What is Open Source

The TeleInterActive Press™ is pleased to present our first podcast: Open Source Conversations. The conversation was recorded on 2005 June 09 at the Uptown Café in San Carlos, so there's quite a bit of background noise, for which we apologize. We've split this first Open Source Conversations podcast into two mp3 files to reflect the two main topics discussed.

The first is approximately 35 minutes long and concentrates on "What is Open Source". Clarise Z. Doval Santos and Joseph A. di Paolantonio of the TeleInterActive Press, a service mark of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. discuss open source with Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Succeeding with Open Source. "What is Open Source" talks about licensing, platforms, and uses of Open Source software

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"What is Open Source"

Handhelds will Replace Laptops

"Handhelds will Replace Laptops" and desktops, and clip boards, note pads, planners, sticky notes and more. This is a concept to which I subscribe whole heartedly. The question is what's an handheld?

Is an handheld a PDA, a smart phone, a Linux Slate, a Windows TabletPC, a wireless network appliance? What does the UI look like? How does one present information in a meaningful manner? What data visualization tools make sense on the available screen size? How do you deal with the casually connected state of most, if not all, wireless systems? I've been pursuing solutions to these questions since I first worked with Oracle Mobile Agents in 1994 using snail-slow wireless modems and greyscale handhelds that could be used for strength training.

Times have changed quite a bit, but I'm still amazed at how many people don't use - or want to use - an handheld of any type. Or at how many people, young professionals even, need to print something out before it becomes real to them. While many technical challenges have been solved, and while millions of folk use computers and handhelds and smart phones, there are still many challenges to be overcome, both technical and behavioral.

I agree with the following

"Now mobile users are just as hooked into corporate networks as their desk-bound brethren. Their data is as fresh and accurate and their response time is nearly comparable. Data in the field is no longer untimely or out-of-date; it is just as accurate as data available at the desk top."

and

"All these consequences, generated by wireless applications, will continue to squeeze inefficiencies out of operations."end quotation

Though I would replace each "is" and "are" in that quote with "may". The statement could be true, but it rarely is. But I like the "will". Things are headed in that direction, the quicker the better. I'll be pushing all the way.

Credibility Index of Vendors in Data Warehouse Space

I was reading a post by Doug Laney on his blog Incredible Credibility Variances. I really thought the graph, shown below,

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that showed the credibility index of vendors in the data warehousing space was very interesting. Thanks, Doug Laney, for sharing the graph. :p

Vendor credibility is not only about expectation setting. It is also delivering what has been promised to the customer. Perception and opinions of vendors are formed in every customer interaction, from sales cycle to delivery of product and service. In the era of corporate cost cutting, it is not only about delivering a good product. Customer service and support are still important. Vendors must not neglect their installed base even if they don't bring in additional license revenues.

Really Simple Groupware in OPML

We are very interested in any tool that helps folk live the teleinteractive lifestyle by making it easier for distributed workgroups to exchange information quicker, more accurately, better in any way. As such, we've been closely following Dave Winer's revelations about the outlining tool that works as an OPML editor and can be used as an Instant Outliner to coördinate communication among members of group(s). So, I was instantly struck by the serendipity when I saw that Michael Swaine writes in the July 2005 Swaine's Flames:

"E-mail is a linear list or hierarchy of nearly opaque envelopes containing further linear lists of character symbols to be decoded into mental speech. When the filters fail and the subject lines mislead, we have to commit to open the envelope and start reading and interpreting the message before we know if it is deserving of our attention...

"The cocktail-party phenomenon is really two phenomena: (1) In the raucous confusion of party noise, we are somehow able to hear the conversation we choose to attend to and filter out the rest; and (2) there appears to be some subattentive monitoring of unattended channels so that significant content (like your name) in an unattended channel can shift attention to it...

"What if the defining metaphor for e-mail were not the United States Postal Service but a cocktail party?"end quotation

--Party Lines Dr. Dobb's Journal July, 2005, Michael Swaine

I do believe that the instant outliner, also being referred to as Really Simple Groupware, fits that defining metaphor very well.

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We've been using the Brainforest outliner on the Palm now for years. And I know that Dave had an interest in PalmOS outliners some time ago. I can't wait to see how outlining as an instant form of collaboration coördination pans out as a part of Web 2.0.

Dave - we're not currently hosting an OPML directory as such, and we're not going to Gnomedex, but if Clarise and I can help in any way, let us know.

A Different Take

For a different take on The Leadership Forum "Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies" seminar, take a look at "Has Open Source Found a Reliable Business Model".

"One prediction has the proprietary software vendors seriously challenged to remain profitable within 5 years. This observer finds that hard to believe, since Open Source link has been around for many years and the only serious challenger observed so far appears to be around operating systems DOS vs Linux."end quotation

-- Alex Fiteni, Has Open Source Found a Reliable Business Model, 2005 June 07

I agree that wiki(Open Source) has been around for years, with operating systems like NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and other such projects starting the trend [though Netscape releasing source in 1998, and later becoming Mozilla coined the term]. I disagree that the only serious open source challenger is Linux. Open Source projects that don't involve a new flavour of Linux have been very successful. In addition to the three flavours of BSD, we have non-OS projects such as

There are also some very interesting up and coming enterprise software such as Compiere and SugarCRM, and SourceForge recently announcing that they have passed the 100,000 mark.

Alex Fiteni does conclude that

"OpenSource is here to stay. It has proven itself resilient over time."end quotation

He also refers to Bernard Golden and his Open Source Maturity Model as the help CIO's need to properly select among Open Source projects.

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