Searching, as Joe notes below, is one thing.The real "killer app" is find.
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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I must be under-estimating the user demand for "desktop search." It seems like all the major players are striving to create a desktop search solution.
One impact of open source is it reduces the advantage of copyright held by western companies. Here is Exhibit A.
This is a question you can answer. Do we have a shortage of open source talent?
One of the most promising features of open source is the ability to reuse code. One conspicuous example is Apple's use of KHTML, from Konqueror/KDE in its Safari browser, or Linspire's use of Mozilla with its multiplatform Nvu "Web authoring system.
George Lakoff, a linguistics professor with the University of California at Berkeley, teaches that the way to win an argument is to control how the argument is described.The note on Microsoft below reminds me of a very important verbal frame through which open source is losing the argument.
Microsoft didn't entirely waste that $50 million it indirectly put into SCO Linux. It learned how scary lawyers are to customers.
One of the worst-kept secrets of the computing world is that, after spending billions of dollars and several years winning a virtual monopoly on Web browsers, Microsoft is slowly tossing it away.There are good reasons for this.
It has been predicted that the number of available Linux distributions will continue to increase until they reach a 1:1 ratio with the general populace. That may be an exaggeration, but it sometimes seems like it could happen if you watch the Linux community closely.
The gearheads are buzzing over ZDNet's report from Friday about Chris Stone (left, from ZDNet France) leaving Novell. They're worried about what this may mean concerning Novell's commitment to open source.