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How do you make money with Open Source?

By Fabienne Riener
February 25, 2013

That is a question I get asked all the time. And quite rightly so. After all, without the license model and the source code being out in the open, free for everybody to download and do with it whatever they …

Four short links: 3 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 3, 2012

Page Speed (Google Code) -- an open-source project started at Google to help developers optimize their web pages by applying web performance best practices. Page Speed started as an open-source browser extension, and is now deployed in third-party products such as, Show Slow and Google Webmaster Tools. What Commons Do We Wish For? (John Battelle) -- trying to...

Four short links: 2 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 2, 2011

Thoughts on Web Application Deployment (OmniTI) -- if your web site is your business, this stuff is critical and it's under-taught. Everyone learns it on the job, and there's not a lot of standardization between gigs. Github Enterprise -- GitHub Enterprise is delivered in the industry-standard OVF format, which means you'll be able to run it on virtualization layers...

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes
By James Turner
October 26, 2011

One of the earliest language pioneers, John McCarthy, passed last week. Elsewhere, one developer admits he's using the GPL to force companies to pay him, and the creator of the "West Wing" is on the short list to write the film version of Steve Jobs' life.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 10, 2011

This week mobile apps get called out for their open source license compliance (or lack thereof), Adobe starts to yield some ground on Flash, and the latest Turing Award winner is announced.

Four short links: 27 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2010

Digital Continuity Conference Proceedings -- proceedings from a New Zealand conference on digital archiving, preservation, and access for archives, museums, libraries, etc. What Are The Scaling Issues to Keep in Mind While Developing a Social Network Feed? (Quora) -- insight into why you see the failwhale. (via kellan on Twitter) Fan Feeding Frenzy -- Amanda Palmer sells $15k in...

Four short links: 16 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2010

GPL WordPress Theme Angst -- a podcaster brought together Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress), and Chris Pearson (creator of the Thesis theme). Chris doesn't believe WordPress's GPL should be inherited by themes. Matt does, and the SFLC and others agree. The conversation is interesting because (a) they and the podcaster do a great job of keeping it civil and...

Four short links: 15 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 15, 2009

Opticks -- Opticks is an expandable remote sensing and imagery analysis software platform that is free and open source. Hugely extensible system. (via geowanking) Best Buy, Samsung, And Westinghouse Named In SFLC Suit Today (Linux Weekly News) -- the Software Freedom Law Center is suing them for selling GPL-derived products without offering the source. They've been unresponsive when contacted...

OSCON: The saga of MySQL

By Robert Kaye
July 24, 2009

At OSCON in 2006, I followed sessions that discussed how open source companies would fare when big corporations come in. Back then there were only a handful of examples of big companies purchasing small open source companies. Three years later, we've witnessed MySQL AB get swallowed by Sun, only to have Sun be swallowed by Oracle. Now there are...

Southern California Linux Expo: freedom in a service economy, and more

Southern California Linux Expo: freedom in a service economy, and more
By Andy Oram
February 22, 2009

This evening's SCALE blog covers Bradley Kuhn's keynote on Software as a Service, Jono Bacon on security, Red Hat's counsel on patents, and much more (with ample indulgence for my own opinions).

Free software meets corporate needs, including Software as a Service

By Andy Oram
January 22, 2009

The computer field has evolved to the point where we see even more value from free and open source software. As for Software as a Service (SaaS), it has proven a great boost to free software--and vice versa. But I suspect the main driver that will elevate free software to world domination is an economic consideration I haven't seen anyone discuss.

Open Source Code Licenses Review

By Andre Charland
July 18, 2008

Grant Skinner has been thinking about and researching open sources licenses. I think this is timely blog post that everyone involved in software should take a look to get a quick high level understanding of the most popular open source licenses.

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