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-evolving business needs. Check
out our new website RemoteResponder.Net and let us know what you think.
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)
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 b... (more)
Since I’ve been involved with Debian GNU/Linux for over 15 years, it is
exciting that I will be able to attend the first two and a half days of
DebConf10 including Debian Day from Sunday to Tuesday August 1–3.
I am particularly looking forward to the following sessions: Pedagogical
Freedom: Debian, Free Software, and Education, Beyond Sharing: Open Source
Design What are the challenges for the collaborative design process?, FLOSS
Manuals: A Vibrant Community for Documentation Development, Bits from the
DPL, The Java Packaging Nightmare, Collaboration between Ubuntu and Debian,
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: