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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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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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 Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cloud Roll Your Own Ubuntu Private Cloud InformationWeek / Serdar Yegulalp Conventional wisdom has it that if you want to make use of “the cloud,” you’ve got to use someone else’s service — Amazon‘s EC2, Google‘s clouds, and so on. Canonical, through its new edition of Ubuntu Server, has set…

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Daily Links for Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Source Good Karma: An In Depth Review Of Ubuntu 9.10 Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, was officially released last month. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you under the surface for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes. Obama Team…

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Operating systems: upgrade or reinstall? guilt or pleasure?

Through the years I’ve run many versions of Microsoft Windows. For the last two and one-half years I’ve had Apple Macs, so I’ve used both OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. I don’t even know how many different desktop Linux distributions I’ve installed, but I’ve certainly installed Linux at least…

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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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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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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 for Thursday, October 29, 2009

Software Product Quality Novell / Jeff Jaffe It is useful to review our comprehensive approach to quality. Quality is not a single process. It is baked into everything we do: before and during development; after products are shipped in the field; with maintenance provided to customers well after products have…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Open Source The quest for a truly open smartphone: can it be done? Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Although a growing number of smartphone makers are embracing Linux and open source software, the dream of a fully open phone remains elusive. Advocates of software freedom are looking for solutions. Apple…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 23, 2009 – Early Edition

Software Nokia: Apple iPhone Violates Our Patents BusinessWeek / Jack Ewing and Arik Hesseldahl The Finnish handset giant said Oct. 22 it has filed suit against Apple (AAPL) in U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing its California-based rival of infringing patents for core technology that allows the iPhone to make…

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New early releases of Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE Linux are available

It’s been a veritable candy store of new Linux prereleases these last few days, with early versions of three of the most popular distros becoming available. Check out: Ubuntu “Karmic Koala” 9.10 Release Candidate Fedora 12 Beta openSUSE 11.2 Release Candidate 1 While still not final, these are certainly starting…

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IBM/Lotus, Canonical/Ubuntu, and your Linux desktop

Today IBM and Canonical announced the next phase of their program to deliver Lotus desktop- and cloud-based software to users running on Ubuntu Linux. Here are a few links that sum up the announcement: IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S. Reuters Today IBM (NYSE:…

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I’m waiting

Every once in a while I realize that I’m waiting for something. Here are some of those things. I’m waiting for … The next release candidate of Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Fedora Linux 12. Winter. I know it’s coming, and I’m tired of being teased. The World Series, but only if…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 9, 2009

Software September 2009 browser stats: IE sees biggest drop yet Ars Technica / Emil Protalinski Another month, another set of data that shows the main browser usage trend is unchanged: though its lead remains large, Internet Explorer is still losing ground to all other browsers. Firefox is steadily gaining, Safari…

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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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Trying out Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta: dual boot Thinkpad T400

In my post of yesterday, I tried installing the latest Ubuntu 9.10 beta on a netbook and under VMWare Fusion on an Apple MacBook Pro. The first pretty much worked, while the second did not. Yesterday evening (what do you do on Saturday nights?) I attempted to install the beta…

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Daily Links for Sunday, October 4, 2009 – Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Beta Edition

Open Source Karmic Koala: That’s One Seriously Fast Marsupial ZDNet / Jason Perlow While I would consider Karmic Koala to be an evolutionary improvement rather than a revolutionary one over Jaunty Jackalope and Intrepid Ibex where functionality is concerned, I can certainly see where a great deal of the development…

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IBM Lotus Symphony free download

Several people have asked me about Lotus Symphony, the free office productivity suite included in the package we announced this week for Africa with Canonical (Ubuntu) and Virtual Bridges (VERDE). The primary Symphony site is here, and the download section is here. Versions are available for Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat…

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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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First 2010 Ubuntu Linux release to be Lucid Lynx

Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Canonical Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux, to be released in April, 2010, is to have the nickname “Lucid Lynx.” It follows, of course, Karmic Koala. You don’t need to know these names to use Ubuntu. Personally, Ubuntu has…

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Daily Links for Sunday, September 6, 2009

Open Source Ubuntu‘s Karmic Koala emerges in alpha 5 DesktopLinux.com The Ubuntu project released Karmic Koala alpha 5 (Ubuntu 9.10), which adds Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud support, a new Ubuntu Cloud file-sharing service, and default switches to GCC 4.4, Ext4, and GRUB 2. Meanwhile, Canonical launched a Red Hat-esque Premium Service…

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Daily Links for September 3, 2009 – Evening Edition

Open Source KVM is the feather in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 ars technica / Ryan Paul Red Hat announced Wednesday the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, a new major point update of the company’s popular commercial Linux distribution. This version introduces official support for KVM and marks…

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Daily Links for August 24, 2009 – Evening Edition

Macintosh Apple to Release Snow Leopard on August 28 PC World “The wait for Snow Leopard is over: on Monday, Apple announced that the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system would be available starting Friday, August 28. The company had previously said that the update would ship…

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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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