SilverStripe, the company that developed the open source SilverStripe Customer Management System, has been given $50,000 from Google to mentor ten students. The software projects the students will be working on are aimed at making web sites easier to create and maintain. The projects will become part of the standard distribution of the SilverStripe CMS distribution.
I put this type of headline on a par with the Firefox shell commands one of a few years ago. It might sell more copy and one could argue that it is even accurate however the root cause is *still* a Windows specific problem, and no amount of polish is going to make that one shine. Computerworld article is here.
Having said all that, we need to be reminded that Firefox on Linux has had challenges as well but at least the comments in the last paragraph still hold true.
Not that there are many documents to read with it yet as I understand given that a number of organisations are taking Gartner Groups advice to delay deployment of Office 2007. Article is here.
Alternatively you could check out this item, also from Computerworld. I'll leave you to decide the humour level for yourselves but it does at least have native ODF support (and yes, Computerworld articles *are* delivered via Lotus Notes...).
One for the govt.nz types. Nice little case study that covers the problem the German Foreign Office had and the solution they developed. The Open Standards/Open Source route they took has clearly delivered tangible benefits over other solutions on offer.
Catalyst has just launched Open4Business - a site that aims to bring together in one place information on open source software of value to the business sector. We hope the initiative will raise the profile of open source within the sector, as well as provide a ready route to some of the best open source business applications out there.
There was no loving feelings between Microsoft and IBM in a recent open letter published by Microsoft. IBM has been encouraging Governments to reject the Microsoft "Open XML" format currently under consideration by ISO. Microsoft are very upset, and threw a tantrum by releasing an open letter telling the world how fair they have been, and how bad IBM have been.
The President of the NZOSS will be stepping down at this years Annual General Meeting. Peter Harrison, the President since the foundation of the society in 2002 said that "I thought as we are now into the new year it is about time I announce that I'm stepping down as President this year. I made the decision last year, and feel quite happy that there are people in the organisation that will be more than competent in taking the NZOSS forward."
Harrison thanked his fellow members of the society for the trust placed in him during his time in the role, and expressed his desire for fre
Peter Gutmann, security and encryption researcher at Auckland University has written an analysis of Vista which addresses the cost of the Digital Rights Management technology Microsoft have incorporated into the new Vista operating system. In Gutmann's estimation "The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history." He continues to describe the deliberate degradation of capabilities users will experience when DRM protected content arrives on your computer.
The NZOSS Newsletter has been published describing many of the events that occured throughot 2006. This includes the presidents report which details the vision for improving the NZOSS and executing projects in 2007.
Many people have been asking the NZOSS for an analysis of the deal Novell did with Microsoft. It is perhaps tempting to dismiss the deal based on Microsofts history of illegal monopolistic behaviour such as its deals that excluded DR DOS from the market, or its bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows to undermine Netscape, or its bundling of Windows Media Players to undermine Real.