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Who is the Best Candidate for the Open Source Community?

This is the question posed by Will Hurley of BMC. After chatting with him today about life, the upcoming elections, and the open source community in general, I decided that I am pretty curious about how to answer that question myself. more>>

Bringing Back Business as Usual

As we've noted with some disdain, the news has been captivated with the Big Money Buyout this week, as though the world is caught in some terrible rerun of Let's Make A Deal. The dealio continues unabated, but the good news is that at least some of the tech world has returned to normal. more>>

When The Government Comes A'Calling

Industry has been the biggest source of news this week, what with the never-ending brouhaha over Microsoft & Yahoo and all the other enterprise ups and downs. Industry isn't the only player, though, and this afternoon we're focusing on what happens when the government gets into the technoplay. more>>

Linus on the Empire; New Releases for GNOME and Ubuntu

In the first go round, Linux arch-developer Linus Torvalds used his appearance on the Linux Foundation's OpenVoices podcast to talk about why the Linux kernel would be sticking with the GPLv2. Now he's back again, sitting down with Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin to talk about Microsoft's patent bluster, how he's nonplussed about the work MS has done towards Linux interoperability, the importance of not scaring away potential kernel hackers, and quite a bit more. more>>

Campus Party, February 11-17, 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil

After speaking at the Florida Linux Show on February 11th, I return ever-so-briefly to the New England area to re-pack my bags and head for Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend Campus Party (February 11th to 17th, 2008). more>>

Florida Linux Show - February 11th, 2008 - Jacksonville, Florida

February 11th, 2008 will see the Florida Linux Show (www.floridalinuxshow.com), a one-day event aimed at business people and systems administrators who are trying to learn about the latest in Free and Open Source trends. The event will be held at the University of North Florida, University Center at Jacksonville, and the admission charge is ten dollars. more>>

More Microsoft, Less Internet, and Open Source Too!

We had high hopes that after four days of non-stop punditry, the Microsoft-Yahoo bid might not be the only thing anyone was talking about. It seems it's still on the tip of everyone's tongue — and probably will be for quite a while — but a few other stories have managed to slip through. Here's what we've got. more>>

Yahoo's Openness Asset

What if Yahoo's main value isn't its search engine or its advertising business, but the openness that makes it more Net-native and hacker-friendly than Microsoft? Does Microsoft understand that this same kind of openness plays a large role in Google's success as well? more>>

Renoise For Linux

On January 17 of this year the first beta release of Renoise 1.9.1 was announced. Along with new features and fixes for its Windows and OSX versions, this release includes the first version of Renoise for Linux. This is rather significant news: Renoise is a popular program, with an active community of developers and users in the Win/Mac music worlds, and a native Linux release has been a community priority. The wait is over, so let's see (and hear) what Renoise brings to the Linux audio software party. more>>

What Went On While We Were Out

The weekend is over, the Giants won the Super Bowl, and most of us have gotten our tongues back in our mouths after Friday's announcement that Microsoft has a serious case of the hots for Yahoo. Now it's time for the wrap-up of what was going down while we were weekending. more>>

And Now For Something Entirely Different

Technology news isn't all mergers, acquisitions, and shakeups, sometimes it's porn and penis-enlargement email too. In an effort to provide balanced coverage of all things tech-wise, this afternoon is dedicated to the just-a-bit-different department. more>>

ICANN Has Had Enough of Playing Graceful with Scammers

It's not uncommon these days to run into an empty domain covered in ads, completely unassociated with what we expected to find. The cash cow may find itself on the barbecue soon, however, as the powers that be are planning to pull the plug. more>>

What happens if Microsoft buys Yahoo?

One's head spins thinking about Microsoft's unsolicited bid of $44.6 billion for Yahoo.

Yahoo has been a major figure in the open source world for a long time. It sponsors events, participates in countless development projects, and encourages its own engineers to do open source work. And, of course, it uses countless open source code bases as well. more>>

The Digital Convergence Transformation and Analog Hanging in There

Have you ever seen a $25,000 PC Card that hooks to a scanner to produce clean content used for forms? Some professional groups pay those kind of dollars so they can use EDI to speed up their collections. Call the filer a service provider and call the paper billing company a payer. So why does the payer make a provider kill trees to get paid? more>>

Ups and Downs were the Way of the Day

Just about all the big players had something in the news yesterday, though not all of them were having champagne moments. Just what was going on? We're glad you asked. more>>

Microsoft Tries To Slurp Up Yahoo

The tech world has been hearing rumblings and whispers that Microsoft wanted to add Yahoo to its fold, but now it's official: Big Evil wants it bad. more>>

Some assignments for Social Graph Foo Camp

Free thinking and free code have two things in common: a lot of the best work has already been done, and we can re-use it.

That's my second challenge to ers. The first is getting some clarity about what the "social graph" means in the first place. more>>

Writers with Technical Background Needed or Not

One year ago, I stuck my resume up on Dice and Monster expecting to find a nice job as a system administrator. I wrote a decent resume, outlined my abilities and accomplishments and waited to see my cell phone light up with calls. Nothing happened. I went to both job boards and saw that I had a few hits. I seem to remember about four hits on each board for a total of eight hits. more>>

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Xubuntu...

I know that about six billion people have compared and contrasted the differences between the Ubuntu variants. Really, the choice comes down to personal preference, and usually it comes down to the classic Gnome vs KDE war. more>>

Fun With the VMware Workstation

Enough of this reading about virtualization, I'm just gonna do it already! To get my feet wet, I installed the 30-day free trial of VMware Workstation for my Ubuntu 7.10 system, hoping to have several guest OSes on my primary Linux desktop. I must say, so far I am quite impressed! more>>

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