Daily Links for Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Open Source Open Source Proves Elusive as a Business Model The New York Times / Ashlee Vance The grass-roots nature of open source has led advocates to view the projects as a populist foil to proprietary software, where a company keeps the inner workings of its applications secret. But in…

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Daily Links for Monday, November 30, 2009

Software Kindle 2 finally gets native PDF support, screen rotation Ars Technica Newly sold Kindles will come with an expanded battery, and those with the Kindle 2 will get a holiday gift as well: native PDF support and screen rotation. Music library disaster? How to rip songs from your iPod…

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Daily Links for Monday, November 9, 2009

Open Source Ubuntu: the complete beginner’s guide Times Online / Jonathan Richards Ubuntu, if you’re not familiar with it, is one of many varieties of a broader, open-source OS called Linux. It looks and feels a lot like Windows (more or less), but, being very lightweight, it runs very quickly,…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Former MySQL CEO Joins Benchmark Capital – Digits – WSJ Wall Street Journal Online / Pui-Wing Tam Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is joining venture-capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur in residence, says Benchmark partner Kevin Harvey. The move builds on Benchmark’s tradition of pulling in entrepreneurs,…

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Daily Links for Saturday, September 26, 2009

Adobe In The Crossfire InformationWeek / Thomas Claburn Apple, which competes against Adobe with a number of its professional media applications, has stymied Adobe’s mobile ambitions by refusing to allow Flash on the iPhone. Although Adobe’s CEO has confirmed that his company is working to develop a version of Flash…

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Links for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” Edition

Open Source Microsoft trains Best Buy “Linux assassins” ZDNet / Adrian Kingsley-Hughes As I worked my way through the screenshots I was disturbed by the increasing amounts of FUD that was being used under the guise of “information” to discredit Linux. Microsoft mis-educates Best Buy on Linux CNet / Dave…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Microsoft giving Best Buy anti-Linux training electronista Slides look official, however uncomfortable I am with the anonymous source. Microsoft has been sending Best Buy retail staff “training” material that deliberately attacks and in some cases distorts Linux, according to a leak from an anonymous Best Buy employee. The…

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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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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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Daily Links 07/22/2009 (p.m.)

IBM 25 Things You Might Not Know About IBM “These days, IBM is heavily promoting its Smarter Planet initiative to add a layer of intelligence to the basic processes that run today’s world, including roads, water and power. It’s just the latest milestone for the 98-year-old company. Here is a…

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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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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 (a.m.)

China bans online ‘gold farming’ | Software, Interrupted – CNET News “The ban is primarily aimed at “gold farming,” an Internet-age phenomenon in which players in less developed countries collect and sell virtual gold (common to games like World of Warcraft) to wealthier gamers in the developed world. This enables…

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Daily Links 06/19/2009 (a.m.)

HTML 5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight? – LinuxWorld “HTML 5, a groundbreaking upgrade to the prominent Web presentation specification, could become a game-changer in Web application development, one that might even make obsolete such plug-in-based rich Internet application (RIA) technologies as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.”…

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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 03/27/2009 (a.m.)

GDN: Blue Mars SDK from Avatar Reality “Providing a brand new venue for game developers, digital entrepreneurs, artists and educators, Avatar Reality Inc., today announced its software development kit (SDK) for the upcoming massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW), Blue Mars. Premiering at the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the Blue…

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Daily Links 02/12/2009 (a.m.)

EVE Online gives up Linux, but Mac support continues – LinuxWorld “In a developer’s blog entry entitled An update on Linux support, CCP Games producer Arend “CCP Whisper” Stührmann confirmed that the company is ceasing development of the Linux version of its massively multiplayer online game, EVE Online.” tags: OB,…

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Daily Links 01/06/2009 (p.m.)

EMC Acquires Parts Of Open-Source Developer SourceLabs – Software – IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness “EMC (NYSE:EMC) is making an open-source play with the acquisition of some of the assets and key personnel of SourceLabs. SourceLabs is a developer of technology that makes it easier for systems administrators,…

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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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