Today's editorial comes from Skud, a member of freshmeat's Australian
staff. She describes it as: "Some deeper thoughts about geek
chicks. I wrote this because, on re-reading my earlier article, I
realized how insanely sleep-deprived and incoherent I was when I wrote
it. And because it was loooong after I should have gone home and I
got talking about this with one of the tech support guys over a diet
Ray Woodcock writes: "In terms relevant to Linux, this freshmeat
editorial glances at the tendency of mainstream viewpoints to dismiss
other viewpoints as 'fringe,' the propensity of dissident movements to
splinter into factions before they can effectively counter their
primary adversaries, and the difficulty of creating stability without
The PC with a fast Internet connection and a static IP is becoming a
common sight in homes, but techno-ignorant customers don't understand
the risks involved in owning one. I believe that by combining this
with the fact that most people don't want to be responsible for
maintaining their systems, a whole new workplace could be created for
people with UNIX knowledge. Today, I'll explain why I think we should
unblur the distinction between users and admins, and suggest a new way
to make money with Free Software.
Soothsayers of Linux doom raise the specter of fragmentation and
predict that Linux will suffer the same fate that's held back the
commercial UNIX flavors. arnim rupp suggests that not only will Linux hold together, but may also be the means to reunite the UNIX factions.
Jon Lasser began the Bastille Linux Project in order to harden the
security of Red Hat Linux, the distribution he uses at work. In the
process, he began looking at the other distributions to see how they
handle security updates, and he was not at all happy with what he
found. In today's editorial, he shares his concerns and explains why
it matters to you even if you do all your security monitoring for
Over the years, desktop computer users have thrown up a number of
straw men to explain why they can't use Free operating systems. The
community has shot them down one by one, from "It doesn't support my
hardware" to "There's no business software available", but there's
still one complaint that too often goes unanswered: "I can't make
heads or tails of this manual!" In today's editorial, Hairy Larry
discusses the need for documentation and the three types of documents
he thinks are essential to any program.
In a view-from-the-trenches editorial, Josh Fryman discusses coding standards, why they may be a necessary evil, and how they can sometimes overstep their bounds and inflict pain on the programmers who have to live with them.
We at freshmeat regularly receive submissions of Windows software for
inclusion in the appindex. Sometimes it's something that obviously
doesn't belong here, like a commercially-licensed closed-sourced word
processor. Other times, it's not as clear whether we should include
it or not, as when we get a Windows port of a GNU utility or a piece
of software that helps dual-booters access the data stored on their
ext2 partitions when they're booted into Windows. In today's
editorial, Steve Killen discusses the possibilities of free software
in an unfree world. We look forward to hearing your own ideas on the
subject and on whether such software belongs on freshmeat.
The tradition of freshmeat editorials has been sadly neglected this
year. We're going to remedy this by posting an editorial every week
from now on, and we invite you to write on any software-related topic
about which you have opinions to share. This week, I'll kick things
off by offering one myself about how to write a great freshmeat
submission and how to write great documentation generally. At the
bottom of it, you'll find instructions telling you how you can be our
next writer and earn a freshmeat t-shirt and 15 minutes of fame.
has a rather thought provoking column about Solaris and Linux: "If you look at what the Linux community is doing now, it has already been done by Sun. Solaris can do everything Linux can do, but better. After reading the following text, ask yourself one simple question: What if Solaris was free?
A proposal for standardizing X11 OpenGL/Mesa ABI and SDK
issues on Linux has been drafted by Jon Leech, an employee of SGI. Click the details link to read more.
Ed Sawicki (a professional instructor/lecturer who has
used NetWare and NT since their beginnings and Unix since
1982) comments on the state of Open Source software in the corporate world of NT and NetWare. He's also used Coherent, QNX, Linux and *BSD. An assembler is his favorite programming tool. He's an open source advocate and a frequent critic of the existing
computer establishment. He is the president of the
Accelerated Learning Center
. For his editorial, hit the details link.
Bruce Perens reviews the recent change of hands of StarOffice to SUN, and how this will affect the licencing, the Linux community, and the general perceptions of users inside and outside of the Open Source community. Hit the details link for the full article.
Red Hat's IPO put them in a position to make waves in the Linux Community, and after discussing it in various forums and thinking long and hard about thier position, I have made some observations. I only hope to see them succeed for the sake of the open source community in general, but there are hard buisness facts to contend with as well.
, a PhD student in Australia, and an advent critic of Microsoft, sent in an interesting piece about Microsoft's upcoming frontal assault on Apache with the release
of Windows 2000, and its effect on Linux. To read the text, hit the details link.
, a struggling computer science student in New
Mexico who has been a linux advocate for more than three years,
sent in an editorial piece dealing with the upcoming battle between
software giant Microsoft and the Free Software community. It is
entitled Microsoft and the Art of War v1.00. To read the editorial, hit
the details link.
Bruce Perens took the time to explain and clarify his position on the
APSL debate, and comment on Eric Raymond's recent public plea to
"Understand My Job, Please!" Hit the details link to read his
Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo is a Linux advocate, and recently
became the webmaster for the LSB Project
. He works
at/with NoDomainName Networks, and AtDot E-mail Services,
and has written the mailing list client Minordomo under the
He has written an interesting piece on why Linux users
should give something back to the Linux community, and
presented some ideas on how just about anyone can
contribute. Hit the details link.
Open Source Software has proven itself to be inordinately successful
in providing high quality software in a method that, on its face,
defies standard business reasoning. This article clarifies OSS in the
language of economics such that the true reasons behind its success
may be understood by everyone, not just the coders. I've written an extensive piece
explaining just how OSS, in an economic sense, is such an effective
system for software development, purchasing, and modification. I'm
seeking feedback on this piece, but it's now "open to the public" so
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
have any comments regarding it. Hit the details link for a list of the editorials' highlights.
After a pretty long period of time without posting any editorials, the
freshmeat team is proud to announce a fresh writeup by Ronald
Kuetemeier dealing with the future of Open Source Software and
the possibility to take over the market of shrink-wrapped software.
Hit the details link for his editorial.
"Scott Stone, head developer of Pacific HiTech's TurboLinux Distribution
(English), recently wrote an article describing the features and advantages
of the Gimp ToolKit (GTK+), an object library for simplifying the
development of X Applications that has been widely adopted, including the
Steve Adler wrote down some interesting (lenghty) thoughts which seem to
be pretty unrelated to the Open Source Software community at the first
glance, since he analyzes human evolution and the growth of knowledge
in wide circles. If you read on, you'll get his idea what the Information
Ecosystem, also known as the Internet, means for OSS community and
what might be necessary to preserve its growth and existance by all
Ajay Shah sent in a very detailed editorial dealing with the Open Source
development effort and proposed strategies to reach the low-priced end
user market. He states important facts to keep in mind when thinking about
replacing a commercial product with an Open Source one and analyzes
what's might be going to happen to the desktop market over the next
Jim Gettys, one of the original authors of the X Window System, sent in
a very in depth editorial dealing with the X Window System and its
proposed future. This writeup is hard to sum up since it contains way too
many informations, facts and hints to mention everything appropriately. Just
sit back a few minutes and read it. Please note that this editorial is
copyrighted by the author and freshmeat got the explicit permission to
distribute it online.
Since the LSB community is rarther calm these days, we hereby throw
in an editorial dealing with a different topic. Ian Nandhra wrote an
essay about Java on Linux. He reviews the past and current situation
and states proposals about how further development should proceed.
Evan Leibovitch, principal of Sound Software and member of the original
LSB committee, takes another step back and compares the efforts the
Unix world went through with the ongoing Linux Standard efforts. He
proposes to open up the LSB process to the community as a whole,
instead of having a tight little group run the show. His editorial also
carries a ficton that could become true if a major ISV decides to develop
a Linux distribution on its own.
Stuart R. Anderson, Senior Engineer at Metro Link Inc. and head of the
lsb-spec sub-group submitted a very informative editorial dealing with
the way the LSB is going to solve the somewhat biggest problem of Linux:
Compatibility. Referring to Jordan Hubbard's editorial, he explains in
detail how the LSB compatibility standard is going to be implemented.
Ian Nandhra, President/CEO of NC Laboratories Inc., sent in an editorial
addressing the recently arised flamewars all over the net regarding the
pretty weird situation of the LSB and other "Linux Standards" such as
LSA, LCS, etc. He also discusses some of the basic Linux and Free
Software concepts and he tries to show the difficulties a software vendor
experiences that intends to develop/support a piece software for the Linux
Jim Pick originally intended to delve into some technical details about
the differences between Debian and Red Hat and what obstacles lay in
store for the LSB team. Due to the obscure activity that took place
on the LSB mailing list (including Bruce Perens leaving the project), he
changed his editorial to reflect the pros/cons of diversity in the Linux
distribution space and what benefits there would be to have a
Eric S. Raymond sent in a short writeup to describe the terminology of
the Open Source(R) Initiative and the usage of the Open Source(R)
Certification Mark. This is also to prevent the mis-use of the term Open
Source(R) in the media just as the term "hacker" has been in the past.