GDT::FLOSS::Electronic Rambler::Archive::Year 2008
2020 FLOSS Roadmap
It's a 78-page dot-pdf and I haven't read it, but I probably will during the next couple of months. I'm glad to see they used FLOSS when referencing Free/Libre and Open Source Software.
I agree with ComputerWorld's reporting...
"Reaching this computing nirvana, however, will require action -- and not just by bearded geeks. Investors, legislators, educators, voters and even consumers also have a role to play, according to the report's authors."
Speaking of beards... I'm confident there are a lot of geeks around the world who are beardless; in fact, I suspect most female geeks don't have beards.
ComputerWorld.com::Open-source developers set out software road map for 2020
[06 December 2008, top]
The Fedora Project Continues To Grow
Kudos to Red Hat for the success of the Fedora Project.
The following was copied from the FedoraProject.org homepage.
"Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join."
Fedora 10 was released during November of 2008.
FedoraProject.org::infinity | freedom | voice
[26 November 2008, top]
World's Fastest Supercomputer Running FLOSS
I posted the following to my AzFoo and AzCentral.com blog on 26 November 2008.
Title: Supercomputing keyphrase: more flops
The 32nd edition of the list of the TOP500 supercomputers was released on 14 November 02008. The fastest supercomputer in the world is Roadrunner at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a top performance rate is 1.105 quadrillion calculations per second (petaflops). Close behind Roadrunner is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar at 1.059 petaflops.
[side-bar] I believe Google has the fastest computer in the world, but Google doesn't have to let the world know anything about its computing capabilities.
Computers (super or otherwise) need an operating system in order to compute and Roadrunner and Jaguar are both GNU Linux-based supercomputers. GNU Linux is both Free/Libre Software and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The FLOSS movement is alive and well given that almost 88 percent of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers are Linux-based.
TOP500.org reported that 290 of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers belong to the U.S. Kudos to the United States!
The next TOP500 list will be published during June of 02009.
[26 November 2008, top]
Google's Android is Open Source
Google released the code behind the Android operating system as open source.
"Today is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the open-source community,' Google software engineer Dave Bort announced in a blog post at source.android.com. "All of the work that we've poured into the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the Android Open Source Project."
I found the following interesting.
"The source code package is a sizable 2.1 gigabytes, Google warned. It only works under Ubuntu, and users will need the Git open-source version-control system. Android can be used on the Mac, but with some tweaking."
Android is a "software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications."
To date, Android applications are written in Java.
Code.Google.com::Documentation - Android
[22 November 2008, top]
Using FLOSS-Based E-Voting Systems
I'm still not convinced that we are ready to conduct major elections using e-voting systems, but we're heading in the right direction.
California's Sec. of State says Open Source Software is "needed to safeguard electronic voting systems."
ABCNews.go.com::Counting Every Vote
[01 October 2008, top]
Today (Sep. 20th) is Software Freedom Day
Today, September 20th, is Software Freedom Day.
Google didn't morph their logo to to acknowledge the day.
I'm giving a presentation at the 1st Annual ABLEconf event on how FLOSS can be used to learn about programming while at the same time increase overall computer literacy. I'm not convinced anybody will show up, so it will be interesting to see if I'm right or wrong (I hope I'm wrong).
The vision of SFD is "to empower all people to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable."
[20 September 2008, top]
Cisco to Acquire Jabber Inc.
Collaboration is a buzzword, but it is also a keyword.
"Cisco said the Jabber acquisition demonstrates its 'build, buy and partner' strategy to move quickly into new markets and capture key market transitions."
Denver, CO-based Jabber, Inc. was founded in early 2000. Jabber's motto: "The Power of Presence." Jabber, Inc. built a "commercial-grade presence and messaging architecture from the ground up, based upon the Jabber open protocol, to serve enterprise and operator requirements for secure, federated, scalable, and reliable instant messaging (IM) and presence systems."
NewsFactor.com::Cisco Will Boost Collaboration with Jabber Acquisition
[20 September 2008, top]
Software Freedom Day is on September 20th
September 20th is Software Freedom Day.
Software Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). This year 500+ teams in over 120 countries are "running local events to help their communities understand Software Freedom."
This year a coalition of Arizona Free Software user groups have organized the 1st annual Arizona Business and Liberty Experience Conference (ABLEconf). The community event is Saturday, September 20th at the University of Advancing Technology located just east of I-10 at 2625 W. Baseline, Tempe, AZ 85283.
ABLEconf.com::Free Software for Free Enterprise
[17 September 2008, top]
Google Beta-Releases the Chrome Web Browser
One of Google's motto is: "launch early and iterate."
On 2 September 2008, Google launched a Windows-based version of the its Chrome web browser. Chrome is Open Source software.
Google stated the following.
"We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others - and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward."
Google.com::Chrome -- An Open Source Browser
[03 September 2008, top]
Open Source Continues To Gain in Popularity
Open Source is getting lots of press these days. Publications such as Forbes and Business Week focus on the aspects of making money when the write about Open Source.
Forbes.com::Open Source Goes Mainstream
"'Open source is not a get-rich-quick scheme,' says Marten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL and now a senior vice-president at Sun. 'You have to have patience.' He adds that the company was 13 years old when it sold."
BusinessWeek.com::Open Source: An Open Question for Red Hat and Others
[20 August 2008, top]
IBM Wants "Windows-free PCs"
IBM has been supporting Linux for a decade and it appears their supporter is growing.
NewsFactor.com; Richard Koman posted on 7 August 2008 "IBM Vice President Bob Sutor has challenged Linux developers at LinuxWorld to 'stop copying 2001 Windows' and focus on usability design. IBM is putting its weight behind a drive to advance Linux, and Sutor also urged a focus on business and efficiency. IBM has joined with Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell and Red Hat to promote 'Windows-free' PCs."
This is excellent news for the FLOSSers.
NewsFactor.com::IBM Urges Better Linux Design, More Business Focus
[07 August 2008, top]
LinkedIn.com Driven By MySQL
Jonathan Schwartz blogged about Open Source using MySQL as a choice "open source" example.
"As those conversations transition to sales cycles for MySQL Enterprise subscriptions (for those seeking mission critical support, eg), the number one question I get asked by traditional customers has become... '...but does MySQL scale?'"
When it comes to Open Source, a FAQ answers the frequently asked question (of which there are a lot).
Schwartz continue his posting as follows.
"And there's no better way of putting that question to rest than citing the global businesses powered by MySQL - at least one of which is often used by the very individual asking the question: LinkedIn. Click here to read how Sun and LinkedIn are working together to serve one of the world's largest, most valuable, and fastest growing social networks - at truly global scale."
I created my LinkedIn account on 19 June 2008.
Schwartz continue his posting as follows.
"At the pace LinkedIn is growing, they will be managing services to far more accounts than most of the world's banks... and building exceptional value along the way."
The following was copied from a Sun Microsystems' press release.
"SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that the largest professional networking site, LinkedIn has selected Sun's MySQL Enterprise, database subscription to support the company's rapid growth. With a network of more than 25 million professionals in more than 170 industries from around the globe and many more joining daily, LinkedIn turned to Sun when it recognized the need to increase the speed and performance of the open source database that powers its public Web site."
Blogs.Sun.com::MySQL Wins at LinkedIn!
[04 August 2008, top]
Oregon is a Strong Open Source Hub
Oregon is a strong Open Source hub and it got a little bit stronger after Google gave the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University and additional $300,000. This Google gift is a follow-up to a previous gift of $450,000.
According to the San Jose Business Journal:
"The Google gift is included in the Campaign for OSU, the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign seeks $625 million to provide opportunities for students, strengthen the Oregon economy and conduct research that changes the world."
Kudos to Google and let's hope the students at OSU are successful at changing the world.
[25 July 2008, top]
SourceForge Creates SFNetNews For iPhone Users
SourceForge Inc. announced the "release of an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow users to easily view and explore the latest news items from the SourceForge web sites. The application, called 'SFNetNews,' will provide content from Slashdot, SourceForge.net, and freshmeat."
Wow... It had been a few years since I had heard the term "netnews." NETNEWS was software created at the University of Pennsylvania to enable BITNET users to access USENET and other discussion groups."
Speaking of the iPhone...
"Larry Page said Google sees 'tremendous' revenue from the Apple Inc. iPhone because it is the only mobile phone that offers full Web browser capabilities."
Anyway... Kudos to SourceForge for keeping the term NetNews alive.
[14 July 2008, top]
CollabNet--Where Subversion Meets the Enterprise
CollabNet is "Where Subversion Meets the Enterprise."
According the Collab.net website, "Subversion is the fastest growing open source application for version control."
The CollabNet Board of Directors contains two GDT::DreamTeam members: Brian Behlendorf and Tim O'Reilly. Behlendorf founded CollabNet, with O'Reilly & Associates, in July 1999.
Side-bar: SourceForge sold its SourceForge Enterprise Edition to CollabNet in exchange for a minority equity interest in CollabNet comprised of 11,733,777 shares of its Series C-1 preferred stock.
[03 July 2008, top]
Firefox 3 Downloads Sets a Guinness World Record
The following was copied from SpreadFirefox.com.
"Thanks to the support of the always amazing Mozilla community, we now hold a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 and are now enjoying a safer, smarter and better Web."
As of 3 July 2008 at 3:41pm MST, there had been 29,428,818 total downloads of Firefox 3.
Kudos to the Mozilla Foundation and all Firefox users.
[03 July 2008, top]
Red Hat Continues To Make Money
Raleigh, NC-based Red Hat reported their 1st-quarter results for 2009 after the market closed on 25 June 2008.
Revenue: $156.6 million Net Income: $ 17.3 million Operating cash flow: $ 63.4 million Cash and equivalents: $1.35 billion
During the 1st-quarter 2009, Red Hat spent $9.1 million to repurchase approximately 500,000 RHT shares ($18.20 per share).
RHT closed at $22.30 on 25 June 2008.
[26 June 2008, top]
Szulik In Running For Entrepreneur of the Year
Red Hat announced that its Chairman of the Board, Matthew Szulik, has been "recognized as the distinguished 2008 Carolinas Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Software and Information Technology. The prestigious Ernst and Young business awards program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes men and women from around the world who excel at growing and sustaining market-leading businesses."
The following was copied from Red Hat's press release.
"The 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year awards program selects winners from over 50 countries, including 26 regions in the United States. Szulik was selected out of a pool of 30 finalists as one of ten 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients from the Carolinas. He is now eligible to compete in the national Entrepreneur of the Year program in Palm Springs, Calif. in November 2008, where award winners in several categories, and an overall national Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced."
I suspect the Carolinas have some outstanding entrepreneurs; therefore, this a great honor for Szulik and it is great news for FLOSSers world-wide.
[17 June 2008, top]
Mozilla's Mission: Keep the Web Open
Business Week has posted a positive article about Mozilla sub-titled: "The gains of Mozilla's Web browser broke Microsoft's grip on the market and showed the merits of open-standards software."
"When Firefox was launched in late 2004, about 95% of the world's Web surfers were using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). As of May, Firefox's worldwide market share was 18.4%, while Internet Explorer's stood at 73.8%, with Apple's (AAPL) Safari browser accounting for most of the rest, according to Web metrics company Net Applications."
Note: This FLOSSer is still leary of "web metrics" regardless of their source.
BusinessWeek.com quoted John Lilly, Mozilla's CEO, saying: "Our ongoing mission is to keep the Web open."
BusinessWeek.com::How Firefox Outran the Hounds
[13 June 2008, top]
Huge Crack Found In OpenSSL Library
Finding cracks in the OpenSSL library is indeed "alarming."
Talk about the power of The Code...
"Two changed lines of code have created profound security vulnerabilities in at least four different open-source operating systems, 25 different application programs, and millions of individual computer systems on the Internet."
SSL stands for "Secure Socket Layer" and it is used to encrypt and decrypt information.
"Modern computer systems employ large numbers to generate the keys that are used to encrypt and decrypt information sent over a network."
Large numbers are critical when it comes to encryption.
"Instead, it reduces the number of different keys that these Linux computers can generate to 32,767 different keys, depending on the computer's processor architecture, the size of the key, and the key type."
32,767 is not a large number.
TechnologyReview.com::Alarming Open-Source Security Holes
[02 June 2008, top]
Free Travel to Cuba--What a Deal
There are three politicians running for U.S. President. Let's call them Polifoo, Poligoo, and Polimoo. Polifoo gave a speech to day in which they said they would support "free travel to Cuba." Polifoo was a user of Free Software, they would have realized that the word "free" is often associated with "free" as in "free beer." Just like Free Software, the "free" used by Polifoo meant Freedom.
[23 May 2008, top]
SourceForge.net Adds Support for OpenID
SourceForge announced that has "added support" for OpenID to its website. In a nutshell, OpenID "eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites."
The OpenID Foundation was established during June of 2007.
OpenID's corporate board members are from the following companies: Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo!
OpenID.net::Single Digital Identity Across the Internet
[19 May 2008, top]
OLPC is Not a FLOSS Promotion Tool
OLPC is One Laptop Per Child. From a FLOSSer perspective, it would be nice if these laptops were running FLOSS exclusively, but it just doesn't seem practical unless the "children" are using the command-line.
AlwaysOn.GoingOn.com::Failure: Open Source and OLPC
[Extra] On 15 May 2008, Microsoft "reached an agreement to make available its Windows operating system software for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's XO Laptop."
[19 May 2008, top]
Firefox Usage Continues to Grow
There are lots of business desktops around the world. If people use Firefox at work, then that might prompt them to use it home also.
"A Forrester Research survey of more than 50,000 large enterprise employees found that over the course of 2007, Internet Explorer's overall market share in that segment decreased by 10%, while Firefox's share almost doubled from 9.8% to 18%." [source: InformationWeek.com]
InformationWeek.com::Firefox Gains On Internet Explorer In Businesses
[03 May 2008, top]
oCERT is CERT for Open Source
CERT is the Computer Emergency Response Team.
"The CERT Program is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following the Morris worm incident, which brought 10 percent of internet systems to a halt in November 1988, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) charged the SEI with setting up a center to coordinate communication among experts during security emergencies and to help prevent future incidents. This center was named the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC)."
The CERT is alive a well, but now oCERT has been formed to focus on Open Source systems.
eWeek.com:: Security Pros Lauch Open Source CERT
[14 April 2008, top]
FLOSS Adoption is a Slow Go
Survey results indicate companies are okay with Linux, but they are still not convinced they should use FLOSS exclusively. The following comes as no surprise.
From Computerworld UK Forrester Research has concluded a 2,250 'software decision maker' survey, one which specifically targeted questions relating to open-source software and the Linux operating system, that open-source software adoption lags significantly behind Linux deployments as a mainstream OS. Concerns over service, support and security are the biggest hindrances, according to the report."
[02 April 2008, top]
Crackers Use GNU Radio To Crack Pacemakers
Hackers don't hack pacemakers, but crackers might crack them.
Crackers can use GNU Radio software to crack a "combination pacemaker and defibrillator having wireless capabilities."
InformationWeek.com wrote the following.
"The researchers say they believe that their attempts to reverse-engineer the communications going to and from the Medtronic implantable cardioverter defibrillator represent the first use of software defined radios in the security community for reverse engineering wireless protocols. The group used the GNU Radio software toolkit to create a radio receiver capable of processing radio waves as defined by software."
InformationWeek.com:: Pacemakers Vulnerable To Hacking
[13 March 2008, top]
Gaining Support? The End Software Project
There is a movement afoot to do away with software patents. The Free Software Foundation has taken a leadership role within this "End Software Patents" movement.
Linux.com:: End Software Patents project comes out swinging
[04 March 2008, top]
85.2% of TOP500 Supercomputers Running Linux
As of 11/2007, 426 of the "top" 500 supercomputers were running Linux systems. The 426 systems had a combined total of 970,790 processors.
Top500.org:: Operating system Family Share for 11/2007
[04 March 2008, top]
If Microhoo, Then What Happens With Zimbra?
Yahoo! owns Zimbra. Zimbra is "open source server and client software for messaging and collaboration - email, group calendaring, contacts, and web document management and authoring. The Zimbra server is available for Linux, Mac OS X, appliances, and virtualization platforms. The Zimbra Web 2.0 Ajax client runs on Firefox, Safari, and IE, and features easy integration / mash-ups of web portals, business applications, and VoIP using web services."
They're hiring at Zimbra and some of the qualifications for their programming jobs are as follows.
"excellent C++ programming abilities." "excellent C, Objective-C or C++ programming abilities" "strong understanding of XML"
Many are wondering what will happen to Zimbra if Yahoo! gets acquired by Microsoft.
[25 February 2008, top]
Russian FLOSSers? Kudos to Alexander Ponosov
Kudos to Alexander Ponosov.
"A Russian schoolteacher who became a popular hero after he was put on trial for using pirated Microsoft programs has launched a campaign against the software giant's global domination." "Ponosov announced on Tuesday he is founding a lobby group whose aim is to reduce Russia's dependence on software produced by firms like Microsoft and instead promote so-called open-source software."
Ponosov was quoted saying: "Our dependence on Western proprietary software is a risk for us. We are, in effect, losing the independence of this country."Ponosov also asked and answered the following.
"What would you buy for your child if you want them to grow up to be bright -- a pretty toy car or a construction set?" "A pretty car that you cannot take apart is like proprietary software. The construction set is open-source software."
Ponosov's organization is called the Russian Centre for Free Technologies and they are going to "lobby the Russian parliament to adopt legislation encouraging the use of open-source software."
[25 February 2008, top]
Open Source Ends Decade Zero and Begins Decade One
Kudos to Open Source for making it to Decade One.
"On February 9, 1998, I published the Open Source Definition and the public announcement of the Open Source Initiative that Eric Raymond and I were starting. This was the first time that the general public heard what Open Source was about. Friday, February 8 is the last day of Decade Zero of Open Source. Saturday, February 9 is the anniversary of Open Source and the start of Decade One. It's a computer scientist thing. We always start counting from zero :-) --Bruce Perens
Yes... Bruce Perens did use a smiley face.
[09 February 2008, top]
Using FLOSS For E-Voting Systems?
Electronic voting systems remain a huge issue when it comes to holding elections. Many believe that FLOSS-based systems are the key because of the visibility of the source code. They might be right, but then again they could be wrong.
"Absolutely, open source voting software could be used and should be used. There are two major issues facing open source voting software. First, no one in the U.S. has funded a project to build the software. Second, the voting laws across the U.S. are not sufficiently standardized to make the creation of this software practical."--Carl Almond, senior security architect at global IT consultancy firm Avanade
LinuxInsider.com:: A Far-Fetched Fix for E-Voting Woes: Open Source
[04 February 2008, top]
Sun Microsystems a Major FLOSSer
Simon Phipps is COSO for Sun Microsystems. COSO stands for Chief Open Source Officer. Phipps was quoted saying the following.
"Sun hopes that the opportunity for individual developers to be recognized for their contributions will also drive a wave of excitement and collaborative energy, which will help to power these communities toward greater innovation, participation and growth."
According to a Sun press release.
"Sun Microsystems made a public commitment to Free and Open Source software and in doing so has contributed billions of dollars, as well as more code, to Free software than any other organization in the public or private sector. In addition to leveraging many industry-wide open source projects, Sun has taken the unique step of opening its core software, hardware and storage technologies and sharing them as Free and open source."
Sun.com:: Free and Open Source Software
[29 January 2008, top]
Sun Microsystems Acquires MySQL
Sun Microsystems announced it is going acquire MySQL for "approximately $1 billion in total consideration." ($800 million in cash in exchange for all MySQL stock and assume approximately $200 million in options)
Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and president, Sun Microsystems was quoted saying the following.
"Today's acquisition reaffirms Sun's position at the center of the global Web economy. Supporting our overall growth plan, acquiring MySQL amplifies our investments in the technologies demanded by those driving extreme growth and efficiency, from Internet media titans to the world's largest traditional enterprises." "MySQL's employees and culture, along with its near ubiquity across the Web, make it an ideal fit with Sun's open approach to network innovation. And most importantly, this announcement boosts our investments into the communities at the heart of innovation on the Internet and of enterprises that rely on technology as a competitive weapon."
From Sun's press release...
"More than 100 million copies of MySQL's high-performance open source database software have been downloaded and distributed and an additional 50,000 copies are downloaded daily."
As a JAVA shareholder, I say Kudos to Sun.
[16 January 2008, top]
New Red Hat CEO Says Company To Stay With Open Source
A couple quotes from Red Hat's new CEO James Whitehurst.
"We are a mission-based company. Democratizing information is a social good. We will be open source. We will be the leader in open source."
At the time of this posting, Red Hat stock was at $19.85 giving the company a market value of $3.85 billion. Red Hat's balance sheet had $1 billion in cash and current ratio of 3.3.
"Hemingway could talk better about his work than somebody who could just copy it. The same is true about software. We are built around core values about being open and being collaborative ... We are enabled to provide better value because it is part of our culture."
Red Hat's Fedora Project writes it motto in a format that looks like a Unix shell command-line that contains pipes.
Fedora "infinity | freedom | voice"
FedoraProject.org:: Infinite Possibilities
[11 January 2008, top]
Corporations Should Be Learning About FLOSS
Slashdot had a posting about an article that basically says corporations should do software projects in an Open Source of a way. Here are quotes from the article.
"Yet it is rare to find a corporate environment where the project team has anything approaching the level of planning, documentation, or review found in successful open source projects."
I can see how the planning and review are minimized, but company auditors typically require measurable documentation.
"When a corporate developer tries to bring people together to discuss the design of the software or to make plans for how code is added or maintained, he's met with groans about 'yet another meeting.'"
Makes sense because so many meetings are inefficiently executed.
The article mentioned a book -- Applied Software Project Management -- that discusses the following five principles for a successful project. I would consider these five "common sense" principles and it is difficult to disagree with any of them.
"* Tell the truth all the time * Trust the team * Review everything, test everything * All developers are created equal * The fastest way through the project is to do it right"
This is a long article and the left is left for you read.
[03 January 2008, top]
About the FLOSS E-Rambler
The FLOSS E-Rambler (FLOSSER) is excited about the increasingly popularity of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The FLOSSER was started on 18 September 2004 and it enters 2008 with 140 postings.
[01 January 2008, top]
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