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As Hurricane Rita bears down on the Gulf Coast, there is at least one fear that can be put aside. If families get separated, they can quickly locate each other from any phone by calling Contact Loved Ones.
We certainly will know what not to do after the third different article in two days aimed at trying to help admins avoid the pitfalls of IT and system management.
People forget to consider the full life cycle costs of software, including open source. "The pitfall is that people say, 'We can save money because we're not paying licensing fees,'" said Drew Ladner, general manager of the government group at JBoss. "But the reality is you have to look at the whole life cycle."
Venture capitalists are tossing money at open source startups every chance they get, prompting some to utter the dreaded "B" word: bubble.
Top 3 Mistakes & 5 Useful Tactics
In our exclusive interview, MySQL's VP Marketing Zack Urlocker reveals how to avoid three most common open source marketing mistakes.
For every multimillion-dollar software program being sold, there's a good chance that at least one free alternative can do the same thing, at a fraction of the cost.
Stephen Hemminger sent me this gem from the British Computer Society "The trouble with open source" and I have to think that this is either a joke or written by someone so out of touch with today's technology market that the BCS editors published it so they could drive some website traffic.
Open source projects steered by commercial organisations frequently reach a fork in the road. Unfortunately a fork may be looming in the development of Mambo.
The sedentary art of software development and the extreme sports of kitesurfing, sailplaning and canyoning would appear to have little in common. However, both are examples of a new force that could eventually affect a far broader range of companies and industries: the power of users to shape how products are developed.
For SMBs who can scarcely afford to keep chasing software upgrades, open source is one option that they may want to look at (hosted applications is another) if they want to remain on the right side of the law while benefiting from legitimate software.
Symantec Corp. noted that Firefox Web browser had more confirmed vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer. So does that mean that the Mozilla-based browser is less secure? Not exactly, according to security experts.
Up-to-date maps and imagery are key to the rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Armed with a handful of online mapping tools, plenty of enthusiasm and access to more data than most of would know what to do with - a band of developers puts the data onto the web for all to see and use.
Without licensing fees to fall back on, pure open source companies may be limited to imitating proprietary vendors' successes.
The open source world shied away from neither controversy nor absurdity last week as we all staggered forward under the weight of some seriously heavy weirdness.
The group's report -- described as a blueprint for creating national policies for open-technology standards -- poses a threat to proprietary software makers who are already facing stiff competition from the OSM in the public sector of many developing countries.