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Joe Brockmeier

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is the community manager for openSUSE, a community Linux distro sponsored by Novell. Prior to joining Novell, Brockmeier worked as a technology journalist primarily covering the Linux and FOSS beat, and wrote for a number of publications, such as Linux Magazine, Linux.com, Sys Admin, UnixReview.com, IBM developerWorks, Linux Weekly News, Enterprise Linux Magazine, and ZDNet.

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Even hackers get the blues

Even hackers get the blues

The bonds of the FOSS community go far beyond software. Case in point, Arjen Lentz is stepping outside the bounds of the comfortable realm of software and launching bluehackers.

January 23, 2009 by in Security

What happens with KDE with Qt license shift?

What happens with KDE with Qt license shift?

License discussions are usually about as interesting as watching paint dry, but the news that Nokia is going to use GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for the upcoming release of Qt may be a big deal for KDE.Nokia announced today that it would be releasing Qt (pronounced "cute," by the way) 4.

January 13, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Metered computing: Another great argument for open source in 2009

Metered computing: Another great argument for open source in 2009

Metered computing, as outlined by Microsoft in a patent application, isn't the worst idea I've heard -- but it ranks up there with other spectacular failures like the original DivX, AOL dial-up, and the 2008 Detroit Lions.The idea, as outlined in this article by David Meyer, is that people would buy "heavily subsidized" (cheap) PCs, but then pay charges based on how much computing time and processing power they used.

December 30, 2008 by in Open Source

Apple continues abuse of App store

Apple continues abuse of App store

If any company desperately needs a clueful community manager, it's Apple. I've written before about the company's issues with the App store and the way it treats developers (as have many others) but it looks like they're still having a hard time getting a handle on developer relations.

December 23, 2008 by in Developer

Does dual-licensing limit community?

Does dual-licensing limit community?

Stephen O'Grady has an interesting post about the past, present, and future of MySQL over on Redmonk, including how its dual-license strategy may limit its community:Generally, this model has served MySQL fairly well. By controlling the intellectual property, they retain the rights to relicense the code, thus protecting a revenue stream.

December 22, 2008 by in Data Centers

Companies drive open source success?

Companies drive open source success?

A new report says that large IT vendors are responsible for open source's accelerated adoption and change.From the report:While open source software is omnipresent, and its presence is growing more rapidly than previously estimated, the basic nature of open source software is changing from project-based, developer-driven community initiatives to vendor-driven, and vendor-owned, software.

December 20, 2008 by in Open Source

No such thing as a free Linux distro

No such thing as a free Linux distro

A few Linux distributions emphasize license freedom as a goal, but Tom "Spot" Callaway says that there's no such thing as a free Linux distro.Callaway, Fedora's engineering manager, writes that "you'd need to do an incredibly thorough audit of every file in the system to be sure that every single file is under a known license," and the evidence says that most distros haven't actually done it.

December 19, 2008 by in Banking

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