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.
Why do Fortune 500 corporations swear by open source? What's in it for them? Freedom.
There is increasing recognition that when governments sponsor basic research they spawn a virtuous cycle between government, industry and academia. This interaction between players can result in technology leadership that has interesting and beneficial consequences for social and economic growth. But great technology does not just spontaneously appear out of a vacuum.
Silicon Valley has produced many hits — both in hardware and software and now in the next generation Web. The Valley's culture of networking and innovating is setting the stage for the next wave of success.
To ensure growth of a nation's digital economy, government information technology policy must foster innovation and openness. But good technology is not enough. Government policy must also promote an economic framework that enables good business practices.
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.
Trail-blazing open source projects filled with creativity are being passed off as just a fad. But to both big business and the common consumer, open source offers exciting solutions for just about every computing platform. Open source is here to stay – its hip not hype.
OSS can be harnessed to its full potential to help build knowledge economies in developing countries.
Web 2.0, the next generation of the Web is a force to reckon with. And corporations are noticing it. The latest in Web products and services are ready to go into the enterprise.
There is concern that GPL-covered software may be unworkable in up-and-coming developing countries where rampant piracy may ultimately compromise IPR protections inherent in copyright law.