Yesterday I introduced speculation that programs like Firefox, Thunderbird(left), Open Officeand the Chandler project may be more of a threat to Windows than Linux. These open source Windows applications could, in time, help take share from Microsoft Office.
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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Business Week recently got to talk with Kevin Johnson, Microsoft'sgroup vice-president for worldwide sales, marketing, and services. Naturally they asked him a lot of questions about Linux.
In my last post a gentle reader (using what I can only hope is a nom de plume) pointed out that I had written moving to Windows rather than moving from Windows. One of the peculiarities of writing is that you can read and re-read something you've written and keep seeing what you meant to write rather than what you've actually written.
One thing that can be said for the open source community, that can't really be said for Microsoft, is that we play well with others. If Windows users won't come to us, we'll go to them.
The headline comes from a very old Bugs Bunny cartoon (The Old Grey Hair, 1944, by Robert Clampett), in which the rabbit and hunter are transported to the far-off future, to the year 2000. (The title panel comes from Dave Mackey's site.
Weiqi Gao reports that a true open source Java Development Kit, perhaps from IBM, could come out as early as this coming week. Reports of an an open source JDK have been around for some time.
One of the great ironies of our time, for me, is to see IBM fighting so hard on what I consider the side of the angels, namely open source. (Google found the image for me in Peru.
Reading this ZDNet piece about upcoming releases from Novell and Red Hat, I see that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 is supposed to include Security-enhanced Linux (SELinux). This is not surprising, since Red Hat has used the last two Fedora Core releases to test SELinux.
Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation told me once about his "four freedoms" of software that define open source for him.Freedom to use it.
There is an interesting market battle going on in the embedded world.It's not just between operating systems, but among versions of a specific operating system -- Linux.