Having automated configuration and installers, coupled with monitoring, remote management and remediation, will go a long way to making IT managers embrace open source solutions.
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There's a bit of news on the the open source license non-proliferation front. Proliferation of incompatible open source licenses has balkanized the open source software community to a point that code isn't nearly as freely shareable as some people perceive it to be.
Apparently, my wife and I aren't alone. We know we can donate money to various organizations like the Red Cross.
In response to my recent blog on how Microsoft Office program manager Brian Jones drew fire for comments in his blog, a ZDNet reader offered his (or maybe her) interpretation of what I said with a comment entitled David, you really, REALLY, are missing the boat here.
Yahoo! has found that people have a lot of their personality invested in their Flickr IDs and don't want to give them up. Is there a better way?
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, here are some links and most importantly, how to help.How to helpRecovering from KatrinaSans Institute guidelines for hurricane preparationOnline scams emerge in Katrina's wakeMy post "Commercial open source, a misnomer?
Marc Fleury, CEO of JBoss, send me an e-mail regarding my post "Commercial open source, a misonomer?." JBoss develops open source enterprise middleware, and uses the GNU Lesser General Public License.
Microsoft Office program manager Brian Jones may have gotten more than he asked for when, in his blog, he attacked the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for moving to the OASIS-backed Open Document (OpenDoc) file format for productivity applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.
The telegraph.co.uk reports that French President Jacques Chirac wants to go to war with Yahoo, Google, MSN and other US-based search engines, defending his country against the threat of "Anglo-Saxon cultural imperialism.
In his most recent column, Michael Kanellos has come up with a five-step method for coming up with conspiracy theories . He cites emotion as the source of all conspiracy theories: "When you get down to it, the industry is centered around logic but ruled by emotion.