ZDNET Asia recently published this article on Microsoft’s view of open source software.
“One of the beauties of the open-source model is that you get a lot of flexibility and componentization. The big downside is complexity,” Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s director of platform strategy, said on the sidelines of the company’s worldwide partner conference in Boston last month.
IBM DeveloperWorks has a great tutorial on writing to the LSB currently on the front page. Martin Streicher, editor of Linux Magazine, wrote this with the help of the LSB workgroup. It’s a great resource for all Linux app developers.
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The last few months have been incredibly busy and fruitful for the FSG.
Buying technology is inherently risky. When you purchase software you are entering into a futures contract with the supplier of that software. Open standards are the best solution to alleviate that risk. Customers understand this, vendors understand, government organizations understand this. Not surprisingly then, the word “open
Ian Murdock, CTO of the FSG, will be speaking at Interop Moscow during the week of June 19. He will also be giving a plenary address at C3Expo in New York next week. You can read the press release below:
If you’re interested in standards and consortia and you haven’t read Consortiuminfo.org, you’re missing the boat. Andy Updegrove, noted standards authority, FSG director and author of consortiuminfo.org, recently devoted an entire issue of his Consortium Standards Bulletin to the open source, open standards divide, and as part of that issue, he interviewed Jim and Ian on the FSG. It’s a great examination of the issues facing open source standardization and is available here.
The Free Standards Group is currently contacting software developers for a survey on their Linux development efforts. The results of this survey will help the Free Standards Group standardize differences between Linux distributions and will improve the development/testing support services provided by the FSG. Your answers will ultimately make it easier for software developers to target the Linux platform.
The guy behind Linux World — John Mark Walker — recently taped a podcast with Jim, our executive director. In it, he talks about open standards, our desktop activities and his Commodore 64. (I had one, too. Oh, how I loved Cosmic Cruncher.) The blog with the mp3 file is here and the feed for the podcasts is here.