Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston
University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about
a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce
Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet
community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community
favorite Debian distribution.
I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my
own text. They are marked [thus].
The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is
that it’s infinitely customizable to meet the needs of almost any
situation. However, for it to be a viable desktop for the masses there seems
to me that there has to be some common features that a large number of Linux
desktop users would appreciate. I thought about this quite a bit and started
my li... (more)
I recently read an article in the "mainstream" media that gave me pause. The
author made an assertion that the current trend towards Open Source might
just be a passing fad. I thought about this and looked critically at the
software industry, thinking about whether there was merit in that statement.
After all, we have seen plenty of high flyers peter out in a software
industry riddled with buzzwords and acronyms-of-the-day. I just don't believe
that open source is one of them.
When I worked in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) business, we saw every
new consumer Internet fad f... (more)
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Is 2008 going to be the Year of the Acquisition? Activity in 2007 was on
the rise but now things seem to be at full speed.
I remember when Alta Vista and Excite! were the hot search engines, my how
the world has changed. It looks like it’s narrowing down to a two
horse race with Microsoft putting the moves on Yahoo! for about $44.6 billion
(Notes from SearchEngineLand). I guess it’s really on now, Google
versus Microsoft in a search engine death match.
Yahoo! acquired Zimbra last year. I wonder what that means for the "Exchange
Linux evangelist Bruce Perens has made available his first draft, UserLinux:
Repairing the Economic Paradigm of Enterprise Linux. Which at first read
sounds like a good idea, even though it seems to bear many similarities to
United Linux. UnitedLinux to date seems to have had very little impact on the
Linux user community - due to SCO’s participation and the lack of
unilateral support by Linux distribution vendors, most notably Red Hat.
Analysis of UnitedLinux’s results to date may be helpful to those thinking
about jumping on the UserLinux bandwagon. This is not to say that UserLi... (more)
During my career I have had the privilege and the misfortune to be involved
with quite a few nascent businesses. Some have been small, with no more than
five or ten employees. To this day they still have that many or less. Others
grew from 50 employees to over 10,000 in a very short time. In every case
there was a technology component involved in my job.
During this time I have consistently been an IT buyer. I still cringe at the
$3,000 a piece I spent for DX2-33 PCs with 8MB for a financial services firm
back in the mid-1990s, though at the time it was a heck of a deal. I still ... (more)