July 26, 2014
 
 
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What Matters to Open Source: Licensing or Community?

Open source is defined by licenses, but that's not the end of the discussion, according to the president of the Open Source Initiative.

The Brief on Groklaw

When Pamela Jones, better known as PJ, started Groklaw, a Web site devoted to covering and explaining legal cases of interest to the Free Software and Open Source communities, she preferred to remain anonymous and showed no desire to become well-known. Today, Groklaw and its founder are very famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask).

Steering the Linux Course at IBM

The fact that Linux is big business for IBM should come as no surprise to those who follow Big Blue. During the last decade IBM has steadily ramped up its Linux efforts to the point where it has now become a core offering across IBM's server and software product lines. In this interview, IBM's Inna Kuznetsova spoke about her role at IBM, the challenges she faces and her view on Microsoft's patent allegations and GPL version 3.

How Canonical Stays on the Light Side

The question of Canonical's success seems answered, for now. A better question could be, how will Canonical avoid the pitfalls of success that have befallen other strong software companies?

A Group Conversation with Eben Moglen, Part II

During the recent Red Hat Summit, Eben Moglen, founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center, gave an informal presentation and Q&A session on the state of the GPL 3 and how it might apply to the Linux kernel and other projects. The conluding transcript of that talk is provided within.

A Group Conversation with Eben Moglen, Part I

During last week's Red Hat Summit, Eben Moglen, founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center, gave an informal presentation and Q&A session on the state of the GPL 3 and how it might apply to the Linux kernel and other projects. The transcript of that talk is provided within.

Six Things You Didn't Know About Firefox Extensions

To many, a Firefox extension is more magic than technology, and the process by which it is developed and used is shrouded in mystery. To find out more about Firefox extensions and their capabilities, Jem Matzan asked some extension-related questions of the Mozilla Foundation's technology strategist, Mike Shaver.

What Can System Administrators Learn from Programmers?

Although we often hear about program bugs and techniques to get rid of them, we seldom see a similar focus in the field of system administration. LinuxPlanet asked Diomidis Spinellis, the author of the book Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective, for tips on what system administrators can learn from programmers.

Interview--Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL

Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL is a robust and complete treatment of the processes and technologies that go into developing secure and scalable web applications. Ibrahim Haddad interviews the author to get the inside look on the state of open source Web development.

Open Source Java: Interview with an Apache Harmony Project Founder

There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss and Geronimo (open source application servers) to MyFaces and Spring (open source web application frameworks), but Java itself is the last proprietary piece of the puzzle. If Harmony is successful, will Sun still matter?

Sobell on the Bourne Again Shell and the Linux Command Line

In this interview Mark Sobell, author of A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, contrasts the original Bourne Shell with GNU's Bourne Again Shell and talks about the usefulness of the gawk and tr utilities.

Boost Your C++ Programming

Björn Karlsson is the author of a new book, Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost. The book talks about the Boost libraries--which are top-notch C++ libraries--and examines twelve of the libraries in great detail. We had a talk with Björn, to get his thoughts on what makes Boost so important for C++ programmers.

Guide Gets Readers Away From Windows Gotchas

People who are new to Linux have a wide choice of introductory books. A recent addition to the market is "Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux" from Prentice-Hall Publishers. Ibrahim Haddad caught up with van der Linden recently spoke to him to find out why he wrote it and what van der Linden sees as the important trends in Linux.

Infernal Devices

One of the most frequently cited difficulties transitioning to Linux (especially on the desktop) is that it can be difficult to find and integrate device drivers for new or obscure hardware. Another is that device drivers are hard to implement. James Turner rang up Linux Kernel guru Andrew Morton to discuss the state of Linux devices drivers in 2005 and to see if this is indeed the case.

Programming Guide Gets Down to the Metal

"GNU awk, more affectionately known as gawk, is a compatible version of the awk language--the language is open standard and other awk implementations exist--and it continues to be maintained and developed by Arnold Robbins. Arnold is in fact a long time proponent of open source, has worked with GNU for many years and written numerous books on sed, awk, and other open source technologies..."

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