Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a successful open-source collaboration
application that includes email, calendaring, file sharing, chat and
video chat. Zimbra's developer, Synacor, Inc., recently released two
new Zimbra-related offerings, namely Zimbra Open Source Support (ZOSS)
and Zimbra Suite Plus.
At this point in history, arguments for using Linux, FOSS (free and open-source software) and the Internet make themselves. Yet the virtues behind
those things—freedom, openness, compatibility, interoperability,
substitutability—still tend to be ignored by commercial builders of
A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any
new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time
getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do.
"Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As
Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows.
Linux doesn't lie, any more than gravity lies, or geology lies, or atmosphere
lies. Like those other natural things, Linux has no guile, no agenda beyond
supporting the entirety of use-space. In rough words, there's no bullshit about
it, and that's one reason it gets used. Let me explain.
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I used to have a paperweight sitting on my desk that read something like “Robert H. Lane, appointed President of Commodore Computers....” It was the sort of thing that they gave to executives. A brass plaque of their appointment as it appeared in the Wall Street Journal or the Globe and Mail. more>>
At the end of a conference, most people have two feelings. The first is a feeling of wanting to get out there and do something. After last year's LinuxCon, especially after listening to Noah Broadwater of Sesame Workshop, I wanted to go back to my office, take a chainsaw to my IIS installations, and tear out my Sharepoint system. more>>
As a society, we are all about numbers -- How much, how far, how fast. In IT, it is all a numbers game. Teraflops to compare computing power, TPC results to compare databases, analyst numbers to compare penetration -- We are all about the numbers. And as a wise man once said, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. more>>
We never like to see our co-workers leave. In most cases, though, we are are happy for them because they are going on to bigger and better things. But occasionally they are not leaving under their own power. And that is when things can get...well...messy. So before you are tasked with the job of putting it all back together, why not take a moment and prepare. more>>