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Viewpoint of a Linux Technologist

Why is SCO taking action against corporate giants like IBM? How will all of these lawsuits affect the corporate acceptance of Linux? What are the most exciting software projects taking place right now? Follow this Linux Technologist as he provides his u

Published: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:05:02 +0000


4 years later, what's changed?

Thu, 01 May 2008 00:12:36 GMT

Everything! It's ironic to me to be writing this entry while my primary job duties generally involve Windows Server 2003. At home, I use Macs (my Mac Book Pro is currently booted into Windows XP, but usually it's running Leopard.) I don't even have a Linux desktop system any more. When I want Unix I use Leopard. I do have a Debian VMware Player virtual machine, but it's mostly a development system. But I'm going to try and write a bit more on this blog. I know it's been a long time --

Novell: The ''quiet'' IT company

Wed, 21 Apr 2004 18:20:20 GMT

There's some interesting articles in Business Week about Linux about a month ago. Here's one that sizes up Red Hat competitor Novell. For a long time I think the IT punditariat saw Novell as the "quiet billion dollar software company." (Anyone besides me remember those Northwestern Mutual insurance ads?) Novell could be summed up in a quaint sentence: they have a tidy business supporting legacy NetWare customers, but not a lot else really going for them. But last year they made some bi

AT&T Wireless: Failed CRM upgrade cost $100 million in lost revenues

Mon, 19 Apr 2004 20:10:42 GMT

The latest CIO Magazine has a superbly cautionary tale of project management done in the worst possible way. According to the article, the project problems may have cost the company upto $1

The Economist: What now, Scott McNealy?

Tue, 13 Apr 2004 18:02:29 GMT

The Economist has a great analysis of the recent Sun v. Microsoft settlement. Read it here. Key grafs:
Microsoft and Sun have a new common enemy: Linux, an operating system that competes with Windows and with Sun's Solaris but which, unlike the other two, is written by volunteers and shared freely among all who

PacBell Park's new WiFi system

Tue, 13 Apr 2004 17:58:15 GMT

The San Jose Mercury News published a "man-on-the-street" article which gets fan reaction to Pacific Bell Park's new WiFi hotspot enabled baseball park. Unsurprisingly, some fans liked it, some fans don't. During this initial introduction period, the service is free. Baseball fan Kevin Fong is quoted:
Fong, a computer programmer

Modernizing the IRS: a case study in failure

Thu, 08 Apr 2004 15:29:53 GMT

Today's object lesson in enormous, complex project implementation... CIO Magazine has a long, revealing article about the IRS' woes in trying to modernize its business systems. According to the article, the tax rolls of the U.S. F

Blogging in business?

Thu, 08 Apr 2004 14:38:01 GMT

The Economist reports on a growing trend of business blogging, both as an internal medium for employees and an external medium for customer communication. For those of us into blogging already, this is an interesting development. There's no denying that blogging can be useful in a few areas, like the ones profiled, but I'm still ske

Mobile phones on airplanes

Mon, 05 Apr 2004 18:28:42 GMT

The Economist reports on a new technology called "pico-cells." These cellular points of presence allow one to use a cell phone on board an airplane without interfering with ground based cellular signals. The pico-cell uses satellite technology to uplink the cellular signals -- and provide wireless IP for computers. Read about it Official GNOME 2.6 release webpages

Thu, 01 Apr 2004 12:00:02 GMT

No April Fool's Joke... here're the GNOME 2.6 Release Notes. They look great and detail all the new improvements in my favorite Free desktop environment.

Great preview of GNOME 2.6

Wed, 31 Mar 2004 12:15:20 GMT

Ars Technica has a great preview including lots of screen shots of the improved GNOME 2.6 desktop which is set to be released tomorrow April 1, 2004. If you're like me and tend to "upgrade" GNOME releases by installing an updated Linux distribution, you might be in for a bit of wait while GNOME 2.6 is incorporate

The sky is falling!

Tue, 23 Mar 2004 18:29:46 GMT

The European Union is set to fine Microsoft a whopping $615 million for antitrust abuses.
"This ruling is yet another example of the EU assaulting a successful American industry and policies that support our economic growth," said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Microsoft's home state of Washington... Murray called on the Bush administration to "engage" the EU in set

IT Worker? Don't like your job? Take a number.

Tue, 23 Mar 2004 18:11:34 GMT

The City and Guilds of London Institute posted a survery on its website about the happiness of workers in various fields. Turns out only 14% of IT workers are "very happy" in their jobs while hairdressers, plumbers and chef

Stuzt's essay on ''commodity software''

Tue, 09 Mar 2004 16:18:29 GMT

(Link via Slashdot) David Stutz wrote an intriguing essay about the history of global commodities (i.e., sugar, oil, cotton, etc.) and the emerging "commodification" of software. Software, he points out is constantly changing, and
[b]y definition, something that changes constantly cannot be a commodity; the commo

SCO confirms ''Halloween X'' memo, denies Microsoft involvement

Fri, 05 Mar 2004 15:07:07 GMT

According to this article in eWeek, SCO admits the "Halloween" memo is authentic, but SCO, Microsoft and Baystar Capital, the firms implicated in the message deny the conclusions drawn by Eric Raymond. This item is to follow up yesterday's post which mentioned the above linked Halloween memo in passi

GnomeMeeting 1.0!

Thu, 04 Mar 2004 17:35:38 GMT

Readers who've been checking in for a while know that VoIP is a personal technology interest of mine. That's why the announcement of GnomeMeeting's 1.0 software release is a piece of great news. GnomeMeeting is H.323 client that runs under Linux and can interoperate with most other H.323 VoIP clients. But there's more that you can do with GnomeMeeting than audio or video conference with other computer users. For example,