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Crazy Google Kids at it Again with Chrome OS

November 19, 2009 in Syndicated

Google kicked off the launch of its Chromium OS project today with a presentation on Chrome OS. The first thing you’ll notice is that the name of Google’s consumer product will be Chrome OS, while the open source project is named Chromium OS. My guess: Google will bless the usage of the Chrome OS name by granting trademark rights to those who comply with Google’s standards. Google didn’t say that, but that’s what I would do.

The next thing I noticed is that Chrome OS will be completely “cloud-based”. As in, no local data. As in, all web apps all the time. As in, it’s only useful to the extent that there’s an internet connection. This will likely prove to be a Google Rohrschach test. Those already predisposed to disliking anything Google does will find this horrifying. Those who think Google is the bee’s knees will conclude that it’s not completely evil and, indeed, is the next logical evolution of desktops-in-the-cloud technology.

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Crazy Google Kids at it Again with Chrome OS

November 19, 2009 in Syndicated

Google kicked off the launch of its Chromium OS project today with a presentation on Chrome OS. The first thing you’ll notice is that the name of Google’s consumer product will be Chrome OS, while the open source project is named Chromium OS. My guess: Google will bless the usage of the Chrome OS name by granting trademark rights to those who comply with Google’s standards. Google didn’t say that, but that’s what I would do.The next thing I noticed is that Chrome OS will be completely “cloud-based”. As in, no local data. As in, all web apps all the time. As in, it’s only useful to the extent that there’s an internet connection. This will likely prove to be a Google Rohrschach test. Those already predisposed to disliking anything Google does will find this horrifying. Those who think Google is the bee’s knees will conclude that it’s not completely evil and, indeed, is the next logical evolution of desktops-in-the-cloud technology.

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10 Years of SourceForge.net

November 18, 2009 in Syndicated

It’s often difficult to notice when you’re in the midst of making history. In the summer and fall of 1999, I spent some time working next door to four noisy, Mountain Dew-swilling misfits working on a renegade project within VA Linux Systems. Little did I know that their efforts would become known as the world’s largest open source development site.

I refer, of course, to SourceForge.net, which launched on November 17, 1999. Most people think of SourceForge.net these days as another huge web site with lots of ads, but very few understand its humble beginnings or how challenging it was to even launch the darn thing without the powers-that-be at VA killing it off in a fit of well-intentioned hari kiri. The history and beginnings of SourceForge.net can teach executives and managers today the value of trying crazy things that might (and probably will) fail; of letting your young guns run wild with imagination; and not squashing innovation within your company. Today is about SourceForge.net, the site that was before its time and how it came to be.

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10 Years of SourceForge.net

November 18, 2009 in Syndicated

It’s often difficult to notice when you’re in the midst of making history. In the summer and fall of 1999, I spent some time working next door to four noisy, Mountain Dew-swilling misfits working on a renegade project within VA Linux Systems. Little did I know that their efforts would become known as the world’s largest open source development site.I refer, of course, to SourceForge.net, which launched on November 17, 1999. Most people think of SourceForge.net these days as another huge web site with lots of ads, but very few understand its humble beginnings or how challenging it was to even launch the darn thing without the powers-that-be at VA killing it off in a fit of well-intentioned hari kiri. The history and beginnings of SourceForge.net can teach executives and managers today the value of trying crazy things that might (and probably will) fail; of letting your young guns run wild with imagination; and not squashing innovation within your company. Today is about SourceForge.net, the site that was before its time and how it came to be.

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OStatic: Is the Symbian Foundation DOA?

November 13, 2009 in Syndicated

When Nokia announced that it was launching the Symbian Foundation to great fanfare, it had within its grasp that rarest of opportunities to move swiftly and become the dominant open source mobile platform. Alas, just one and a half years later, they have seemingly ceded that position to Android. Instead of recognizing the threat from Android and making strategic changes to counter, they instead criticized Google’s closed-door development of Android before releasing a line of code themselves. When criticizing competitors, it helps to have your own house in order first.

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OStatic: Is the Symbian Foundation DOA?

November 13, 2009 in Syndicated

When Nokia announced that it was launching the Symbian Foundation to great fanfare, it had within its grasp that rarest of opportunities to move swiftly and become the dominant open source mobile platform. Alas, just one and a half years later, they have seemingly ceded that position to Android. Instead of recognizing the threat from Android and making strategic changes to counter, they instead criticized Google’s closed-door development of Android before releasing a line of code themselves. When criticizing competitors, it helps to have your own house in order first.

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OStatic: Thoughts on the Koala

November 9, 2009 in Syndicated

It’s been a few days since Ubuntu 9.10, aka the Karmic Koala, was unleashed on the world. I wanted to post a general review after having used the special K since it went RC in late September and early October. In general, I’ve been very impressed, especially in comparison to another, recently released, operating system. This mini review will focus on using Ubuntu as a desktop system. When I drop it onto my Linode server, I’ll provide commentary on server usage as well.

Read the full article on OStatic.com

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OStatic: Thoughts on the Koala

November 9, 2009 in Syndicated

It’s been a few days since Ubuntu 9.10, aka the Karmic Koala, was unleashed on the world. I wanted to post a general review after having used the special K since it went RC in late September and early October. In general, I’ve been very impressed, especially in comparison to another, recently released, operating system. This mini review will focus on using Ubuntu as a desktop system. When I drop it onto my Linode server, I’ll provide commentary on server usage as well.Read the full article on OStatic.com

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OStatic: Cable Modem Hacker Indicted on Federal Charges

November 5, 2009 in Syndicated

In a case reminiscent of the DVD hacking cases from the early 2000′s, Oregon cable modem hacker and author of “Hacking the Cable Modem” has been charged with conspiracy and aiding and abetting wire fraud. This is another sad commentary on a criminal justice system that prosecutes the toolmaker without noting the legitimate uses of hardware hacking and modding.

The art of taking an existing product and modifying it in ways never intended by the original manufacturer has been a core tenet of the open source and free culture movements from the beginning. It is long past time for more sanity when considering these issues and crafting public policy.

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OStatic: Cable Modem Hacker Indicted on Federal Charges

November 5, 2009 in Syndicated

In a case reminiscent of the DVD hacking cases from the early 2000′s, Oregon cable modem hacker and author of “Hacking the Cable Modem” has been charged with conspiracy and aiding and abetting wire fraud. This is another sad commentary on a criminal justice system that prosecutes the toolmaker without noting the legitimate uses of hardware hacking and modding.

The art of taking an existing product and modifying it in ways never intended by the original manufacturer has been a core tenet of the open source and free culture movements from the beginning. It is long past time for more sanity when considering these issues and crafting public policy.

Read the rest at OStatic.com