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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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #3: Linux and x86

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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Searching for document formats

I just read the article in InformationWeek called “Microsoft’s Search Share Continues To Decline”. I use Google search almost exclusively but occasionally I poke around on the other engines to see if they turn up anything interesting. While Microsoft did lose some search share, it was only 0.2%. It’s not…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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Remembering September

In early August I stated in this blog that after the OOXML JTC1 ballot closed on September 2, the sun would rise, the birds would sing, and so on. As we are now at the end of the month and about to move into October, I can state that those…

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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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Avoid the single supplier document taxes

When I wrote about the five major areas that you need to consider when looking at the relative openness of two specifications, one of them was “implementation.” I will admit that my primary thoughts at that time concerned intellectual property: when a specification or standard has no IP hindrances that…

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Wired article on ODF vs. Microsoft Office Open XML

See “MS Fights to Own Your Office Docs.” Here’s a blurb from it: The international community has yet to decide on a standard document format, though recent trends see ODF gaining ground. Seven nations (Brazil, France, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Norway and Demark) have recognized ODF and the need for open…

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Bloor on IAccessible2, ODF

Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader at Bloor Research, has a very nice writeup of the IAccessible2 interfaces announced yesterday called “IAccessible2 Open Standard for Assistive Technology”. He say, in part: Pressure has been building from disabled users and from organisations, such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to improve accessibility for all.…

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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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Desktop Linux: It’s the wifi adapter, stupid

I’m the IT guy of the house. My 9 year old son’s computer started having some wireless problems several weeks ago. When I finally got around to looking at it, I realized that his hard drive was starting to fail. His old drive was 40Gb but I replaced it with…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 7

Last time I looked at a slightly more advanced document that added a bit of formatting to the basic one that only contained the letter ‘x’. In this part I’ll create a more advanced document. We’ll look at the XML in the ODF file and complete our basic examination of…

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Second day in Lyon

Yesterday was the second day of the OpenOffice.org conference in Lyon and I took part in and participated in much of the ODF track. The day started with a panel on ODF moderated by Charles-H. Schulz, with Rob Weir (IBM), Eduardo Gutentag (Sun), and me participating. There were no fireworks…

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“OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org”

OASIS released a press release yesterday about the new OpenDocument XML.org. Here’s an excerpt (most if it, actually): OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org New Web Site Enables Community to Share, Track, and Monitor Information on the OpenDocument Format Lyon, France; 12 September 2006 � The OASIS international standards consortium today launched…

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OpenOffice.org conference in Lyon, France – September 11-13

In a show of solidarity with the general OpenDocument Format community, several of us from IBM will be attending and speaking at the annual OpenOffice.org conference in Lyon, France, in September. I’ll be speaking on a panel on Wednesday the 13th with IBM’s Nathaniel Borenstein, Sun’s Eduardo Gutentag, and Charles-H…

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