Daily Links for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Open Source Oracle gives open source a patent pass Computer Business Review Oracle has vowed not to assert its patents against open source projects such as the Linux operating system kernel and the MySQL and PosgreSQL databases by entering into a licensing agreement with the Open Invention Network. Why does…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Open Source Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody This confirms what many of us have been warning about for some time: that Microsoft’s new-found eagerness to “engage” with open source has nothing to do with a real desire to reach a pacific accommodation with free…

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Upcoming OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference in Orvieto, Italy

The next incarnation of the OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference will be held in a couple of weeks in Orvieto, Italy. The exact dates are November 3, 2009 – November 6, 2009. In addition to OpenOffice.org specifically, the conference will include discussions of the Open Document Format (ODF) and other software that…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Document Formats BE: OpenOffice boom in Belgium The Port of Antwerp started preparing the migration of 1300 desktops to OpenOffice earlier this year. The completion of the migration is expected around September 2010. The IT-department decided not only to move to ODF, but also to use ODF as their primary…

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No-cost office suites for the Mac

This article and something I saw earlier on the web today reminded me that not everyone is aware of office productivity suites for the Mac that are available for no cost. Microsoft grants Mac Office 11th-hour reprieve ComputerWorld / Gregg Keizer Just a day before Microsoft was to have retired…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Lunchtime Edition

Environment Farms as skyscrapers Boing Boing / David Pescovitz It’s been a decade since Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier launched his “Vertical Farm” project, devoted to the design of skyscrapers that house farms, instead of people or offices. It’s an engagement science fiction-esque idea — no surprise that we’ve followed…

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Daily Links for August 11, 2009

VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure InfoWorld: Why Microsoft is sabotaging desktop virtualization Analysis: Microsoft‘s licensing makes VDI unaffordable, to keep its stranglehold on desktop Windows licenses intact “There’s no other way to cut this: It’s simply way more expensive to license a Windows desktop OS for a VDI environment than…

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Daily Links 07/21/2009 (p.m.)

An Antic Disposition: ODFDOM 0.7 Released “I’m pleased to report that the 0.7 release of the ODF Toolkit Union’s ODFDOM library has just been released. This is an open source (Apache 2.0 license) Java toolkit for programmatically reading, writing and manipulating ODF documents. The code is 100% Java and does…

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Daily Links 05/18/2009 (p.m.)

Cloud Computing And More With IBM’s Dr. Angel Luis Diaz – Analytics – InformationWeek “At IBM‘s IMPACT 2009, Dr. Angel Luis Diaz and I talked about BPM working in the cloud and how he sees Business Event Processing (BEP) differ from traditional Complex Event Processing (CEP).” tags: OB, cloud OpenOffice.org…

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

Linux Foundation Launches Linux Training Program “The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the Linux Foundation Training Program. The Linux server market is predicted to reach $50 billion in three years, and the embedded and mobile Linux markets continue to explode, which…

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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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Daily Links 01/09/2009 (p.m.)

Over ODF-congres 29 januari 2009 | OpenDocument Format Congres (Utrecht) “Op donderdag 29 januari organiseert NOiV, in samenwerking met Adobe, OpenDoc Society en Media Plaza, een congres over het OpenDocument Format te Maarssen. Aanleiding voor het ODF-congres is de verplichting die overheden hebben om vanaf 1 januari 2009 de open…

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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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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 12/10/2008 (a.m.)

Black Duck Dispels Top Five Open Source Myths “The third myth Black Duck sets out to dispel is that there are only a few billion lines of open source code out there. However, “This figure is an order of magnitude too low,” the Black Duck study said. “There are tens…

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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Daily Links 11/19/2008 (p.m.)

9 Underrated Technologies For Growing Companies | Hardware & Software | bMighty.com “The latest and greatest technologies always get the attention and accolades, but it’s the unsung and unheralded technologies that often are the workhorses that keep your business running — functional trumps flash and fancy every time. Here, bMighty…

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OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2008) in Beijing

Next week Beijing will host the OpenOffice.org Annual International Conference (OOoCon). The event runs from November 5 through 7. I will not be attending, though several of my IBM colleagues will be there. I did go to the event two years ago in Lyon, and it was excellent. Here’s how…

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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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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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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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Alex Brown: OOXML will be second to ODF

You’ve got to love Google Alerts. This morning I got this link to a Press Release from Giffin Brown with the title “OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown”. Alex was the convenor of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva in…

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Daily Links 06/27/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source Nokia-Symbian Pressures Apple, Microsoft, RIM Interesting, gutsy move by Nokia, and the resulting competition will be good for all. tags: OB, Nokia, open source 451 CAOS Theory » The vocabulary of open source development models “It has occurred to me recently that open source is missing an agreed…

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