Open Source Journal
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This blog is part of a new educational initiative to foster a deeper
understanding of the capabilities and issues involved with administering FOSS
(Free and Open Source Software) to deliver concrete business benefits.
Although our subject will sometimes become technical, we will strive to
address the business benefits at the beginning of each and every post.
Therefore, we are confident that this blog will prove interesting and
understandable to a broad variety of leaders, managers, and technicians.
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Virtualization provides the facility to run multiple isolated computer
operating systems on one piece of computing hardware. There has been a huge
increase of interest in virtualization technology because recent advances in
multi-core technology provide significantly more computing power in each
machine with ever decreasing costs. Virtualization is one of the best ways to
take advantage of these big changes in hardware.
Currently, Xen is the most mature FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)
virtualization technology. Although we love the idea of KVM, since it
requires a special p... (more)
Although I haven’t seen a thoroughly researched study, I figure there must
be at least 250,000 FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools available to
every systems administrator on the planet (230,000 at SourceForge + 15,000 at
Launchpad + 12,000 at CodePlex + 5,000 at Google Code and that doesn’t
count the Linux kernel or any of the myriad other self-hosted projects).
These 250,000+ resources comprise the full “toolbox” that admins can use
for building solutions with FOSS; they represent the FOSS equivalent of COTS
(Commercial Off-The-Shelf). Of course, if you add open source b... (more)
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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
users can create ... (more)
I will be attending the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise
Conference (ETE 2010) this Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, 2010.
The event is billed for “developers, architects, and IT executives” and
attempts to provide a dynamic forum for “emerging technology and Open
I look forward to seeing Robert C. (Uncle Bob) Martin’s keynote on “Bad
Code, Craftsmanship, Engineering, and Certification”, a panel discussion on
“Open source is a commercial enterprise”, another panel on “Social
Media: Why should I care?”, a second Bob Martin presentation on “Agility
and ... (more)