Embedded programming languages

A long time ago when I first started at IBM I used an editor named XEDIT that ran under the VM/CMS operating system on mainframes. It was a fullscreen, line-oriented editor that looks primitive now but was quite sophisticated in its time. One of the best things about it was…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Standards Netherlands helps Denmark with open IT The Industry Standard The Dutch government has provided Denmark with information regarding the Dutch national plan Heemskerk for open government IT. In Denmark, there is heated debate about the approach for open IT usage by the government. One of the obstacles is the…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Open Source Did Microsoft Windows 7 download tool violate the GPL? ZDNet / Mary-Jo Foley Microsoft has pulled an update tool for Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store site after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU General Public License. Where…

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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 07/29/2009 (p.m.)

IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical Introduce Latest Version of its Linux-server Based Virtual Desktop “Virtual Bridges, IBM and Canonical announced today the immediate availability of the newest version of a Linux-server based virtual desktop with the release of Virtual Bridges’ VERDE 2.0 software.” tags: OB, Linux, desktop MicroHoo: Good or…

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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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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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Daily Links 01/14/2009 (p.m.)

Samuel J. Palmisano: Let’s Spend on Broadband and the Power Grid – WSJ.com “Smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new jobs and stimulating growth. We at IBM were asked to map this out by President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, and our research shows that a $30…

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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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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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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 08/26/2008 (p.m.)

Browsers and Privacy Microsoft to add privacy features to IE8 – Network World Safari introduced similar features in 2005. tags: OB, IE, Safari, browser, privacy Stealther :: Firefox Add-ons “If there are times you want to surf the web without leaving a trace in your local computer, then this is…

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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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links for 2008-02-17

Can Microsoft be trusted on OOXML covenants?: Insight – Software – ZDNet Australia “Developers wanting to use Microsoft‘s Office Open XML specification will need to brush up on their legal skills.” (tags: microsoft ooxml) Datamation Announces 2008 Product of the Year Winners “Given Office’s status, it’s a major eyebrow raiser…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007” “No is no, to OOXML” “Interoperability Specifications Pledge” “Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again” “#9. My Second…

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links for 2007-07-21

Microsoft strikes GPLv3 from patent deal – LinuxWorld “Microsoft has revealed that its patent deal with Linspire doesn’t cover the new version of the GNU General Public License (GPL), the company’s latest effort to distance itself from the GPLv3.” (tags: microsoft linspire linux gplv3) Groklaw – Proprietizing Standards “While we…

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links for 2007-07-06

The FASTForward Blog » Sun demurs from adopting GPL v3 for OpenSolaris, keeps CDDL only: Enterprise 2.0 News, Coverage, and Commentary See comments from Simon at the end, for added fun and debate. (tags: sun gplv3) Ugly Airline Math: Planes Late, Fliers Even Later – New York Times “The on-time…

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links for 2007-06-13

The Times They Are A Changin’ Torvalds: Solaris could nudge Linux to GPL 3 | CNET News.com Torvalds: “I don’t think the GPL 3 is as good a license as (GPL) 2, but on the other hand, I’m pragmatic, and if we can avoid having two kernels with two different…

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links for 2007-05-23

SOA IBM Shows Impact of SOA “Impact 2007 is IBM first customer event focusing on SOA, which analysts say is a $160 billion market opportunity. And IBM touts that the company has successfully delivered on more than 4,500 SOA engagements for customers.” (tags: ibm soa) Open Source Once More unto…

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Can you guess what this study is going to conclude?

See “Study: Developers Do Not Want GPL 3 to Police Patents” in eWeek. It starts: A new Microsoft-funded study has found that open-source developers do not believe that licenses such as the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0 should enforce software patents or prevent deals like the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement.…

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links for 2007-04-10

Open Source Canonical wants open-source cooperation | CNET News.com “Ubuntu Linux backer Canonical has launched a beta version of its Launchpad service, part of an effort to make open-source programming methods a better match for Microsoft.” (tags: ubuntu) Closing a chapter of open source | InfoWorld | By Neil McAllister…

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links for 2007-04-04

GPL v3 GPL v3: V for vindication | InfoWorld | By Neil McAllister Amen. Great article, Neil. (tags: gplv3) From Here to There Michael Dolan Dot Com: JBoss to Apache Geronimo Code/App Conversion Tool “I saw this the other day but haven�t had time to try it out myself yet.…

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