Most operating system reviews and developer interviews rely on technical points to explain what a project is about and what benefits users might derive from it. We rarely hear from the people responsible for the lion's share of the work in the open source software world. So here's a less technical interview with some members of the OpenSolaris development team.
The computer company's new BSD-licensed project should help quiet complaints that it uses code from the KHTML project without giving back.
The GNU General Public Licence version 2 was released in 1991. Since then the software sector and the free software landscape has changed significantly and the Free Software Foundation is working on an updated licence to account for a reflect these changes. Yesterday Richard Stallman and FSF legal adviser Eben Moglen released an article explaining a few of the issues at stake in drafting GPL version 3.
We wanted to interview Linus Torvalds because all the computers at our school run Linux. Mr. Torvalds lives in our neighborhood so we sent him an email and asked for an interview. So what happens when Linus Torvalds sits down with a high school freshman for an interview? You get to hear what every 15 year-old wants to know about our favorite open source software developer. This is a two-part interview. Part 2 will be posted to the Maverick tomorrow.
Why do I use a small project like Frugalware as my workstation operating system? Because it gives me the tools, simplicity, and fun I want in an operating system.
Maybe something is amiss in our beloved Linux community? Over the past few months something has changed. No, the people are as friendly and helpful as ever. But something unquestionably has changed. So what smells so fishy in the Linux community today?
Just seven per cent of companies currently without Linux servers plan to adopt Linux during the next year, compared to between 12 per cent and 17 per cent when SG Cowen began tracking in 2003. SG Cowen surveyed 500 organizations.
The open source Eclipse Foundation has released Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (Birt) 1.0, a specification that developers can use to more easily build reporting capabilities into enterprise Java applications.
"The cornerstone of most open source application serving is the ubiquitous LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP/Python/Perl) stack. Yet it's not always as easy as you'd expect to get all the elements of the stack properly installed and working together. Enter XAMPP..."
ImpiLinux 2005, the homegrown South African Linux distribution making inroads into the SA market is an attractive and usable platform for users. Walter Kruse takes it for a spin to see see what has changed since the last big release seven months ago.
Just following the "big" Release we have a small one to announce: Debian AMD64 Port is now (since Wednesday, 8th June 2005) also declared stable. From now on there will be no changes to this archive, except for point releases which will be coordinated closely with the Debian ones.
The nature of the open source community is changing. I'm not exactly sure what "open source community" means anymore. When I first got involved with open source in 1998/99, the community was distinct: It was Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Robin Miller, and others like them. Developers. Gear heads. Hackers. Today, it's unclear whether that community still exists in any separate, discernible form.
Many software executives break out in hives at the mere mention of the GPL. Most likely, this is due to the GPL's "restriction on downstream restrictions," a clause that sets the GPL apart from other open-source licenses that allow downstream users to license derivations restrictively.
The State of the Art decides, whether an invention is new or not. Let's certify all publicly available programs and technical papers by a notarial act!
Like Firefox, Wine is open-source software that provides an important piece of the Linux desktop puzzle. IBM's reluctance to promote Wine underscores some of the complex legal and technical issues surrounding Linux adoption.
Scott McNealy defended his company's purchase of StorageTek, and laid into some old and new targets, at a Sun event in Scotland
You can talk all you want about how Mactels aren't going to be that wonderful, but if you want to see many enterprise Linux desktops around in 2007, start making it happen.
Two strong GUIs for fluidsynth and JACK make Linux audio tasks easier and faster, letting you get straight to the music.
Engineers from Sendmail, Inc. are helping make Open Source email safe for wide-scale enterprise use with the release of its latest consolidated email security framework for the Open Source sendmail Mail Transport Agent (MTA).
Ewald Will Expand Global Presence and Continue Tradition of Innovative Leadership