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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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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Webcast: “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud”

On Thursday, December 17, IBM will present a webcast entitled “Smart Business Development and Test with IBM and Linux in the Cloud.” From the description: More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give…

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Fedora 12 released

The onrush of cool new Linux distributions continues with the availability of Fedora 12. From the press release: The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, today announced the availability of Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system…

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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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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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Novell’s John Dragoon on “Battle Of The OS Titans” in Forbes

Novell’s CMO John Dragoon has a very nice article over in Forbes called “Battle Of The OS Titans” that emphasizes many important points about the changing desktop operating system scene. He says, in part: Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, monolithic operating system approach makes sense. Users are driving…

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WhiteHouse.gov switches to open source Drupal content management system

Both the Associated Press and Dries Buytaert are reporting that WhiteHouse.gov has now switched to the open source Drupal content management system. Dries, the founder of Drupal is rather excited, as you can imagine, and says, in part: Being one of the world’s largest consumers of computer software, the U.S.…

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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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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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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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8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo

I just saw notice of the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo now scheduled for February 19-21, 2010 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. While I’ve never attended this conference in person (why be in LA in February when you can be in snowy upstate NY?), I’ve…

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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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IBM Teleconference: “System z and Linux: The winning combination”

Please excuse this marketing interruption, but in case you are interested: System z and Linux: The winning combination Broadcast Date: October 8, 2009, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. UTC Developed for: IT strategists, solution analysts and managers, enterprise architects, systems analysts, systems programmers, application developers, IT operations managers,…

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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 Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Open Source IBM Make Linux For Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan InformationWeek / Paul McDougall Put another way, IBM thinks Kazakhstan and other emerging markets are better off devoting scarce resources to building out businesses and infrastructure rather than paying a tax to Redmond on every piece of computing hardware…

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Daily Links for Friday, September 25, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Shuttleworth: Don’t Give Up the Linux Desktop internetnews.com / Sean Michael Kerner Speaking at the LinuxCon conference late Wednesday, the Canonical founder pitched his approach for expanding Linux to provide a better user experience and broadening its appeal. The approach involves having a degree of cadence and coordination…

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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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