Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Delaware.

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SAP's skewed open source dogma

SAP's skewed open source dogma

Jeff Nolan of Venture Chronicles blog and an SAP executive posted a response his colleague Peter Graf's view, expressed during a keynote at the Open Source Business Conference, that the vast majority of open source software is too immature and won’t have a chance to prove itself, meaning it won’t be a good, strategic choice for enterprises.

February 18, 2006 by in Open Source

Apple's fragile hold on reality

Apple's fragile hold on reality

Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and Win2osx.net (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors.

February 17, 2006 by in Apple

Open source goodness and business realities

Open source goodness and business realities

During my sojourn at the Open Source Business Conference, I spent a few minutes with Tim Bray and Bill Vass of Sun. Tim is Sun's director of Web technologies (and one of the authors of the XML specification) and Bill is the company's CIO (and former CIO of the U.

February 17, 2006 by in Open Source

MovieBeam Mousketeers need Steve now

MovieBeam Mousketeers need Steve now

Jeffrey Young, author of iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, sent me his take on MovieBeam, a video on demand service spun out of Disney and backed by Cisco and Intel.A couple of weeks after Disney agreed to buy Steve Jobs' Pixar, the Mousketeers announced a new product from a spun-off subsidiary called MovieBeam that is so "brain dead" as the turtle-necked one would say, that you've got to wonder what they're smoking in Burbank.

February 17, 2006 by in Apple

OS X users celebrate first wild worm

OS X users celebrate first wild worm

If you use OS X (I do), you should greet with glee and joy this week's announcement that security experts have identified the first example of an OS X worm in the wild.  After all, this shows that OS X is finally getting enough mind share that malware writers are taking note.

February 17, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

FBI's Mueller plays broken record at RSA

FBI's Mueller plays broken record at RSA

FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech at the RSA Conference this week, and asked for help from the private sector to stay ahead of the curve in combatting cybercrime.  "It is not easy for law enforcement and private industry alike to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to these ever-evolving threats," Mueller said.

February 16, 2006 by in Security

Utility computing and private IT generators

Utility computing and private IT generators

Deal Architect Vinnie Mirchandani notes that Nick Carr has posted the slides from his talk at the Open Source Business Conference about the coming age of utility computing. Like electricity, organizations will inevitably be powered by automated, centralized grids of metered computing power, Nick predicted.

February 16, 2006 by in CXO

Commercializing open source--make it transparent

Commercializing open source--make it transparent

Commercialization of open source--and Oracle's recent foray into acquiring open source components--was a major theme at the Open Source Business Conference. During a panel on the topic, Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy for servers, proclaimed that commercialization is not only beneficial but inevitable.

February 16, 2006 by in Open Source

SpikeSource and SugarCRM light the LAMP

SpikeSource and SugarCRM light the LAMP

During the Open Source Business Conference I sat down for a podcast interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL; Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource; and John Roberts, CEO of SugarCRM. The three open source moguls are flush with recent VC cash infusions and have partnered on Spike Stack for Sugar Professional.

February 16, 2006 by in Open Source

Marten Mickos: MySQL's undaunted leader

Marten Mickos: MySQL's undaunted leader

Prior to Stephen Shankland's scoop about Oracle's attempt to add MySQL to its portfolio, I chatted with the open source database company's CEO Marten Mickos about Oracle's open source envy, his reaction to Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, and how he plans to keep MySQL ahead of the game. Mickos had tried to acquire InnoDB, which provides online backup for MySQL, but the pastures were apparently greener at the omnivorous Oracle for InnoDB creator Heikki Tuuri.

February 15, 2006 by in Open Source

Book excerpt: Naked Conversations

Book excerpt: Naked Conversations

In October I blogged my one (long) sentence review of "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers" by PR pro, startup guru and author Shel Israel and Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble (Wiley, 2006).

February 15, 2006 by in Tech Industry

The wild world of open source

The wild world of open source

During a session at the Open Source Business Conference, called "CXO Crossfire," several a panelists debated a number of questions related to open source. Actually it was more of a discussion, with executives representing buyers and four the sellers.

February 15, 2006 by in Open Source

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