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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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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Managing open source adoption in your IT organization

This morning I was reading an article/blog entry by Paula Rooney called “Gartner doles out sobering predictions for open source use in the enterprise for next 5 years” over at ZDNet. In it, as you would expect, she largely quotes a Gartner report by Mark Driver. She says The economic…

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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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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 #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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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007” “No is no, to OOXML” “Interoperability Specifications Pledge” “Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again” “#9. My Second…

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Can you guess what this study is going to conclude?

See “Study: Developers Do Not Want GPL 3 to Police Patents” in eWeek. It starts: A new Microsoft-funded study has found that open-source developers do not believe that licenses such as the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0 should enforce software patents or prevent deals like the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement.…

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Second Life client is now open source

Linden Labs just announced that the client for their Second Life virtual world is now open source under GPL v2. The SL blog entry says, in part: Stepping up the development of the Second Life Grid to everyone interested, I am proud to announce the availability of the Second Life…

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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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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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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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Snapshot – October 9, 2006

Here are a few odds and ends that somehow reflect things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately: The Three Current Most Popular Blog Posts “HR news from Massachusetts” Comment on Louis Gutierrez stepping down as CIO of Massachusetts. “Microsoft promise” Microsoft’s non-assertion pledge for some of the web services…

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Neil McAllister at InfoWorld mixes it up with the FSF over DRM

Over at InfoWorld, Neil McAllister just published a piece called “Free Software Foundation: Free as in ‘do what I say’”. In it he says, in part, All the more reason to be disappointed by the FSF’s recent, regrettable spiral into misplaced neopolitical activism, far removed from its own stated first…

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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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Some comments on Microsoft’s Office XML plans regarding ECMA

As I mentioned earlier this weekend, I was away when the news broke about how Microsoft is planning to push its XML formats through ECMA and then perhaps ISO, thereby creating an “open” standard. As I’ve stated before, it is naive to have multiple definitions for “open” and we should…

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IBM Statement For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Audit and Oversight Committee

As I have noted here and others have mentioned elsewhere, there is a hearing today in Boston to discuss the decision by the CIO’s office that support for OASIS OpenDocument Format be required for documents that are created, modified, and saved. IBM sent our statement to Senator Pacheco, Chair of…

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