(Linux.SYS-CON.com) -- Richard Stallman is one of the best-known figures of
the software revolution. Of all the other icons of the revolution, only Linus
Torvalds shares the same kind of name recognition. Stallman wrote some of the
most influential software of the age: tools like GCC and Emacs, which have
had profound roles in the development of yet more free software. Linus
Torvalds could not have written the Linux kernel without these tools. Perhaps
as importantly, or maybe even more importantly, Stallman also crafted the GNU
Public License: the license that guarantees the preservation of freedom in
all its progeny.
Unfortunately, all that name recognition isn't due to popularity. Stallman
remains the most controversial figure in a community of leaders who don't fit
the norm. Think of the others in the group: Cox, Perens, and Raymond. To a
man, they are outliers.... (more)
(LinuxWorld) — If you've kept one eye open watching industry news the
past week or two, you've seen the stories about Bruce Perens and his
open-source licensed book series with Prentice Hall. I'll get in a few words
on that book series later in the column, but first I'll try to put things in
Bruce Perens is a fascinating individual, and he probably knows his way
around the suit side of the house better than any other leading figure in the
free/open-source software movements. I had the chance to visit with Perens
for nearly an hour last week. I couldn't help but ge... (more)
My friend Milt recently told me that he was having problems getting MySQL and
OpenOffice.org 1.0 to play together nicely. Actually, "having problems" is
something of an understatement.
Milt is not a newbie. He's been using personal computers since before IBM's
entry in the market. He does his own networking. Through the years, he has
made DOS and various flavors of Windows do everything but make coffee. But
when it came to getting MySQL and OpenOffice connected with Linux (running
SuSE), he was getting nowhere fast.
I started looking around for resources on the Internet that might... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- A few readers felt I missed the mark with my piece on ACID,
the Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases I wrote about a couple of weeks
ago. (See Resources for a link.) To correct that situation, this week look at
the PureSecure Total Intrusion Detection System from Demarc. By the way,
while ACID is free software (as in speech), Demarc's PureSecure is not. There
is a free version for non-commercial use, but that is free as in beer, not
free as in speech.
There are more differences between ACID and PureSecure than just the license.
PureSecure is much more polishe... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- It's strange how things work out sometimes. I was feeling a
bit burned out by the install wars. I don't mean the difficulty of getting an
OS to lay down politely on a system. I mean seared by the flames from those
whose belief systems were shattered by my column last week. There were more
than a couple Windows users who became "excited" by my report that Red Hat
7.3 was a better, faster, and easier install than Windows 2000.
"It's an unfair comparison!" was the most common whine. It wasn't unfair at
all -- it was an honest, uncontrived real-life experience. However... (more)