Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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Daily Links for Friday, December 11, 2009

Cloud IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year ZDNet / Larry Dignan That LotusLive tally at the beginning of the year was nil so the growth is stunning. I double checked with IBM to make sure that those 18 million client seats were actually…

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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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2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience

Just got a notice about the 2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience to be held on December 9. From the webpage: Join us December 9, 2009 for the Red Hat Virtual Experience, an event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, including virtualization and cloud computing. Attend in-depth sessions from your…

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Links for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – OIN Edition

Open Source Microsoft rivals to purchase 22 patents to defend Linux ComputerWorld / Elizabeth Montalbano A group of Linux proponents will purchase patents formerly held by Microsoft in an effort to defend distributors of the open-source OS against the ongoing threat of patent litigation from the software giant. The Open…

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Advancing a culture of IT openness

I’m going to go out on a limb here and quote a sentence from Wikipedia’s entry (here today, changed tomorrow, changed back the next day) on aspects of culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group What might this mean for…

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Government and open source: Public interest

This week I’m going to pose a series of questions in the hope of driving some discussion around the use of open source in government, as well as government involvement in open source. (General warm-up question) In what ways is it in the public’s interest for a government to make…

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Daily Links 03/23/2009 (p.m.)

Open Invention Network Extends The Linux Ecosystem As TomTom Becomes Licensee “Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of TomTom as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, TomTom has joined the growing list of companies that recognize…

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Information Society Project at Yale Law School offers standards recommendations to Obama

Laura DeNardis, Executive Director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, announced today that the group had sent a set of recommendations for open standards to the new Obama administration. In the announcement, Laura said The administration’s technology policy priorities create a moment of opportunity to rethink U.S. strategy…

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Some notes on cloud computing and standards

Last Tuesday I attended the pre-Cloud Connect meeting to talk about the state of standards and cloud computing. I wasn’t planning to do so, but I was tapped to give some overall remarks on standards and my past experiences. While we went around the room introducing ourselves, I furiously wrote…

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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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ODF Alliance 2008 annual report

In the waning days of 2008 the OpenDocument Alliance published their annual report regarding progress made on getting the standard adopted around the world. The 28 page document discusses development of the standard, worldwide adoption, positive changes toward open standards procurement policies, and application support. The main body of the…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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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 11/20/2008 (a.m.)

Lively – 3D Avatars and Rooms [Via Mitch Wagner] “After careful consideration, we have decided to shut down Lively.” tags: OB, NP, Google, Lively, virtual worlds 9 Underrated Technologies For Growing Companies | Open Source “As open source has matured into the mainstream, the reasons to steer clear of open…

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Daily Links 11/06/2008 (p.m.)

Change.gov “Office of the President-Elect” tags: OB, politics IBM, Sun Microsystems Launch ODF Toolkit Union to Grow Adoption, Community and Software Innovation – MarketWatch “The ODF Toolkit will use an initial software code contribution from Sun to provide developers with an easy-to-use Application Programming Interface (API) for reading, writing and…

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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 #4: Linux and the desktop

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 #2: Linux and longevity

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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Open source and piracy

Over at ZDNet, Dana Blankenhorn has a blog entry about whether software piracy benefits or hurts open source adoption. Evidently this originated from comments by Louis Suraez-Potts at OSCON noting that the availability of “free” (that is, pirated) proprietary software makes open source less necessary from a cost perspective. I’m…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes” Date: February 28, 2007 Excerpt: When customers are restricted…

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Daily Links 06/04/2008 (p.m.)

More Cuts as United Grounds Low-Cost Carrier – NYTimes.com “United Airlines said Wednesday that it would discontinue its low-fare airline, called Ted, retire aircraft and cut up to 1,100 more jobs, in an effort to lessen the impact of high prices for jet fuel.” tags: OB, travel, United Airlines A…

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links for 2008-01-31

Open Source OpenLogic: HP hogged FOSS limelight | InfoWorld | News | 2008-01-29 | By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service “Grandchamp also said he has received phone calls and e-mail regarding whether HP is now competing with OpenLogic, which makes a tool called OSS Discovery.” (tags: hp openlogic opensource) OpenSource…

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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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Ten challenges and priorities for open standards in 2008

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to publish several entries on “challenges and priorities in 2008” on a range of topics, some related to work areas of interest, some related to personal ones. I’m kicking this off today with standards. In 2008, I think that we collectively should…

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