Richard Hillesley
Visit/629440/gcc-and-llvm---whats-in-a-licence
Open source licensing
public sector

GCC and LLVM - What's in a licence?

Richard Hillesley discusses the pros and cons of the GCC and LLVM compiler collections, and the difference a licence makes.
17 Dec 2010
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open source
Software

PCLinuxOS - Rolling on a river

Richard Hillesley charts the trials and tribulations of PCLinuxOS.
20 Sep 2010
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Open source
Linux

The fall and rise of Mandriva Linux

Richard Hillesley ponders the future of Mandriva.
25 Jun 2010
Visit/624070/haiku-reason-to-believe
open source
operating systems

Haiku: Reason to believe

Richard Hillesley looks at whether Haiku will get the opportunity to move from a hobby to a viable open source alternative.
7 Jun 2010
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Lost world of Xandros
Software

The lost world of the Xandros desktop

The latest release of the Xandros Linux desktop edition was in June 2006, which is several lifetimes in the history of Linux. Is this the end of the l…
20 Apr 2010
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Lost world of Xandros
Software

The lost world of the Xandros desktop

The latest release of the Xandros Linux desktop edition was in June 2006, which is several lifetimes in the history of Linux. Is this the end of the l…
20 Apr 2010
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Linux

Building on a Linux brand

Red Hat is a perfect example of how open source firms need to trade on their reputation, not just their product.
24 Mar 2010
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Linux and BSD
operating systems

FreeBSD and the GPL

Linus Torvalds has said Linux wouldn't have happened if 386BSD had been around when he started up. We trace the history of FreeBSD and how it's affect…
18 Feb 2010
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Slackware Mascot
Linux

Slackware Linux - Less is more

Slackware is the oldest Linux distribution still with us and has a loyal following among those long term Linux users who pine for the old fashioned vi…
18 Jan 2010
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Software

Puppy Linux: Just for fun

Puppy Linux is something different, a tiny version of Linux that can be stored on a USB memory drive, will run in memory, and can be used for working …
14 Dec 2009
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open source software
public sector

Bona fide open source

Has open source become a victim of its own success?
23 Nov 2009
Visit/ir35/copyright-overtaken-by-technology
music
intellectual property

Copyright overtaken by technology

Public IP networks and digital technologies that enable the copying and transmission of digitised works of music are a very real threat to the industr…
19 Oct 2009
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music
intellectual property

Copyright overtaken by technology

Public IP networks and digital technologies that enable the copying and transmission of digitised works of music are a very real threat to the industr…
19 Oct 2009
Visit/615337/sco-the-party-never-ends
legal hammer
Software

SCO: The party never ends

Like the bad actor in a Victorian melodrama, SCO refuses to lie down, and keeps coming back for more.
18 Sep 2009
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Office Workers
open source

10 reasons to use open source in business

Open source software might be cheaper than alternatives, but it has many other business benefits, too.
21 Aug 2009
Visit/613846/chrome-os--lost-in-the-cloud
Chrome in the clouds
Software

Chrome OS – Lost in the cloud?

It’s no Windows killer and it'll take some belief in the cloud before Chrome OS can change things.
12 Aug 2009
Visit/610934/in-search-of-the-linux-desktop
laptop question
Software

In search of the Linux desktop

How can GNOME and KDE developers create the modern Linux desktop?
20 May 2009
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Software

IBM, Sun and OpenOffice.org

During the ongoing flirtation between IBM and Sun Microsystems, little has been said about OpenOffice.org, which has been viewed as one of the less si…
17 Apr 2009
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Software

The politics of the command line

Free software has lead to communities of diverse individuals forming to fight for a common cause.
23 Mar 2009
Visit/610093/tomtom---the-drums-of-a-patent-war-with-microsoft
Mobile

TomTom - The drums of a patent war with Microsoft?

Microsoft's IP claim against TomTom could just be the first salvo in an open source patent war.
5 Mar 2009
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Software

Corporate investment the price of Linux's freedom

It may be open source, but Linux has frequently required corporate support, including from the proprietary software market.
25 Feb 2009
Visit/609719/building-customised-linux-distributions
Linux

Building customised Linux distributions

UK firm 64 Studios is using Componentised Linux and the Platform Development Kit to offer customised Linux to companies.
30 Jan 2009
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Linux

Building customised Linux distributions

UK firm 64 Studios is using Componentised Linux and the Platform Development Kit to offer customised Linux to companies.
30 Jan 2009
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Software

A question of piracy

Can software piracy help boost sales, or should vendors give up the battle and set their products free?
14 Jan 2009
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Server & storage

Copyright on the tracks

The origins of the free software movement can be traced back to to the hackers of MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club, but more recently model railways hav…
10 Nov 2008
Visit/606693/the-need-to-know-documentation-in-linux
Software

The need to know: Documentation in Linux

Documenting the development of open source software is key to keeping it easy to use, but some disagree on its necessity.
1 Oct 2008
Visit/606360/free-linux-driver-development
Linux drivers
Linux

Free Linux driver development

Open source drivers will become an imperative, rather than a choice, for device manufacturers who want to break into new markets and extend their user…
22 Sep 2008
Visit/605847/strip-mining-of-open-source
Open source
Server & storage

Strip mining of open source

Strip mining of open source can be interpreted as the appropriation of free software code for proprietary gain with no intention of feeding code chang…
2 Sep 2008
Visit/605142/ms-ooxml-a-format-without-a-future
Software

MS-OOXML: A format without a future?

Is Microsoft's Office Open XML a functional standard, and if not, why is it being rushed through the process?
4 Aug 2008
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SCO
Server & storage

SCO hit with Novell court ruling

Court orders SCO to hand over $2.5 million to rival Novell as legal spat over Linux continues.
18 Jul 2008
Visit/604662/linux---a-disruptive-technology
Linux

Linux - a disruptive technology?

Is Linux the disruptive technology, or is it the GNU General Public License which really shook up the open source world?
17 Jul 2008
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Software

Xandros buys Linspire – What does it mean for Linux?

Xandros has bought Linspire with a renewed aim of establishing Linux on the desktop, but neither has made the impact that might have been hoped for...
10 Jul 2008
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Server & storage

Sunny future for cloud computing

Linux, HPC and virtualisation have all lead to the rise of cloud computing, which offers a range of efficiencies to companies willing to set their dat…
2 Jul 2008
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Server & storage

Sunny future for cloud computing

Linux, HPC and virtualisation have all lead to the rise of cloud computing, which offers a range of efficiencies to companies willing to set their dat…
2 Jul 2008
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Mobile

Taking Symbian open source

Nokia's purchase of Symbian, and promise to take it open source, means three quarters of the world's smartphones could soon be running free software.
25 Jun 2008