The recent hiring of a former Microsoft executive, Nat Brown, by Linux developer CAC Media of New York leads me to our question of the day.Can the open source community live with Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
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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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As Sun cranks up the hype machine for Solaris 10, one of the technologies we keep hearing about is Janus. Sun's Janus is a technology that's supposed to allow Solaris users to run Linux binaries on Solaris, unmodified.
Hypochondriacs get sick. They even die. Just because you're paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you.
Sun's newest version of Solaris is better than the old stuff and the price is right -- free. But Solaris is not, and never will be, Linux.
Searching, as Joe notes below, is one thing.The real "killer app" is find.
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.