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.
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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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.
Easterners know the Cherokee Nation as, well, a gambling hall. Did you know they have a bet on Linux they think will bring in revenue?
I have to admit, I was amused at Jonathan Schwartz's latest blog entry ("Interpreting IBM's behavior") where he complains that IBM is not being supportive of Sun's attempts to gain more customers in the financial industry:But what's been really interesting is noticing who's not necessarily been so supportive of helping us drive more opportunity with our financial services customers: IBM.
Many open source advocates like to crow about how Microsoft users must patch-and-patch to fix security holes, while we go merrily on, bulletproof.Not necessarily.
The CTO of Novell Canada,Ross Chevalier, has told a reporter that North America's lagging Linux share is all due to a misunderstanding. They just don't know about all the great applications that have been ported to Linux over the last few years, from trusted names likeIBM, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and SAP, he said.
ZDNet has a story on Red Hat's changes to the Fedora development model. Specifically, Red Hat is finally starting to focus on community involvement:"One of the mistakes we made early on when we made the split between RHEL and Fedora was we told everybody that Fedora was public, come help us out," said Greg Dekoenigsberg, Red Hat's community relations manager.
A quick administrative note for all the folks who read the Open Source blog. ZDNet Blogs is now using the same TalkBack software used by ZDNet News.
Along with news of new nasty virii comes word that Metasploit, an open source tool for creating exploits and testing them against your system (to make sure that it is secure) has been released. Get your copy here.
Open source, as a concept, is misunderstood and thus underestimated.Most people think that open source means Linux.