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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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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IBM Teleconference: “System z and Linux: The winning combination”

Please excuse this marketing interruption, but in case you are interested: System z and Linux: The winning combination Broadcast Date: October 8, 2009, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. UTC Developed for: IT strategists, solution analysts and managers, enterprise architects, systems analysts, systems programmers, application developers, IT operations managers,…

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Keynotes announced for LinuxCon 2009

The Linux Foundation has announced the keynotes for LinuxCon 2009. These are: Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier, openSUSE Community Manager, Novell; Bdale Garbee, Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard; Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of the Ubuntu distribution and Canonical; and me With great appreciation to the LF, I did not…

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Seven Challenges and Priorities for Virtual Worlds in 2008

Thus far this year I have given my opinions about the top ten priorities for open standards and open source in 2008. With this post I’m going to continue the series and give my ideas for virtual worlds like Second Life, Active Worlds, and so forth. First let me say…

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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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Poll: Linux desktops and Second Life in 2008

In light of Red Hat’s new push on the Linux desktop and the growing success of Novell’s and Ubuntu’s distributions, I thought I would ask a slightly different question about use. I use Second Life on Linux all the time and the latest First Look client works just fine. In…

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Novell, Open XML, whatever

There’s some news today regarding Novell adding Open XML support into their flavor of OpenOffice.org. No disrespect intended, but I absolutely stand by what I said in my blog entry “Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?”. I’m ready to stand corrected when they demonstrate full translation…

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French parliament goes open source, enables ODF

Nice news out of Paris today via CNet: “French parliament dumping Windows for Linux.” “The study showed that open-source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs (members of parliament) and will allow us to make substantial savings despite the associated migration and training costs,”…

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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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Microsoft vs. Novell

No wonder people were confused. See “Open Letter to the Community from Novell” and “Microsoft Statement on Novell Agreement”. Update: Here are a few more links: ZDNet blog: “This Microsoft-Novell partnership’s not all it’s cracked up to be” You know a partnership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when…

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ODF Alliance Statement regarding Microsoft/Novell agreements

The ODF Alliance issued this statement this afternoon: Alliance Statement On Microsoft/Novell Collaboration Regarding Document Format Compatibility Washington, DC, November 3, 2006 � The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad cross-section of organizations, academia and industry dedicated to improving access to electronic government documents, issued the following statement regarding…

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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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ODF in India

There was a seminar that took place in India today about the importance of OpenDocument Format for governments. Details are in this article: “23 Jun: National Seminar On Open Document Format.” Here is an excerpt: Friday, June 23, 2006: New Delhi: The department of management sciences, Indian Institute of Technology,…

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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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BREAKING NEWS: New patent initiative to increase quality, certainty

There’s breaking news this morning about a new 3-part patent quality initiative that we’re spearheading with the US Patent Office and others. Per the press release, the three parts are: Open Patent Review – a program that seeks to establish an open, collaborative community review within the patenting process to…

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More tidbits re the ECMA development

Here are a couple of interesting links regarding the Microsoft XML Formats and their move to ECMA. ECMA is basically a RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) organization, vs., say the W3C, which RF (royalty free). While Microsoft has issued a covenant not to sue, what will the situation be for…

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Open Invention Network

Lots of news today about the new Open Invention Network. Here are a few of the stories and blog entries: Press Release: “Open Invention Network Formed to Promote Linux and Spur Innovation Globally Through Access to Key Patents; Investors Include IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony “ NEW YORK–(BUSINESS…

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Debunking Myths on Open Document Formats (ODF)

As we’ve talked to folks about the OpenDocument Format and what it is and isn’t, a few consistent “myths” keep coming up. Here is our attempt to move some of that discussion closer to reality. Update: This is available in ODF presentation format here and in a PDF version of…

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Talk at Green Party meeting

Yesterday morning I gave a short presentation in Brussels at the Green Party “Free Software and Software Patents” hearing. As it turns out, I did not project anything and just spoke from the points I had prepared. These are those comments, unedited and unexpanded. I think they are self-explanatory in…

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Links and some comments for May 17, 2005

‘Tagging’ helps unclutter data (CNN) Is this how we’ll see the Semantic Web hit the mainstream? Actually it has, via RSS and RDF, but this makes it more obvious. IE7 Has Tabs (IEBlog) I can’t wait. James Governor’s MonkChips: PHP *already* in the enterprise. IBM blogging as a … Thanks…

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Gartner Open Source Panel: Part 2

Last time I spoke about some of the meta-issues around doing panels. While not stated exactly this way, I said that I don’t believe they should be love fests nor do I believe they should be drag out fights. The questions should be direct and to the point, and if…

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