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Does a room without Windows have doors?

Filed under: General Linux — at 5:29 pm on Friday, May 15, 2009

I was e-mailed an interesting project from the folks that run AyeTea (Pronounced IT) that I thought people might be interested in. Here is the description they sent:

A Room Without Windows is a new project set to launch on the 1st of June 2009.  Scheduled to last for 31 days, the basis of the project is to take long term Windows users and deprive them of their familiar software.  Our IT lab rats will have one month to find open source software that will replace the function of their Windows based machines.

This is an interesting concept and one that I think will succeed. It will either open or close doors by letting people try out Linux and those that like it will stick with it, and those that don’t will go back to using whatever they were using before, which seems to be Windows. There are two “lab rats” which will be experimented on, I’ll definitely tune into see how it goes.

As far as learning, and replacing everything they do with an open source application, it should not really be too hard. There are replacements for just about everything with the exception of perhaps very popular large cad engines, but again, they’re IT folk so what are they going to be using cad for? Anyway, letting Windows go is sometimes the best way to use Linux and learn. Hopefully they’ll do ok.

So Derek and Blair, you have a DOS background, and you’re going to be using Linux for a month, it should bring back memories. Just don’t be hating if it turns out badly, and try not to lose your job over this.

Full details of the project are available here:

Stop Copying Windows?

Filed under: General Linux — at 9:10 am on Thursday, August 7, 2008

From InformationWeek I quote:

“Stop copying 2001 Windows. That’s not where the usability action is”

By this I think that Bob Sutor (VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM) meant that he didn’t want Linux developers to make a desktop OS. The article goes on to explain how he would like to see it further developments in Virtulization and making Linux more “green.” He believes that the Linux community has not done enough.

He’d like to see Linux take advantage of the small business market and help lower costs to businesses, but in order to do this “turnkey” applications have to be made that require little maintenance. I believe that small medium businesses can lower costs by running Linux technologies in the web applications market but not necessarily with desktop applications. Maybe this is something that should be leveraged? It would be hard to find open source developers that will work on a project that they have little interest in yet profits companies . But if an open source application became more mainstream then the developers would naturally follow as the application grew. Its sort of a catch 22. Who came first, the chicken or the egg?

Anyway, I thought it was an interesting article and I think that Bob Sutor should become an open source motivational speaker. Maybe IBM can fund a conference to get the Linux community to actually do something because they’re getting tired of waiting. I mean, how hard could it possibly be to motivate developers to create “turnkey business solutions” that will make IBM to ton of money?

Ideas For Open Source Product Names

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — at 10:12 am on Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I’m trying to think of a name for a product that I am developing. One thing about the open source community is that we have a goldmine of minds waiting to be used. One thing that amazes me is the number of quality brand names that have been established. Establishing a brand can be quite difficult and product names are just as important.

My Question is,

“Where Open Source Application names come from?

I understand the basic ones, such as Open, or put a K, g in front of a word for your application but what about the more complex names. Audacious, WireShark (Formerly Ethereal) and Asterisk are all great names for products and are related to what the product does. I guess I’ll have to keep thinking about this product until I can come up with a decent name.