around the property, some of them seemingly rising out of the ground hours after the melting snow has retreated. We still might get snow here in the next couple of weeks, but psychologically I’m in spring now, even if the weather changes its mind.

Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011 Images on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011

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Daily links for 03/18/2011

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Daily links for 03/17/2011

  • IBM manages its official accounts in a decentralized fashion, with management responsibilities delegated to the brands. While any employee can have a personal Twitter account, branded accounts can only be operated by people who have permission to speak for the brand, Christensen says. IBM aggregates metrics for all its official accounts, but individual brands are responsible for managing conversations and tracking their own metrics. IBM shares best practices throughout the company.”

    tags: ibm cmo twitter

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Daily links for 03/16/2011

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Daily links for 03/15/2011

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More on “Land mines for open source in mobile”

Last week I put up a blog post called “Land mines for open source in mobile” ahead of my POSSCON talk next week. I listed 5 issues that might slow down the adoption of open source in the mobile device space. They were:

  1. No GPL code allowed in apps for the Apple App Store.
  2. Sloppy open source license compliance.
  3. The right code is available under the wrong license.
  4. There’s not enough money in it.
  5. Getting heard among the noise of thousands of other app developers.

I didn’t get too many comments here or on Twitter, but let me share what I did get and add some other remarks.

One reader noted that numbers 1 – 3 were spot on, but 4 and 5 had little to do with open source in particular.

I think that criticism on number 4 is right on, though the discussion still applies to open source developers. Moreover, had I been smarter at the time, I would have also added that if you are giving your open source app away for free, there may be very little opportunity to earn revenue via service and support. A mobile app can be relatively simple, and unless it is just a front end for some sort of for-fee service or content, we’re talking about zero money. Again, true for open and closed source, but if you can’t charge at all for your app, you very likely won’t be making any money whatsoever. That might be fine, but note it.

For number 5, I was trying to make the point that in an open source mobile app, you might not be making enough money to feed yourself, much less employees. Again true for closed source, but my positive suggestion is that if you are providing an open source app then work to find a team of people who will also provide “in an open source way” the other content that you need, as well as marketing assistance. That is, don’t stop with the coding when considering what other bits of the business can be done in an open, sharing manner.

Finally, a Twitter responder noted that source sharing is more difficult for mobile apps. I’m not quite sure why this would be the case.

  • Certainly you could post part or all (if required) of your source code on Google Code or SourceForge or another site.
  • If people can’t use GPL, are they not doing the sharing because they don’t have to?
  • Generally, are people more inclined to keep the code to themselves for mobile apps that are for open source in general?

Daily links for 03/14/2011

  • “Rovio is planning an update to its wildly successful game called Angry Birds Rio, but this game will only be available to Android users via the Amazon Appstore, and will not be offered through the Google Android Market.”

    tags: amazon angry birds android

  • “In 2011, Linux is a fundamental component of IBM business—embedded deeply in hardware, software, services and internal development. It is present in every IBM business, geography and workload, and its use only continues to increase.”

    tags: linux ibm100 ibm

  • “NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has announced that it will hold its first ever summit on open source software development later this month. According to NASA, the Open Source Summit will bring together engineers, policy makers and open source community members to talk about “the challenges within the existing open source policy framework and propose modifications to facilitate NASA’s development, release and use of software”. The event will take place on the 29 and 30 March at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.”

    tags: nasa Open Source

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Daily links for 03/11/2011

  • “PC sales are expected to be around 350 million in 2011. Apple will sell over 100 million post-PC devices. Apple isn’t just winning tablets; it’s winning computing in general.”

    tags: apple ipad

  • “Simply put, reefing is the art and practice of reducing sail area. Every sailor knows that the wind exerts its force over the exposed surface of a sail, but many don’t realize that even a small increase in wind speed can bring about substantial increases in the force of the wind. And, when you consider that spars and rigging, along with the sails, create windage that absorbs the wind’s energy, it’s easy to see that the more surface area that’s presented to the wind, the more impact the wind’s energy will have on the handling characteristics of a vessel.”

    tags: sailing reefing

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Daily links for 03/10/2011

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Daily links for 03/09/2011

  • “Developers have to support too many OS versions and devices. The testing matrix involved in supporting multiple OS versions, multiple vendor-specific extensions, multiple hardware configurations (differences in physical screen size and resolution, with or without a hardware keyboard, BlackBerry style keyboard vs. slide-out landscape keyboard, etc.). How to you optimize for user experience across that many variants? How do you effectively test your apps across them all?”

    tags: android

  • “Embrace mobile by embracing standards: Sure, you could pay a service to parse and scrape your existing website or suck in its RSS feeds, and then generate a mobile version. But this approach both costs you ongoing money and results in a canned experience that’s rarely satisfying. It simply makes more sense to use the standard Web technologies to (re)design your website to be mobile-savvy. If you do it at the template level, you can quickly make your site — or at least huge swaths of it — mobile-friendly.”

    tags: mobile standards

  • “As an open source company, Red Hat is held to high standards. We embrace this. In 2011 you can expect us to increase our investment in open source contributions, while simultaneously competing with companies who are threatened by the continuing disruptive advancement of open source in the enterprise.”

    tags: Red Hat linux open

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Land mines for open source in mobile

In a couple of weeks I’ll be giving a talk at POSSCON with a title similar to that of this blog entry. It won’t be a long talk, only twenty five minutes, but I’ll try to touch on several factors that could seriously screw up the use and success of open source in the mobile space.

For this talk I’ll be primarily focusing on application development for devices, and not whatever open source might be used on the telecommunications carrier side of things. Indeed, there is open source used there, frequently Linux, but for this audience I want to concentrate on apps for devices and the role of open source in creating them.

It’s one thing to point out such land mines but I think I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t say something about how to avoid them. That will be the topic of another blog entry.

So without further ado, here are some potential problems for the increased adoption of open source in creating mobile applications. I welcome your discussion in the comments.

  1. No GPL code allowed in apps for the Apple App Store. I know there is some debate on whether this prohibition comes from Apple or the FSF, but that makes no difference. If you use GPL code in your app and it gets discovered, I think there is a good chance your app will be pulled. Other app stores or marketplaces may have similar or different rules, and you must know what they are.
  2. Sloppy open source license compliance. I don’t care whether you are a one person app developer or a half-billion person company, you need to follow the rules around using code under a given license and, especially, mixing code under different licenses. Writing for mobile does not change that. If you are creating apps for Android, read everything you can about the Apache license and what it says you must do.
  3. The right code is available under the wrong license. This might relate back in practice to the GPL situation above for the Apple App Store, but you may really have to reinvent the wheel if you need a body of code for your app and that great stuff you found on the web or in Koders has a license that prevents your using it. By the way, if you read the code and then rewrite it, you are contaminated. Don’t expect your “originality” to hold up in court. Also don’t think that you can change a few variable names and no one will notice you reused code from elsewhere. Scanning programs are getting smarter all the time.
  4. There’s not enough money in it. Ok, let’s for a moment get past the idea that open source involves sharing and freedom and all that. Assuming you did want to get paid something for your efforts, a $0 app price won’t give you much revenue, though it may give you the love and admiration of a few hundred people and a lot of personal satisfaction. If we believe that the trend is to charge $ .99 for an app, and the app store owner takes a cut of that, how many will you need to sell to make it worth it to you? If you net $ .70 before taxes and get 1000 downloads, that is $700. Nontrivial, but is it a day job? If you get 10,000 or 100,000 downloads, that becomes a different story.
  5. Getting heard among the noise of thousands of other app developers. I think a lot of people believe that mobile creates a great new opportunity for one or two people to create a successful app and get it to the masses with very little overhead and middlemen. That’s probably true, but somehow you’re going to have to get the word out about your app. To be blunt, you’ll need to do some marketing and that might go against what you think an open source developer should be doing (you don’t have to be doing open source to believe this). You also may need help to make your app more beautiful and usable. Remember that open source, volunteering, and sharing doesn’t just relate to code, but can also include design and documentation.

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Daily links for 03/08/2011

Open Source and Mobile Devices

  • “OpenLogic, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise open source software support, scanning and governance solutions, today announced the results of a scan and license compliance assessment of 635 leading mobile applications. Among other findings, the results show that 71% of Android™, iPhone® and iPad® apps containing open source failed to comply with basic open source license requirements.”

    tags: android openlogic license

  • “A review of 9,000 free and open source mobile projects contained within Black Duck’s KnowledgeBase found 3,800 mobile projects started in 2010, with 55 percent, or 1,716 projects, geared to Android, Black Duck said this week. Apple‘s iOS followed with 39 percent, or 1,219 projects. Windows, Palm, Blackberry, and Symbian, meanwhile, accounted for just 2 percent each or fewer of new projects. MeeGo accounted only for a handful of projects, Black Duck said. The company surmises that since Android is “open” — as in open source and supporting GPL code — and iOS is not, open source developers still will support the most popular platforms regardless of so-called openness.”

    tags: android ios Open Source

  • “The preferred license for the Android Open Source Project is the Apache Software License, 2.0 (“Apache 2.0″), and the majority of the Android software is licensed with Apache 2.0. While the project will strive to adhere to the preferred license, there may be exceptions which will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For example, the Linux kernel patches are under the GPLv2 license with system exceptions, which can be found on kernel.org.”

    tags: Open Source android apache

  • What you need to know, and better.

    tags: android Open Source

More Open Source

  • “Digia has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial licensing and professional services components of Nokia’s Qt software group. The move will bring some diversity to Qt’s corporate backing and potentially expand the availability of consulting services for commercial Qt adopters.”

    tags: qt nokia digia Open Source

  • “The latest quarterly statistics showing US smartphone market share show Microsoft’s task with Windows Phone 7 is daunting, as the new OS is already losing ground. The latest US smartphones figures from comScore cover November of last year through the end of January, and while the figures are largely as expected the drop of market share by Microsoft is a bit of a surprise.”

    tags: android windows

  • “Version 6 of Debian GNU/Linux, the popular open-source project that bills itself as “the universal operating system,” hit the Internet on Superbowl Sunday, packing a trove of updated applications and a pair of new editions to burnish its universal billing. The distribution, which already stands out for its broad processor architecture support—spanning 12 architectures—branches out in version 6 with 32- and 64-bit editions based on the FreeBSD kernel. These new editions, while rough around the edges, open new opportunity for technology sharing among separate open-source operating systems and indicate that the project that gave birth to Ubuntu Linux continues to drive open source in new directions.”

    tags: debian linux

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Daily links for 03/07/2011

  • “Motorola’s Xoom tablet is the first device to ship with Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a highly anticipated new version of Google‘s mobile operating system. Honeycomb introduces a sophisticated new user interface that was designed for the tablet form factor—a major step forward for Android. Motorola has matched Google’s software with a compelling piece of hardware that delivers great performance and reasonable battery life. Although the Xoom has a lot to offer, the product feels very incomplete. A surprising number of promised hardware and software features are not functional at launch and will have to be enabled in future updates. The Xoom’s quality is also diminished by some of the early technical issues and limitations that we encountered in Honeycomb. Google’s nascent tablet software has a ton of potential, but it also has some feature gaps and rough edges that reflect its lack of maturity.”

    tags: xoom ars android honeycomb motorola

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Daily links for 03/04/2011

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Daily links for 03/03/2011

Things You Can Buy for 99 Cents

  • “99 cents is the inevitable price for best-selling iPhone apps, says the creator of Angry Birds. “If you look at the top games in the app store, 99 cents is the price,” said Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka (whose business card reads simply “Mighty Eagle”) in a presentation at Game Developers Conference on Monday afternoon. “There’s no point in arguing whether it’s good or bad for the industry,” he said — one buck is the sweet spot, and what remains is to figure out how to make your mobile game a success at that price.”

    tags: iphone ipad android Angry Birds apps

  • Kindle “First, a little history. Just last year, the magic price point for a lot of indie (self-published) authors was $2.99. Why $2.99? Well, if you price your e-book at $2.99 or higher, you get a 70 percent royalty or from Amazon when using its Kindle Direct system or 65 percent from Barnes & Noble when using its PubIt! self-publishing platform. That means that if you set your price to $2.99 you make around $2 on each copy you sell, which is damn good, especially if you sell a lot of copies, which certain indie authors do.”

    tags: kindle ebook amazon

iPad 2 vs. the Others

What to Use to Write Your Novel

  • Scrivener logo button“Scrivener is a tool for outlining, storyboarding, writing, and editing longer-form writing — think books, lengthy reports, movie scripts, and so on. Scrivener started as an app for Mac OS X, but there’s been a steady stream of users who’ve asked the company to produce a Windows and/or Linux version. Turns out, the company has been listening and is working on a beta for Linux and it’s looking pretty good.”

    tags: writers linux scrivener

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So you’re thinking of buying an iPad 2

With Apple‘s announcement yesterday of the availability of the new iPad 2 in the US on March 11, a lot of people are probably wondering if they should buy an iPad for the first time or get a new one.

There are many articles out there that cover the news of the new device and purchase considerations. For example:

Here are some things to think about if you already own one:

  • What are you going to do with the old one? Can you give your older model to a family member or friend and have them think you are truly generous rather than just trying to justify a purchase? They will probably be able to live with it either way. Consider giving it to someone with children or to a school.
  • Have you had the old one long enough? I got my iPad 1 at the end of April, 2010, so it would be less than a year if I got a new one. That’s pretty soon as far as devices go. Of course, my birthday is in May …
  • Do you use your old iPad a lot? If not, what is so wonderful about the new one that will cause you to use it enough to justify the purchase? Check out the new apps like GarageBand that Apple will introduce on March 11 and see if they tilt the scale toward a purchase.

If you do not have an iPad, here are some considerations:

  • They really are very cool devices and with 65,000 apps there is a lot you can do with them.  As Scoble talks about in the article above and I discussed in the blog entry “Tablet wars: Those with the most and best apps win,” do not underestimate the health of the app developer ecosystem and the size of the app marketplace.
  • Check out the competition, particularly the Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom. Look at the features,  compare the hardware, the number of apps, and the costs. Don’t be overly impressed with a device having an SD card if you don’t know what an SD card is. I think Android 3.0 will be quite cool, but you might want to let the dust settle a bit and wait a few months to get a device that supports it and has many apps. By this I do not mean multiple editions of Angry Birds.
  • Windows tablets? Seriously, get real. That ship sailed and sunk, twice, and in my opinion will do it again, repeatedly. Move on.

And some final words for anyone considering getting an iPad 2:

  • Really consider getting a 3G model, though it will add monthly charges and increase the purchase price. I love that I can grab my iPad and have Internet and Web access almost anywhere.
  • Buy a model with more storage than you need today. Many of the hottest new apps will operate on multimedia files like photos, audio, and video. Those get big, very big. If your budget allows it, get the 64Gb model.
  • Verizon or AT&T? Verizon has better coverage in upstate New York where I live, so I would probably go with that. AT&T has worked pretty well for me, I must say, but I would probably bite the bullet and switch.

Daily links for 03/02/2011

  • “I don’t have any stats on the percent of open source developers producing apps for app stores. However, a number of concerns reported in the past by open source developers contributing to the Mac App Store suggest that alternative solutions, such as the rising Android Market, may stand better chances to attract contributors used to work in an open development fashion.”

    tags: Open Source mobile

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Daily links for 03/01/2011

GPL and the Apple App Store


  • “Why, in this day of razor-thin and elegant Macs, actually usable Windows 7, and cloud-connected gadgets would anyone bother to carve up their hard drive and install Linux, the geekiest of the major operating systems? Linux will never be everyone’s desktop, but here’s why it might be just perfect for you, as a workhorse or a hobby.”

    tags: linux

  • Novell today announced DB2, IBM‘s highly successful database software, is now available as an easy-to-use online download on SUSE® Gallery and as an adaptable template within SUSE Studio™. Today’s announcement builds on Novell’s momentum to deliver software appliances across a range of IBM software, including WebSphere, Lotus and Smart Business, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise.

    Novell logo

    DB2 is the first IBM software available for download from SUSE Gallery, an online showcase where users can browse, download and publish software appliances and cloud-based applications. The DB2 template is also available within Novell’s appliance-building tool SUSE Studio, which greatly simplifies the process of creating an appliance based on DB2 database software. As a result, ISVs have the choice of downloading DB2 as a software appliance from SUSE Gallery and using it immediately, or using SUSE Studio to customize the database image to fit their specific needs.”

    tags: novell suse db2 linux ibm

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