Open source and free software aren't synonyms.Everyone needs to make a living, and there are many people in the open source community who make it by selling their wares.
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.
Another week, another study. Coverity has done a study of the 2.
Documentation, I thought, is the Achilles Heel for open source.It's baked into the process.
I wrote the other day about IBM chairman Sam Palmisano, speculating over what he might next do with Linux.Well, if one of you has Photoshop, maybe you could add a nice red Santa hat to that picture and send it back to me.
Not to beat the topic to death, but I wanted to chime in on this story about a perceived Linux skills shortage. Two points I'd like to make.
He's not much in a swimsuit.He is not even what I like to call a "truly handsome man" (look at all that head on top of his head -- yech!
For some reason stories like this burn me up. It's a survey from Forrester alleging that there's a big Linux skills shortage, which may keep companies from adopting it.
We were talking yesterday about second-rate software being ported to Linux.Today we hear PalmSource (which makesthe Palm OS) has spent $21 million in stock to buy a Chinese Linux developer(about 10% of the company), and has plans for a Linux port.
Chalk up another one for Linux. PalmSource has announced that it will be using Linux in the near future, and "extending" PalmOS to run on top of Linux as an application layer rather than as an OS in its own right.
Every time I turn around these days it seems that some other product that can't make it in the proprietary world is going open source.That's the way of the world.