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 Thursday, October 15, 2009

Open Source How Nokia Learned to Love Openness ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody My impression is that Nokia is now really engaging with openness in the wake of buying Trolltech and Symbian. Clearly, it still has a lot of work to do, both generally in terms of supporting openness elsewhere in…

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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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Daily Links 06/04/2009 (p.m.)

Microsoft to plug holes in Windows, IE, Word, Office and Excel | Security – CNET News “Affected products include Windows 2000, XP, XP Professional edition, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, 2007 Office and Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for the Mac. Other affected software…

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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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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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Small business free and open source thought exercise

Sometimes when I’m driving long distances or trying to fall asleep, I give myself little thought exercises along the lines of the following: If I knew someone who was going to start a small business with 10 or fewer employees and he or she wanted to maximally use free or…

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Daily Links 10/23/2008 (p.m.)

Another Apple ad slams Microsoft Vista campaign | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com This is a very good one. Bake sales are a popular motif in today’s economic situation. tags: OB, Apple, Mac, Microsoft, Vista New signs point to Windows 7 debuting earlier than expected | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com…

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Daily Links 08/29/2008 (p.m.)

Google Code reverses open-source license ban | Business Tech – CNET News “Before, the company had tried to discourage the increase in the number of open-source licenses; having multiple licenses can increase legal costs and in some cases prohibit mingling code from one open-source project to another. But the Eclipse…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #8: Industry applications

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #6: FOSS licenses

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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#1. If I were to build a virtual world … the basics

I’m going to start a new series where I publicly brainstorm about some issues of building a virtual world. This is just Bob thinking out loud, not some deep IBM strategy. I’m not even in the part of the company that manages the business we do do in virtual worlds.…

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links for 2008-01-16

Coming to the Mac in 2008: ‘Spore’ | CNET News.com “That’s why EA is fine-tuning its relationship with Toronto-based TransGaming Technologies, a company that has developed a technology that makes it relatively easy for publishers like EA to develop Mac–or Linux–versions of a game side by side the PC versions.”…

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Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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links for 2007-09-11

Two OOXML “Standards,” Microsoft‘s and ECMA’s? Frankly Speaking: Microsoft’s Cynicism “After all this work to make OOXML a formal, independent standard — a standard created and promoted by Microsoft, remember — Microsoft won’t agree to follow it.” (tags: microsoft ooxml iso) IBM Joins OpenOffice.org IBM to give OpenOffice the Outlook…

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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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links for 2007-05-03

Music Joan Baez bumped from Walter Reed concert – USATODAY.com “Folk singer and anti-war activist Joan Baez says she doesn’t know why she was not allowed to perform for recovering soldiers recently at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as she planned.” (tags: music politics) Document Formats InfoWorld | Microsoft’s state-by-state…

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Open source software as market competition

I was reading a comment in a blog that expressed a typical whine I’ve heard a lot of lately: that Open Office was designed from the start to compete with Microsoft Office and steal precious marketshare. The secondary attitude that came through was “How dare they! The nerve! Someone help…

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links for 2007-01-09

Ben Ramsey – Blog Archive – Zend Executable Debugger Eclipse Plugin (tags: eclipse php) ‘Second Life’ software becomes open-source | Tech News on ZDNet “Linden Lab on Monday released as open-source software the viewer used to access Second Life and plans to follow suit with the server software that powers…

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Horizontal vs. vertical openness: what do you think?

Do people in the insurance industry use standards? Sure, they use things like XML, HTML, and the web services standards quite a bit. How about open source? We certainly have people using Linux in their datacenters and Eclipse to do software development. These are examples of “horizontal” deployment of open…

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links for 2006-12-12

Open Source Has Ubuntu Linux overtaken Mac OS X as Google Trends� runner-up to Windows? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com (tags: apple ubuntu desktop linux) Eclipse Challenges Visual Studio.Net In Europe, Other Regions | InformationWeek “The adoption rate of Eclipse, an open-source integrated development environment, has more than doubled…

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Is the Microsoft UI license GPL-compatible?

Microsoft has very kindly posted the new royalty-free-but-with-conditions license and a FAQ on its website. They’ve also directly, sort of, dealt with the open source question in the FAQ: Can the license be obtained for use in Open Source products? The license doesn�t make a distinction between open source and…

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links for 2006-11-08

Open Source Adobe Donates Flash to Open Source Community “Adobe will be working with the Mozilla Foundation to open source its flash player scripting engine, creating a new open standard for interactive Web applications.” (tags: adobe flash opensource) Adobe Makes ActiveScript Engine Open Source “Adobe Systems has announced that it…

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