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Linux Foundation launches new conference

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?

September 29, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


Will Apple help Android succeed?

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.

September 22, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


Mozilla: We goofed on the EULA, let's talk

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.

September 16, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


What's the big deal about the Firefox EULA?

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?

September 15, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


Picking the Fleas from Community

Just how many people can we be "close" to online? Clive Thompson's piece on the New York Times site, "Brave New World of Digital Intimacy," raises some interesting points about digital relationships for those of us engaged in remote work with thousands of community members.

September 10, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier

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The Importance of Dissent

Word is going around that Monty Widenius, founder of MySQL, is parting ways with Sun. Matt Asay blogs about it and says it's a good thing Widenius is taking his dissent on the road:At this point, however, Monty has done the right thing with his dissent.

September 5, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


Community managers and corporate structure

Stormy Peters reflects on where community managers ought to reside in the corporate structure. According to Bernard Golden, community managers ought to be in the support structure of a business.

September 1, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier


Community, Incorporated

If open source is going to succeed, that is long-haul succeed as a business and development model, companies and open source projects need to be a lot better at finding ways to work with one another. Without commercial partners, open source projects have a hard time progressing beyond the "nice, but not quite ready for prime time," stage.

September 1, 2008 by Joe Brockmeier