GDT::FLOSS::Electronic Rambler::Archive::Year 2004

There are Many Who Think FLOSS is Only OSS
I attended an Open Source Summit during early December of 2004 and there was zero mention of "Free Software." Yes, it would be easier to try write simply "Open Source" instead of "Free Software and Open Source," but to do so would minimize the importance of "Free Software" to the currently popular "Open Source" movement. [Plus, I would stop having to use FLOSS to represent Free/Liberated and Open Source Software.

[31 December 2004, top]

Linux Market to Exceed $35 Billion by 2008
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) announced the completion of a "global Linux market share and forecast study conducted by market research firm IDC that predicts the overall market revenue for desktops, servers, and packaged software running on Linux will exceed $35 billion by 2008." { Linux Market to Exceed $35 Billion by 2008}

[Extra] Speaking of the OSDL... the OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit has an impressive list of speakers that include Linus Torvalds, Brian Behlendorf and Mitch Kapor.

[17 December 2004, top]

Does It Matter: OpenOffice Versus Microsoft Office?
Medtronic is a "medical technology company that provides lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. Its five operating segments manufacture and sell device-based medical therapies." Medtronic is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Medtronic Microelectronics Center located in Tempe, Arizona.
   High school diploma or equivalent
   Must be able to work in a cleanroom environment
   Must be able to work with chemicals
   Must have good manual dexterity
   Must have basic Math skills
   Must be an effective communicator both verbally and written
   Should have an understanding of Microsoft Office software.

I called Medtronic to see if they could modify their required skill set as follows.


   Should have an understanding of Microsoft Office software.


   Should have an understanding of Microsoft Office 
   or Open Office software.

In Tempe, Medtronic is located at 2343 W. Medtronic Way, Tempe 85281, and the division has over 1,200 employees. { Medtronic Microelectronics Center}

[Extra] Perens Hits Out at Sun over OpenOffice is Four Years Old Today [13 October 2004]

[10 December 2004, top]

Open Source Summit Mis-Titled
I went to the Open Source Summit all excited and came home disappointed because this conference was mis-titled. It should have been named something like Open Source CMTs and LMSs. [CMT: Course Management Tool; LMS: Learning Management System]

I will be writing more about the Open Source Summit, but the highlight for me was hearing John Seely Brown give the keynote address. Brown was at one time the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). These days, John Seely Brown is the Chief of Confusion.

[04 December 2004, top]

Voyager (a Venture Capital firm) Joins the OSDL
The OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) announced that a venture capital firm has become an OSDL member. Voyager Capital is an information technology venture capital firm that "invests primarily in early stage business software and services, mobility, digital media and infrastructure companies." Voyager has offices in Seattle, WA and Menlo Park, CA. { Voyager Capital Becomes the First Venture Firm to Join the OSDL }

[26 November 2004, top]

Company Execs Still Leary of Open Source
VA Software (Sourceforge, OSTG, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, et. al.) did a survey that shows corporate executives are "resisting" devoting their company's computer operations on Open Source. VA Software claims that many companies are "failing to capitalize on the benefits of Open Source development processes and techniques." { Executives Should Open Minds to Open Source Development Techniques}

One reason that may be hampering Open Source usage is the lack of Open Source gurus. { In Search of Open Source Experts}

[19 November 2004, top]

Redhat -- An Open Source Steward
Redhat's Open Source: NOW homepage contains the following quote.
   "You may think of Red Hat as a challenger of monopolies, 
    defender of public domain, and steward of open source. 
    With this reputation comes responsibility. By accepting 
    this responsibility, we can positively influence both our 
    industry and society as a whole. Open Source Now is designed 
    to help the open source community build advocacy in the same 
    way it builds software -- by empowering individuals." Open Source: NOW

[12 November 2004, top]

Open Source Can Be Used By IT Departments
It appears as though using Open Source in IT departments is becoming more and more popular. In many cases, FLOSS usage makes lots of sense. { Does Open Source Deserve a Place In Your IT Portfolio? }

[05 November 2004, top]

Open Source Used By Space Organizations
Information Week has posted an article sub-titled: "NASA, international counterparts are relying on open-source operating systems, e-mail and other programs to manage terrestrial and orbital functions." { U.S., International Space Organizations Turn to Open Source }

[29 October 2004, top]

Unisys and SGI See Benefits of Open Source
Two old computer companies -- Unisys and SGI -- are both seeing the potential of Open Source.

[22 October 2004, top]

From Sage to SpikeSource
Accountants at small businesses like to run a software package named Sage, but Sage only works on Windows and this is preventing Linux from being adopted at some companies. { Accountants Blocking the Progress of Open Source }

The PC Pro article is interesting because it appears as though a port of Sage to Linux was started in 2002 with the support of IBM. { Open Source/Libre Software ERP/CRM Solution: Sage}

[Extra::Kim Polese Working For SpikeSource]
Kim Polese has become head of SpikeSource. SpikeSource, which was founded during May of 2003, will "use the Net to provide an easy way for companies to install and manage their information technology operating systems and software." SpikeSource will focus exclusively on Open Source. { Productizing Open Source Software}

[15 October 2004, top]

Developer Declaration of Independence by Open Group
During the summer of 2004, I (Gerald Thurman of Scottsdale Community College) signed the Open Group Developer Declaration of Independence. As of Thursday, 07 October 2004, the declaration had 2727 signatures. The Open Group motto is "Boundaryless Information Flow."

[08 October 2004, top]

IBM Open Sources Some Speech Software
On 18 August 2004, I posted the following to the CSZero mailing-list.
   Today's Washington Post (18 August 2004) reports that IBM
   "plans to hire almost 19,000 people in 2004 to handle growth 
   across several of its business areas." The newspaper has placed 
   the following poll question on their website.

   "Which area is NOT part of this trend?   
    a) Consulting    
    b) Grid computing    
    c) Linux    
    d) Voice recognition software"

   The correct answer is 'd'.

On 13 September 2004, IBM announced it will contribute speech-recognition software to two open-source groups, the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundatio. IBM said the software cost about $10 million to develop. { IBM Offers Speech Software to Open Source Organizations}

[01 October 2004, top]

About an Upcoming Open Source Summit
On 01-03 December 2004, I will be attending the Open Source Summit "exploring the impact of the Open Source movement in education." The Summit will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am looking forward to hearing John Seely Brown speak, but I am clueless as to why the president of Mesa Community College gets to say foo. I am hoping to use the event to reconnect with Foothill College, which is an event sponser along with the University of Hawaii, University of Michigan, University of Indiana, Monroe Community College, and Seneca College. { Open Source Summit}

[24 September 2004, top]

Open Source, Open Standards
I went to an event titled Open Source, Open Standards held at the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, during mid-September of 2004. I took two pictures. The Standards Edge: Open Season

[18 September 2004, top]

Rambling On About Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS)
According to Merriam-Webster Online [], a rambler is "one that rambles." One definition for the word rambles is "to talk or write in a desultory or long-winded wandering fashion." The FLOSSER will probably be long-winded and wandering, but it hopes not to be desultory.

FLOSSER is this blog, but a FLOSSer is one who uses FLOSS to satisfy their computing life.

People will be free to devote themselves to activities that are fun.
-- Richard Stallman (rms) { The GNU Manifesto (Free Software Foundation) }

Ultimately, open source will become mainstream, not just the domain of 'the four pony-tailed guys in the corner.'
-- Rob Soni {venture capitalist with Matrix Partners}

FLOSSER is the blog component of the GDT:: Learning About Free/Libre/Open Source Software resource.

[18 September 2004, top]

Author: Gerald D. Thurman []
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