Some favorite 2009 blog entries on open source, standards, and cloud computing

I’ve been doing some year-end maintenance on the blog and in doing so put together the following list of blog entries that are among my favorites on the topics of open source, standards, and cloud computing. I could have also done a similar list for gardening and carpentry, but I…

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Daily Links for Monday, December 22, 2009

Open Source A Concise Introduction to Free and Open Source Software Consortiuminfo.org Consortium Standards Journal — August – September 2009 / Andrew Updegrove Abstract: In the early days of information technology (IT), computers were delivered with operating systems and basic application software already installed, without additional cost, and in editable…

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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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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 Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Open Source An Open Source Tool for Every Task School Library Journal / Steve Hargadon Following are some of the most popular OSS applications for schools. All are freely available, requiring no license fees, and can be loaded on an unlimited number of computers or distributed to students for home…

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OFE objects to EIF 2.0

In a press release, OpenForum Europe (OFE) has reacted rather strongly to the latest draft, presumably leaked, of the European Interoperability Framework. From the introduction to the document: Brussels, 9th November 2009 – OFE has reacted strongly against a leaked draft of the revision to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF),…

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What does a cloud computing user want?

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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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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Two new books for today

Here are a couple of books that have been released recently that you might want to look at. Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (Information Revolution and Global Politics) Laura DeNardis Protocol Politics examines what’s at stake politically, economically, and technically in the selection and adoption of a new…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 2, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Don’t confuse open source with open standards InfoWorld / Savio Rodrigues It goes without saying that open source isn’t a necessary condition to complying with standards. I’d argue that the cost of exit for standards-based software, open source or proprietary, is on average equal or lower than the…

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Update on antisocial bookmarks

About once a month I publish an entry about what I’ve been calling antisocial bookmarks, the saving of links to articles, blog entries, websites, and documents to a blog without using a service like Delicious or Diigo. My last entry, at the end of August, was called “More thoughts on…

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Daily Links for Thursday, September 24, 2009 – IBM/Canonical Edition

IBM Markets Wares to Africa: Company Targets Region With Low-Cost Software, Challenging Microsoft Wall Street Journal / William M. Bulkeley IBM, which has been pushing into developing markets like Africa and Asia as mature markets slow, said the package — which includes basic programs like word processing and email —…

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IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to…

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Daily News for August 13, 2009 – Morning Edition

eBooks Sony Plans to Adopt Common Format for E-Books New York Times “Some restrictions on the use of e-books are likely to remain a fact of life. But some publishers and consumer electronics makers are aiming to give e-book buyers more flexibility by rallying around a single technology standard for…

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Daily Links for August 12, 2009

Windows and Security How to save the Internet from Windows ComputerWorld “After last week’s near-collapse of the social networks, such as Twitter, due to a Windows-based, botnet DDoS attack, I made a modest proposal: Throw Windows off the Internet. Here’s how we can do it. Or, at the very least,…

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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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Daily Links 06/03/2009 (p.m.)

Ellison pits Sun and Oracle against AJAX and Google • The Register “Ellison’s declaration means he’s backing an emerging and largely Sun-only technology, while the majority of the web and the industry uses AJAX. Unlike the rest of Sun’s Java language and platform, JavaFX has not gone through Java standards…

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Standards leader job responsibilities

Earlier today I was asked by someone outside IBM for a job description for an organization’s standards leader. You can divide this up in several different ways, including combining everything into one person’s role, but here are some of the overall things such a leader could do. I’ve divided this…

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When you choose your clouds, don’t make foggy choices

Whenever there is a major evolution in IT technology trends, the industry has a choice: do we go with proprietary data formats, protocols, and programming interfaces, or do we take a more open approach, allowing the provider with the best offering and service to win without locking in customers? Some…

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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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ODF Alliance offers recommendations to Obama administration

Following on the heels of yesterday’s set of open standards recommendations to the Obama administration by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, the Open Document Format Alliance has offered its own recommendations in the area of open standards for document formats. In a letter sent to Peter Orszag,…

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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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