Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience

Just got a notice about the 2009 Red Hat Virtual Experience to be held on December 9. From the webpage: Join us December 9, 2009 for the Red Hat Virtual Experience, an event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, including virtualization and cloud computing. Attend in-depth sessions from your…

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Advancing a culture of IT openness

I’m going to go out on a limb here and quote a sentence from Wikipedia’s entry (here today, changed tomorrow, changed back the next day) on aspects of culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group What might this mean for…

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Government and open source: Public interest

This week I’m going to pose a series of questions in the hope of driving some discussion around the use of open source in government, as well as government involvement in open source. (General warm-up question) In what ways is it in the public’s interest for a government to make…

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Information Society Project at Yale Law School offers standards recommendations to Obama

Laura DeNardis, Executive Director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, announced today that the group had sent a set of recommendations for open standards to the new Obama administration. In the announcement, Laura said The administration’s technology policy priorities create a moment of opportunity to rethink U.S. strategy…

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Some notes on cloud computing and standards

Last Tuesday I attended the pre-Cloud Connect meeting to talk about the state of standards and cloud computing. I wasn’t planning to do so, but I was tapped to give some overall remarks on standards and my past experiences. While we went around the room introducing ourselves, I furiously wrote…

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IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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ODF Alliance 2008 annual report

In the waning days of 2008 the OpenDocument Alliance published their annual report regarding progress made on getting the standard adopted around the world. The 28 page document discusses development of the standard, worldwide adoption, positive changes toward open standards procurement policies, and application support. The main body of the…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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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 #4: Linux and the desktop

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 #2: Linux and longevity

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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Open source and piracy

Over at ZDNet, Dana Blankenhorn has a blog entry about whether software piracy benefits or hurts open source adoption. Evidently this originated from comments by Louis Suraez-Potts at OSCON noting that the availability of “free” (that is, pirated) proprietary software makes open source less necessary from a cost perspective. I’m…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes” Date: February 28, 2007 Excerpt: When customers are restricted…

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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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Ten challenges and priorities for open standards in 2008

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to publish several entries on “challenges and priorities in 2008” on a range of topics, some related to work areas of interest, some related to personal ones. I’m kicking this off today with standards. In 2008, I think that we collectively should…

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Standards: We need to talk

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking at Tsinghua University in Beijing at an IBM-sponsored conference attended by over 200 government officials, business leaders, and academicians to discuss the confluence of three important topics: open standards, innovation, and intellectual property policy. Below you’ll find the text of my address,…

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TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland, Oregon

I’ll be giving the lunch keynote at the TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland on Wednesday. The info about the talk is From Closed to Open—How the Technology Industry Learned to Share Wednesday, October 10, 12-1:30 pm In the IT industry, innovation is everything. For decades that meant the design,…

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Google becomes an OIN licensee to spur innovation, protect Linux

Per the press release: San Francisco (August 7, 2007) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of…

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Interoperability Specifications Pledge

This morning IBM announced a broad patent pledge that covers over 150 of the core software interoperability standards. These standards had all been previously given royalty free licenses, but from a variety of sources at a variety of times. This action simplifies and makes more consistent the intellectual property situation…

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#4. My virtual world requirements – Multiple platforms for clients

In the first three parts of this series, I’ve looked at my basic requirements for virtual worlds, the need for more artificial intelligence, and some scenarios for moving information and assets among virtual worlds. This requirement is much faster to describe, and it is simply that the virtual world client…

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#2. My future home open desktop: An update

Last December I published an entry called “My future home open desktop: The resolution” where I talked about the steps I was going to take to have my primary home machine only running GNU/Linux, specifically the Ubuntu distro. Since then I’ve been doing some software substitutions on the Windows desktop…

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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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Microsoft works to kill open document standards in Florida?

See the Linux.com article “Microsoft’s ‘Men in Black’ kill Florida open standards legislation.” Sounds like a well orchestrated and well financed program to fight against ODF and open standards. What do open standards do? Promote interoperability among products made by different vendors and software providers. Drive competition in the marketplace…

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