Some favorite 2009 blog entries on open source, standards, and cloud computing

I’ve been doing some year-end maintenance on the blog and in doing so put together the following list of blog entries that are among my favorites on the topics of open source, standards, and cloud computing. I could have also done a similar list for gardening and carpentry, but I…

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Daily Links for Friday, December 11, 2009

Cloud IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year ZDNet / Larry Dignan That LotusLive tally at the beginning of the year was nil so the growth is stunning. I double checked with IBM to make sure that those 18 million client seats were actually…

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Webcast: “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud”

On Thursday, December 17, IBM will present a webcast entitled “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud.” From the description: More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give…

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Daily Links for Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cloud Roll Your Own Ubuntu Private Cloud InformationWeek / Serdar Yegulalp Conventional wisdom has it that if you want to make use of “the cloud,” you’ve got to use someone else’s service — Amazon‘s EC2, Google‘s clouds, and so on. Canonical, through its new edition of Ubuntu Server, has set…

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What does a cloud computing user want?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Who is the user for cloud computing?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 8, 2009

Software Study: Windows 7 doesn’t boot faster CNet / Ina Fried Despite positive reviews of the new operating system’s snappiness, PC tune-up company Iolo Technologies says its actually takes longer than Vista to get going. Cloud IBM Thinks Big with Storage Cloud for Enterprises internetnews.com / Larry Barrett With its…

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Daily Links for Friday, September 25, 2009 – Evening Edition

Cloud IBM Supplies Cloud System for Chinese City eWeek / Chris Preimesberger IBM’s CloudBurst software and services package will be used by the local government of Dongying, China, to access software development and test resources for software startup companies via a self-service Web interface, IBM says. The cloud later will…

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Daily Links for Thursday, September 24, 2009 – IBM/Canonical Edition

IBM Markets Wares to Africa: Company Targets Region With Low-Cost Software, Challenging Microsoft Wall Street Journal / William M. Bulkeley IBM, which has been pushing into developing markets like Africa and Asia as mature markets slow, said the package — which includes basic programs like word processing and email —…

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IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – Evening Edition

Open Source Linux and Virtualization Will March Forward Together OSTATIC / Sam Dean This trend is not just here to stay–it’s growing quickly. Virtual environments can mean fewer servers, lower fees for software licenses, reduced need for space for servers, less money spent on power and cooling, and more. If…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Is Cloud Computing Killing Open Source? ebizQ / Andre Yee Depending on the cloud computing service, I find that open source is complementary, rather than competitive with the cloud based model. If that’s true, even though cloud computing offers an alternative as a delivery model, the future bodes…

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Daily Links for Sunday, September 6, 2009

Open Source Ubuntu‘s Karmic Koala emerges in alpha 5 DesktopLinux.com The Ubuntu project released Karmic Koala alpha 5 (Ubuntu 9.10), which adds Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud support, a new Ubuntu Cloud file-sharing service, and default switches to GCC 4.4, Ext4, and GRUB 2. Meanwhile, Canonical launched a Red Hat-esque Premium Service…

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Daily Links for August 12, 2009

Windows and Security How to save the Internet from Windows ComputerWorld “After last week’s near-collapse of the social networks, such as Twitter, due to a Windows-based, botnet DDoS attack, I made a modest proposal: Throw Windows off the Internet. Here’s how we can do it. Or, at the very least,…

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Daily Links for August 10, 2009

InfoWorld: VMware buys SpringSource in cloud move “VMware said Monday afternoon it is acquiring SpringSource, maker of the popular open source Spring framework for Java development and related technologies, for $362 million in cash and equity plus the assumption of $58 million of unvested stock and options. The two companies…

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Daily Links for August 5, 2009

Linux IBM Linux Virtualization and Cloud Seminar – August 11, San Francisco “Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They’re also interlinked. Attend our half-day seminar, IBM Linux Virtualization and Cloud Seminar, and find out how you can use them to improve the…

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Daily Links for August 4, 2009

Wikis The prospects of Microsoft Word in the wiki-based world “All in all, I’ve had a relationship with Microsoft Word for over two decades, with only a couple of brief dalliances with Ami Pro and DeScribe for OS/2 in between (they meant nothing to me—honest!) Thinking about how long I’ve…

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Linux, Virtualization, and Clouds

The presentation I gave yesterday at Cloud Expo Europe is now available online. As with most presentations, the slides are meant to drive the discussion and not be 100% expositionally complete. In particular, my thesis in this talk is that virtualization (or “virtualisation,” for you Brits) is essential for clouds…

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When you choose your clouds, don’t make foggy choices

Whenever there is a major evolution in IT technology trends, the industry has a choice: do we go with proprietary data formats, protocols, and programming interfaces, or do we take a more open approach, allowing the provider with the best offering and service to win without locking in customers? Some…

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Some notes on cloud computing and standards

Last Tuesday I attended the pre-Cloud Connect meeting to talk about the state of standards and cloud computing. I wasn’t planning to do so, but I was tapped to give some overall remarks on standards and my past experiences. While we went around the room introducing ourselves, I furiously wrote…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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