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U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely on the internet. The fact that someone, or some group disagrees with the policies and/or practices of another person or group does not justify this type of attack. We strongly urge whoever is responsible to stop the attack immediately. ... (more)

Open Source Is Not a Magic Bullet

(May 19, 2003) - Java developers like open source software. To varying degrees, anyway. For some, the attraction is free-as-in-speech; for others, it is free-as-in-beer. None of this should come as a surprise to you, and I'm certainly not the first person to make this observation. Nor will you be surprised when I say that many developers believe the open source software is necessarily better than commercial software. This notion is a fallacy. There is no question that there is some great open source software out there. But the only open source projects the wider business community... (more)

It's Sure Not for Cats Who Walk by Themselves-- Software development. . .it takes a village --

(July 25, 2003) - It's a truism to say that software development is a communal activity. Unfortunately, a lot of newer Java developers don't get it, which works to their own detriment and, potentially, to the detriment of the wider Java community. There's a stereotype of the hacker as a loner bent over his keyboard in a room dark but for the pallid glow of the monitor. This is only partly true. Yes, there does come a point where the rubber meets the road and you have to sit down, by yourself, and pound out a killer algorithm. But if you think that's all there is to it, if your st... (more)

Good News for the Java Universe

You may have to dig beneath the hype a little, but at any gathering of 40 Java vendors there's bound to be some treasure buried in there somewhere. It's just waiting for you to find it. If you have children, you tend to measure time by their needs. The first day of summer camp I was at the Web Services Edge 2002 East Conference (hope you found my "Show Report" helpful [JDJ, Vol. 7, issue 8]), and the first day back to school found me at Wall Street IT - The Next Generation. Held September 4 and 5, 2002, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, Wall Street IT - tng gathered ... (more)

Can Open Source Truly Save The World?

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), convened by the United Nations at the urging of the International Telecommunications Union, intends to address the global economic, societal and political changes being wrought as our information-based society replaces the old industrial one. WSIS is a two-phase summit. Phase One takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, December 10 - 12, 2003. Phase Two will take place in Tunis, Tunisia in November, 2005. A key concern of both phases is to address the "digital and knowledge divides" that are growing as the information society continues... (more)