The biggest threat to free software may be Moore's Law. That's because while it's easy to get free applications and free operating systems, you can't get a free BIOS.
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.
Wondering about the status of Debian "Sarge," otherwise known as the next stable release of Debian? Andreas Barth has posted an update for the next Debian installer release candidate (RC3), which also gives some clue as to when Sarge might finally show up for duty.
Late last year we identified a trend of second-tier application vendors making their products open source.The trend for 2005 is for major applications to tiptoe into this water, looking for competitive advantage with limited releases of source code.
Who is the leader of the open source movement? Does it matter?
New Scientist reports that a German teen,Nils Schneider, has managed to get Linux working on his iPod by using sound.Herr Schneidersays Bernard Leach, a UK software engineer who helped set up the so-called iPod Linux project, worked out how to control the piezoelectric component within the iPod, which clicks when you load songs.
Nathan Willis suggests that open source could take a cue from Apple's PR department. Specifically, Willis says that open source projects would do well to emulate Apple's PR practices, given that Apple manages to garner huge amounts of news coverage each time they do product announcements.
Movie production has gone open source with Blender 3D. A new version is now being reviewed.
IBM's open source strategy is pretty simple when you come right down to it.Linux, and open source, will unite IBM's past with computing's future.
As a professional journalist, I find itfrustrating when my brethren repeat press releases verbatim, without looking inside them. Such is the case with recent "reporting" on Firefox.
The No Software Patents website has a report on the latest in the software patent saga. Long story short: The European Commission is thumbing its nose (figuratively, of course) at the European Parliament's request to restart the legislative process.