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Commentary: Open Source is not a verb

I am a linguist by training. Long before I delved into free software and was snagged by the quagmire of marketing, I pondered the marvels of morphology, the grimness of grammar and the splendor of semantics. It is only natural then that my wrangling criticism of industry-speak, in both technical and literary modes, is informed by ingrained linguistic sensibilities, descriptive and proscriptive. Given my background, I find it vexing when open source is used as a verb.

Develop HTML Widgets with Dojo

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Igor Kusakov (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 4, 2006 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Learn the basics of developing HTML widgets using Dojo; including how to refer an image, how to add an event handler to an HTML page, and how to handle composite widgets. Also, discover important differences between plain old JavaScript-style coding versus using Dojo.

Apache packages: creating a support vacuum

OSS in the real worldComment Right at the end of OSCon in September, I got the opportunity to harangue Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth about the support vacuum distros such as his create. He didn't have an answer. OK, I was putting him on the spot, but I don't think he'd have done much better if he'd had notice of the question. Frankly, I don't think there is an answer.

New Open Source Projects, OpenClovis

OpenClovis, Inc. will launch several new open source projects that aim to provide high availability and carrier grade capabilities, which are required by the telecommunications industry, to popular open source telephony and enterprise applications. At the same time, the company will also promote additional open source projects to accelerate the pre-integration of open source telecom Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions with its own commercial-off-the- shelf (COTS), open source, high availability service application platform.

Open Source - the Great Equalizer - Turns its Sights on Storage

I try hard not to describe the introduction of a new technology as disruptive, particularly in a public forum. If I'm wrong, the misguided pronouncement sticks to my public resume. So when I say that has the potential to become a hugely disruptive force in storage, the statement means I'm willing to take a big public risk.

Novell talks about the Microsoft deal

The Microsoft/Novell deal was a prime topic of conversation at my LUG meeting last night, just as it was everywhere else Linux enthusiasts gather: IRC channels, mailing lists, wikis, and blogs were busy with chatter about the issue. There were opinions everywhere, but details and facts were in short supply, so I went straight to the horse's mouth to get the word from Novell.

Zend Partners with Google, IBM, MySQL and Microsoft to Grow PHP

Microsoft and Zend are all set to join hands in a technical collaboration to enhance the experience of running the PHP scripting language on Windows Server 2003 and the next version of Windows Server, code-named 'Longhorn'. Zend also announced an agreement with MySQL AB that will enable it to better integrate the open source database with Zend products, including the option of full integration.

NL: ATI Linux Driver 8.30.3

ATi heeft enkele dagen geleden alweer nieuwe display drivers voor Linux uitgebracht. Ze hebben het versienummer 8.30.3 meegekregen en doen hun werk voor alle videokaarten die gebruik maken van de Radeon 9550 of recenter. Ondersteuning voor de Radeon 8500, 9000, 9100, 9200 en 9250 is sinds versie 8.29.6 van de ATi Linux Drivers geschrapt, waardoor ze noodgedwongen op versie 8.28.8 blijven steken.

Release-critical Bugreport for November 3, 2006

Release-critical Bugreport for November 3, 2006

Of Macros And Drum Machines

This week in my random survey of activity on the mail-lists for Linux sound& music software I'll look at two very different software drum machines and a keystroke macro that enters LilyPond music notation into an Open Office text document. And if that isn't enough I've included four thrilling screenshots and links to three entertaining audio files to entice and maintain your interest.

Lessons learned from OSS in retail

Bernie Brennan, formerly the CEO of retailer Montgomery Ward, confesses he didn't know much about open source software before he took over as chairman of the board at Tomax and eFashion Solutions. Both of these companies rely heavily on Linux, on their own shop floors and those of their customers. Now that Brennan has learned about the advantages of open source, he says he'd never invest in a company that didn't use it.

The Morning After - Reactions to Novell-MS - Updated 2xs

"I think Microsoft doesn't care what you run if it's entertainment you are after, as long as it's DRM'd so they control access that way, and so long as there's a "Microsoft tax", so to speak, on Linux, which encourages the continued use of Office in the workplace as the de facto standard. It does intend to kill ODF, I gather, and Novell is apparently going to help them try. "

as usual, PJ offers up plenty of solid information--TC

Use Oracle skills to quickly learn DB2 for Linux or UNIX

There are many similarities between Oracle and DB2. This article shows you how to use your current knowledge of Oracle 10g to quickly gain skills in IBM DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

Linux interoperability takes center stage at TechX World

On Tuesday, upwards of 100 IT managers and administrators attended Penton Media's TechX World conference in Dallas -- the third of four such one-day seminars this fall. Server room strategies were the main agenda, with particular emphasis placed on interoperability in a mixed Linux and Windows environment.

Inside the Hacker's Profiling Project

Imagine being able to preview an attacker's next move based on the traces left on compromised machines. That's the aim of the Hacker's Profiling Project (HPP), an open methodology that hopes to enable analysts to work on the data (logs, rootkits, and any code) left by intruders from a different point of view, providing them with a profiling methodology that will identify the kind of attacker and therefore his modus operandi and potential targets.

Security Blog Log: Dissecting Firefox 2.0

This week, bloggers examine the security features of Firefox 2.0 and come away with mixed reviews. Does it fare better than Internet Explorer 7?

Ballmer Invites Patent Talks with Competing Linux Vendors

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says competing Linux vendors such as Red Hat and Oracle have strong incentives to follow Novell's initiative in reaching a patent liability settlement with Microsoft.

[Is that why Novell struck a deal with Microsoft? Anyone else smell anything rotten here? - dcparris]

Linux Advocates Wary of Novell-Microsoft Tie

Novell investors may be cheering the Linux vendor’s historic partnership with Microsoft, but Linux advocates had an entirely different reaction Thursday, expressing concerns that the deal may hint at future patent lawsuits and possibly even violate Linux’s software license.

Robert W Baird downgrades Red Hat (RHAT) to Neutral

Robert W Baird downgrades Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) from Outperform to Neutral and lowers their price target to $19, following Microsoft/Novell Linux partnership news.

Penguin Profits: Making Money with Linux

  • Channel Insider; By Herman Mehling (Posted by dcparris on Nov 3, 2006 7:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Its low cost and reliability have made the maturing Linux open-source operating system more marketable for solution providers.

[All right! Who let the cat out of the bag? - dcparris]

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