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+ - The Tyranny of the Clouds->

Submitted by porkrind
porkrind (314254) writes "Cloud computing is a way for the technology "empire" to strike back at smaller end users and developers, taking away the rights and freedoms we won via the establishment of Open Source ecosystems. That they're using the very open source tools we helped create just makes it that much more painful. Now that we know that open source was never about innovation, what leverage do we have to bring about the open cloud? And what is the best way to project the four freedoms onto the cloud?"
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+ - Do Open Source Communities Have a Social Responsibility?->

Submitted by porkrind
porkrind (314254) writes "Given its roots in the GNU project, free software and the four freedoms, Open Source has always had an element of social advocacy and the betterment of humankind. Should open source communities be expected to bear some responsibility for related causes? Our communities have traditionally advocated for social issues like information rights, but what about things like gender and racial equality in high tech? Given that the hippies were right about freedom all along, maybe it's time to take their cue on other issues, as well, eg. the Ada Initiative and other efforts to address under-represented minorities in the tech industry."
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+ - It Was Never About Innovation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The secret to open source innovation, and the reason for its triumphal success, has nothing to do with the desire to innovate. It's because of the four freedoms and the level playing field (and agility) that was the end result. It's like Douglas Adams' definition of flying. You don't try to fly, you throw yourself at the ground and miss.

It was never about innovation — it was always about freedom."

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+ - 10 Years Gone: The VA Linux Systems IPO-> 3

Submitted by porkrind
porkrind (314254) writes "This is a restrospective to mark the 10th anniversary of what has remained the biggest IPO of all time — in terms of largest first day gain. It looks at the legacy of VA and puts the IPO day in context. I tried to capture just how surreal the whole thing felt. I felt then, and feel now, that VA was on the cusp of something really great, but just... couldn't... get... there. Read the post here."
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Google

+ - Is Google's Success an "Enigma"?->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "Nick Carr, of 'Does IT Matter?' fame, has penned an article asking the question whether Google is a model for other companies to emulate or whether it's too much of an anomaly to be useful in a cross-industry sense. He also asks the question of whether Google's approach to management and innovation (much ballyhooed in many circles) is a cause or result of its success. The answer to whether your company should emulate Google is, perhaps unsurprisingly, "it depends." His analysis and logic leading to that conclusion are definitely a thought-provoking read. His ultimate conclusion is that Google's success is much more attributable to its leading-edge IT operations than any of the hype you may read about in glossy journals."
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Google

+ - The Google Enigma->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "Nick Carr, of 'Does IT Matter?' fame, has penned an article asking the question of whether Google is a model for other companies to emulate or whether it's too much of an anomaly to be useful in a cross-industry sense. He also asks the question of whether Google's approach to management and innovation (much ballyhooed in many circles) is a cause or result of its success. The answer to whether your company should emulate Google is, perhaps unsurprisingly, "it depends." His analysis and logic leading to that conclusion are definitely a thought-provoking read. His ultimate conclusion is that Google's success is much more attributable to its leading-edge IT operations than any of the hype you may read about in glossy journals."
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Red Hat Software

+ - Red Hat to Create Open Source Sys Mgmt Platform->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Red Hat Network (RHN) and the JBoss Operations Network (JON) have been significant players for the Red Hat service model for a long time, but the software that has been behind them has been private and sourced from a different code base. Today, Red Hat announced with open source systems management vendor, Hyperic, that they will be working together "on the development of a common systems management platform. Development will continue under an open source model."

The involvement with Hyperic is rooted in the JON history as it was OEMed to create this service in 2005. This new open source project is meant to create a repository of common services to be used in future versions of all Red Hat products and adopted into Hyperic products as well, clearing up the mystery on the fate of these two networks. "Both companies will work to maintain, govern and extend management capabilities within the new open source systems management platform project. Additionally, Hyperic and Red Hat will work jointly to include this base in both future Hyperic and Red Hat systems management products." The project will be made available under the GPL."

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Businesses

+ - The Hows vs. the Whys?->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "What sorts of personality traits do you look for when you hire employees in IT? Or do you feel that judging a potential new hire on personality is ethically wrong? This blog post suggests a system that looks for 2 archetypes to fill IT roles: the "hows" who only focus on 'making it go' with whatever they've been given and the "whys" who question every methodology and are responsible for building new stuff, which the "hows" will then deploy. TFBP implies that these traits can be detected in an interview process, even though all of them may possess very similar resumes. Is this even possible? Or is "hows" vs "whys" a false dichotomy?"
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United States

+ - Open Letter to California Media: You Suck->

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cyrusmack
cyrusmack writes "During the rise and fall of AB 1668, California's open formats bill, the media misrepresented the struggle in the simplistic form of industry goliaths engaging in market warfare — without giving proper due to the — some would say obvious — moral issues at play. In this open letter, I have taken them to task for their piss-poor efforts and lack of basic critical thinking skills. Some would say we cannot expect better, but I say we have to expect better and yell about it when they don't meet expectations; otherwise nothing will change. Read the full text here"
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Java

+ - CNET 1997: Java is Dead!->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "David Herron has a great post on his blog at java.net. David uncovered an old CNET article listing 10 technologies that "don't stand a chance" with Java, of course, being one. It would seem that the death of Java has been foretold multiple times for at least 10 years now. One wonders how long it needs to survive before someone admits, "well, perhaps this Java thing will make it after all.""
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Announcements

+ - Hyperic HQ 3.1 Named Best Systems Management Tool->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "Hyperic HQ 3.1, the GPL'd software released early this week, was named the Best Systems Management Tool in the Product Excellence Awards at LinuxWorld Expo, beating out OpenNMS and Splunk 3.0. This marked the first time that Hyperic HQ was entered into the contest, which featured products from exhibitors at LinuxWorld Expo and NGDC in San Francisco."
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Software

+ - OSS becomes OSS - Too Late?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "4Front Technologies [http://www.opensound.com/] will finally license [http://www.4front-tech.com/hannublog/] their Open Sound System (the commercial version of the Linux kernel's old OSS audio drivers) under the GPL and CDDL. Maybe a little too late as ALSA has taken its place now. Developers may eventually change that again as OSS's API is much nicer to program for. The system setup is easier, too. But it will be a hard fight.

Official announcement tomorrow."

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Software

+ - Bush names anti-open source lobbyist as counselor->

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Citizen Pain
Citizen Pain writes "President Bush today appointed as his counselor a man who received $820,000 from Microsoft to lobby during negotiations over its antitrust settlement as well as to oppose the use, especially within the government, of "open source" systems such as Linux. Enron also paid him $700,000 in 2001 alone to lobby on the "California energy crisis" and thwart efforts to re-regulate the Western electricity market through price controls."
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