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Bill Gates and the Asteroids of Doom

I've been thinking a lot lately about the future of computing -- and that, of course, has to include Microsoft's future. Microsoft's own vision of its future seems clear. The company sees a transition to a secure Windows OS environment, continuing strength in Office and server applications, and deve...

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Sun’s Desktop Selection Guide and Pusillanimous Counsel

The word "pusillanimous" is normally used to label actions judged to reflect a lack of moral courage on the part of the person taking the action. Thus people who can be rather easily pressured to undertake actions contrary to their own beliefs are often said to be pusillanimous, cowardly or weak-spi...

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An Open Letter to Darl McBride

Dear Mr. McBride: I guess push is coming to shove, huh? You finally got a court to order release of the AT&T code, so things are coming together a bit on that end. It's an important legal step, and one I'm sure you'll be glad to get over with, despite the crowing going on among those who see it as a...

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Changing Ideas, Not Just Platforms

One of the bigger risks facing Linux is that explosive growth can destroy it because people who don't understand what it's for often install it simply as a Windows substitute, then discover that it isn't Windows and denounce it. The underlying issue here is that people can easily become captive to w...

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Baffled Certainties: Betraying Lintel for Wintel

I've been trying to imagine what the computing universe will look like in late 2008. The exercise not only highlighted the degree to which Linux has become the focal point for anti-Microsoft feeling, but also underscored the risk that the Linux community now faces from commercialization. My belief i...

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Open Source and the ‘Not Invented Here’ Syndrome

While watching CNN last week, I suffered one of those brain spasms that leave you holding an idea you can neither rationally assess nor forget about. I still can't assess the idea -- and I'm about to ask you for help on that -- but my attempts to do something with it did give me a deeper insight int...

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Goodbye SuSE, SuSE Goodbye

Last week, Novell announced its purchase of SuSE for $210 million -- $50 million of it direct from an IBM investment in newly issued convertible preferred stock. This deal raises two difficult questions: What's Novell up to, and why, if the people behind SuSE wanted to cash out, didn't they do an IP...

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Selling Open-Source Solutions Against Office 2003

Noster fungitur -- ours works. It's the motto I suggested to a local Mac user group. But it's also the theme you need to push when selling open-source software against the Microsoft desktop system -- Windows 2003 Server with Office 2003. Office 2003, in combination with Server 2003, is the fi...

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Man Bites Dog: Counting Linux In

If you sell products, measuring sales in terms of dollars during some reporting cycle -- like a quarterly or annual period -- makes perfect sense. It's dollars you're interested in, so dollars you measure. That's not true, however, for the open-source community. If you give away the product, then us...

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Rethinking the IBM-SCO Imbroglio

The most significant threat to open source isn't coming from SCO. It's coming from IBM. SCO isn't trying to shut down Linux. That demand for licensing fees from users was just a legal ploy -- one more step in an intricate legal dance to which IBM is calling the tune. It's well past time for IBM to a...

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Wintel Monoculture, Lamarckian Biology and Bill Joy

In an interview with Bill Joy headlined "Joy after Sun," Fortune Magazine mentions Joy's famous "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" article from Wired, which concluded that "robotics, nanotech and genetic engineering were emerging so quickly that, if we weren't careful, they could endanger the human sp...

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Unbiased Opinion and the Future of Sun Micro

On most workday mornings, my e-mail contains a newsletter promising "unbiased opinion" -- an editorial oxymoron whose intent is probably to deny the presence of commercial advocacy. We tend to think of bias as necessarily negative, but in fact a bias is just a predisposition to believe or disbelieve...

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Incredulity, Reverse Bias and Mainframe Linux

Both VeriTest on Microsoft's behalf and IBM have recently issued reports on running Ziff Davis Media's NetBench performance benchmark on mainframe Linux. Overall, it appears that Microsoft reports better mainframe performance than IBM does. These results might seem surprising enough to those unfamil...

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