Free/Libre and Open Source Software

eWeek: Internet Explorer Takes Another Market-Share Hit

This e-Week article by Matt Hicks includes:

On the marketing front, Mozilla has exceeded its fund-raising goal for a campaign begun in October to promote the Firefox launch and run an advertisement in The New York Times. As of Saturday, it had garnered $250,000 in donations from more than 10,000 donors, according to an announcement on the Spread Firefox Web site.

Rumors of Microsoft's Demise Are Premature...But Not Unthinkable

In his recent book, Seeing What's Next, which he coauthored with Erik Roth and Scott Anthony, Christensen provides a sober, theoretical framework for circumstances under which companies offering modular open source solutions have a competitive advantage over companies offering the integrated architectural solutions such as Microsoft's Windows franchise.

Read full article by Christian Einfeldt

Infoworld: U.K. government report cites merits of open source

This Infoworld article by Scarlet Pruitt includes:

"Coming from the influential OGC, this is undoubtedly a boost for open source software in the U.K., where until recently interest has lagged that in many other European countries," Ovum Ltd. analyst Eric Woods wrote in an assessment of the report.

Report at Open Source Software Trials in Government: Final report

Re: Microsoft battles piracy with free software

I replied to the CNet article Microsoft battles piracy with free software with Free/Libre and Open Source Software best solution to piracy..

I believe Microsoft is only part-way there. When I first thought about software as a business more than a decade ago I rejected "software manufacturing" because of the inherent incentives for copyright infringement it created. I believe the best solution to the so-called "software piracy" problem is FLOSS. You get paid for the work you do, and your customers do not have any incentive to infringe your copyright.

Penguin Day

Penguin Day Conference in Toronto
The migration begins ... Saturday, November 20th 2004

Penguin Day Toronto links non-profits leaders, activists and socially responsible techies for a day of question-asking, knowledge-sharing and networking about the potential of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) for non-profit organizations.

Whether you're looking for software that can change the world or just want to find a way to get rid of all those nasty viruses, Penguin Day will expand your knowledge of how F/OSS applications can help non-profits. It will also provide you with a chance to help refine the vision and vocabulary which are guiding the civil society + free software movement that is emerging all around the world.

The $100 PC? No Chance in Hell Without L

While I am not a customer of their specific distribution, I find the newsletter sent out by Linspire CEO Michael Robertson to be quite interesting. The newsletter for today includes:

It's no secret that the PC hardware business is a very tough, low-profit business. Many computer manufacturers operate with a 10% margin or less.

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Because there is no direct cost to copy software, Microsoft's gross margins are around 90%. PC vendors should be calling on Microsoft for $10 software...

Gartner analysts acknowledge Linux impact on enterprise

This is old news to most of us, but like much of the media monitoring what is interesting is that Gartner, even with its strong ideological ties to Microsoft and its legacy business model, is acknowledging the importance of Linux and FLOSS.

See articles in DesktopLinux.com and eWeek

FLOSS at Large: Selected papers from the 4SEASST 2004 joint conference

First Monday: 1 November 2004

The complex composition of the FLOSS community entails a heterogeneous field where innovation is socio–technically constructed. Practices and norms in the FLOSS community are interpreted differently in support of individual demands (social, economic, political, technical) of the actors. Such a heterogeneous world resembles an ecological system that contains diversity while resources (information, knowledge and tools) are commonly shared amongst actors.

Microsoft Advised To Learn To Love Linux

This
CNET News.com article by Martin LaMonica includes:

Management guru Clayton Christensen has a paradoxical answer for Microsoft to the challenge posed by open source: invest in Linux applications for handheld devices.

Christensen, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, is the author of the 1997 "Innovator's Dilemma," a book that describes how good companies often fail because business managers don't embrace "disruptive" technologies.

Linux Kernel 2.6: It's Worth More!

by David A. Wheeler

This paper refines Ingo Molnar's estimate of the development effort it would take to redevelop Linux kernel version 2.6. Molnar's rough estimate found it would cost $176M (US) to redevelop the Linux kernel using traditional proprietary approaches. By using a more detailed cost model and much more information about the Linux kernel, I found that the effort would be closer to $612M (US) to redevelop the Linux kernel. In either case, the Linux kernel is clearly worth far more than the $50,000 proposed by Jeff Merkey.

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