While I was thinking about this post the other day, I shot off a few questions to Louis Suarez-Potts, OpenOffice.org's Community Manager, about the issue.
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Kaboodle, an open source LAN manager, quietly hit its Release 1.0 milestone last week.
Just because a piece of software is open source does not mean we are no longer subject to corporate intrigue.David Berlind and this blog's own Joe Brockmeier combine to teach that lesson today.
Maybe I'm imagining it, but there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of Sun and OpenOffice.org team members lately to push the meme that IBM should be criticized for its lack of involvement with OpenOffice.
Two weeks ago we reported on the rift between Larry McVoy, who wrote a closed source tool Linus Torvalds himself had begun depending upon, and the open source community. Today the "other shoe" dropped on that story with word that Samba's Andrew Tridgell has released an open source tool for reading BitKeeper repositories called SourcePuller.
Right now open source security is symmetrical. Closed source security is asymmetrical. Who will win?
Microsoft's Jim Allchin is out plugging "Longhorn," even though the OS isn't expected to be released for more than another year. Apparently, not content to copy features from the Mac OS and Linux, the new MS mantra ("It just works") is also borrowed from Apple's ad campaigns.
When an analyst trying to build a business gets calls from the press, it's normal to "give good quote," to try and go along with the reporter's assumptions in hopes of getting called back. The danger is you wind up stringing along controversies that don't exist, and causing havoc in a market that needs sagacity, not self-promotion.
There's an interesting discussion going on right now about the effect of using GPL'ed fonts in a document. Some users on the Scribus list were concerned that using GPL'ed fonts in a document might subject the document itself to the GPL what with the GPL's greatly-exaggerated "viral" properties.
Thin clients have a long and somewhat tortured history. Every once in a while, they make sense.