We've been following the progress of Debian's upcoming stable release ("Sarge") for some time, and now is a good time to check in on Debian's progress. Let me preface this by saying that I'm a big fan of Debian, the distribution and the community that actually produces the distro.
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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Much of the commentary on John Carroll's piece about Third World open source movements was political. (The illustration is by Linda Herzog of Vista, California, a member of the Nature Artists group.
One reason closed-source developers may continue to feel smug is they have a working business model. Charging for code is an easy business model.
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith says the company wants a sit-down with the open source community. That kind of talk brings out the Blofeld in me.
Fortinet has apparently settled the suit filed by Harald Welte earlier this month. Welte, who founded gpl-violations.
In comments attached to last week's note about Windows ISVs the complaint was raised, who cares?You should.
Even with the danger of the SCO case fading, license management is proving to be a vital niche in the open source universe. Proof comes with today's announcement that former Sun chief marketing and strategy officer Mark Tolliver is the new CEO of Palamida, a license compliance service.
Some questions to ponder this weekend.When was the last time you found a really exciting, new Windows application, from a start-up or a near start-up?
Brazil may be the most interesting case study in open source today.It's not just their recent moves to mandate open source use by local governments.
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.