Ubuntu has caught the attention of the world. What makes Ubuntu so popular? Is it technology, is it community or is it just Mark Shuttleworth's charisma that brings Ubuntu its name and fame. In this interview Mark talks about Ubuntu in the global IT landscape, upcoming technology features, software patents, and what Ubuntu is doing in India.
National Linux distributions have special responsibilities. They should encourage a nation's open source activities as broadly as possible rather than present an isolated solution based on inevitably limited resources.
Weak industry momentum is prompting China to re-think its open source software business strategy. This is a good time for China and others to look beyond product models based on traditional proprietary thinking, and see the wider doors of opportunity that open source software services can open.
The government functions as both a facilitator and inhibitor of the growth of knowledge. To progress toward an Open Knowledge Society, the government must balance public and private interests by protecting the freedom of information as well as by reigning in overzealous intellectual property schemes.
Once again LinuxWorld, held at San Francisco’s still glamorous Moscone West, represents Open Source’s hottest foundry for forging a durable blend of corporation and community. This year’s show did provide a peek into the progress of technology funded by the deep pockets of significant business interests.
Stuart Cohen, CEO of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), shares the organization’s vision for the future of Linux.
Scott Handy shares details about IBM’s goals and his insights about a collaborative economic development model for India and South Asia.
The acceleration of international commerce with China will vitalize OSS adoption across the globe.
Malaysia jumps to the forefront of the world’s growing official support for the Penguin by making OSS a procurement preference for government purchases.
Price competition and multi-cultural flexibility introduced by OSS reinforces the need for companies such as Microsoft to be better team players to earn the respect and support of their customers.