What I’m Reading on 05/10/2014

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What I’m Reading on 01/24/2014

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What I’m Reading on 11/19/2013

  • “Thus, ASF can only agree to the TCK license if Oracle will amend it consistent with the 2002 side-letter referred to above — i.e. by removing or reconstruing restrictions that are incompatible with ASF’s licensing and development practices — and to make available under these terms all of the TCKs Apache has previously had access to. We would be eager to work with Oracle on these revisions.”

    tags: apache oracle

  • “The acquisition will see Microsoft pay €5.4bn to buy the unit and also license Nokia patents for the next 10 years. All of the 4,700 Nokia’s Finnish employees who work in devices and services will be transferred to Microsoft, and the country will become a new centre of mobility R&D for the company.”

    tags: nokia microsoft

  • Google is getting even more proactive about security. In a blog post on Monday, Google announced that it is expanding its Patch Reward program to pay users that uncover security flaws in Android.”

    tags: google android hack

  • “Dropbox has always had a flair for the dramatic. Its CEO and co-founder Drew Houston, for example, appeared on a YouTube clip in 2012, belting out “Rocket Man” with a pint in hand at a Swiss bar—just one of several bravura performances. The company’s offices in San Francisco—replete with swings that dangle from the ceiling, a full bar and a recording studio—are among the most decadent. And, of course, Dropbox has garnered attention for raising an incredible $257 million in funding during its five-year journey.”

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Daily links for 02/26/2013

  • “Oracle no doubt got the bang for the big bucks it paid for MySQL via its Sun acquisition. But the original developers of MySQL won’t let it die and as developers and customers begin to defect to their increasingly popular MySQL Fork — MariaDB — is it time for Oracle to hand the code over to Apache or an open source savvy organization?”

    tags: mysql oracle apache

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Daily links for 04/11/2012 – IBM PureSystems Edition

  • IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of “expert integrated systems.” This new family is the first with built-in expertise based on IBM’s decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries. IBM’s expert integrated systems family – PureSystems – is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years, an unprecedented move by IBM to integrate all IT elements, both physical and virtual. The new systems family offers clients an alternative to today’s enterprise computing model, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain.”

    tags: ibm expert systems

  • “The CIOs I talk with describe the avalanche of projects they face. Almost three quarters of the CIOs say they are investing in mobile deployments this year, of which one-third of those will be deployed in a cloud. However, 70 percent of their budgets, on average, are still spent on maintenance and 34 percent of their projects are late. It’s a vicious cycle.”

    tags: ibm expert systems

  • “A group of industry leaders sit down to discuss how PureSystems will change the overall experience and economics of IT, and what this means for their businesses.”

    tags: ibm expert systems video

  • “Organizations shouldn’t have to spend so much on routine operations. A commissioned study* conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of IBM shows that integrated systems can cut substantial amounts of time and budget for many common IT projects. For instance, pre-integration can make it possible to install and put to use new computing systems in hours rather than days. By handling routine tasks much more efficiently and effectively, that frees up time and money for companies to innovate—trying out new technologies and new business models.”

    tags: ibm expert systems

  • “I.B.M. is bringing its answer to the marketplace on Wednesday — an effort that industry executives and analysts say is the most ambitious step yet to simplify and streamline data center technology. With this initiative, I.B.M. will sell bundles of server hardware and software packaged in simplified systems, with setup and maintenance automated by intelligent software. Tasks that now take days or weeks can be reduced to hours, the company claims.”

    tags: ibm expert systems

  • “International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) (IBM) is taking on Oracle Corp. (ORCL) (ORCL) and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) (CSCO) with server computers and software packaged and automated to reduce the time and money clients spend on “scut work.” The world’s largest computer-services provider built what it calls PureSystems over four years, delivering server systems that are easier to install, automate, update and manage, IBM said in a statement. That frees information-technology staff to work on more valuable, business-specific tasks, it said.”

    tags: ibm expert systems

  • “IBM PureSystems is the integration platform with all of these capabilities. It offers compute, networking, and storage capabilities with standard components; a virtualization engine and a high level systems management appliance to manage all the resources (14 compute nodes, the Enterprise Chassis, SAN networking switches, storage, and more); it supports resource pooling and intelligent automation for dynamic VM placement and fast deployment of services.”

    tags: ibm expert systems blog

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Daily links for 03/13/2012

  • “In the March index, released over the weekend, Google saw its Go language drop out of the top 50 while Google’s Dart language was ranked 78th. Oracle’s Java language ranked first, used by 17.1 percent of developers, while Microsoft‘s C# came in at the third spot, used by 8.24 percent of developers. The Microsoft Visual Basic language was ranked seventh, used by 4.37 percent of developers. Objective-C, preferred by Apple and used for developing applications for the iPhone and iPad tablet, was ranked fifth, used by 7.38 percent of developers.”

    tags: google programming languages application development

  • “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program” with $3.5 million in federal funds available to New York residents for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Monday, March 19.”

    tags: new york rebate

  • “The latest version of WebSphere Application Server (WAS), V8.5 Beta – Liberty Profile, is now available via free download.  If you think you already know WAS, this version may surprise you.  The WAS V8.5 Beta – Liberty Profile, is small, fast and free, because you told us that’s what you wanted.”    

    tags: web ibm websphere liberty

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Daily links for 10/26/2011

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Daily links for 10/10/2011

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Daily links for 09/01/2011

  • “The IBM® WebSphere® Application Server Migration Toolkit is a suite of tools and knowledge collections that enables your organization to quickly and cost-effectively migrate to WebSphere Application Server V7 or V8, whether from a previous version of WebSphere Application Server or competitive application servers including Oracle® WebLogic Server, Oracle Application Server, and JBoss Application Server.”

    tags: websphere migration

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Daily links for 08/02/2011

  • “WebSphere Application Server V8 samples are new and improved! Although you will continue to find key sample applications installed with the product, most samples are now available online and can be accessed from a new section in the WebSphere Application Server V8 Information Center. Sample code, documentation, and other resources reside online, under one roof, which increases availability and collaboration, while providing samples in a time-sensitive manner.”

    tags: websphere application samples

  • “With the release of Java 7 this week, Oracle posted a support policy expressly stating that it would not support the new Java 7 software development kit on VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V. Oracle has since said that it “mistakenly created” the policy page, but that the company will stick to its standard policy regarding non-Oracle components in a mixed stack: They’re not supported unless users can prove the problem stems from the Oracle part of the stack.”

    tags: oracle java virtualization

  • “Microsoft is buying $100 million in additional SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates and the pair are going to continue to collaborate on interopability solutions through January 1, 2016. The SUSE certificates are designed to insure Microsoft customers who are implementing Linux that they won’t be caught in any Microsoft-Linux patent crossfire.”

    tags: microsoft suse novell linux

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Daily links for 07/22/2011

  • “Smartphone adoption will continue to skyrocket with or without HTML5. That said, the most used single app is the browser. As HTML5 support continues to make its way into mobile browsers and HTML5 markup proliferates across the web, the phones themselves will increase in value because they have become an “always on, always connected” doorway into a vast, rich space. The question that most people ask regarding HTML5 on mobile is about the web vs. native debate (i.e., whether consumption of native apps slow in favor of HTML5 apps). I think this is a false dichotomy. I predict that in the distinction between native apps and web apps on mobile will eventually fade away.”

    tags: HTML5 mobile

  • “Van Nest told the judge Thursday that former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz gave a sworn statement this week that he did not object to Android when it was released and that he still views it as a “positive development” for the Java ecosystem.”

    tags: google java license

  • Microsoft‘s perennial money-losing online services unit, which runs the Bing search engine and MSN Internet portal, posted a 16.5 percent increase in sales to $662 million, but its loss widened to $728 million from a loss of $688 million a year ago, as Microsoft continues to pour money into attacking Google. The unit has now lost almost $6.5 billion in the last three fiscal years.”

    tags: microsoft windows

  • “Now, the LibreOffice folks are working on their suite, and, with IBM’s renewed participation, the Apache OpenOffice project (which may or may not end up implementing the Symphony bits, although I hope they do) seems to have some new life as well. OpenOffice.org under Sun had gotten into a rut — there’s nothing like real competition to get things moving again.”

    tags: openoffice IBM apache

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Daily links for 07/15/2011

  • “You know the funny thing about technology is that it tends to go in cycles. What hurt the mainframe the most was the market’s move to decentralize and put performance closer to the user. However, the massive switch to the Web and the concept of cloud computing reversed this trend and now the focus is to increasingly provide highly customized experiences on the Web. This shifts from heavy desktop and distributed computing platforms to highly centralized and I/O-intensive offerings. Much of what is being done is less about processing power and more about rapid data access or, in other words, mainframe country.”

    tags: IBM oracle mainframe

  • “SAP has joined the OpenJDK project, an Oracle-led initiative producing an open source implementation of Java that also has gained support of such companies as IBM and Apple in recent months.”

    tags: SAP java openjdk

  • “User response to the new licensing at VMware’s community forum has been decidedly negative. One person commenting on the VMware forum writes: “We just purchased 10 dual-socket servers with 192GB RAM each (enterprise license level), and we’ll need to triple our license count to be able to use all available RAM if allocated by VMs.” Another person claims that his small and medium business will see a 300 percent increase in price as a result of the new model.”

    tags: licensing vmware

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IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration

Apache logoSix weeks ago I noted here that Oracle had to decided to offer the codebase for OpenOffice.org, the open source word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software suite to the Apache Software Foundation. Two weeks after that, Apache voted to accept the proposed project for incubation. Now, one month later, IBM is announcing that it will offer the Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice incubator for consideration. Why and what does this mean?

OpenOffice logoFirst of all, note that I said “for consideration.” Members of the OpenOffice “podling” at Apache, including folks who are IBM employees, will get to look at the changes and improvements that IBM made to OpenOffice code when it was incorporated into Symphony. If the podling members decide to use it, great! If they decide to do something else, so be it, that’s the way open source communities work.

Symphony logoThe changes affect areas of usability, performance, and accessibility. IBM’s hope is that this donation can further accelerate the development of OpenOffice as a platform for openness and innovation in the document creation and editing space. OpenOffice and software like Symphony that builds on it continue to help drive use of ODF, the Open Document Format. We’ve learned over the past few years that vendor-controlled or -dictated document formats are just a bad idea. A healthy and vibrant OpenOffice open source development community in Apache will help ensure continued adherence to the open standard as well as a codebase that can be used for desktop, mobile, and even cloud applications.

Work on Symphony will continue with the Apache OpenOffice code an essential part of its core. Just as IBM’s WebSphere Application Server (a product now very close to my heart) uses Apache open source code but has code also written by IBM, so too will Symphony continue to evolve within IBM using code from Apache. Employees of IBM will contribute to OpenOffice as part of the community. IBM will benefit from the work done by others in the community, but so too will we all.

As the core OpenOffice code gets better and better, downstream projects and products like Symphony will benefit because they can focus on the features that distinguish them and add particular value for their users. This other software might have alternative user interfaces, support different devices, or be optimized for particular consumer or enterprise applications.

I believe a strong OpenOffice community within the Apache Software Foundation benefits everyone who cares about standards and innovation for document processing. The community is growing, code is being added, the roadmap is becoming clearer. Please consider participating.

Daily links for 06/29/2011

  • “With Hudson and OpenOffice, Oracle concluded there was no meaningful revenue at risk in donating the projects but that both efforts still had indirect value, Rymer says. By pushing them off to Eclipse and Apache, Oracle could continue to influence them, he asserts, without having to take on the cultural struggles: “Oracle sees Eclipse, Apache, and IBM as having a good feel for open source politics and communications.””

    tags: openoffice hudson oracle ibm

  • “IBM® WebSphere® Application Server V8 is a major release that offers dramatic run time improvements, plus simpler and easier ways to develop and deploy applications. This article presents a high level glimpse of some of the new technical features and enhancements that make these improvements possible. This content is part of the IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal.”

    tags: websphere ibm

  • “IBM has released WebSphere V8, increasing the availability of application servers with support for JEE 6, which is very important.”

    tags: websphere ibm

  • “Today, however, a new platform shift is taking place.  In 2011, for the first time, smartphone and tablet shipments exceed those of desktop and notebook shipments (source: Mary Meeker, KPCB, see slide 7).  This move means a new generation of consumers expects their smartphones and tablets to come with instant broadband connectively so they, too, can connect to the Internet.”

    tags: mobile

  • “The Eclipse Foundation’s Indigo release train marks the eighth year in a row that Eclipse has shipped a coordinated release of projects, with this year’s focus on the Java developer. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said 62 project teams participated in Indigo. The Indigo release, which shipped June 22, had 46 million lines of code released on the same day (calculated by Ohloh), 408 developers (committers) contributed code and 49 organizations collaborated on the release, Eclipse officials said. Ten predefined packages enable easy download and use, they explained.”

    tags: eclipse indigo java developers

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Daily links for 06/23/2011

  • “Mozilla has launched Firefox 5, a new version of the popular open source Web browser. This is the first update that Mozilla has issued since adopting a new release management strategy that has drastically shortened the Firefox development cycle.”

    tags: firefox

  • “Oracle has experienced another setback in its assertion of its patents against Google. In the reexamination of U.S. Patent 6192476 the USPTO has issued an office action in which it rejects 17 of the patent’s 21 claims. The specifics of the office action are set forth below in text form along with an updated reexamination history. While Oracle has asserted seven different patents in its claims against Google, if this reexamination is exemplary of what Oracle can expect in each of the other reexaminations, Oracle will have a hard time finding claims that it can successfully assert against Google, and there lies Oracles conundrum. Oracle either has to agree with the court’s directive to limit the number of claims it will assert at trial, or it is likely the court will simply stay the trial until the reexaminations are complete.”

    tags: oracle google android

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Daily links for 06/20/2011

  • “If you live an old home or building, you already know the limits of WiFi. Despite the improved range of 802.11n coupled with improved throughput at greater distances‚ WiFi doesn’t work magic. Buildings with brick or stucco-over-chicken-wire walls resist the charms of wireless networks, as do houses with thick wooden beams, cement elements, or with rooms spread out over many levels or floors.”

    tags: wifi networking

  • “OSGi is a very interesting set of standards today that it provides the component model for packaging components and provides the runtime functions needed to knit the components together to make an application. There is starting to be an industry acceptance of OSGi as the standard for developing components. This industry acceptances so far has been more around componentizing middleware runtimes to enable customers to use just want they need of the middleware, lightening the environment up. But this is also changing, with the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group, is where the programming model concepts to enable customer applications is being standardized. Many industry players, including IBM, SpringSource, BEA, Oracle and others are working together to define this standard.”

    tags: websphere foundation architects

  • “AS it turned 100 last week, I.B.M. was looking remarkably spry. Consumer technologies get all the attention these days, but the company has quietly thrived by selling to corporations and governments. Profits are strong, its portfolio of products and services looks robust, and its shares are near a record high. I.B.M.’s stock-market value passed Google’s earlier this year. Not bad for a corporate centenarian.”

    tags: ibm longevity

  • “As we understand it, Project Spartan is the codename for a new platform Facebook is on verge of launching. It’s entirely HTML5-based and the aim is to reach some 100 million users in a key place: mobile. More specifically, the initial target is both surprising and awesome: mobile Safari. Yes, Facebook is about to launch a mobile platform aimed squarely at working on the iPhone (and iPad). But it won’t be distributed through the App Store as a native application, it will be entirely HTML5-based and work in Safari. Why? Because it’s the one area of the device that Facebook will be able to control (or mostly control).”

    tags: facebook apple iOS mobile

  • “One thing holding pure Web apps back is limited support for HTML5, the latest Web standard, which can be used to create a rich, native-app-like experience in some browsers.”

    tags: mobile hybrid

  • “Nortel Networks, once North America’s largest communications equipment provider, has sought bankruptcy protection and has sold most its assets.  Among its assets remaining are 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patent portfolios.  The extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking, Canada-based Nortel said.”

    tags: apple google nortel patents

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Daily links for 06/16/2011

  • “In the lawsuit, HP accuses Oracle of anticompetitive behavior, breaking a promise to continue supporting Itanium machines and of the use of “strong-arm tactics to coerce customers into replacing their HP servers with Sun servers they do not want.” Oracle’s foray into the computer hardware market – an HP stronghold – began with its $7.3 billion acquisition of struggling server maker Sun Microsystems ( JAVA – news – people ) last year.”

    tags: oracle HP

  • “Last week I wrote about a talk I gave with the title “Innovation inducement prizes as a possible mechanism to unlock the benefits of open innovation models”. I explored the idea of inducement prizes then, and now I’d like to look at open innovation.”

    tags: open source innovation standards

  • “U.S. antitrust enforcers have given Google Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its $900 million opening bid for a trove of high-tech patents being sold next week by Canadian telecommunications-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., people familiar with the matter said.”

    tags: google nortel patents

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New position within IBM

It’s been effective for a week, so I guess I can spill the beans here and say that I’ve shifted to a new executive position within IBM, namely to be the Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Product Management in the Software Group. I’ll have more to say about this over time, but basically it means that my team works with development, sales and marketing to drive the WebSphere Application server line and products like WebSphere eXtreme Scale. These are significant unto themselves but also underlie some of the most important software products that IBM sells. That’s not a totally inclusive list, but you get the idea.

Obviously we’re not just concerned about what we have already but also will be driving the plans for new products and the next generation of current ones that fit within that “foundation” area of the stack of IT software. Stay tuned.

Some of you might ask “didn’t you sort of do something similar about 6 or 7 years ago?”. Yes and no, sort of.

When I was last here in 2003-4, the world was just figuring out the commercial benefits of applying XML to business problems and web services was pretty new. There were several open source app servers and Oracle had not yet bought BEA and Sun. We were about to enter into the SOA era that led us to the current cloud era. Also, I had a marketing position, something I had never done before. This role is more of a blend of the business and the technical.

I learned a lot during that time but the IT world has evolved significantly, as have our products. We’re all right on the cusp of doing even more wonderful things with this core technology we as an industry have developed, so it’s a great time to move back and help drive it from the inside.

What does this mean for the blog?

  • I will not use it as marketing vehicle for products, though I may provide links to things I think of interest.
  • I’ll still talk about all those extraneous topics like gardening, sailing, cooking, and not playing the guitar well.
  • The discussion of standards will probably increase again.
  • I’ll keep talking about Linux and providing links to interesting articles, but more from a user or enterprise consumer perspective.
  • The amount I’ve said about open source lately has decreased primarily because I’ve largely exhausted many of the discussion areas that interest me, and I don’t like repeating myself. There will still be some content about open source, but it will be at about the same level it’s been for the last six months.
  • I’ll be ramping up the discussion of Java and other languages, programming frameworks, tools, cloud, mobile, runtime considerations, and application integration. Much of this has been present from time to time, but will increase.

Daily links for 06/02/2011

  • “In a statement issued this morning, June 1st, Oracle’s Luke Kowalski, VP of Oracle Corporate Architecture Group, stated that the company was going to “contribute the OpenOffice.org code to The Apache Software Foundation’s Incubator. The company then claims that Oracle is doing this to “demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities. [By] Donating OpenOffice.org to Apache gives this popular consumer software a mature, open, and well established infrastructure to continue well into the future. The Apache Software Foundation’s model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open source product development.””

    tags: apache oracle openoffice

  • “Today, we’re releasing +1 buttons to the whole web. As a result, you might start seeing +1 appear on sites large and small across the Internet.”

    tags: google +1

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Some remarks on OpenOffice going to Apache

Earlier today, Oracle announced that they would be donating source code for OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation to start a new incubator project. It’s been an interesting road to get to this point over the decades, with well and not-so-well publicized twists and turns, but I’m glad we got here.

Much will be written over the next few days about this move, and all sorts of theories and opinions will be advanced about what did happen, why it happened, and what else might have happened. There are many fine free and open source licenses out there as well as hosting organizations. Be that as it may, I think the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a great place for this project to be incubated. With luck and a lot of community participation and work, OpenOffice will soon advance to a full fledged project.

Though I had earlier heard of the Apache HTTP Server project, I really started learning about Apache about 10 years ago when IBM and others helped start projects related to XML and web services. That is, I discovered that Apache was a very significant organization for creating open source software implementing open standards.

In some sense, the value of a standard is proportional to the number of people who use it. An Apache implementation of a standard means that software, be it open source or proprietary, can start using the standard quickly and reliably. An Apache implementation of a standard immediately increases the value of the standard.

OpenOffice happens to implement a standard called the Open Document Format (ODF), something I’ve written about several hundred times in the last few years. While the incubator won’t be starting from scratch, ODF will continue to evolve and need updated implementations.

Over time, the code will be refactored and more uses will be found for it. Within a couple of years I think you’ll find greater use of ODF in other desktop applications, mobile apps, and even in the cloud. This won’t all come from the existing code base but rather also from new contributions from others working in the ASF.

ODF is not the only thing that OpenOffice supports: it’s got word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and other capabilities. Within Apache I think you’ll see advances in the user interface, functionality, performance, and reliability.

This has to be done, in my opinion, in a way that makes subsets of the code easier to use in other software. That is, and again this is my opinion, OpenOffice will get better by being more modular with well designed interfaces. I’m not dissing what is there, I’m describing how I think it will get even better and enabled for much broader adoption of the code.

I hope that OpenOffice in Apache will be viewed as a way to bring together some of the threads that have separated from the main project trunk over the last few years. Apache has a well deserved reputation for its process and high quality software. This is a place where people can get together under one virtual roof and turn OpenOffice into what people always thought it could be.

With this move, we’ll get a chance to see what empowered individuals with the right technical chops can do in a community to innovate on the current code base. I’m very excited to see what they come up with.

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Daily links for 05/26/2011

  • “People often ask us what license we recommend they use for their project. We’ve written about this publicly before, but the information has been scattered around between different essays, FAQ entries, and license commentaries. This article collects all that information into a single source, to make it easier for people to follow and refer back to. The recommendations below are focused on licensing a work that you create—whether that’s a modification of an existing work, or a new original work. These recommendations do not address the issue of combining existing material under different licenses. If you’re looking for help with that, please check our license FAQ.”

    tags: fsf license apache

  • “Today I’m happy to share something we’ve been working on for a little while: “How to choose a license for your own work” is a comprehensive set of license recommendations for new projects. This page explains what factors are important to consider when making licensing decisions, and suggests specific licenses for different scenarios. If you’re starting a new project (whether it’s software, documentation, or something else related) and unsure what license to use, you just need this one link to find our recommendations.”

    tags: fsf license foss

  • “If you haven’t sent in your design yet, there is still time. The deadline for submissions is this Monday, May 30, 2011. And, there is plenty of room for more ideas. One hint for all the designers out there: Remember the theme is the 20th Anniversary of Linux. By incorporating this into your design, you will increase your chances of being among the Top 5 finalists.”

    tags: linux anniversary

  • IBM‘s server revenues grew 22.1% in the first quarter, outpacing rivals as demand for the types of high-end systems in which Big Blue specializes picked up. Total industry revenue from non-x86 servers, including Unix and mainframe systems, jumped 12.3%, compared to a 10.1% increase in revenue from sales of servers that run Windows or Linux on industry-standard chips, according to numbers released Wednesday by market watcher IDC.”

    tags: ibm hp oracle server

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Daily links for 04/28/2011

  • “A thick, heavy book with the equally weighty title A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming may be the single most important Linux book you ever buy.”

    tags: linux macosx book

  • “Canonical has announced the official release of Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narwhal. This major update introduces the new Unity desktop shell, which is designed to improve ease of use and deliver a more modern user experience.”

    tags: ubuntu linux

  • “In lab tests, people can distinguish between sounds as little as five milliseconds apart, and our involuntary timing is even quicker. If you’re hiking through a jungle and a tiger growls in the underbrush, your brain will instantly home in on the sound by comparing when it reached each of your ears, and triangulating between the three points. The difference can be as little as nine-millionths of a second.”

    tags: brain time newyorker

  • Python Math is a full implementation of the Python Programming Language with a restricted set of modules focused on mathematics processing. For more information, documentation, tutorials, downloads for other computers, and even merchandise about Python, go to python.org. No network connection is needed. The Python Math interpreter runs in your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Python Math is a universal app, meaning that it runs on iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, without downloading a separate app.”

    tags: ipad iphone programming python math

  • “iLuaBox provides an intuitive environment to learn, write, and run scripts written in the Lua Programming Language. This is not a stripped down version of Lua, but rather a full-featured implementation that is optimized for iOS 4.2. iLuaBox is a universal application that runs on any iOS 4.2 compatible device.”

    tags: iphone ipad iluabox lua programming

  • “Yet the stock is stuck, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its May 2 edition. It closed at $26.38 yesterday versus its average of about $27 since the start of 2001. The shares, which first surpassed $26 in 1998, have lost about 7.1 percent including dividends in the past decade while the S&P 500 returned 30 percent.”

    tags: microsoft stock

  • “Second beta for the LibreOffice 3.4 open-source office suite is available one week after Oracle dumped a commercial version of OpenOffice.org

    tags: libreoffice oracle openoffice.org

  • “As expected, the buyout of Linux power Novell by Attachmate has finally gone through. On April 27th, Attachmate acquired Novell for $6.10 per share in cash–approximately $2.2-billion. With this deal completed, Novell is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Attachmate Group, the parent company of Attachmate Corporation. Immediately prior to the merger Novell completed it’s “previously announced sale of certain identified issued patents and patent applications to CPTN Holdings LLC for $450 million in cash.””

    tags: novell attachmate linux

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Daily links for 04/15/2011

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Daily links for 04/08/2011

  • “But others in the company have apparently been crunching the numbers to argue against such a rapid expansion. In order to match the appeal of the Apple Stores, Microsoft‘s stores have proven expensive to build. Plus, most of the stores have so far failed to turn a profit, according to Business Insider. One reason is that many of the products they sell are available at a variety of other retail chains.”

    tags: microsoft apple

  • “A consortium made up of Apple, EMC, Microsoft and Oracle which planned to purchase 882 Novell patents, following Novell’s takeover by Attachmate, has altered its strategy in order to defuse anti-trust concerns. According to the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the consortium will only exist for a further three months with the aim of dividing the Novell patents up between its members. All four members will be granted licenses for all of the patents. Microsoft is reported to have undertaken to sell its patents back to Attachmate and retain only the right to use the technologies protected by the patents. Similarly, VMware parent EMC is reported to have agreed not to acquire any of the patents relating to virtualisation.”

    tags: novell cptn microsoft emc apple oracle

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Review of the blog for 2010 – October through December

I finish my survey of what I blogged about in 2010 as I look at the final three months of the year.

Last Time: “Review of the blog for 2010 – July through September”

Just as the third quarter of 2010 started with the buzz about IBM switching to Firefox as its defaults browser, the final quarter started fast in October with the news of IBM shifting its open source Java efforts to OpenJDK. Oracle, the new steward of Java after its acquisition of Sun,  was in the news a lot this year regarding open source, but I’ll let you find those stories yourself if you are not already aware of them.

On the sailing front, the boat finished its season a bit early as the headstay cable shredded. This spring I need to replace all the fixed rigging, but that’s a 2011 story.

I continued tinkering with the blog itself as I replaced the WordPress theme I used with a slight variation of one of the default ones provided with the software. I finally got fed up with Atahualpa, all its options, and the instability of the theme from release to release. When I finished the work to put the new theme in place, my wife confessed she never really liked the old one, something that might have spurred me to action a bit earlier.

One feature I did like in Atahulapa was the rotating header images. This doesn’t mean they spin around, it indicates that each time you view a page the theme will randomly select an image for the topmost section. I showed some code to implement this feature in a subtheme of TwentyTen.

In November I gave a keynote at ApacheCon in Atlanta called “Data, Languages, and Problems”. It was a fun talk to give and the research for it brought me back to an earlier part of my career, before Linux and before most of my involvement with open source. Every time I look at the Apache Software Foundation I’m amazed by the incredible work being done there.

I occasionally do a blog entry about cooking and on Thanksgiving Day I posted an entry on considerations when making apple pies. Two words for you: apple jack. In the pie crust. Ok, that’s six words. But try it.

winter snowIn early December I started to get the sense that news about open source was slowing down and I and then several readers offered some suggestions why that might have been so, if it was indeed the case. While it may just have been an end of the year occurrence, it will be interesting to see if and how things pick up again in 2011.

I looked again at math software for the iPad and decided that not that much had changed since my first review in July. That’s a bit like saying that the news is that there is no news, but I’m curious if downscaled versions of Maple or Mathematica will be released for the tablet in 2011. Of course, they’ll need to charge a lot less than they do for the desktop editions, so that might be giving them pause.

After speaking with several customers and partners on the topic, I posted a blog entry about open innovation. It’s clear to me that some very good work is being done by several visionary companies, but it also seems to be a field fraught with jargon and an imbalance between marketing and technology.

Just for fun, I published a piece about the basic ideas behind predictive analytics. I didn’t hear too much from readers on that one, though my sister said she found it useful in conversations about the travel industry. It’s a fascinating field with business implications as well as social and ethical ones.

I ended the year with some comments on predictions for open source made for 2011 by other people. While we wait to see if efforts started in 2010 turn out to be wild successes or spectacular failures, I can’t wait to see what gets announced that will be truly disruptive.

That’s what is always most intriguing to me as we start a new year: what will happen that we just do not expect. I hope for you and the rest of us that those surprises will be happy ones and lead to great new opportunities.

Daily links for 12/29/2010

What Was and What Maybe Will Be

Open Source

Open source news slowing down?

I just did a tweet saying that I thought the number of news stories about open source seems to have slowed down quite a bit in the last month or so, outside of the major projects and companies. Indeed, the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was big news.

Perhaps I’m thinking that because I myself haven’t blogged much lately. The main reason for that is that I’ve been exceptionally swamped with work and, in particular, have been doing a lot of writing. (If you haven’t tried it, the no-charge Lotus Symphony word processor is quite nice, by the way.)

So let’s consider why the news might be slowing down:

  • The Apache Software Foundation vs. Oracle events are dominating the news cycles (as Tony Baer tweeted back to me, and I agree with him).
  • Students are busy with final exams (per Brian Proffitt on Twitter).
  • End of the year exhaustion (I’m certainly feeling some of that), coupled with that strange period between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US.
  • There are so many open source projects that it is harder for them to get much traction in the media.
  • Many of the big projects have done minor releases lately (I installed WordPress 3.0.3, but it is not big news).
  • Open source is become a common part of mainstream software discussions, and so doesn’t stand out as much as it used to do.
  • WikiLeaks.
  • People associated with commercial open source ventures have their heads down trying to close end-of-year deals.

Note I’m not basing my slowdown theory on any sort of formal measurements, just a feeling based on what I’ve been seeing on Twitter and in the news.

So it is December and things always pick up again in January. I love January announcements around products and industry efforts, especially if they surprise people. They are especially fun if people spend a lot at the end of one year doing detailed planning for the next, only to have an unexpected industry announcement cause them to rethink everything.

This is not to say I like having that happen to me, but it adds excitement to the IT industry, and that includes open source.

Daily links for 11/12/2010

  • “Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.”

    tags: oracle apple openjdk

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Daily links for 11/03/2010

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Daily links for 10/25/2010

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Daily links for 10/22/2010

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Daily links for 10/21/2010

  • “At the Alfresco Developer Conference, currently being held in Paris, The H took the opportunity to ask John Newton, CTO of Alfresco, why the change had taken place. The company is currently in the process of remodelling how it handles licences and is in the process of removing LGPL components such as Hibernate. He says that this was the “primary reason” for removing Hibernate and would allow the company “more freedom and flexibility to make some decisions”. Once LGPL’d jBPM has been replaced with Activiti, there will be no LGPL components in Alfresco’s ECM platform.”

    tags: alfresco lgpl

  • “This is not altogether a bad thing for Java. Waiting for Apple to update its official version has been a frustration for Java developers on the Mac. Now it will be clear to all users that if they want Java, they must install the Oracle JVM or another third-party implementation.

    Nevertheless, in making this statement Apple is further discouraging use of Java application on OS X.”

    tags: apple java

  • “Two years ago, the LSE (London Stock Exchange) with its TradElec Windows-based C# and .NET programs crashed and took out the Exchange for almost 7-hours. That’s eternity in stock-market terms. Months later, the LSE’s CEO was history and the LSE announced that it was dumping TradElec. Last year, the LSE announced that it was going to move to Linux. Now, the LSE is just about ready to switch over to Linux. And, you know what? Not only does it work, the new Linux-powered LSE runs faster than any other stock-exchange on the planet.”

    tags: linux london

  • “Mark Shuttleworth has denied that his company, Canonical, which is known in FOSS circles for its Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, has any Open Core products or any plan to accept it as a strategy.”

    tags: shuttleworth linux ubuntu

  • Red Hat, Inc. , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that President and CEO, Jim Whitehurst, will deliver the keynote address at Interop New York. Interop aims to drive the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success.”

    tags: linux Open Source Red Hat

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Daily links for 10/19/2010

  • “Everyone knows that the Web is a visual medium and that posts/pages with images stand out better than those with just text. However, finding images can be tricky, especially considering that most of the photos on the Web are copyright protected and using them could result in legal trouble.

    Fortunately, there are many places on the Web.”

    tags: photos images

  • “A recently released OpenOffice.org marketing video from Microsoft tries to highlight prospective issues for companies considering alternatives to Microsoft Office. Although the video suggests OpenOffice.org is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to Microsoft Office, the video also presents insights into Microsoft’s business growth strategy.”

    tags: microsoft

  • “A group of key OpenOffice.org (OOo) contributors and community members recently decided to fork the project and establish The Document Foundation (TDF) in order to drive forward community-driven development of the open source office suite. Oracle has responded to the move by asking several members of TDF to step down from their positions as representatives on the OOo community council.”

    tags: oracle libreoffice

  • “In a surprise move, Microsoft announced today that Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is leaving the company.

    The move, which raises questions about the company’s future technology direction, was announced in an e-mail to employees from CEO Steve Ballmer. Ozzie is leaving after an unspecified transition period, expected to be several months.”

    tags: microsoft ozzie

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Daily links for 10/14/2010

  • “The criticisms made in the video are not really the point – they are mostly about OpenOffice.org not being a 100% clone of Microsoft Office, and compatibility problems with Microsoft’s proprietary formats. The key issue is the exactly the same as it was for the Mindcraft benchmarks. You don’t compare a rival’s product with your own if it is not comparable. And you don’t make this kind of attack video unless you are really, really worried about the growing success of a competitor.

    Just as it did in 1999 for GNU/Linux, Apache and Samba, the company has now clearly announced that OpenOffice.org is a serious rival to Microsoft Office, and should be seriously considered by anyone using the latter.”

    tags: microsoft openoffice.org

  • “Given Sun’s failing financial fortunes, however, the possibility that Java would end up in different hands was hardly unforeseen. The question was, and to a degree still is, what the new owner meant to the fate of the technology and the ecosystem that surrounds it. Part of our answer to came Monday, when IBM shifted its Java development efforts from the Apache Harmony project to OpenJDK. To explore the implications of that, let’s turn to the Q&A.”

    tags: oracle ibm java openjdk

  • WordPress started with good usability, but a limited architecture and feature set. Drupal started with a strong architecture, but a very developer-centric user experience. But WordPress has  been steadily improving its architecture. And Drupal has been working on its UI. They had different origins, and they have taken different paths, but they are both evolving towards CMS Nirvana. And we users get to ride along.”

    tags: drupal wordpress cms

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Daily links for 10/12/2010 – OpenJDK edition

  • “Today’s announcement that IBM will collaborate on OpenJDK comes at an important time for the Java community. For years, Java developers wondered if Sun would ever open source Java. Recently, some have questioned Oracle’s commitment to open source. Today’s announcement may mean the most support for OpenJDK since its announcement with two major and well-funded sponsors in Oracle and IBM. It also appears to solidify Oracle’s commitment to an open source Java. It is certainly in IBM’s interest to have an open source Java, but it also can aid Oracle in terms of credibility in the Java community. OpenJDK offers one of those proverbial “win-win” situations for these two companies, but should benefit the rest of us “little people” as well.”

    tags: oracle ibm java openjdk

  • “Oracle and IBM have announced that they are to collaborate on the development of the OpenJDK reference implementation of the Java language. The two companies say they will make the OpenJDK community “the primary location for open source Java SE development” and have affirmed their intention to retain the JCP (Java Community Process) as the primary standards body for Java specification work. There is also a commitment to “enhance the JCP” from the two companies.”

    tags: oracle ibm java openjdk

  • “That’s not to say that OpenJDK didn’t also have its supporters. Red Hat and Canonical were early OpenJDK supporters. So why is IBM now supporting OpenJDK?”

    tags: oracle ibm java openjdk

  • “The IBM-Oracle partnership is about showing that the two largest players in Java are on the same page, said analyst Al Hilwa, of IDC.”

    tags: java openjdk ibm oracle

  • “So what’s best for the Java ecosystem? I believe that compatibility is vital, and rather than risk divergence the right thing is to bring the key platform development groups together on a common codebase. Lessons learned on Project Harmony will be of value to OpenJDK, and I know there is immense mutual respect between the IBM and Oracle engineers.”

    tags: java openjdk ibm apache harmony

  • “Today’s announcement that IBM is going to join forces and work with Oracle on OpenJDK is good news for Java, and by extension for Eclipse. All of us who live within the Java ecosystem need to recognize that this fundamentally strengthens the platform, enhances the business value of Java and offers the hope of an increased pace of innovation.”

    tags: eclipse java openjdk ibm oracle

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IBM joins the OpenJDK community, will help unify open source Java efforts

When people talk about open source, the notion of “forking” often comes up. The idea is that some folks are not happy with the direction in which a project is going, so they take a copy of the source code, come up with a new name, and set up shop elsewhere. This is no guarantee that the newly forked project will be successful, but it functions as an important escape valve for those who have donated time and effort to a community project and want to see the work done in what they believe is the right manner.

You less often hear about what I’ll call a “reverse fork”: people developing largely similar but separate projects who decide that they instead want to work together. They can do this for a variety of reasons but it all comes down to “burying the hatchet” or otherwise resolving their differences for the sake of the project.

OpenJDK logoWith that preamble, IBM and Oracle have announced that they will work together on the newly reinvigorated OpenJDK project. As described on its website, OpenJDK is “The place to collaborate on an open-source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition, and related projects.” IBM will work with Oracle and the Java community to make OpenJDK the primary high performance open source runtime for Java. IBM will be shifting its development effort from the Apache Project Harmony to OpenJDK. For others who wish to do the same, we’ll work together to make the transition as easy as possible. IBM will still be vigorously involved in other Apache projects.

We think this is the pragmatic choice. It became clear to us that first Sun and then Oracle were never planning to make the important test and certification tests for Java, the Java SE TCK, available to Apache. We disagreed with this choice, but it was not ours to make. So rather than continue to drive Harmony as an unofficial and uncertified Java effort, we decided to shift direction and put our efforts into OpenJDK. Our involvement will not be casual as we plan to hold leadership positions and, with the other members of the community, fully expect to have a strong say in how the project is managed and in which technical direction it goes.

We also expect to see some long needed reforms in the JCP, the Java Community Process, to make it more democratic, transparent, and open. IBM and, indeed Oracle, have been lobbying for such transformations for years and we’re pleased to see them happening now. It’s time. Actually, it’s past time.

Ultimately this is about making Java more successful and pervasive than ever before. Java is not about any single company’s technical direction and it helps prevent lock-in. It runs on many, many different operating systems and hardware platforms. As a blatant plug, let me say Java runs exceptionally well on Linux and IBM’s System z, POWER, and Intel-based hardware. Indeed Java is one of the open standards that makes System z the amazingly interoperable platform that it is.

Java is about compatibility and always has been. It’s not been easy to maintain runtime environments that are consistent across platforms while exploiting the underlying features and performance advantages of those platforms. With this newly unified OpenJDK open source project, we can give customers the confidence they need to continue to invest in Java-based solutions knowing that they will get the best technology, the most important innovations, and the tightest collaboration among industry leaders.

We believe that this move to work together on OpenJDK is in the best interests of IBM’s customers and will help protect their investments in Java and IT technology based on it.

So to summarize my opinions on this: OpenJDK represents the best chance to provide a top notch unified open source runtime for Java; customers will benefit by having first class Java open standards developed collaboratively and constructively; and our energy will be focused on working together and optimizing our joint work, rather than wasting time on duplicative projects.

Daily links for 10/05/2010

  • “The Government has made an important move towards opening its data for public use with the launch of the Open Government Licence, its answer to Creative Commons.”

    tags: uk government Open Source data

  • “Alfresco Community 3.4 features several new tools and services for Spring developers and the addition of Web Quick Start, a set of templates that can be used for building content-rich sites on top of the Alfresco Share. Using Microsoft’s Office SharePoint Protocol and a new API integration with Google Docs, the new Office-to-Web Framework allows users to author documents in their standard office suite, to collaborate using Alfresco or Google Docs and then publish to the web. Other changes include native support for content replication and new DocLib portlets that allow for integration with various enterprise portals, such as Liferay, Quickr and Confluence.”

    tags: alfresco Open Source

  • “After analyzing 300 vendors and surveying 286 large users, he found the “open core” model, projects dominated by a single vendor, giving way to a new focus on communities of businesses.”

    tags: Open Source community

  • “Mr. Kerviel, 33, was also ordered to pay restitution of €4.9 billion, or $6.7 billion — the entire amount the bank lost in unwinding his trades in early 2008.

    Caroline Guillaumin, a spokeswoman for Société Générale, said the damage award was a “symbolic” sum that the bank did not expect would be paid.”

    tags: rogue trader

  • “Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced that it has acquired Ohloh.net from Geeknet, Inc (NASDAQ: GKNT.) The transaction closed on September 30, 2010.

    Ohloh, founded in 2006, is the largest free public directory of open source software, and also hosts a vibrant web community of software developers and Free and Open Source (FOSS) users. Ohloh’s directory contains information aggregated from over 250,000 public code repositories, projects and forums. Black Duck, which has acquired all assets of the Ohloh property, will maintain and enhance the Ohloh website, brand, and project information for the Ohloh community, and will ultimately combine Ohloh and Koders.com to establish a comprehensive, free resource for developers to find, create, use and manage FOSS.”

    tags: software Open Source

  • “It’s not that Oracle wishes The Document Foundation and its take on OpenOffice, LibreOffice ill. Oracle just isn’t going to be having anything to do with it. “

    tags: openoffice fork Open Source

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What’s in a name?

This morning some people involved with OpenOffice.org forked the software. OpenOffice.org is an open source office productivity suite originally controlled by Sun and now Oracle that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation application, and other software. With OpenOffice.org you get two things at once, both a website and the name of the application. That’s right, because of trademark concerns, they needed to stick the “.org” in the application name.

Whatever the exact reason, I have always thought this was silly. Even if the name was abbreviated to OO.o, something just seemed off. I’m sure most people just called it OpenOffice. I did, except when Sun people were in the room.

Sometimes you just need to come up with a completely new name instead of doing something odd to the one you love. I would have recommended that for OO.o, but no one asked me.

The new fork is called LibreOffice. Is this an office suite for astrologers or librarians who can’t spell? What if I write it as LibreOffice? Libre is a word that means “free” as in “with few or no restrictions” vs. “at zero price”. So that’s a very free-and-open-sourcey name for this new fork of the office software. I think it will take a while for people to get used to the new name, much less pronounce it. I myself am very pronunciation-challenged, and I’m waiting for someone else to say it out loud so I can repeat it to myself a few times.

In other renaming news, the open source effort formerly called the CodePlex Foundation is now the OuterCurve Foundation. I’ll admit to not knowing what a CodePlex is (unlike, say, an iDataPlex), but I’m also not sure about OuterCurve. Does it refer to racing? Baseball?

Basic naming is hard, but even harder is coming up with a name that has a website available. You also have to avoid trademarks that are for products close to what you are providing. Here “close” is relative and your sense of it probably differs from the attorney of the company that is suing you for infringement. It’s cheaper, though not always cheap, to do the early research to come up with an available name.

I have some experience with this. In the middle 1990s I came up with some software that would display text and mathematical expressions on web pages and in a standalone browser. I cleverly came up with the name “techexplorer,” thinking that the software would be used for exploring technical documents. The IBM naming police did not like this at all. It wasn’t descriptive enough to differentiate it from other possible uses of the word “techexplorer,” none of which I could find. Therefore the official name became the “techexplorer Hypermedia Browser.”

Ouch. I still cringe at that. I should have found a completely new name as I suggested above.

Good luck to all parties with their new names.

Daily links for 09/25/2010

Linux

  • “Still, The VAR Guy doubts Oracle wants to go after the Linux masses. Rather, CEO Larry Ellison’s strategy seems pretty simply: If a customer wants to run Oracle applications on Linux, then Oracle wants to be the Linux of choice.”

    tags: linux oracle

  • Ubuntu is one of the most polished Linux distributions available, fusing the work of a global community of contributors who provide a diverse range of skills to make Ubuntu what it is.

    While we all enjoy the fruits of a new Ubuntu release every six months, many people have asked the team over the years how this wide range of contributors manage to come together to build a new Ubuntu release.”

    tags: ubuntu linux

  • “Many of Mandriva’s exiting developers have joined together with others to fork the once popular distribution and have dubbed their new distribution Mageia, which translates to “Magic.” It’s a distribution, as explained on its Website, not “dependent on the economic fluctuations and erratic, unexplained strategic moves of the company.” “Mageia is a community project. This organization will manage and coordinate the distribution: code & software hosting and distribution, build system, marketing, foster communication and events.”

    tags: Mandriva Mageia linux

Firefox

  • “3D in your browser! FoxTab brings innovative 3D functionality to your Firefox.”

    tags: firefox extensions

  • “PDF Download by Nitro PDF Software is the leading tool for handling, viewing and creating Web-based PDF files and is enjoyed by millions of Firefox users every day. The browser extension removes the pain you can experience when you encounter PDF files online, reducing browser crashes, speeding up the display of a PDF’s content, and letting you convert any (unsecured) Web page into a high-quality PDF that’s great for archiving, printing and sharing.”

    tags: firefox pdf extensions

    • “iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there’s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button! With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, download information from other sites, scrape the Web (get data from multiple sites), and more. You can keep the macros on your computer for your own use, or share them with others by embedding them on your homepage, blog, company Intranet or any social bookmarking service.”

      tags: firefox extensions productivity

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      Daily links for 09/24/2010

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      Daily links for 09/23/2010

      • “Do you know “a Female Journalist who stands out from the crowd and not in a good way!” Meaning she’s unattractive? Why not ambush her with a visit from What Not to Wear? She’ll love you for it! Details below.”

        tags: fashion

      • “So, what happened? Well, for me, the experiment was a pleasant success. With a few exceptions, I got everything done that I would have done with a laptop. Yet I toted a lot less weight, enjoyed much better battery life, and had a computer that started up instantly whenever I reached for it. I also was able to combine the functions of a comfortable e-reader with those of a laptop.”

        tags: ipad ereader

      • “Visa has just rolled out a new pilot program that allows New Yorkers to pay subway, bus and train fares with a wave of their iPhones.”

        tags: subway pay iphone

      • “At its core, the FCC’s new online platform will leverage the same open source technology powering WhiteHouse.gov, and they’re planning active engagement with the open source community. We’ve found open source technology to be a great way maximize the scalability and accessibility of WhiteHouse.gov, and we’ve even contributed some of the custom code we’ve written back to the public domain.”

        tags: Open Source government

      • “In his April blog post announcing his resignation, Gosling would only say, “As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good.” However, over dinner with eWEEK in San Francisco during the week of Oracle’s first JavaOne conference – held concurrently with Oracle OpenWorld here – Gosling went a bit deeper, telling a tale of low-balling key employees and cutting off at the knees projects and strategies Sun had put into play.”

        tags: oracle java sun

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      Daily links for 09/21/2010

      • “Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux–what a name!–is based on the stable 2.6.32 mainline Linux kernel. For some reason, a few idiots seem to think this represents a Linux fork. Nope. It doesn’t. When you get past all the hype, Oracle’s new Linux just a Linux distribution that’s been optimized for Sun/Oracle hardware. Specifically, Oracle sees this as their Linux for the company’s Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and high-end, Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) servers. “

        tags: oracle linux Red Hat

      • Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has announced on his blog that Ubuntu are trialling a new process for developers who would like to see their applications appear in the Ubuntu Software Center. Bacon says that recently an Application Review Board was formed which is intended to provide rigorous reviews of applications submitted to Ubuntu and ensure that only high quality applications appear in the Software Center. “

        tags: linux ubuntu application

      • “Open Invention Network (OIN) today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Mozilla as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Mozilla, the developer of leading software applications including the popular Firefox web browser, has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.”

        tags: mozilla oin linux

      • “According to Microsoft‘s advisory, the flaw exists in all versions of ASP.Net, the company’s Web application framework used to craft millions of sites and applications. Microsoft will have to patch every supported version of Windows, from XP Service Pack 3 and Server 2003 to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, as well as other products, including its IIS and SharePoint server software.”

        tags: microsoft security bug

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      Daily links for 09/08/2010

      • “Brady over-stated the case. Android is Linux. To be exact, version, 2.2, Froyo, runs on top of the 2.6.32 Linux kernel. To quote from the Android developer page, Dalvik, Android’s Java-based interface and user-space, uses the “Linux kernel for underlying functionality such as threading and low-level memory management.” Let me make it simple for you, without Linux, there is no Android. “

        tags: linux kernel android Open Source

      • “Thus the decision about something as apparently abstract and dry as the licensing terms for patents that may be involved in standards actually has an enormous knock-on effect on free software. If FRAND is adopted, those standards cannot be implemented by the latter, and so any moves to adopt these nominally “open” standards actually lock out real openness.”

        tags: standards Open Source rf frand

      • “Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. “By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard for that partnership, our joint customers, and their own shareholders and employees. The HP Board is making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace.”

        tags: Oracle HP

      • “It took Hewlett-Packard less than a day to file a lawsuit against its former chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, over his decision to join its rival and partner Oracle as a co-president. “

        tags: Oracle HP

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      Daily links for 08/29/2010

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      Daily links for 08/16/2010

      • “It raises very serious questions about the company’s stewardship of other open source technology that it obtained during the acquisition of Sun. The resulting uncertainty will likely not be conducive to retaining the customers and mindshare that Sun had built around certain open source products. It will also likely have a serious chilling affect on community involvement and third-party contributions.”

        tags: java oracle google

      • “The MeeGo project was launched earlier this year when Intel and Nokia brought together their respective mobile Linux platforms in a combined effort to reduce fragmentation and offer device vendors a standardized platform. The MeeGo platform is endorsed by the Linux Foundation, which has taken on a stewardship role with the aim of facilitating collaboration around the software. Although the underlying software components on which MeeGo is based are relatively mature and functional, the convergence process is still ongoing.”

        tags: meego nokia intel android linux mobile

      • “The move shows how dramatically Sun’s products are being reshaped under the new ownership. Oracle is a large company accustomed to playing hardball and attuned to the profit priorities of a publicly traded company. Solaris, Sparc, and Java are becoming mere business assets to be sold rather than the mechanisms by which Sun tried to revolutionize the computing industry.”

        tags: oracle opensolaris open-source

      • “In development for over a decade, COPASI (Complex Pathway Simulator) involves an international collaboration between VBI Professor Pedro Mendes’ research groups at Virginia Tech and the University of Manchester and Professor Ursula Kummer’s group at the University of Heidelberg. Allowing users with limited experience in mathematics to develop models and simulations of biochemical networks, COPASI supports the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) standard for systems biology software and provides researchers the computational tools needed to investigate how a system is working through the construction of biochemical models.”

        tags: biology software open-source

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      • “Oracle appeared to confirm this week what many in the computer industry already suspected: The OpenSolaris project is dead.

        Oracle laid out its Solaris strategy in an internal memo that was leaked to the OpenSolaris mailing list on Friday. It says Oracle’s efforts are focused on a commercial Solaris release that will help expand the sale of its servers and other products.”

        tags: oracle opensolaris dead

      • Google will put up a fight in response to the patent- and copyright-infringement lawsuit that Oracle filed over the use of Java in the Android mobile phone platform.

        Oracle’s lawsuit is a disappointing and “baseless” attack not only against Google but also against the open-source Java community, Google spokesman Aaron Zamost said via e-mail on Friday.”

        tags: google oracle java

      • “I’ll say this for Oracle, at least it’s consistently contradictory. The executives will extol the virtues of their partners, then turn right around and kick them in the–well, you know–and deploy an “innovative” copy of their partner’s free software.

        Or they’ll claim to love open source, then let a prominent open source project suffer death by ignoring.

        Or they’ll tout open standards, then turn around and use patents on a standard programming language, then sue one of the biggest users of that technology.”

        tags: java oracle google

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      Standards

      Industry Criticism

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      • “For their part, IBM officials said since IBM’s Migration Factory program began four years ago, almost 2,700 businesses have migrated their workloads onto IBM servers and storage. Most have come from high-end HP and Oracle/Sun customers, with 95 and 117 customers, respectively, moving in 2010 so far.”

        tags: ibm, dell, oracle, hp, sun, server

      • “However, iPad owners at all three–Cornell, Princeton, and George Washington universities–have faced varying degrees of connectivity issues. CNET contacted all three institutions, and they all categorically denied that the iPad was ever banned on their campuses.”

        tags: ipad, apple

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      • “As part of our ongoing effort to develop an open platform for WhiteHouse.gov, we’re releasing some of the custom code we’ve developed. This code is available for anyone to review, use, or modify. We’re excited to see how developers across the world put our work to good use in their own applications.”

        tags: whitehouse, open-source

      • “This tutorial will show you how to consume and process data from Twitter‘s new streaming API. The code examples, which are written in the Python programming language, demonstrate how to establish a long-lived HTTP connection with PyCurl, buffer the incoming data, and process it to perform the basic message display functions of a Twitter client application. We will also take a close look at how the new streaming API differs from the existing polling-based REST API.”

        tags: twitter, python, API, streaming

      • “Oracle has imposed a fee of US$90 per user on a plug-in for Microsoft Office that was available at no cost under Sun Microsystems’ ownership.
        The tool allows Word, Excel and PowerPoint users to read, edit and save documents in the ODF (Open Document Format), which is used by the competing OpenOffice productivity suite.”

        tags: oracle, odf

      • “We should want companies to invest in ODF tools.  We should want the demand for ODF to be such that ODF-based goods and services have value, can be sold based on that value, and that there is competition again in the market, something we have not seen in this area in many years.”

        tags: odf, oracle

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      trout

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      • “In general, we know that Sun’s software product catalog will be cut back and that many Sun staffers will soon be laid off. Historically, when Oracle acquires a company, deep cuts are the rule. For example, Oracle fired about 5,000 workers after acquiring PeopleSoft. This time around, Oracle is saying that there will be only about a thousand layoffs. In particular, although no one is going on record, it’s feared that Sun’s open-source groups will take the brunt of these cuts.”

        tags: open-source, sun, oracle

      • “At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Research In Motion announced an overhaul of its Blackberry phone web browser. Like the iPhone and Android systems, the new browser is WebKit based and is expected to be available on Blackberry devices later this year. in interviews Mike Lazardis, co-CEO of RIM said “You’ll see how quickly it downloads, how quickly it renders and how smooth it scrolls and zooms in”.”

        tags: open-source, rim, blackberry

      • “In recent months, there seems to be a mad rush of companies trying to one-up each other with how open-source they are. Twitter is the latest, as they have launched a directory of all the open source projects they’re currently working on and/or contributing to.The list is fairly impressive. It includes open source projects in Ruby, Scala, Java, C/C++, and other various tools.”

        tags: twitter, open-source

      • “Over time, we’re certainly likely to see some consolidation in the smartphone OS market, because there probably isn’t room for 8 or 10 different systems. But for now, the competition is forcing the vendors into a game of leap-frog, adding new features and trying to figure out what will really make users happy. Not all the phone makers or software makers can win in that scenario, but as consumers, we all will benefit from the frenzied activity.”

        tags: mobile

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