☞ Evolutionary Pressures

Announcement – Illumos Project “A number of the community leaders from the OpenSolaris community have been working quietly together on a new effort called Illumos, and we’re just about ready to fully disclose our work to, and invite the general participation of, the general public.” (from the announcement on opensolaris-discuss) Brazilian Government Signs OpenJDK Manifesto […]

☞ Competitive Behaviour

Apple Ships More Mobile Phones Than Motorola For The Second Quarter In A Row More a statement of Motorola’s decline that Apple’s advance, but still a significant sign of a market transition that I am sure will continue as “phone” becomes an app on a mobile device. (tags: Motorola Apple Phone mobile) Dell and HP […]

☞ Maturity and Misbehaviour

Main link: The State of Open Source: Startup, Growth, Maturity or Decline? O’Grady has come to the same conclusion that I did at OSCON, namely that the “open source bubble” may be over – the period where it was assumed open source would be directly monetised – and it’s time for a resurgence of the […]

☞ Public Service

EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Artists, Cell Phone Jailbreakers, and Unlockers Congratulations to the EFF on this victory for digital liberty. We mustn’t over-state the victory, however. The DMCA is still an unnecessarily broad act that chills innovation and liberty for Americans and sets a norm that endangers digital liberty worldwide. Moreover, the […]

☞ What Will You Do?

How Will You Measure Your Life? Worthwhile reading for a Monday from Clayton Christensen. (tags: Business Management Philosophy Zeitgeist) Good-bye, Sun Bryan Cantrill says his farewells but rehosts his blog promisingly at dtrace.org and makes this great observation: “One of Sun’s greatest strengths was that we technologists were never discouraged from interacting directly and candidly […]

☞ Early Standardisation

WS-I Transitions To OASIS In the debate about open standards at the Cloud Summit on Tuesday, one speaker argued powerfully that standards follow innovation rather than delivering it, an observation that those of us with involvement in the world of standards have long understood. Early standardisation indicates there are vendors attempting to lock a market, […]

☞ Logical Core

The relationship between Open Core, dual licensing and contributions “This means that Open Core companies, in itself, will have an easier time in monetizing their software, but will receive much less contributions in exchange. As I wrote before, it is simply not possible to get something like Linux or Apache with Open Core.” (tags: OpenCore […]

☞ Getting Real

Phase relationships in the standardization process James Gosling wrote in 1990: “standards are increasingly being viewed as competitive weapons rather than as technological stabilizers. Companies use standards as a way to inhibit their competition from developing advantageous technology. As soon as technical activity is observed by political/economic forces, their interest rises dramatically because they see […]

☞ Pips From The Open Core

Rotten to the (Open) Core? Dave Neary’s thorough analysis of the problem with open core is right on the nail. (tags: OpenCore OpenSource) Opening The Rackspace Cloud The thinking behind the launch of open source cloud software at OpenStack is classic – grow the market by being truly open and everybody wins. This is exactly […]

☞ Proof Points

NASA and Rackspace open source cloud fluffer Very significant initiative. The fact it’s under the Apache licence makes it highly reusable, and the diversity of the participants combined with open governance gives confidence it can evolve freely and openly. Most interesting is the NASA comment that their work was a response to Eucalyptus choosing to […]