Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

GNOME.Asia in China

Nice to see more open source conferences going to China. I can easily see that in the future the vast majority of my work will be done with significant connections to China. I'm especially interested in the China, Japan, Korea relationships, actually. Also great to see Sun sponsoring of the conference, and Sun engineers participating with technical sessions and community building talks.

Wednesday May 21, 2008

Beijing: Linux, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice

Some images here from Robert Sohigian and Fiona Duan at the special joint meeting of the OpenSolaris community and the Linux community to hear the latest from the OpenOffice community. Expect to see this more and more activities like this as the communities get together to share ideas and collaborate.

Update: See Robert's blog on this.

Tuesday May 13, 2008

Sumitomo Electric in Japan Adopts OpenOffice

Sumitomo Electric in Japan is switching 15,000 desktops to OpenOffice --  住友電工が OpenOffice.orgを採用. Cool. I wonder who loses out on that deal? More importantly, I'm hearing about more of these corporate deployments here in Japan, so the OpenOffice community must be strong and growing here.

Monday Mar 24, 2008

CommunityOne Sessions

I see the session list for CommunityOne is filling out quite nicely. Lots of stuff on, well, communities. I'll be there. Hope to see you there, too. It's free. Stop by.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

OOo Voting

I see the community is voting about where to hold their next conference -- Conference (OOoCon 2008). Very interesting that the potential venues are in Europe and China. This is very good news for China. And I vote for China, of course. Well, ok, I'm not an OpenOffice community member, so I can't vote but perhaps since I live in the neighborhood I can hop over to Beijing to see these guys. It's only a two and a half hour flight, and it would be great to see how the OpenOffice community operates.

Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

Chipping Away at Microsoft

It may take a while, but the chipping is well under way -- Competitors are chipping away at Microsoft Office. I wonder how close we are to a tipping point?

Monday Oct 08, 2007

OpenOffice vs MS Office

Microsoft has some very serious competition -- The Great Showdown: MS Office vs. OpenOffice.

Monday Oct 25, 2004

Ballmer on StarOffice and Linux

An excellent editorial here from Dan Farber at ZDNet. He's talking about Microsoft's Steve Ballmer dealing with some security issues at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo recently. Linux and Sun's StarOffice desktop productivity suite came up in the conversation as well. Imagine that.

I'd hate to do Ballmer's PR. Check out this great stuff from Farber's piece (the sub-heads are mine):

Ballmer on desktop Linux ...

"There is no appreciable amount of Linux [desktop] anywhere in the world," [Ballmer] said, pointing to the study for the city of Paris that determined an open source desktop would have an unacceptable ROI impact. "People can sit here and read the drama stories from other parts of the world and assume they are true or not. People said the city of Paris said it was going to adopt Linux and the studies came back. It would be dramatically more expensive than Windows, and there is no ROI case for the next seven or eight years to even consider a movement from Window to Linux in the city of Paris. In Brazil, it's the same thing," Ballmer said.

Ballmer on StarOffice ...

He has also dismissed open source Microsoft Office competitor Star Office, describing it as being as "good as what we were shipping seven years ago," citing lack of total compatibility with Microsoft Office and a robust e-mail client.

The city of Munich, Germany has reached a different conclusion, despite recent concerns about infringement claims. Ballmer viewed the Munich deal as critical enough that he personally tried to persuade the mayor of Munich to stay with Windows. "Yes, we lost the city of Munich," Ballmer said. "But, the fact that the same story gets told 65,000 times, and there is still only one customer … still diddling around to some degree to decide when they are going to do the migration ... come on, where's the evidence?"

Ballmer forgets the Sun Java Desktop System ...

It was also unclear as to whether Ballmer was including Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) in his scorekeeping. Although most people think of traditional Linux distributors like Red Hat and Novell when discussing desktop Linux, at least one version of JDS is a Linux desktop (it's bundled with Novell's SUSE Linux). Sun also just announced a Solaris x86-based version of JDS, but it only runs on Sun's AMD-based workstations. JDS is getting some traction. Although Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted that it wasn't going to be much of a money maker for his company, JDS was viewed as having scored a victory when the Chinese-backed China Software Standard Company agreed to license 500,000 copies of the desktop suite.

Then this little nugget ...

Since then, JDS has scored several other victories and this week, Sun is expected to announce another major deal.

Cool! Anyone have any idea what the heck we're announcing this week?

Saturday Oct 16, 2004

OpenOffice Disrupts MS Office

eWeek's Sean Gallagher has a compelling opinion piece here about how is disrupting Microsoft Office. What goes around comes around, I suppose. It's amazing what an open source community can do in just four short years. I haven't use Microsoft Office in, well, just about four years now. There's simply no reason to.

Friday Oct 08, 2004

Phipps at LinuxWorld Expo London

Nice piece in The Register on Simon Phipps and his keynote in London at LinuxWorld Expo.

Lots of bits about patents, anti-trust, Microsoft, Sun, the lawsuit, "selling out," IBM, Red Hat,, the Sun Java Desktop System, and the Solaris platform. Not many could tie all that together, but that's what Simon does for a living.

The most interesting part for me was the warning:

Phipps delivered a warning that developers should be prepared to fight for the future of open source. After been ignored and laughed at by detractors "we're at the fighting stage in the development of open source," he said. He compared open source developers to trade guilds, and warned they could be exploited by vendors who would "take code and not give it back", or use open source technology to build brands rather than thinking of the community. "Open source is all about communities. Up until the point a product is supported it's just a hollow gesture by a corporation to thrown code over wall," he said.

I wonder how the open source community will react to this. This implies that a significant change is underway. Being ignored and laughed at is one thing, but fighting is another thing altogether and requires a different strategy. Oftentimes different leaders. In other words, in a fight, everything could change. Interesting to see if this materializes.

You'll love the HP reference in the piece, too! Pretty funny. Not a good week for our friends over at HP.


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