The Age of Corporate Open Source Enlightenment

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 09/04/2003 - 08:52

The Age of Corporate Open Source Enlightenment | 2003-09-04 08:52:54 | This article discusses the steadily growing creep of open source software into corporate America from a religous (Linux-zealot vs. Windows-heretic) viewpoint. It's a fairly long article, but it's very well written, highly accurate, and an entertaining read. Be sure to check it out.

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Rockin' on without Microsoft

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 08/20/2003 - 09:24

C|Net is carrying an interview with Sterling Ball, CEO of Ernie Ball, one of the leading guitar manufacturers in the world. A couple years ago, Ernia Ball made headlines by being one of the first major companies to completely switch away from Microsoft, focusing mostly on Linux and other free software.

This interview discusses what caused them to switch, how they've faired, and some of his thoughts on the future.

I want to mention that this interview is quite educational (you rarely hear a CEO speak this way), and definitely worth taking the time to read.

Here's the full interview.

SuSE vs. Red Hat vs. Microsoft "certification"

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 08/18/2003 - 14:17

A new article on The Inquirer takes a look at SuSE/IBM's recent CC Enterprise Assurance certification, and compares/contrasts it with Red Hat/Oracle's similar attempt at certification.

However, the article goes on to further discuss the value of these certifications, pointing out that:

As we've recently seen, these certifications don't guarantee that these platforms are secure. These Microsoft "certified" operating systems have just been compromised on a massive international scale by the "LoveSAN" or "MSBlaster" worm. Microsoft has had to front-end its "WindowsUpdate" site with about 15,000 Akamai servers this weekend (and very ironically, those Akamai servers are all running Linux). This vulnerability is even suspected as the root cause of Thursday night's extensive power blackout throughout the Northeast and Upper Midwest US and extending into Canada, as this SecurityFocus posting posits. At this juncture, one might really wonder how much the DoD formal certifications are actually worth, in terms of effective IT infrastructure security.

It also goes on to discuss recent U.S. DoD problems relating to Linux vs. Microsoft, and even political bias against Europen vendors. Overal, a very good read.

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Joining the Cult of Linux

Submitted by jbreland on Sat, 08/16/2003 - 17:10

There's a fairly interesting article on NewsFactor about making the pitch for Linux and other Free/Open Source Software to corporations. Because FOSS enthusiasts understand and recognize the value of open source code, they tend to base their sales pitches on that as well. However, in an environment (aka Microsoft customers) where source cose access is a completely alien concept, this will only turn off and/or confuse the managers.

It goes on to state that in recent years, as more corporate entities themselves get involves in Linux (Red Hat, SuSE, etc.), pushing source code access has taken a back seat to simply pushing it's reliability and performance.

Pretty good read, overall. Here's the full story

Two on Wireless Networking

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 08/14/2003 - 22:25

Here are a couple intersting articles on wireless networking over on the O'Reilly Network.

First up is "When Is 54 Not Equal to 54?", which provides an examination of the 802.11 a, b, and g protocols, and explains why you may not be getting the advertised speed.

Second is " Dispelling the Myth of Wireless Security", which, obviously, deals with wireless security, and offers tips to test the strength of your network's security and encryption.

More SCO

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 08/14/2003 - 22:21

Yes, I know there've been a bunch of posts about this lately, but it's been dominating the news. Here's a couple more tidbits.

OSDL has released a Q&A paper on the SCO Lawsuite:

In his paper, Rosen identifies some of the legal issues raised by the SCO Group's claims as they relate to Linux development and usage. He does not offer legal advice, but rather frames some of the key questions that companies should ask their own counsel about their use of Linux. He points out that SCO has a long way to go before it can assert broad intellectual property claims against an operating system that was written by thousands of open source programmers worldwide.

The press release can be found here, and the actuall paper can be found here.

Also, in the latest (and possibly strangest yet) turn of events, SCO is apparently arguing that U.S. copyright law invalidates the GPL. Supposedly, since the copyright law only permits one backup copy for "fair use," and the GPL is copyright, then the GPL cannot grant permission to make more than one backup copy because it is superceeded by copyright law. Umm... More information can be found in the Inquirer article.

Hanging DARPA out to dry

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 08/08/2003 - 13:11

CNet has an interesting story today about DARPA and its two recent high-profile, and highly criticized, projects; the Total Information Awareness (aka Terrorist Information Awareness) and FutureMAP projects.

Now, I'm personally against both of these (I believe the TIA goes to far and can easily be exploited, and FutureMAP is just asking for trouble from foreign nations), but I agree with the author that DARPA itself is a highly regarded and necessary agency.

Read the full story for more thoughts on this.

IBM vs. SCO - Round 2

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 08/08/2003 - 01:17

Lots of updates on this, so I'll just put them all in one post:

The big news of the day is that IBM has finally filed a countersuit against SCO. You can read about it on CNet and in the Reuters story. The countersuit centers around two central points; that SCO's of IP infringement are basically null and void becuase SCO themselves distributed their IP under the GPL, and that SCO's nearly entire range of products violates 4 patents from IBM's extensive patent portfolio. You can also read a recent letter sent to IBM's sales force about the SCO suit.

As you can read about in a previous post, Red Hat has also filed suit against SCO, seeking an injuction on its spread of FUD. CNet is now carrying an interview with Matthew Szulik, Red Hat CEO, about the suit, and about Red Hat's place in the market.

Also indirectly related is the transcript of Bruce Perens' Open Source "State of the Union" address, which touches heavily on SCO's claims and it's impact on the open source community.

Finally, has an intersting on how to get your own free Linux "license" from SCO, without paying their extortion fees.