According to a new FAQ on Red Hat's Web site -- one that's primarily designed to spin the bilateral legal protection that Microsoft and Novell have assured to each other as a net positive for Red Hat -- the North Carolina-based distributor of open source software will now offer indemnification to its Linux customers. Does it matter?
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With APIs increasingly serving as a mechanism to enhance Web applications, Mashery has developed an on-demand service that provides management infrastructure and community building tools for API developers. Mashery's beta service, launching this week, includes API access control, rate limiting, usage tracking and metrics, interactive documentation, developer key assurance and community development tools, such as blogs, documentation, forums, wikis and about pages.
With hundreds of startups looking to become the next big thing, all parts of the ecosystem are trying to figure out how to have skin in the game and lower the cost of capital and services for entrepreneurs. For example, Charles River Ventures launched a QuickStart seed funding program and Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) and S3 offer a low cost, pay-per-use way to provision a hosted environment.
There's a bit of irony in the fact that Novell is the company that Microsoft made its legal pact with yesterday. Novell as a company is a shell of its former self.
This week on the Dan & David Show, I am joined by our Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley. David is busy hosting Startup Camp at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
Pictured above (in white) holding court with industry celebs Patrick Chanezon (left, Google), Dave Sifry (Technorati) and Tim Bray (Sun), Amazon's Jeff Barr is giving a mind blowing demonstration of how he recently spoke a conference using Second Life. When these three folks get wowed by something, you know its special and when I took a peek, I was pretty blown away.
For the last two days, I've been playing head counselor at Startup Camp in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Although we don't have an exact headcount just yet, the event has drawn approximately 325-350 attendees, most of whom are entrepreneurs that are either thinking of starting up a company, are already up and running but haven't launched yet, are launching now or just launched, or are in post launch mode.
Yesterday's announcement that these two old software foes will collaborate on developing specific technologies to help the Windows and Linux worlds interoperate drew a collective gasp from the blogosphere.
Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool Linux geek or a Redmond-eesta this one has to have you wondering about what in the world either vendor (the one you love, or the one you love to hate) is up to.
If you have been following the saga of the 30GB video iPod that I recently found on an United Airlines aircraft, then you'd know that I tried to turn the Web into a giant lost and found. I'm not sure how many people joined the quest (by pointing to my initial blog) to reunite the lost iPod with its owner, but it was a lot.