eWeek reports that Microsoft approached OSDL (Open Source Development Labs, where Linus Torvalds plies his trade) to do joint "fact-based," "independent" analysis and research on Linux and Windows. OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen (left) and Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy Martin Taylor (right) met at LinuxWorld earlier this month to discuss the proposal, in which Microsoft would pay half the cost.
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Let's ask David Berlind's question again. "Are Baby Bells abusing their government granted right-of-way?
Sun has lately been crowing lately about how it was the original open source company, and despite not jumping on or responding to the Linux open source movement until the last few years (OpenSolaris is a 2005 phenomenon), the company is now trying to claim its more open than thou status and touting community development.
Dave Winer's OPML Roadshow in Berkeley was attended by more than the local geeks. Ray Ozzie, as well as Robert Scoble, represented Microsoft among the audience.
My old friend Dave Winer is taking a new tact in evangelizing his latest invention--driving cross country on a barnstorming tour. The fourth stop of his OPML Roadshow was in Berkeley, CA last night, and a crowd of about 50 people listened as Dave demonstrated his OPML Editor.
While attending the Blog Business Summit this afternoon, I ran into chief Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble (right), who told me (along with IE7 product manager Dean Hachamovitch and SOAP and RSS pioneer Dave Winer) his tale of running into Steve Jobs at lunch. Star struck, Scoble introduced himself and the others, and true to form Jobs said, "It's nice to see that you're copying our stuff.
Just a heads up that two more vendors have officially launched multi-employee-written blogs for their customers, fans, followers, and partners. Adobe is funnelling all new blog entries from eight of its staffers to the top level URL blogs.
Toshiba has two teams working on "home life support robots" designed to aid Japan's aging population. (Japan's population growth is near zero and its citizens' average age is climbing rapidly.
If you caught one of my recent blogs about zero-day exploits, a day in the life of a real IT manager, and how he's very worried about what he's seeing (in terms of what's getting through the cracks), then you also saw that Doc Searls is recommending that companies consider the idea of polycultures. There's no question that monoculture-based IT deployments increase the odds that a simple exploit can devastate an entire company, let alone the Internet.