Articles like this just kill me. Granted, this piece was written a while back, and even considering the date in which the piece was first put together, it remains the single biggest mess that I have ever laid eyes on. Linux and wireless is a mess, period. Understand, however, that I applaud the ongoing efforts of Ralink, Intel and Atheros. These groups have bent over backwards to make life easier for the casual Linux enthusiast. Unfortunately, less than savory options seem to be weaseling their way into places where the aforementioned companies were there to help us out.
Updates today have made compiz a dependency of ubuntu-desktop, which means it will be installed by default with Ubuntu feisty fawn. Although this doesn't mean it will be enabled by default it's certainly unfortunate for the beryl project who's primary goal for their next release was to be included in Ubuntu.
Often proprietary companies trot out their FUD that open source is somehow socialist, communist, as pink as its programmers' underwear. Here's the truth.
If the Firefox browser were a car, it would be in the garage right now being souped up by an anxious group of gearheads.
When Firefox 3.0 is released later this year, the open-source browser is likely to contain a host of new features, including offline support for Web applications and new bookmark and search features. Mozilla released the second alpha version of Firefox 3.0 earlier this month.
While some of us were skiing or eating during the Christmas holidays, Matthew Aslett was crunching the numbers on total open source investments since 2000. The answer? A whopping $1.89 billion. The numbers just keep getting bigger, too, with $475.2 million raised in 2006, up 61.6% from $294. million in 2005.
Dell's recent IdeaStorm experiment reveals increasing demand for Linux and open-source software on the desktop. Since that time, Dell has said that it is still not committed to selling laptops and desktops with Linux preinstalled for the general consumer and small business markets. At the present time, Dell offers select Dimension, Optiplex, and Precision desktop computers without operating systems.
Need an "open source" company nowadays merely be "a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company"?
Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" is now completely meaningless, in the sense that its meaning has now been sucked out of it by companies that purport to be open source yet don't allow users to feely download, compile, and use the software in question. One example Torkington cites is SugarCRM, whose license he describes as "a questionably modified OSI-approved license.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is making another attempt to reform patent law. I need your help to lobby them to add protection from software patent attacks for Open Source software and Open Standards.