At first glance, the ecosystem in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
world can seem a bit complicated. There are several ways to get software:
project websites where you can download it directly, use a software
management tool that your Linux distribution provides, or you may also be
able to install a Linux distribution that includes everything you need right
out of the box! Once you understand this ecosystem, you can find where your
contributions would be most useful, and why contributing is beneficial to
your organization and the FOSS community.
So, where does this all begin? FOSS often originates with a project which
maintains the source code for the software and provides its own development
and support infrastructure.
A Linux distribution is a carefully culled collection of software from these
upstream projects which makes a complete operating system and e... (more)
If you know the history of LinuxForce, you know that we’ve been doing
remote systems administration using FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)
since our founding in 1995. And we’ve called our remote systems
administration service Remote Responder℠ for a long time too. But the
website RemoteResponder.Net is new.
The new site is part of our educational initiative to explain the issues
involved in administering FOSS-based IT infrastructures to achieve the
promise of greater reliability and ever-improving functionality while keeping
costs low and meeting an organizations’ ever-evolv... (more)
Open Source Journal
At our Seminar last month, Managing FOSS to Lower Costs and Achieve Business
Results, several participants asked about the dynamics of FOSS (Free and Open
Source Software) projects that reach a crossroads (a failure, a merger, loss
of key personnel, etc). I had not expected that concern because with
commercial software, it seems to me, the problem is more severe. When you
have the source code and the right to modify and redistribute it, the source
gives many more options (and its freedoms provide many more protections) than
when commercial software goes bankr... (more)
Open Source Journal on Ulitzer
The November 2009 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) has a very
interesting article by Paul Stachour and David Collier-Brown entitled “You
Don’t Know Jack About Software Maintenance”. The authors argue
energetically for using versioned data structures and “continuous
upgrading” to improve the state of the art of software maintenance.
The piece got me thinking about FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and
“continuous upgrading”. Here are seven observations on FOSS software
maintenance that occurred to me as I reflected on the CACM article:
Cloud Computing Expo
Last year a client asked us for advice on getting started with programming.
So I thought I’d share some thoughts about programming, its relationship
with FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) management and why Python is a good
language for learning programming including some great on-line resources. But
first I want to make sure our business-oriented readers understand the nature
and importance of source code.
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The “source” aka “the code” provides a language in which computer
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