Tag Archives: open source

Google says “no source for you!”

Google is holding onto the source code for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for the “foreseeable future.”  Google is free to do this as only certain bits of android are covered under the GPL with the rest covered under an Apache 2 licenseAndroid users love to say out open their OS if choice is so I’m curious to see what you have to say about Google’s choice to hide Honeycombs choice.

Dear OpenSSH, too bad

So a friend pointed something out to me on the OpenSSH website.  They’re complaining that a number of large companies have never donated a dime “despite numerous requests.”

The first line of their site reads as (emphasis theirs):

OpenSSH is a FREE version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users of the Internet rely on.

The very last line on the same page reads as:

In the 10 years since the inception of the OpenSSH project, these companies have contributed not even a dime of thanks in support of the OpenSSH project (despite numerous requests).

Tacky.

Meanwhile, the changelog for this open source program contains a number of entries from a few of the mentioned companies. Isn’t this how open source software is supposed to work?

75% of Linux Code Written by Paid Developers

This doesn’t surprise me too much but I’m curious how this number would change if you included all open source software.

75% of Linux Code Written by Paid Developers

OpenSolaris

A really good friend of mine likes call me an OS whore from time to time. It’s all in fun but he is right, I am. I can’t make up my mind which OS I like the best. Windows, Linux, Windows, Mac? Which is it? To be honest, I don’t know. I change my mind depending on my current needs, current capabilities of the operating systems of the day and I really just like to tinker. I also like to use whatever works based on what I need to get done.

Although my current favorite OS is definitely OS X I’m not exactly afraid to try out other operating systems. OpenSolaris is an OS I’ve played with before simply because I wanted to get to know ZFS, an incredible file system that should not be over looked. I have written about ZFS before but haven’t really worked with it much since then.

My interest in OpenSolaris and ZFS has been renewed as of late because of the need for a good amount of storage in the most cost effective manner possible. In the coming weeks I’ll be posting quite bit as I learn how to use OpenSolaris. Many posts will simply be reference information for myself and others might be more educational. Stay tuned.