LinuxWorld has an
extended report from OSCON
"One lesson learned? [Jono] Bacon said they learned (the hard way)
not to try to convert a user community into a developer community. It's
tempting, when you a have a million users of your open-source software, to
imagine the effect of getting 'just 1 percent' of them to write code. But
it doesn't work. 'You're trying to convince a cat to bark,' he
said. Instead, community leaders need to put their energy into converting
users to advocates.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
Warren Togami presents
from the LTSP Hackfest Portland 2008.
"The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) has for ~9 years enabled Linux to act as a terminal server to diskless thin clients. LTSP has saved schools and businesses countless million, enabled or expanded access to technology to tens of thousands of schools globally, and enabled millions of otherwise useless obsolete computers to be recycled as thin clients. Today LTSP through various distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and CentOS is very likely the largest by far exposure of Linux desktops to the general public.
Long before OLPC, LTSP has and continues to be a major Linux Desktops for education success story.
Now LTSP is becoming a shining star of cross-distribution coordination.
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Heise has posted a
look at several OLS presentations
- without actually having been to
OLS. "A look at the companies employing the various presenters and
the respective topics presented can provide valuable insights into the
companies' open source activities and fields of interest. The largest
number of presentations were given by IBM employees who delivered or
contributed to 11 out of a total 54 OLS presentations. Topics include
performance and regression testing, file systems, real-time Linux and, of
course, the current buzz phrase Cloud Computing. In second place were the
employees of Red Hat who contributed to 8 of the presentations. While one
of these deals with clusters and real-time Linux, others discuss the
general Wifi support in Linux or the budding Augeas 'Configuration
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that Intuit, producer of the popular QuickBooks financial software,
is making some Linux-friendly moves.
"Intuit has been sniffing around open source for at least a year now, but predominately as a platform (Linux) upon which its applications could run. It opened the door a bit more in April when it opened up QuickBase to developers, but now seems to be paving the way for a more complete launch into open source with its
Linux Business Resource Center.
Yes, that Intuit. Promoting Linux and open source.
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Bruce Perens looks
Microsoft's sponsorship of Apache. "For a decade, Microsoft
was open source's worst enemy, combating it at every turn. But last week
Microsoft joined the Apache open source project as a platinum sponsor,
promising to put $100,000 per year into a project that beats its own IIS
(Internet Information Services) in the market. Microsoft also made some of
their patents available for use in GPL software like Linux without a
royalty. Has Redmond given up the fight? Or is this just their latest
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Linux at Work
iTWire has a look at using Linux for pre-school education
. The author installed Edubuntu on some older machines for his child's pre-school with excellent results. "There are a rich suite of components making up Edubuntu. For me the standout was GCompris which consists of many fun activities involving mathematics, science, geography, reading and spelling, memory development and more.
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the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin about LSB 4.0.
"Not all Linux distributions are made with the same components, which can make it difficult for software developers to write applications for multiple Linux distributions. That's where the Linux Standards Base (LSB) comes into play.
For years the LSB has not quite lived up to its full potential. That could all change with the upcoming LSB 4.0 release.
LSB 4.0, set for release by the end of this year, could be the catalyst that enables independent software vendors, or ISVs TERM (define), to develop applications that will run on any LSB-compliant Linux distribution. If it gets adopted, LSB 4 could bring a new wave of multidistribution Linux application development.
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derStandard.at sits down with Miguel de Icaza to discuss Mono and Moonlight
at the GUADEC conference in Istanbul. de Icaza has lots to say about both projects, but also seems rather unhappy with the Mozilla folks: "And even the Mozilla guys - the keynote we had here was done on a mac, every single Mozilla developer uses a Mac. And it's funny, they constantly attack Silverlight, they constantly attack Flash and then all of them use proprietary operating systems, they don't seem to have a problem doing it. And then they had the Guiness record thing for Firefox 3 and you went to the website and it had a flash map to show where people are downloading - so there definitely is a double standard here. And that's after all their claiming that you can do everything in AJAX - so they definitely don't 'walk the walk'.
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TechWorld has a
lengthy interview with Guido van Rossum
. "For a few years there
were definitely way too many web frameworks. While new web frameworks still
occasionally crop up, the bar has been set much higher now, and many of the
lesser-known frameworks are disappearing. There's also the merger between
TurboGears and Pylons.
No matter what people say, Django is still my favorite -- not only is it a
pretty darn good web framework that matches my style of developing, it is
also an exemplary example of a good open source project, run by people who
really understand community involvement.
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Free software usability is the focus of an article
on Matthew Paul Thomas's blog. He identifies 15 problems and proposes solutions to each. "With volunteer projects, though, any incentive is much weaker. The number of users rarely makes any financial difference to developers, and with freely redistributable software, it's near-impossible to count users anyway. There are other incentives — impressing future employers, or getting your software included in a popular OS — but theyre rather oblique.
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Over at ZDNet, Jason Perlow checks out the Plat'Home OpenBlockS micro-server
. The micro-server is a very small, fanless, low-power embedded Linux box that comes with a Debian-derived distribution. "So what is this thing good for? Well, just about anything. If you want to build a specialized solid state mission critical appliance that runs a custom PHP/MySQL application, or want to develop VPN gateways and Asterisk VOIP routers, or just like to hack around with a low-power Linux machine under your desk at work, this is the geek's equivalent of a Linux Heathkit.
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