If there ever was an industry battle that exemplifies the legendary epic of David vs. Goliath, one that has lasted for years with the scrappy and resourceful David continually unsheathing new and effective weapons, that battle has been between browser maker Opera Software and Microsoft.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Yesterday I talked with executives from a company making the transition from selling a proprietary enterprise application to embracing the open source way. The newly minted Greenplum is actually a new iteration of Metapa, a company with an application for data distribution and query execution across a large cluster of commodity Linux machines to boost database performance on large tables.
Avalon, the new graphics sub-system that Microsoft plans to include in its upcoming Longhorn operating system, lets developers mix 3-D features into designs by simply including them in the markup along with the rest of the user interface. To some, like Microsoft tech evangelist Karsten Januszewski, Avalon holds a lot of promise, but there are also skeptics.
This just in: A day after Intel said it would offer $10,000 for a copy of a magazine in which Moore's Law was first announced, a University of Illinois engineering library noticed that one of its two copies disappeared...
Yesterday I attended a Salesforce.com event at the tony Four Seaons in San Francisco in which CEO Marc Benioff previewed (again) the forthcoming (June 8) edition of his company's product and showcased sforce 6.
A panel of experts came together at the Gilbane CMS conference today for an early morning conversation on the role of blogs, wikis, and RSS?in the enterprise.
The bad news is that it's not a blog when it should have been. Microsoft's Information Worker Business group vice president Jeff Raikes had?
Last year, Doug Kaye over at IT Conversations recorded an interview with MIT professor and serial entrepreneur Philip Greenspun. Greenspun's most successful venture to date (revenue-wise) was probably ArsDigita -- an open source business that flamed out after he handed the reins over to venture capitalists who, he claims, ran a perfectly good company into the ground.
Baseline Magazine (still one of my favorite sources of information about enterprise computing) has an article discussing corporations that share homegrown software using the Avalanche Corporate Technology Cooperative. According to their Web site, Avalanche's mission is to provide: A gated community that enables our members to contribute, collaborate, and legally distribute intellectual property with other members.
Gordon Moore, of Moore's Law and Intel, talked with ZDNet UK while he was in Hawaii marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of his seminal paper. What resonated with me was his take on computer interfaces: I would like a much simpler interface though don't know what it would look like.