Novell’s John Dragoon on “Battle Of The OS Titans” in Forbes

Novell’s CMO John Dragoon has a very nice article over in Forbes called “Battle Of The OS Titans” that emphasizes many important points about the changing desktop operating system scene. He says, in part: Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, monolithic operating system approach makes sense. Users are driving…

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My Red Hat Summit keynote: “Linux Everywhere? Matching the Workload to the Computer”

My Red Hat Summit is now available SlideShare and viewable below. You can also download the PDF directly. (The URL is now fixed.) Abstract: It’s a testament to the wild success of Linux that it is showing up on devices from wristwatches, to mobile phones, to netbooks, to desktops, to…

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LinuxWorld keynote: Comments solicited

I’m now starting to put together my LinuxWorld keynote (August 6, after lunch) and I’ve been talking to people about ideas for the presentation. The general idea is that for the first half I’m going to look at the last decade of free and open source, focusing on GNU/Linux, and…

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Some new commentary on Microsoft/Novell deal

Here are some links to stories that broke today regarding the Microsoft/Novell deal: InfoWorld: “OIN speaks out on the Novell/Microsoft pact” Here is part of the OIN statement: “Customers can only benefit from greater interoperability between Linux and Microsoft products. In fact, interoperability has long been a known requirement, and…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 5

It’s been several weeks since I last wrote in this series of entries examining what is in an OpenDocument Format file via some Python programming. In that last entry, I examined what was in the manifest file in the ODF zipfile. In a subsequent short entry, I noted that Rob…

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Breaking news: IBM, Nokia, and others join in patent pledge to accelerate OSGi adoption

This press release is just out: “Leading Tech Companies Unite to Boost OSGi Technology with Royalty-Free Patent Pledge; Plan Will Encourage Use of Open, Dynamic Software Components in Computers and Devices That Use Java“. Here’s an excerpt: SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Five high-technology companies and the OSGi(TM) Alliance announced…

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A tale of two ways of handling patent infringements

First there was this: “Lawsuit forces users to update Microsoft Office”. Users of Microsoft’s Office and Access packages have been told they will have to install updates as a result of a patent infringement dispute between Microsoft and a Guatemalan inventor that has cost the software firm almost $9 million…

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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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Grading open standards: what does purely open mean?

People stop me all the time and they ask, “Bob, what is an open standard?” And I tell them, well it depends, but if you read my blog you would have an idea of some possible answers. They then look really scared and I never see them again. All kidding…

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Why the ESB will help you say “I don’t care”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to present the ideas of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in a way that parallels what we say about loose coupling for SOA in general. I think most people are to used to the idea that SOA supports a layer of abstraction…

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