It's true that, when Rich Internet Application technologies like AJAX first emerged, the tools for creating such files left something to be desired. What seems to have happened since is that many companies have created their own tools, and now want to gain some benefit from that.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
Pentaho has been accused of nothing, that I am making no accusations against them. I'm just asking whether there is such a thing as appearances. This Satyam scandal has been brewing for months, and Pentaho signs on the line which is dotted just as it explodes?
Instead of being an end in itself, which a laptop becomes, a Netbook is a means to the end, the end in this case being the Internet. Its competition, for better or worse, is the iPhone, and it competes based on an interface that can accommodate 10 fingers and a PC screen's aspect ratio.
Signing a support subscription contract is not the same thing as buying software. It's less a buyer-seller relationship than a student-teacher relationship. Once you accept this and build it into your budget you will get the maximum bang for every open source buck you spend. Just not before. This is the open source sea change, the biggest impact of a company successfully adopting open source.
A new Law.Com analysis indicates Cisco may be in big legal trouble over the FSF lawsuit alleging it misused open source code in its hardware. Until you learn the rest of the story.
At some point, as more Netbooks are offered, including many with Ubuntu Linux and Android, it's going to occur to antitrust officials that their failure to gain any retail distribution might be a problem. You think?
What happens next is that IBM offers a lower price, there are machinations to make it appear that it's not a lower price (some of the money is deferred) and Sun accepts the offer. Or it could go bankrupt.
Now that IBM looks ready to sunset Sun for around $7 billion, will open source take the blame? Open source has certainly been set up to do so.
The Linux laptop business represents a Chinese industry trying to serve a Western market and getting lost in the translation.
Entrepreneur Alex Pyatetsky wants to get busy with an idea he calls Branserv. It's not a cereal, and it's not an advertising outfit. It's an idea to take your software, turn it into hardware, and sell it to the world.