If you're a member of the press and you write anything that's remotely critical of Linux's chances of success on the desktop (which I have), the Linux community unleashes a fury of fire and brimstone upon you. Invariably, your credentials to make any such judgment are dragged through the mud and a few people who like to take the heat get into the fire in your defense and the angry mob becomes even more enraged.
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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.
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Renai LeMay of ZDNet Australia reports on the latest comments regarding Microsoft from Java father and Sun developer products CTO James Gosling. After calling Sun's technical agreement with Microsoft less and less meaningful, Gosling called Microsoft's support of C and C++ in the common language runtime (CLR) in .
I joined the Gillmor Gang forthis week's edition with featured guest Dan Bricklin, one of the creators of VisiCalc and other innovative software. During the show, Dan gives his views on where innovation is happening today and what's in store for the future as technology evolves.
The father of Java tells developers that in some ways, the technical agreement with Microsoft is meaning less and less...
IBM's sale of its PC division to China's Lenovo is putting its customer accounts in jeopardy. According to ITworld.
After a few days of immersion in Sun's orbit, you have to take a step back to access whether the well-crafted presentations about grids , Java, Solaris 10 , open source , subscription pricing and processor threads are the road to riches or a black hole in the making. I admit I am a fan of the grid infrastructure and software-as-a-service models, and the notion of commodity-like pricing (not that the underlying technology is a commodity) is on the horizon.
Through Technorati, I was led to a quickly sprouting tree of threads regarding my recent commentary on Sun's 1,600 patent deal, and then my colleague Dana Blankenhorn's follow-up to that. First, I think I was able to follow all of the various branches to their ends and want to say that I appreciate some of the compliments.
An article at TechTree reportsthat according to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, shipments ofhandheld devices fell nearly 20 percent year-over-year in thefourth quarter of 2004 to 2.8 million units.
After seeing Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli jump over a threatening shark while water skiing in an episode of the classic television series Happy Days, Jon Hein knew that there was no better metaphor than "jumping the shark" to describe that absurd moment in a TV series' history when its producers officially put the show on life support. After reading today's news -- It's Windows vs.
Triggered by Sun's granting of access to 1600 patents -- but only if the resulting implementations are licensed under the recently Sun-authored, Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL, pronounced "cuddle") -- the squeakiest of the anti-patent wheels are letting their disappointment be known.