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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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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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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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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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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Draft European Interoperability Framework v 2.0: Your comments needed

The European Commission IDABC (thankfully short for Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Business and Citizens) has delivered their draft of version 2.0 of the Draft European Interoperability Framework. The first release came in 2004 and inputs on the revised version have been submitted and considered since,…

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Hopping from one virtual world to another

Thirteen months ago I published a series of blog entries about my personal view of future requirements for virtual worlds. The third was about world-to-world scenarios. In it I included the comments: World to world teleportation If you are in one world and send me an IM in another world…

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On standards and quality

In the United States we have a magazine called Consumer Reports. Their mission is Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.…

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#3. My virtual world requirements – World-to-world scenarios

In this series of entries (#1 and #2) I’ve been discussing my requirements for what I might consider the “ideal” virtual world for business, which I’ve mostly interpreted as “making Second Life better by adding or stealing features.” The purloined features, if you will, would come from other virtual worlds…

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Mint, WordPress, and software philosophy

In my last brief entry I mentioned how I had broken the RSS and ATOM feeds when upgrading to WordPress 2.1.3 and then hurried to mention that it was not WordPress’s fault. I installed a new version of the Mint stats program a few days ago and I love it.…

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Open standards and open source

It’s really quite amusing sometimes to hear how the “enemies of open” categorize the whole open source and open standards discussion. One of the tactics, which has the properties of being both wrong and misleading, is that we are confusing the two on purpose in order to break down proprietary…

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Avoid the single supplier document taxes

When I wrote about the five major areas that you need to consider when looking at the relative openness of two specifications, one of them was “implementation.” I will admit that my primary thoughts at that time concerned intellectual property: when a specification or standard has no IP hindrances that…

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How my website was built and how I might do it differently today

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. It’s Saturday morning and I thought I would take a bit of time out to discuss how this website is built. It might be instructive for any of you who are thinking of doing something…

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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “SOA accommodates both open and proprietary”

Another slide for discussion from my talk at the University of Texas School of Law: SOA accommodates both open and proprietary but only in the right places Service Oriented Architecture is the leading trend in building flexible, efficient, distributed computing systems. Open standards exist that allow services to communicate in…

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IBM’s Ralph Hertlein joins the OAGi Board of Directors

As a further demonstration of IBM’s commitment to standards and industry, Ralph Hertlein has joined the Open Applications Group Board of Directors. I have a quote in the press release: “Ralph’s participation on the OAGi Board of Directors will help to achieve the goals IBM shares with one of the…

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Do open standards remove bias in procurement?

Yes. Discuss. Part 1 of my essay “Open Standards vs. Open Source: How to think about software, standards, and Service Oriented Architecture at the beginning of the 21st century” is relevant, I believe. Note that I have no sympathy for the “open standards are biased against proprietary software providers who…

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K-12 Open Technologies Summit

This week I’m going to have the pleasure of participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC,. According to the agenda, I’m taking part in a panel on Wednesday Thursday morning on open…

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Adjusting to a more open world: Understanding and overcoming resistance to open technologies

I spend a fair amount of time trying to discern, understand, and analyze the strategies of opponents of open standards and open source. I won’t claim that I do this in any completely comprehensive manner for the industry, but I find it to be a useful exercise. There are a…

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Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 4: The SOA Connection

Part 1: Standards Part 2: Software Part 3: Open Source Software Part 4: The SOA Connection In the beginning, there was one computer and it was big and slow and it filled an entire room. Eventually, there were many computers and they were smaller and they could talk to each…

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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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“Creating Eclipse Plug-ins” web seminar

I just got email about this and decided to enroll to see what they had to say. Creating Eclipse Plug-Ins Sponsored by: The Eclipse Foundation Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Time: 1:00 pm Eastern, 10:00 am Pacific I have no involvement in this other than curiosity. It’s free. Ever notice…

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IBM SOA News

There was a bunch of SOA announcements from IBM today, so here are a few pointers to reading material. I’ll update this as more is published. Press Release: “New IBM Software and Services Help Drive Customer Adoption of Service Oriented Architecture” CNET/Reuters: “IBM expands data-integration software business” SearchWebServices.com: “IBM announces…

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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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