"is a browser for surfing the Web when you don't want anyone to physically see
what you are doing." Bang goes productivity! [Also on /.]
posted by dash_slot-
on Nov 10, 2002 -
RealNetworks opens up.
RealNetworks today launched the Helix Community
which provides the source code to its RealPlayer client (the server and encoding components are coming later). This will present the first end-to-end open source media delivery system- Apple has open sourced its streaming server
, but not its clients or codecs; Microsoft's Windows Media
platform is totally closed. Marketing ploy or real step forward for the software industry?
posted by mkultra
on Oct 29, 2002 -
Open Source or Bust?
"Named the "Digital Software Security Act," the proposal essentially would make California the "Live Free or Die" state when it comes to software. If enacted as written, state agencies would be able to buy software only from companies that do not place restrictions on use or access to source code. The agencies would also be given the freedom to "make and distribute copies of the software."" If open source wants to be taken seriously, shouldn't it compete on the merits (or with martketing) rather than forcing gov't agencies to use it?
posted by owillis
on Aug 11, 2002 -
"A Contrarian View of Open Source" -
Bruce Sterling on the open source attitutude:
"Don't like it? Hey, just reconfigure it yourself, don't bother me!" It's the Hippie Squat Model of software architecture. "If I want to paint the doors and floors bright blue and put the toilet right into the kitchen, why not?"
posted by GriffX
on Aug 9, 2002 -
Open source music?
Give away the songs without copyright, sell the audio source files dirt cheap and waive the copyright. That's the idea behind Brad Sucks
. Are any bands you know of doing something like this?
posted by Leonard
on Jul 30, 2002 -
Peru goes GNU.
And I quote: "You may have heard about this if you watch the free software news, but I just want to repeat it for anyone who hasn't. The Peruvian government has introduced legislation requiring government offices to use free software; Microsoft is unhappy; and a member of the Peruvian Congress has written a response which I highly recommend reading, in which he explains in strong terms why it's out of the question for the government of a democratic nation to use proprietary software."
posted by BGM
on May 2, 2002 -
Perhaps AOL isn't that bad.
I've never liked AOL
, but this recent article
makes me want to give the company a big hug. Finally, people are stepping up to the Microsoft
juggernaut and deciding to use other means to deliever content and run their own machines. AOL is trying to cut costs by migrating from UNIX and Windows to a Linux
environment on the server-side. On the client side, they will apparently be pushing the use of Mozilla
instead of their previous default browser, Internet Explorer. This has the potential to impact the web enormously, as AOL's 30 million subscribers will soon be using Mozilla as their browser. Web designers will have to start sticking to w3c specs
instead of using MSIE-specific coding, which will hopefully force Microsoft to follow the specs more closely. Begun this browser war has. (via /.
posted by Hammerikaner
on Mar 11, 2002 -
What Linux Really Needs:
Non profit, public service announcements by a foundation formed expressly for that purpose. Whether you keep up with the OS fray or not, what a neat idea really. Trolls: Slashdot is burning! You're needed over there.
posted by crasspastor
on Mar 3, 2002 -
"Life science researchers -- even those who work in academic settings -- are finding that corporations are just as eager to patent the tools as they are the data, and in many cases, universities are bending over backward to let the private sector have its way. As a result, a growing number of bioinformatics researchers are beginning to look to the free-software and open-source software movements for inspiration in their quest for bio freedom."
posted by homunculus
on Feb 26, 2002 -
New Scientist release a copyleft article on......wait for it......copyleft.
In it, they discuss what's going on in the world of Open Source and how the meme is spreading from software into other areas, like encyclopedias and law. It concludes saying that open source is currently good for things that don't need to be confidential and do need to be consistently upgraded/changed. Does open source have a chance, or is it just a passing fad? via slashdot
posted by taumeson
on Jan 31, 2002 -
The BBC are testing out Ogg Vorbis
for audio streaming. Ogg
is a completely Free and open audio codec. This is great news for Ogg Vorbis, as you don't get a much better endorsement than one of the most respected media services trialling your system.
posted by helloboys
on Dec 26, 2001 -
Let's stop wasting US$ 78 billion a year.
Is software development really this inefficient? Aside from the main theme, there is also an interesting statement from a CIO towards the end of the article. "Those folks [involved in the open-source movement] are very knowledgeable, very good at what they do, and they're producing really great code," [...]
posted by HeikoH
on Oct 20, 2001 -
What OS is Micro$oft running?
A poll of what OS' run in Microsoft's netblock, and their rank by uptime. Besides the fact that Hotmail was on FreeBSD for awhile [before M$ took them over], this was surprising.
posted by plemeljr
on Oct 17, 2001 -
Local and national governments around the world are legislating in favor of open source, in a challenge to US corporate (read Microsoft) dominance. A liberating movement, or too much government intrusion?
posted by liam
on Aug 29, 2001 -
is writing an open source novel
that readers are encouraged to leave footnotes on. These footnotes can contain comments, suggestions or discussion about other footnotes. Is this the future of publishing or a cheap gimmick?
posted by mathowie
on Jul 9, 2001 -
Microsoft bans use of Open Source
with its wireless internet tools. Will this be a huge PR blunder, or will people accept MS' hardline stance against this so-called "potentially viral" software?
posted by moz
on Jul 2, 2001 -
Gates interview with ZDNet.
Open source advocates and *nix users will enjoy his comments on publishing source code and the GPL. Anyone care to do a line-by-line accuracy check?
posted by goto11
on Jun 25, 2001 -
Interesting idea, but will it work?
"Grub provides a free for download, distributed crawling client, which is used to create an infrastructure (database + volunteers) that will eventually provide URL update status information for nearly every web page on the Internet. Grub's distributed crawler network will enable websites, content providers, and individuals to notify others that changes have occurred in their content, all in real time"
posted by sixdifferentways
on May 18, 2001 -
Can Linux be anything more
than a Server/Developer OS without something like Eazel? Will the open-source community be able to do anything productive with its code
? Or have we just reached a point where the OS is superfluous?
posted by machaus
on May 16, 2001 -
MS VP Challenges GPL on Moral Grounds In Speech
Admitting that the company is feeling pressure from open source, free alternatives, Microsoft's Craig Mundie, lecturing at NYU, will speak out against G.P.L., which he considers impractical, dangerous and morally wrong. Stallman is quoted as saying something ludicrously funny about the American revolution.
posted by rschram
on May 3, 2001 -
OpenCola Soft Drink™
"source code" has been released under General Public License and is freely available for download from their website. It marks the first time that open-source licensing has been applied to a consumer product. Or so they say.
posted by Firda
on Feb 27, 2001 -
Code Name Mainstream (via NYTIMES)
One of those dumb MF posts that most of you would've found in your daily clicking reports on the strides in acceptance made by opensource advocates.
Posted merely for initiating discussion, of course.
posted by rschram
on Aug 28, 2000 -
I am shocked - shocked, I say!- to discover that the Linux/Open Source media would operate using the same sort of shenanigans as the media covering the Evil Empire!
posted by m.polo
on Jul 14, 2000 -