Open Source Journal
Welcome to our new blog.
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.
We look forward to an engaging discussion in this blog as we explore the new
possibilities available to organizations to manage their IT (Information
Technology) architecture with FOSS! We hope you check in regularly or
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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)
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)
In January I attended the 10th annual Southern California Linux Expo. In
addition to speaking and running the Ubuntu booth, I had an opportunity to
talk to other sysadmins about everything from selection of distribution to
the latest in configuration management tools and virtualization technology.
I ended up in a conversation with a fellow sysadmin who was using a
proprietary virtualization technology on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Not only
did he have surprising misconceptions about the FOSS (Free and Open Source
Software) virtualization tools available, he assumed that some of the... (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: