Daily Links for Wednesday, December 24, 2009

Open Source Red Hat Revenues Up 18 Percent in Q3 eWeek / Darryl K. Taft Red Hat reported financial results for its fiscal year 2010 third quarter, showing revenues up 18 percent. For its third quarter ended November 30, 2009, Red Hat reported revenues of $194.3 million, up 18 percent…

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WhiteHouse.gov switches to open source Drupal content management system

Both the Associated Press and Dries Buytaert are reporting that WhiteHouse.gov has now switched to the open source Drupal content management system. Dries, the founder of Drupal is rather excited, as you can imagine, and says, in part: Being one of the world’s largest consumers of computer software, the U.S.…

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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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Daily Links 04/08/2009 (p.m.)

Canonical Blog » Blog Archive » Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market “Brandon Le Blanc from Microsoft posted an interesting post about Netbooks and Linux last week. While we agreed with his comments about customers wanting choice and looking for outstanding hardware options, we disagree with much of his analysis…

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Daily Links 04/04/2009 (a.m.)

Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software: Technology in Mathematics Education – Panel “I personally feel it is terrible to *train* students mainly to use closed source commercial mathematics software. This is analogous to teaching students some weird version of linear algebra or calculus where they have to pay a license fee…

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Daily Links 03/16/2009 (p.m.)

Harvard’s virtual education experiment in Second Life – Computerworld Blogs “Earlier this month, I interviewed Rebecca Nesson, an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and an instructor at the Harvard Extension School, about her experiences teaching Harvard’s first-ever class in Second Life. The course, CyberOne: Law in…

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Daily Links 03/07/2009 (p.m.)

Is Open Source Ready To Get The Message? | bMighty.com: Blogs For Small Business and Mid-Sized Business “No matter how Cisco uses PostPath, however, there is now another player in this space. Since the European Union forced Microsoft to publish its Exchange protocols, the OpenChange project has been working with…

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Daily Links 02/04/2009 (p.m.)

LinuxCon “LinuxCon is a new annual technical conference that will provide an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux. LinuxCon will bring together the best and brightest that the Linux community has to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, community managers and industry experts. In being the…

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IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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Managing open source adoption in your IT organization

This morning I was reading an article/blog entry by Paula Rooney called “Gartner doles out sobering predictions for open source use in the enterprise for next 5 years” over at ZDNet. In it, as you would expect, she largely quotes a Gartner report by Mark Driver. She says The economic…

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Daily Links 12/02/2008 (p.m.)

Ubuntu Remains Best Linux Distribution for Desktops “The latest version of Canonical’s Linux distribution, Ubuntu 8.10, still outshines the Linux desktop offerings from Red Hat and Novell, and is the best open-source alternative to Microsoft and Apple operating systems. However, both Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux and Novell’s SUSE distributions are…

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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 10/20/2008 (p.m.)

Note to Next President: Modern-Day WPA Will Save the Economy | Autopia from Wired.com Yes, in part, but have to fix education and healthcare simultaneously. tags: OB, US, economy Review: Firefox 3.1 Beta Leaves IE in Ashes – Software – IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness “The Test Center’s…

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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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Daily Links 08/14/2008 (a.m.)

Metamorphosis – Poland: Ministry of Education recommends Open Source “The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source. The Ministry recommended in a statement that schools…

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Daily Links 05/12/2008

About Becta – Becta refers its interoperability complaint to the European Commission – Becta “Becta welcomes the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Microsoft concerning interoperability and confirms it has recently referred its interoperability complaint and supporting evidence to the Commission.” tags: becta, microsoft, EU, OB Learn To Play Guitar Online…

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Daily Links 04/03/2008

School districts serve up lessons in Linux – LinuxWorld tags: Linux, OB, education “Windows may boast the lion’s share of the desktop education market, but the economic and technical benefits of open source software has seen many schools and education institutions implement various flavors of Linux across their desktops and…

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Daily Links 03/29/2008

Blackboard may lose its patent if PTO decision goes through – Washington Business Journal: tags: education, patents “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision Tuesday that would invalidate Blackboard Inc.’s patent on its e-learning management systems.” An Interview with Virgin America’s head of In-Flight Entertainment tags: linux,…

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links for 2008-02-20

Politics Lessig: I’m considering a run for Congress | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Confirming weeks of speculation, Larry Lessig, the Stanford University law professor and “free culture” icon, has confessed that yes indeed, he’s considering a run for the U.S. Congress this year.” (tags: politics) Free As In…

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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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Announcement: The Eco-Patent Commons

Today IBM and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, together with Nokia, Pitney Bowes, and Sony, are announcing the creation of “The Eco-Patent Commons,” a new collaborative effort focused on shared use of intellectual property to help the environment. Together these companies are pledging dozens of patents in what…

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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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