Archive for the ‘opensource’ category

Openads Funded. $5mm

June 13, 2007

Congrats to the Openads team. Talk about timing! But, that $5 million’s not going to last nearly long enough. My little startup will have THAT problem soon 🙂

I’ve been a happy PHPMyAdsNew operator for about a year now. Pretty slick stuff. Easy to implement and rock solid on my XServes. Open source, so the price is right. Little PHP and MySQL know-how and you can print your own money.

That said… Here’s where the timing gets funny. Just hinted at Fred Wilson about Openads via his blog & I upgraded just yesterday to the M3 package and deployed my first two campaigns this morning before the news broke.

So, if your site needs to be ad powered and you’re inclined to sell your own inventory… Openads all the way!

EDIT: Openads blog here…

Patent Armageddon

May 14, 2007

The USPTO needs an enima!

Man, I took the weekend off and come back to Mr. Scoble’s link blog and hooey, the shyte hit the fan this weekend to be sure!

If you haven’t caught wind of this, Mr. Chief Muckety Muck Steve Ballmer (of, yes, of course… Microsoft) has thrown the gauntlet down saying, “Fair is fair.” with respect to defense of intellectual property. What’s at question is the degree of infringing free and open source software projects (Apache, Linux, etc) have tread on Microsofts patents. Good question! And, Microsoft is well within their right to challenge these things under current IP law. Thing is… MSFT just rolled into town with a bazillion J School grads all posturing to do what!? Sue Apache of Linux or MySQL into oblivion!? Nah, they just want royalties… But, to the tune of what? A gazillion dollars (pinky perched at edge of mouth). In the course of which all those FREE and “open source” projects will probably cease to be “free” and “open” source.

C’mon Ballmer! That’s lame (even if you have grounds). It’s a lousy, heavy handed tactic that will piss a LOT of us off. Drive us further away from your precious patented solutions and seek out other “do no evil” solutions. It’s a lot more fun when you stomp around and throw chairs and stuff. This is bad form (even for you)!

I hope and pray this makes it all the way to the Supreme Court and something good (and immensely foul) happens to the USPTO. They’re royally fouling the whole works. I’m not pointing fingers at MSFT at all. They’re technically in the clear. The USPTO on the other hand really needs that enima.

NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta 3

September 7, 2006

NeoOffice just issued an update that doesn’t require X11! VERY NICE!

[EDIT: Hat tip to RD. Apparently WordPress doesn’t like inline anchors or # symbols in hrefs… Fixed above.]

OpenDarwin now ClosedDarwin

July 25, 2006

They didn’t even have a going out of business sale… just packed up in the middle of the night and shuttered OpenDarwin just like that (sound: snap of the fingers).

From the OpenDarwin site:

OpenDarwin Shutting Down

OpenDarwin was originally created with the goal of providing a development environment for building and developing Mac OS X sources as well as developing a standalone Darwin OS derivative. OpenDarwin was meant to be a development community and a proving ground for fixes and features for Mac OS X and Darwin, which could be picked up by Apple for inclusion in the canonical sources. OpenDarwin has failed to achieve its goals in 4 years of operation, and moves further from achieving these goals as time goes on. For this reason, OpenDarwin will be shutting down.

Over the past few years, OpenDarwin has become a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects. The original notions of developing the Mac OS X and Darwin sources has not panned out. Availability of sources, interaction with Apple representatives, difficulty building and tracking sources, and a lack of interest from the community have all contributed to this. Administering a system to host other people’s projects is not what the remaining OpenDarwin contributors had signed up for and have been doing this thankless task far longer than they expected. It is time for OpenDarwin to go dark.

Project admins for all active projects have been notified, and we will be working with them to provide as seamless a transition to their new homes as possible. We don’t want to boot anyone off, we will be operating the machines as usual for several months, until everyone has had a chance to move elsewhere.

We will continue to provide email and dns redirection after the machines go dark. We’ll be looking at what other redirection services are needed and can be provided after hosting has ceased.

The OpenDarwin team would like to thank everyone who did contribute to the project, and our apologies to active, loyal projects that have to move.

– OpenDarwin Core Team and Administrators

Now, what could that all mean for a possible WWDC 06 announcement? I have no idea, but I just snagged the latest build of WebKit just in case the lights go out soon. You might want to do the same.

Krugle. Search for Open Source Code

July 9, 2006

Krugle on Lucene The best part of this whole deal (for me) is that it’s built on top of Lucene.

If you’re not familiar with Lucene and you have an interest in building a search engine of any kind at all… check into Lucene and/or Nutch. They’re awesome!

Oracle CAN Mess It Up

February 22, 2006

My rants last week (here) and (here) regarding Oracle potentially screwing up JBoss is not unfounded. Just look at what they’re doing to Taking it just a bit further… would seem there’s a pattern… maybe.

And, despite Marc Benioff’s letter to the contrary… If Oracle and their vendors can’t get data centers right… who can!?

Camino, Gecko and Mac Browsing

February 19, 2006

So, Om Malik helped announce to the Mac world Camino 1.0 went official on us on Valentines Day.

It took me a little while to catch up on email replies and RSS feeds. So, after tending to the blocking and tackling of the day, yesterday I downloaded Camino and immediately felt like something basic was missing… and it’s RSS. (more…)

Oracle, Opensource, Considerable Skepticsm? Yep.

February 19, 2006

Stephen Ogrady’s threw a long bomb right into the numbers.

“There is considerable skepticism, then, as to whether Oracle – who candidly does not enjoy a sterling reputation in its dealing with some open source players – would be simply embracing open source, or embracing as a mere prelude to extending and extinguishing.”