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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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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Open source and the lone developer

It occurred to be this morning when I was stuck in traffic that although a lot has been written about open source development for communities, much less is out there for the lone developer. This is the person who labors along by him- or herself, writing code and letting the…

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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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Optimizing the site

At lunch I found myself reading the ACM Queue article “High Performance Web Sites” and wondering how sutor.com would stack up. Obviously it’s not a site that gets millions of hits, but it does all right for itself. So I read through it and author Steve Souders’ ten recommended best…

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Small business free and open source thought exercise

Sometimes when I’m driving long distances or trying to fall asleep, I give myself little thought exercises along the lines of the following: If I knew someone who was going to start a small business with 10 or fewer employees and he or she wanted to maximally use free or…

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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 #6: FOSS licenses

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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CNet: “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”

[edited, less musical] See Martin Lamonica’s CNet article “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”. Compare with the 2006 statement from the Software Freedom Law Center’ regarding ODF, the Open Document Format, an ISO standard: On the factual basis described, and subject to reservations, it is our opinion…

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Apache, PHP, Mac

The good news is that since the Mac OS X is based on the BSD flavor of Unix, it comes with things like PHP and Apache. The bad news is that both are pathetically backlevel. This is fixable, however, and I played with various options late last night. Right now…

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Is the Microsoft UI license GPL-compatible?

Microsoft has very kindly posted the new royalty-free-but-with-conditions license and a FAQ on its website. They’ve also directly, sort of, dealt with the open source question in the FAQ: Can the license be obtained for use in Open Source products? The license doesn�t make a distinction between open source and…

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Sun, Java, GPL

I’m glad this finally got done. To Sun: keep pushing, finish the job, and don’t forget the Apache Harmony project. To you internal Sun people who worked so hard to make this happen: congratulations and thanks for your perseverance! To all the hundreds of non-Sun software developers who have contributed…

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Teach your children about open. Even better, show them.

I’ve been in Raleigh the last two days participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. It was quite intense but this wasn’t a group singalong where everybody was singing the same song. Sure, almost all…

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Online office apps, continued

Over in his ZDNet blog, David Berlind continues the distributed discussion around online office productivity apps, this time keeping the discussion to presentation software. He picks up the discussion by CNet’s Rafe Needleman that I linked to last Friday. David extends the online vs. offline discussion significantly. If you accept…

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IBM, Gluecode, Geronimo: One year later

We just issued a press release with some news about the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE). Here’s the beginning: IBM Marks One-Year Anniversary of Gluecode Acquisition With New Open Source Partner Initiative ARMONK, NY — (MARKET WIRE) — 05/17/2006 — Marking the one-year anniversary of IBM acquiring Gluecode…

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Jon Udell picks up the presentation software thread

Last month I posted a couple of entries about alternatives to commercial presentation graphics programs that we are very familiar with using (“Where’s the killer open source presentation software?” and “More on presentation software – look at Opera Show“). The comments didn’t make it over from my IBM developerWorks blog,…

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Setting up Ubuntu

On my personal time, I’ve been playing with Ubuntu on the desktop. This is one of the most popular Linux distributions and it is part of the Debian family of distributions. From time to time I’m going to post about my experiences with this and other desktops and open source…

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Apache Tuscany

I’m not sure many people have heard of this, so I thought I would provide a pointer to the Tuscany project now under incubation in Apache. Here’s a blurb from the description there: Apache Tuscany provides runtime capabilities for applications built using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Tuscany provides capabilities…

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IBM, Standards, Developers, China

Several weeks ago I mentioned that there was a new site on IBM developerWorks to help Russian developers get started with free and open source software. There is a new “Kick-start your Java apps” developerWorks site that makes it easy to get Eclipse, DB2 Express-C, and WebSphere Application Server Community…

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Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 3: Open Source Software

Part 1: Standards Part 2: Software Part 3: Open Source Software Part 4: The SOA Connection I want to jump to the punch line even before I make some definitions: open source software is something that you need to consider very seriously. This is true whether you are a user…

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ODF and web office suites

People often ask me why I think the OpenDocument Format situation is any different now compared to where we were 15 or 20 years ago when there were SGML formats and specifications for documents that could have become at least de facto standards had they been supported by the word…

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Standards Amplifiers

Several months ago I posted an entry called called “Standards and open source: they are not unrelated” where I made some points around the connections between standards and open source. Open source libraries that implement standards are what I call “standards amplifiers” because they take something that should be widely…

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Resources for IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

This note was sent me from the developerWorks folks about WebSphere Application Server Community Edition which I mentioned a few weeks ago. This is the product that is built on Apache Geronimo. Being an old WebSphere guy myself, I thought I would share it with you. We are sending you…

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Free download of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, Version 1.0 is a lightweight Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server built on Apache Geronimo, the open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation. You can download it for no cost from here. Both Linux/Intel and Windows versions are available.…

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