Webcast: Migrating from Solaris to Red Hat Linux on IBM Systems

IBM will be hosting a webcast on said topic on Thursday, June 25, at 1 PM ET. The webcast description is: Interested in migrating from Solaris to Linux on IBM Systems, but concerned about technical gotchas in custom code and shell scripts? What you don’t know can matter, particularly when…

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Thinking about publishing

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing a writing project, possibly a book. This is not new, as I have this urge on a fairly regular basis. One thing that’s holding me back is that I’ve already been involved in two book publishing activities. The first was in 1991-92 when Dick…

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More Microsoft/ECMA troubles with ISO

Andy Updegrove talks in his new blog entry “OOXML and ISO: Fact and Fancy” of additional problems that Microsoft and ECMA are having trying to get something else blessed by the ISO, namely the C++/CLI proposal. Fast tracking isn’t necessarily fast and sometimes gets rejected. As I’ve said before, we’re…

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Will there be another Java?

This is the second version of this entry. In the first, I think I mentioned Java too often and in ways that opened myself up for criticism as a heretic, even though it wasn’t really my intention to find fault. This is especially true because the history of Java-the-phenomenon is…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 6

Before we go too much further, I want to show you a little bit of XML processing in Python. As we saw in Part 5, we can open up the content.xml component of our ODF file and retrieve the document. For a word processing document, this will include the text…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 1

There’s been so much talk over the last 18 months about ODF, the OpenDocument Format, that I decided that I wanted to take a look inside a file in that standard format. In particular, I wanted to take a very simple word processor document and see how it was saved…

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Reports from the Open Podcast: LinuxWorld Expo San Francisco 2006

With this entry I’m inaugurating a series of podcasts I’m calling “Reports from the Open.” These will be unscripted and probably somewhat rough recordings of some of my thoughts and doings around the world as I work with people on open technologies. This first podcast is about my experience getting…

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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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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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Regarding an ODF SDK

David Berlind asks over in his ZDNet blog where the SDK (Software Development Kit) is for OpenDocument. It’s a good question, so let me talk to it for a bit. I’ll also say up front that it is a good idea and it should be open source. We want everyone,…

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ECMA, ISO, Microsoft … but not ODF

In case you missed this a few days ago, here’s a tale of an ECMA effort that is now having trouble in ISO. Ars: “U.K. throws wrench in Microsoft’s C++/CLI plans”. Update: Andy Updegrove provides an update on this over at his ConsortiumInfo blog. We’ll see if this a mountain…

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OpenOffice and Java

Since I pointed to the original article mentioning the dispute, here is a follow-up from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at eWeek: “OpenOffice, Free-Software Supporters Make Peace over Java”. I didn’t know this until the article made me wonder about it, but there is a Python-UNO bridge for those who would rather…

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Stop with “XML Web Services” vs. “Java Web Services”

Ok, this is a rant. I get annoyed every time I see a reference to “Java Web Services” or “XML Web Services.” The latter was invented by Microsoft to ensure that people wouldn’t possibly associate a non-favored technology with the developing Web Services technology. Then Sun came back and started…

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