Before dismissing Jesús Villasante's attack on corporate open source as mere carping from "Old Europe," let's ask if there is some justice in it. (The picture is from the conference program.
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Rodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. It's released under the General Public License (GNU).
since they don'thave the software figured out they assume Wintel is the answer, get the people, hardware,and operating system licences to go with that, and then discover they're on a rockslide that canonly go one way - downhill.
Slashdot has singled out a Live Journal entry by Red Hat's Ulrich Drepper titled "Dictatorship of the Minorities" that raises an interesting topic. Drepper argues that it doesn't further the cause of free software to continue developing on closed platforms, and that there's little benefit in supporting "minority" architectures like m68k, PA RISC and so forth.
Some people still think this is intended just as a gamesengine, but it's not. As the presentation noted above puts it:"Intended to be the next generation standardarchitecture." And it will be too, it has the securityfeatures of RISC, the hardware partitioning IBMloyalists demand, and awesome performance potential.
With Nokia now committed to Linux, other mobile players are nearly certain to follow
These people are awfully sane - but I thinkthat paragraph tells you everythingyou need to know about Linux:an army crossing its Rubicon shouting "We can, We do, and It works!"
India's free CD program reminds me of the early days of Linux. If it weren't for cheap Linux CDs a lot of users may never have gotten their hands on Linux.
When I read that India was preparing to distribute Linux on CD, as reported by Ingrid Marson, I knew there was an important word that needed to get into this discussion.The word is localization.
I don't want to imply that there isn't an argument to be made for getting server utilization up; there is, but its not always appropriate and, where it is, neither virtualization nor partitioning are likely to be the right way to do it.