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Distributed Teams And Open Source
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Distributed Teams And Open Source

  Remote staff? Learn from open source. My article for InfoWorld this week observes that having a distributed team works best when you borrow the practices of the...

It’s Not Just The Hugos
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It’s Not Just The Hugos

DRM farces are like London buses. You wait for ever, and then several come along at once. After writing my story for ComputerWorld about the blackout of the Hugo...

“Fair Use” Robots Are Science Fiction
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“Fair Use” Robots Are Science Fiction

The black-out of the Hugo Awards by a “robot” that thought the clip of Doctor Who shown just before Neil Gaiman spoke was proof positive of piracy is educational...

London Thrill Ride
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London Thrill Ride

Seems the fairground is now a London fixture. Walking back across Waterloo Bridge at the end of our last holiday break of the summer, we saw that the London Eye...

App.Net Ignores Software Freedom
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App.Net Ignores Software Freedom

Plenty of “open”, “ad-free” and even “free” is mentioned in various places, of course. But I took a good look at App.Net and found the concepts of software freedom...

Apple v Samsung
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Apple v Samsung

Patents are now an anti-trust weapon rather than a reward for innovation. That’s my conclusion after a weekend trying to decided whether I has happy or sad Apple...

Why The Communications Data Bill Should Concern You
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Why The Communications Data Bill Should Concern You

  I wrote today on ComputerWorldUK about the draft Communications Data Bill. As I explained at OggCamp last weekend in Liverpool, it is yet another attempt by the...

Clouds
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Clouds

These were the ones over the Dales – on the way into Wensleydale, in fact – rather than anything to do with computing.  

Dentdale
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Dentdale

We spent the last two days in Dentdale (in the Yorkshire Dales National Park) following my talk at OggCamp. Here’s a taste of what it was like:

How Open Source Forced Microsoft’s Hand
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How Open Source Forced Microsoft’s Hand

Even if you’re not using LibreOffice, you owe it a debt of gratitude because it (and its ancestors) forced Microsoft to interoperate, have a stable file format...

Saving Mandriva
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Saving Mandriva

Can a community-centric approach save Mandriva from bankruptcy? My article today on ComputerWorldUK takes a look.

Freedom To Create
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Freedom To Create

Sometimes we think software freedom just applies to programmers, but its creative impact can be much broader. This animated video is pretty clever: While it’s called...

Influence vs Control
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Influence vs Control

My article for InfoWorld this week considers three different projects – OmniOS (derived from Illumos, the new name given to OpenSolaris), GitHub and OpenStack –...

On Marital Harmony
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On Marital Harmony

In InfoWorld today, I explain why I gave my wife my iPad. She loves it, and I am very happy too as I now use a Google Nexus 7 tablet for everything the iPad used...

MinkCast: Explaining OmniOS
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MinkCast: Explaining OmniOS

Despite Oracle pulling out, OpenSolaris lives on as Illumos, which is a loose-knit open source community with multiple downstream projects. One of those is the...

EU Procurement Failures
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EU Procurement Failures

How do you do open procurement for ICT solutions? The answer, according to the European Commission, is to ensure that all procurement that requires tendering (and...

Hiring For Core Values
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Hiring For Core Values

Back at Sun, I believe much of the blame for the company’s failure between 2001 and 2004 – from which the later, otherwise successful open source and hardware appliance...

The Open Source Stimulus Plan
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The Open Source Stimulus Plan

My column for InfoWorld this week considers the unseen value open source brings into the economy, and references this keynote from OSCON by Tim O’Reilly.

OSI Membership In Two Minutes
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OSI Membership In Two Minutes

I was approached in the OSI booth at OSCON to explain OSI’s membership categories. That URL again:  opensource.org/join

HP, Open Source and OpenStack
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HP, Open Source and OpenStack

  While HP was making plenty of noise at OSCON about its deployment of OpenStack as HP Cloud, it was the discovery that they have moved their open source program...
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