Yesterday, I promised a follow-up on the Ubuntu Foundation and comments from Debian Founder and Progeny Chairman and Chief Strategist Ian Murdock. One of the things that was up in the air yesterday was the possible creation of an "enterprise" Debian distribution.
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We are getting a great demonstration right now of open source power, as applications using the Google Maps API begin to appear.Mapquest, owned by AOL, has been around for many years, but it's a proprietary offering.
As a happy Ubuntu user, I was pleased last week when I received a note announcing the Ubuntu Foundation. The Ubuntu Foundation was created to fund development of Ubuntu and to separate Ubuntu development from Canonical, which supports Ubuntu and open source software.
Throwing money at people, making them comfortable before they have performed for you, doesn't really work for anyone.
Every complex civilization will develop complex systems that can be destroyed through the concentrated efforts of small groups.
Is it inertia, can that inertia be broken, or is there another reason we don't give Linux a chance?
Russell Shaw has an interesting tip for PR types, set up a Wikipedia entry and keep it updated. He points to the Skype article on Wikipedia -- which is certainly a detailed article on Skype, and looks like it is fairly neutral, as opposed to Wikipedia Spam.
Willis and Sebastian showed me how I could quickly use the engine's Wiki tools to add that tag to the existing Scoop entry in about 30 seconds.
Over the weekend I read J.D. Lasica's (right) book about the Copyright Wars, Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation, and was surprised to find open source as an underlying theme.
It's been a long and arduous saga, but it looks like the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID) has finally been soundly defeated, 648-14. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised by this result since it seemed likely at many points that this would get shoved through despite overwhelming opposition.