As election day nears, it's not surprising that people's thoughts -- and their blog posts and comments on mailing lists -- turn to politics. The question is what's appropriate for discussion, and where?
Joe Brockmeier reports on the intersection of commercial interests and communities, and offers information and advice about bridging the gap between companies and communities.
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is the community manager for openSUSE, a community Linux distro sponsored by Novell. Prior to joining Novell, Brockmeier worked as a technology journalist primarily covering the Linux and FOSS beat, and wrote for a number of publications, such as Linux Magazine, Linux.com, Sys Admin, UnixReview.com, IBM developerWorks, Linux Weekly News, Enterprise Linux Magazine, and ZDNet.
Asus and Intel are asking users to tell them what they'd want as a "perfect PC" with the promise "you dream it, Asus builds it." It's just crazy enough to work.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn asks the question, "Are vendors vital to open source?" No, not at all.
According to some pundits, Google has replaced Microsoft as the leading "evil" empire. As long as Google is top dog in the search market, there's little they can do to avoid the sour grapes from competitors, but with a little effort they could satisfy some of their critics and improve their services at the same time.
I hope Ron Miller's latest post on Daniweb doesn't go to Steve Jobs' head. According to Miller, Apple knows best, and we ought to just accept that.
The ruckus over the EA launch of Spore, specifically its wildly unpopular Digital Restriction Management (DRM) scheme, seems to have gotten the message across to everyone -- except EA's management. Case in point, CEO John Riccitiello says it was a "vocal minority" that didn't like the DRM.
Open source and business do mix. In fact, according to Matthew Aslett at the 451 Group, you can mix open source into more than 80 combinations of development model, licensing model, and revenue schemes.
Another high-profile departure from Sun, this time MySQL's David Axmark is taking wing -- citing a dislike for working in a large organization:I have thought about my role at Sun and decided that I am better off in smaller organisations. I HATE all the rules that I need to follow, and I also HATE breaking them.
What's the difference between a paid contributor to a FOSS project and a volunteer contributor? According to a paper by Evangelia Berdou, quite a bit.
Apple's iPhone is beating the Amazon Kindle at its own game -- what a shame. It doesn't have to be that way, though.
The Linux Foundation will announce today the creation of LinuxCon, a conference set to take place alongside the Linux Plumbers conference in Portland, Oregon. Does the world really need yet another open source conference?
The Fedora Project is celebrating its fifth birthday today. Congrats, Fedora!
I have to wonder how Apple manages to have any sort of developer ecosystem, given how closed the company is and how it regularly treats its developers with what can only be described as contempt. I sincerely hope that Google (and T-Mobile) does a better job with Android's developer community when Android finally hits the streets this week.
The Mozilla Foundation is making changes to its EULA display for Linux distros. After a bunch of complaints on Monday, Mozilla Foundation chairperson Mitchell Baker has indicated that the project will be making some changes both in the license and reconsidering the way the EULA is displayed.
A number of people seem to have their knickers in a twist over Mozilla's requirements to display the Firefox EULA when the program is launched the first time in Ubuntu. What's the big deal, exactly?