Strategic leadership in open source is like herding cats, and thus giving everyone the same marketing direction becomes nearly impossible. It leaves most projects without the scale to compete when what they're doing becomes really hot.
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.
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I'm a bit underwhelmed with the launch of Google Talk, which is a bit of a surprise, since Google has a history of coming up with decent services. I use Google Search dozens of times every day, and check Google News every hour or so when I'm at the computer.
Is Sun's "open" DRM a desirable alternative to proprietary DRM systems, or yet another nail in the casket of fair use?
Seriously, IBM has put down some cash on this number. Try $1 billion, said Duncan.
If a trademark owner doesn't protect their mark, it loses its meaning and may eventually go lower case -- Xerox becomes xerox. But how can you protect a mark when one of its chief values is that it's given away?
Still catching up on my blog reading after my trip to LWCE, and the long car trip back. This post on Copyfight highlights an important point about the DMCA and how it relates to open source.
The general rule is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The TANSTAAFL rule still applies. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
Language creates patterns of thought that affect everything else you do, including programming. If the cutting edge of Linux becomes Chinese (or when it becomes Chinese), what are you going to do?
If openSUSE can move the needle of Linux desktop acceptance, even just a little bit, it's a very good thing indeed.
At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo last week, I went to Novell's press conference on OpenSUSE, and sat down with Novell's Director of Marketing for Linux, Greg Mancusi-Ungaro to talk about the project and how Novell plans to differentiate OpenSUSE from Fedora. As Dana points out, the project doesn't seem to be setting the world on fire with excitement.