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Plone and Drupal are two leading open source Content Management Systems (CMS). Both were recognized in the 2009 Open Source CMS awards, run by Packt Publishing. Both also have large installed bases and large developer communities. This is made evident by some quick searching on Googl...
My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-t...
I recently wrapped up an 18-month stint on the business subcomittee of the Wireless Washtenaw Initiaitive, a project to bring wireless broadband to the citizens of Washtenaw County, Michigan. It's part of a growing movement by local government to help citizens participate in today's hi...
I've been a long-time Python fan. It's a language that's so easy to program with that I end up turning to it for a great many things and I find myself wishing for a Python interface in pretty much any application that moves or plays with data in anyway. I also give Python-based product...
It's probably not likely that Itanium has much of a future unless Linux makes massive gains in market share over the next 5 years. 'If Intel truly believes in Itanium,' writes Paul Nowak, 'then they have to do away with Windows. Windows is not coming to Itanium. While killing off Windo...
Bruce Perens, cofounder of the Open Source Initiative and long-time leader of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, announced plans at the November 2003 Desktop Linux Consortium event in Boston to start a project called UserLinux. UserLinux is to be a Linux distribution based on a subset ...
Microsoft needs to consider a partial open source model for code development if it hopes to survive the coming open source onslaught, says Paul Nowak. That's why, he argues, the reported source code leak of portions of the Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems today 'has the po...
The Linux world has a variety of alternatives when it comes to distros...but it?s looking less and less as if one of them will any longer be Red Hat, writes Paul Nowak in response to today's developments.
Open source software (OSS) development and use, as described by the General Public License (GPL) and other similar licenses, creates tremendous gains in the quality and volume of software development and use, says Paul Nowak - in a new application of Garret Hardin's seminal 1968 Scienc...
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is an open source replacement for the Microsoft Office suite. From all accounts, OOo is gaining significant momentum with over 16 million downloads recorded and countless installations from CD-ROM according to the OOo Web site. It's also the subject of a recent bo...
From the start, questions have surrounded the process and people SCO used to determine the alleged code violations in Linux, from the phantom MIT mathematics department team which MIT itself can’t identify to SCO saying this week that it has no idea what the history of a particular sni...
The Hollywood animation studio ILM admits they couldn't have done some of the really tough load balancing code used in their render farms without being able to modify the task scheduler code in Linux. With greater frequency, we are now seeing stories that have some mention of how a par...
The business world has never seen anything like the Linux ecosystem before. Within the context of the business and social phenomenon that is OSS, this article discusses why there exists a natural niche for a non-profit member organization to be front and center in the move to OSS on ...
SCO's legal challenges over alleged source code infringements in the Linux code base are making all kinds of twists and turns these days. SCO continues to embolden its attack of Linux users, developers and distributors and, with Red Hat and SUSE's actions this week, the attacked are st...