Open source is not a political issue, but it sometimes plays one on TV.
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.
If you've got some technical chops Linux should work fine in a workgroup setting, and the upfront costs can go into your pocket. If you're Clueless about computing, if you want it done for you, then maybe Microsoft will work better for you.
The pack of lawyers the industry once set on users is about to tear into one of its own, and the rest of us can only stand and watch in horrified fascination.
This is how you make money in open source. You become vital. You become a big open source company by becoming vital to big projects.
What we need is for someone, or several someones, with solid development budgets to create an open source patch management project, and a clearinghouse for security alerts.
What it all says to me is, we don't have to play by the rules of the Internet, we'll roll it. And that trick never works.
Had not SCO tried to shake down IBM on behalf of its claimed Linux rights, the community might never have seen the wisdom in standing-down and sharing patents.
What matters in technology, as in business and as in politics, is not what you say, but what you do.
While American opponents of WSIS are wrapping themselves in the flag, could it be the "evil foreigners" who are really on our side?
What is most important is to engage in a dialogue with other stakeholders, in an effort to promote greater understanding, and we are confident that this is what will come out of this summit."