Government and open source: Participation

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. Questions Should government employees be allowed to participate in creating open source software? What are the intellectual…

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Weekend progress on the website: using Drupal and WordPress together

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This weekend I made some progress on the grand website unification: how to use Drupal and WordPress together while achieving a relatively consistent look and feel across both environments. To recap, I had been using…

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Red Hat announces its virtualization plan

Yesterday Red Hat announced its plans around virtualization in its press release “Red Hat Announces Broad ISV Ecosystem is Virtualization-Ready”. In part, the press release states With today’s news, Red Hat ISV partners are ensured through an Application Binary Interface (ABI) guarantee that their certified applications are capable of running…

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Saturday morning housekeeping: my basement and CSS

I slept in a bit this morning since it was an exceptionally long work week. Much to the frustration of others in my family, I sometimes wake up on Saturdays with an annoying urge to get more efficient and to organize things. There is no special reason why this couldn’t…

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Wiki thoughts

As long time readers may know, I’ve occasionally raised the spectre of adding a wiki to this website. Every few months I would look around at what was available, check out and install the famous ones like Mediawiki, as well as the smaller and less well known packages. Sometimes the…

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Obama memo: Transparency and Open Government

On January 21, US President Barack Obama published a memo called “Transparency and Open Government.” In it he makes many good points, but particularly note “Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.” “Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances…

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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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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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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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Introducing the events calendar

Two year’s ago when my wife Judith was running for the New York State Assembly, I wrote a simple events calendar for her website to keep track of all the local meetings, parades, and county fairs where she would be appearing. At that time and since, I’ve thought about having…

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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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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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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Everyone’s talking: standards reform

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to standards, only being involved for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve never before seen the amount of attention that is being brought to the idea of standards reform by so many groups of people at various levels of organization. Rather than…

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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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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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Thinking about publishing

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing a writing project, possibly a book. This is not new, as I have this urge on a fairly regular basis. One thing that’s holding me back is that I’ve already been involved in two book publishing activities. The first was in 1991-92 when Dick…

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Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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LinuxWorld 2008 predictions and podcasts

I’ve now finished writing up the comments on the eight predictions for free and open source software and recording podcasts for each of them. Prediction # Slide and Comments Link to Podcast 1 Green podcast 2 Linux and longevity podcast 3 Linux and x86 podcast 4 Linux and the desktop…

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