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 Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Source Good Karma: An In Depth Review Of Ubuntu 9.10 Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, was officially released last month. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you under the surface for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes. Obama Team…

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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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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 Friday, October 9, 2009

Software September 2009 browser stats: IE sees biggest drop yet Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski Another month, another set of data that shows the main browser usage trend is unchanged: though its lead remains large, Internet Explorer is still losing ground to all other browsers. Firefox is steadily gaining, Safari…

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Site statistics through September 30, 2009

Here are the rolling three month sutor.com site stats from Google Analytics, plus 12 month previous stats. Percentages are calculated with respect to total numbers of hits. Statistics are computed from the first to the last days of the months listed. The up and down arrows compare the latest month…

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Trying out Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta: dual boot Thinkpad T400

In my post of yesterday, I tried installing the latest Ubuntu 9.10 beta on a netbook and under VMWare Fusion on an Apple MacBook Pro. The first pretty much worked, while the second did not. Yesterday evening (what do you do on Saturday nights?) I attempted to install the beta…

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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 September 1, 2009

Open Source The Business Case for Open Source Virtualization IT Business Edge / Mike Vizard This article is notable for completely failing to mention KVM. If any of this sounds like a movie you’ve seen before, you must by now be thinking about the relationship between UNIX, Windows and Linux.…

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Google still beating Bing, by a lot, plus other number games

Yesterday I was reading the article “Surprise: Open-Source Users Prefer Google to Microsoft Bing” by Clint Boulton. In it, Clint talks about Chitka ad network’s analysis of their traffic from search engines: The ad network compared the operating system and search engine data for more than 163 million searches and…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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Daily Links 07/16/2009 (p.m.)

How to Bring Open-Source Software into the Enterprise “Open-source software has gained growing acceptance in the enterprise. Once enterprises put in place the same governance, policy and support processes around open-source software as they do with proprietary software, there is no limit to how much open-source software they can bring…

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Daily Links 07/15/2009 (p.m.)

IBM Power servers most reliable in new survey “IBM‘s Power servers topped a list of most reliable x86 and Unix machines in a new survey, clocking in at only 15 minutes of unplanned downtime per year.” tags: OB, IBM, Power, reliability Microsoft’s Azure cloud price pipped by Amazon’s Linux •…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Daily Links 06/30/2009 (p.m.)

Red Hat Announces Premier Cloud Provider Certification and Partner Program to Enable Wider Enterprise Cloud Adoption “The Red Hat Premier Cloud Provider Program has been established to address the increased interest in cloud computing from Red Hat customers, both in building virtualized internal infrastructure systems and extending their applications into…

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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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Daily Links 03/04/2009 (p.m.)

Why Open Computing matters for Government IT :: PublicTechnology.net “What then does open computing mean to governments – and what might it be worth considering when specifying requirements? Simply put – adopt open standards to avoid being locked-in to any one IT vendor, ensure the software you use fully implements…

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Backups

It’s well known that you should back up your data. If your hard disk crashes, it can be a major problem to recover your information. On my Mac I use Time Machine with an external hard disk. This is better than nothing and very useful, but is still a problem…

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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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