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.
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.
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.
Microsoft will support instances of Red Hat Linux in its Virtual Server and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Joking that it hurts my eyes CEO Steve Ballmer watched Red Hat Linux running on an early version of Virtual Server Service Pack 1, due for release by year-end.
Back in the early days, before the stock market collapsed upon itself and Caldera turned evil, one of the problems in promoting Linux was certification programs that would allow hiring managers to sort the wheat from the chaff when going through resumes.
It's called CHAOS, and it takes unused cycles from any PC on your network, then harnesses them for use by an application which needs them.It's a good example of a point made by several readers here the last few days, that adding new features to Linux simply makes Linux better, not more unwieldy.
Linux is a robust, scalable, modular operating system, which is extensible by anyone, and can interoperate with nearly anything. This is the power of open source.
Is Linux becoming like Windows, so overwhelmed with features that it's bloated?Some people are starting to think so.
Microsoft seems to realize that many people take its sponsored studies with a grain of salt. So, why would the folks in Redmond -- or any other vendor, for that matter -- go to the trouble to finance a study that they know will be dismissed as biased?
SCO is still swinging in its legal war. But the show could soon close.