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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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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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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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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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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#1. If I were to build a virtual world … the basics

I’m going to start a new series where I publicly brainstorm about some issues of building a virtual world. This is just Bob thinking out loud, not some deep IBM strategy. I’m not even in the part of the company that manages the business we do do in virtual worlds.…

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Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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Open source software as market competition

I was reading a comment in a blog that expressed a typical whine I’ve heard a lot of lately: that Open Office was designed from the start to compete with Microsoft Office and steal precious marketshare. The secondary attitude that came through was “How dare they! The nerve! Someone help…

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Horizontal vs. vertical openness: what do you think?

Do people in the insurance industry use standards? Sure, they use things like XML, HTML, and the web services standards quite a bit. How about open source? We certainly have people using Linux in their datacenters and Eclipse to do software development. These are examples of “horizontal” deployment of open…

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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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Links for the IBM open source healthcare announcement

Here are some media links about yesterday’s healthcare and open source announcement: Healthcare, Meet Open Source “IBM said research from the Center for Information Technology Leadership claims that standardizing information exchange could yield 5 percent savings in US healthcare expenditures.” IBM Donates Code To Help Doctors Share Data “By donating…

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IBM, Open Source, Health Care

This press release went out a couple of hours ago: IBM Brings Electronic Medical Records One Step Closer Through Open Technology; Contributes Technology to Open Source Community; Establishes Innovation Centers to Work with Major Players, Business Partners Here’s an excerpt: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 9, 2006–IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced…

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Aperi proposed as an Eclipse project

Last Fall we started talking about the Aperi project for open source storage management. Today it was officially announced that Aperi has been proposed as a project in Eclipse. Here is part of the press release: Aperi Storage Community to Propose Open Source Project to Eclipse; Novell to Join Nine…

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Open source is adoptable

Several weeks ago I did an entry in which I talked about the difference between “complementary” and “complimentary.” It was a bit of a rant because I was tired of seeing these used incorrectly so often. You can be excused, therefore, in thinking that the title of this entry is…

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Press release about Lotus Notes and ODF

The press release about the upcoming support for ODF in the next version of Lotus Notes has been released. Here is the beginning: IBM Makes Collaborative Innovation Real With Preview of Next Generation IBM Lotus Notes Client Office Productivity Editors, Increased Open Standards Support, Lead Into Fall Beta Testing Period…

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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, 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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Project Higgins

This morning I participated in the Project Higgins announcement held at the Tribeca Grill in lower Manhattan. It was a freezing cold day with biting winds, but inside the screening room we had some realistic and future-looking discussions about user-centric identity. Just the topic, I know you are thinking, that…

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