A Year Ago: Smart Tags

As a regular reader of Scripting News, I find Dave Winer’s habit of looking back at previous writing to be quite interesting. That’s one of the cool things about blogs. It’s a space to keep your personal view of history. A year ago, techies were talking about Microsoft’s Smart Tags. Smart Tags got killed off in that incarnation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up again.

The Software Commons Revisited

It turns out that The Software Commons is more compelling than I had first thought.

The Software Commons Revisited

When I wrote The Software Commons article, I was focusing on Open Source on the desktop computers in offices. However, I had been looking at it as a direct replacement for Microsoft Windows and Office. Some recent articles have made me realize that the financial advantages of using Linux are even larger than I had been thinking.
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Microsoft : FSF :: Republicans : Democrats

The parallel I’m drawing is less about the participants and more about the people caught in the center. Thank goodness the software business is not a two party system.

Microsoft : FSF :: Republicans : Democrats

The parallel I’m drawing is less about the participants and more about the people caught in the center. Thank goodness the software business is not a two party system.

The traditional view of Republicans is that they are business-oriented, conservative when it comes to individual liberties, are in favor of a strong defense infrastructure, but want to keep taxes low. The traditional view of Democrats is that they are more oriented towards people, wanting more social programs and liberal individual liberties, and that they are willing to pay a little more in taxes in order to see their social programs enacted. I’m sure there will be people out there who may disagree with these characterizations, but bear with me because that’s not the main point.
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The Software Commons

The open source software revolution is just heating up. Though some would portray it as a destroyer of intellectual property, the truth is that it is a chance for companies to work together to save billions of dollars and retain the intellectual property that is truly important to them.

The Software Commons
Where Is Open Source Taking Us?

Though the GNU project has existed since 1984, the notion of thousands of developers collaborating remotely on software projects was inconceivable before the Internet came along. The rules of business haven’t changed; companies still need to turn a profit. The rules of software, however, have changed. This article explores how open source software is creating a “software commons” that will significantly alter the landscape of the software industry.
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