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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Sunday morning WordPress installation maintenance

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This site is a merge of WordPress and Drupal, with the former handling the blog and the latter everything else. I use variations on the Garland theme originally developed for Drupal to try to make…

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Operating systems: upgrade or reinstall? guilt or pleasure?

Through the years I’ve run many versions of Microsoft Windows. For the last two and one-half years I’ve had Apple Macs, so I’ve used both OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. I don’t even know how many different desktop Linux distributions I’ve installed, but I’ve certainly installed Linux at least…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, November 3, 2009 – Red Hat Edition

Open Source Red Hat Rolls Out Virtualization Platform for Heterogeneous Servers and Clouds Reuters Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, the newest product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio.…

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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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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cloud Amazon Offers MySQL Cloud Service, Cuts Server Fees InformationWeek / John Foley In a preemptive strike at Microsoft, Amazon Web Services offers a relational database in the cloud, high-memory configurations, and cuts hourly fees for its Windows and Linux servers. Open Source Debunking Some Linux Myths ZDNet UK /…

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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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IBM/Lotus, Canonical/Ubuntu, and your Linux desktop

Today IBM and Canonical announced the next phase of their program to deliver Lotus desktop- and cloud-based software to users running on Ubuntu Linux. Here are a few links that sum up the announcement: IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S. Reuters Today IBM (NYSE:…

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2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience

Just got a notice about the 2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience to be held on December 9. From the webpage: Join us December 9, 2009 for the Red Hat Virtual Experience, an event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, including virtualization and cloud computing. Attend in-depth sessions from your…

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8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo

I just saw notice of the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo now scheduled for February 19-21, 2010 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. While I’ve never attended this conference in person (why be in LA in February when you can be in snowy upstate NY?), I’ve…

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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 Sunday, October 4, 2009 – Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Beta Edition

Open Source Karmic Koala: That’s One Seriously Fast Marsupial ZDNet / Jason Perlow While I would consider Karmic Koala to be an evolutionary improvement rather than a revolutionary one over Jaunty Jackalope and Intrepid Ibex where functionality is concerned, I can certainly see where a great deal of the development…

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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 – 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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My Red Hat Summit keynote: “Linux Everywhere? Matching the Workload to the Computer”

My Red Hat Summit is now available SlideShare and viewable below. You can also download the PDF directly. (The URL is now fixed.) Abstract: It’s a testament to the wild success of Linux that it is showing up on devices from wristwatches, to mobile phones, to netbooks, to desktops, to…

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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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