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Momentum matters

One of the most important things for a community is momentum. It's a make-or-break component to success.

January 31, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


I am Linux (and so can you!)

If you watch TV, you're likely to see tons of Windows ads and Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads, but where are the Linux ads? There have been a few TV ad campaigns featuring Linux (thanks IBM!

January 27, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Even hackers get the blues

The bonds of the FOSS community go far beyond software. Case in point, Arjen Lentz is stepping outside the bounds of the comfortable realm of software and launching bluehackers.

January 23, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Bringing the FOSS tribe together: The future of community shows

Given the economy's impact on tech shows, I have to wonder what the future holds for the various Linux shows and fests around the globe. Talking to Ilan Rabinovitch of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), the future still looks bright -- maybe brighter than the future for the more commercial trade shows.

January 20, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


What happens with KDE with Qt license shift?

License discussions are usually about as interesting as watching paint dry, but the news that Nokia is going to use GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for the upcoming release of Qt may be a big deal for KDE.Nokia announced today that it would be releasing Qt (pronounced "cute," by the way) 4.

January 13, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Metered computing: Another great argument for open source in 2009

Metered computing, as outlined by Microsoft in a patent application, isn't the worst idea I've heard -- but it ranks up there with other spectacular failures like the original DivX, AOL dial-up, and the 2008 Detroit Lions.The idea, as outlined in this article by David Meyer, is that people would buy "heavily subsidized" (cheap) PCs, but then pay charges based on how much computing time and processing power they used.

December 30, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier