Last week I described the concept of open source licensing as strategy, mainly from a theoretical viewpoint.Let's see how it works in the real world, "ripped from the headlines" as they say.
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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 think it's safe to predict that future historians looking at the history ofLinux will spend a lot of time muttering about the events preceeding, surrounding,and flowing from, Novell's purchase of SuSe in late 2003.
"We’re thrilled that we seem to be in stock in most places, which is something we didn’t do before."
"A lot of developing country governments don’t know much about the Internet. We see the government of India picking up one of our papers, then saying ‘We’ve got to preserve the end to end principle.’ which means they’re reading it."
Here's an important lesson for everyone, whether you run Linux, Solaris, Windows, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, or MS-DOS -- your customers' data isn't very secure when tapes carrying sensitive customer data go missing in transit. [Editor's note: Last month, tapes carrying personal information of 600,000 Time Warner employees were also lost in transit.
Now that the rumors have turned out to be true, what is this going to mean for Linux -- if anything? Well, let's look at the facts that we have so far.
Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptographydone in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you've goteight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.
What is the biggest problem faced by the open source community? Is it marketing or our business model?
That's 250 people, many of them presumably experienced kernel level Unix developers, working on thekernel for over three years now. Sounds impressive, but what have they been doing? Has anyone seenresults remotely commensurate with that level of effort?
There are actually two loony tune headlines I can think of thatmight make some sense: "Intel to fab PowerPC for Apple" and"Apple to sue IBM for commercial malfeasance." Both depend, ofcourse, on things I don't know - specifically on what's in thedetails of Apple's contracts with IBM and Freescale.