Open source software: modify, extend, or leave it alone?

Let me begin with a story. When I first started using WordPress for blogging, it didn’t have support for standards-level Atom feeds. Being open source, though, a colleague had looked at how RSS feeds were processed and had written some code for Atom. I took this code and plugged it…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Open Source Did Microsoft Windows 7 download tool violate the GPL? ZDNet / Mary-Jo Foley Microsoft has pulled an update tool for Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store site after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU General Public License. Where…

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Starting an open source business: preliminary thoughts

I’ve been very surprised as I’ve looked around the web that there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business. There are odds and ends, yes, and conferences that have sessions here and there, but given all the thousands…

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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 Monday, October 19, 2009

Open Source Apache Tuscany Java SCA 1.5.1 Released The Apache Tuscany team are pleased to announce the 1.5.1 release of the Java SCA project. Apache Tuscany provides a runtime environment based on the Service Component Architecture (SCA). SCA is a set of specifications aimed at simplifying SOA application development. These…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Open Source The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended: a CAOS Theory Q&A 451 CAOS Theory / Matthew Aslett The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt…

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Daily Links for September 3, 2009 – Evening Edition

Open Source KVM is the feather in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 ars technica / Ryan Paul Red Hat announced Wednesday the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, a new major point update of the company’s popular commercial Linux distribution. This version introduces official support for KVM and marks…

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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 07/08/2009 (p.m.)

About GOSCON | GOSCON “GOSCON DC is a special production of the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) designed to meet the needs of senior IT executives of federal agencies and regional state and local government.” tags: OB, open source, government, DC CONNECT Community Portal – NHIN CONNECT Gateway – Confluence “The…

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Standards leader job responsibilities

Earlier today I was asked by someone outside IBM for a job description for an organization’s standards leader. You can divide this up in several different ways, including combining everything into one person’s role, but here are some of the overall things such a leader could do. I’ve divided this…

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Open source and the lone developer

It occurred to be this morning when I was stuck in traffic that although a lot has been written about open source development for communities, much less is out there for the lone developer. This is the person who labors along by him- or herself, writing code and letting the…

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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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Daily Links 10/04/2008 (a.m.)

Tutorial: How to Replicate a Real Life Building in Second Life « The ARCH “One of the most frequently requested services I receive as a freelance builder and consultant in Second Life is to replicate real-life buildings. While I’ve written a lot (here, and here) about the potential for a…

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Draft European Interoperability Framework v 2.0: Your comments needed

The European Commission IDABC (thankfully short for Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Business and Citizens) has delivered their draft of version 2.0 of the Draft European Interoperability Framework. The first release came in 2004 and inputs on the revised version have been submitted and considered since,…

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Hopping from one virtual world to another

Thirteen months ago I published a series of blog entries about my personal view of future requirements for virtual worlds. The third was about world-to-world scenarios. In it I included the comments: World to world teleportation If you are in one world and send me an IM in another world…

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Daily Links 05/13/2008

Ringside Networks – Harness the Power of Social Networking – Open Source Social Application Server “Ringside Social Application Server is the first open source platform that enables website owners to build and deploy social applications that operate with existing website content and business applications while seamlessly integrating with social networks…

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links for 2007-08-17

Operating Systems Forrester: Businesses still saying no to Vista | InfoWorld | By Eric Lai, Computerworld “An anticipated rush by businesses to adopt Windows Vista hasn’t materialized as IT managers stick with familiar systems and wait for the release of Vista Service Pack 1” (tags: microsoft vista) IBM To Offer…

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On standards and quality

In the United States we have a magazine called Consumer Reports. Their mission is Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.…

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links for 2007-07-30

Virtual Worlds, Architecture Where’s Frank Lloyd Wright?: Architecture in Second Life – Kotaku “The Farnsworth House may be one of the most iconic pieces of modern architecture, and it also happens to be fairly unsuitable for habitation: what better place for it than the virtual world of Second Life?” (tags:…

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links for 2007-07-17

The Expanding OOXML Embarrassment The Kavi Standard » Blog Archive » Bad Process, Part Deux In the past few weeks, apparently, Microsoft and its allies have been stacking the V1 committee at INCITS. (tags: ooxml microsoft) heise open – Hintergrund – Guest Commentary: The converter hoax “In other words: The…

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#3. My virtual world requirements – World-to-world scenarios

In this series of entries (#1 and #2) I’ve been discussing my requirements for what I might consider the “ideal” virtual world for business, which I’ve mostly interpreted as “making Second Life better by adding or stealing features.” The purloined features, if you will, would come from other virtual worlds…

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Mint, WordPress, and software philosophy

In my last brief entry I mentioned how I had broken the RSS and ATOM feeds when upgrading to WordPress 2.1.3 and then hurried to mention that it was not WordPress‘s fault. I installed a new version of the Mint stats program a few days ago and I love it.…

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