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The Battle Continues

May 1st, 2015

open2.jpgWith the growing competition from the open source software suppliers, Microsoft is ready to cooperate for sharing some source licenses which will be made available soon. This move is believed to face a much bigger competition from its rivals such as Sun Microsystems. Microsoft’s liberal motion appear to be geared toward keeping a solid grasp on the public division, which awards the largest software contracts in any country not only in the US but in Europe. Furthermore, they want to keep this contracts for greater stability of the company and to still stay in power as number one in the software industry.

The world has been hearing about open source for quite sometime and as usual most do not know them even if it has been staring them right at their nose. Most know of the selling term Android-Based phones well then they are most partly developed on open source but from the rest it is considered to be the least open for developers when it comes to infusion of ideas. Mainly owned by Google(which is undoubtedly the biggest company that deals on the internet today), it seems that they are keeping their lips shut on some key areas of the platform, any system which wishes to use it has to go through an extensive testing/evaluation phase by the internet giant.

Other open platforms used for developing apps on the mobile market are Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian, and WebKit, all of whom allow free range on the use and exploration of their base platform.

Even though most freelance web programmers choose to work on their own and take up projects autonomously, there are some who manage to work out good relationships with other programmers, and develop a strong partnership, providing a much more solid and worthwhile service. Of course, working as part of a team isn’t suitable for everyone out there, especially when it comes to being a programmer of any sort.

If you’re wondering whether you should start looking for a team to join, you should consider some things about yourself. Do you always manage to deliver by your arranged deadlines? Remember that when you’re working alone, a delay means the burden is on yourself entirely. However, working in a team would mean that the same delay can hinder the progress of the whole team and cause more problems down the road.

Also, how manageable is your code – even by you? Some people need a lot of extra training and practice until they’re able to write code that can be understood – let alone modified – by others. If you have similar problems, you should definitely take some time to clean up your coding style. If your work takes hours to just “decode” by your partners, you can be sure this partnership wouldn’t last very long.

Last but not least, think of your extra skills – is there anything you can bring to a potential team besides programming? On the other hand, is there something you really need but can’t do yourself? These can play an important role in making the right decision as well.


オープンソースと無償ソフト市場はユーザーアプリケーションの継続で活発になってきました。 Linuxやその他のような無償ソフト製品はサーバーの境界から個人のデスクトップやラップトップに移動しつつあります。 無償ソフトとオープンソースプロジェクトとソフトウェアのアイデアは使用者にもあまりよく理解されていません。 なぜか、私達はこれらの言葉を混同して使っています。 私達は無料のソースとオープンソースを平行して使用するため、これらのものは無料で使えると考え込んでいます。 実際には「無料」というのは誤った名称です。 「無料のハンバーガー・Free burgers」は「言論の自由・free speech」と混乱すべきではありません。 このため、両方のソフトの幾つかが無料なのです。ただダウンロードすればよいのです。 しかし、全部が全部公共というわけではありません。 方法は違いますが、これらの組織は協力して開発者にオプションと自由を提供します。 見方と哲学が違います。

Cloud Computing to the Max

April 3rd, 2015

With cloud computing growing day by day, the limits are really looking indefinite to its reach and potential. Cloud computing has applications run from the cloud or a collective of computer systems linked such as the internet. The program never resides on one specific system but is rather juggled around in cyberspace used by who ever wishes to or has access to it.

This being said, security is one of the major issues yet to be concretely solved for as secure as most are, applications such as social media(known as one of the most hacked form of application running on the net) are in a constant battle to keep legit users in and others out.

Open Source Information

March 27th, 2015

Very swiftly, Wikipedia became the tail that swallowed the dog (Nupedia). In less than a month, it had 1,000 articles; by the end of its first year, it had 20,000; by the end of its second year, it had 100,000 articles in just the English edition. (By then it had begun to spawn foreign-language editions, of which there are now 185, from Abkhazian to Klingon to Zulu, with the German edition the largest after English.) Sanger himself did not stay around to enjoy Wikipedia’s runaway growth. By late 2001 the tech boom was over, and Bomis, like most other dot-coms, was losing money and laying off employees. An effort to sell ads to pay Sanger’s salary foundered as Internet advertising tanked, and Sanger lost his job in February 2002. He continued intermittently as a volunteer but finally broke with the project in January 2003 over the project’s tolerance of problem participants and its hostility to experts.8

Since then, Wikipedia’s growth has accelerated. It had almost a half million articles by its third anniversary in January 2004; it broke the million mark just nine months later. More than fifty-five thousand people have made at least ten contributions to Wikipedia.9 Over this short history, it has also evolved a style of operation and a set of operating principles that require explanation before any discussion of history on Wikipedia.

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Last Tuesday, Google proudly announced the release of the source code for its much awaited mobile phone Android’s operating system. It is now available for everybody FREE of charge. By this bold move of making the operating system an open source code, Google is hoping that many applications will be written and appear for the mobile phone, as will cheaper phones. The Android is to be released under the Apache license. With this license, it doesnt obligate the developers to share the changes they made with the code in the open source community. It Google also hopes to enable manufacturers develop and innovate more on the platform so there will be differences with what phone manufacturers has to offer to the users.

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version

March 13th, 2015

ubuntu logoCanonical released the latest version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 13.04, last week giving Ubuntu users a choice between that and Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS.

So what’s the difference between the two, and which one should your download for your desktop?

Ubuntu sums it all up with these words, “Ubuntu 13.04 gives you all the latest features, while Ubuntu 12.04 LTS comes with extended support.” The Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS release (LTS stands for long-term support) comes with “guaranteed security and support updates until April 2017″ while the Ubuntu 13.04 will only be supported for 9 months. This means that if long term support is important to you, then it’s quite clear which version you should go with.

On the other hand, Ubuntu 13.04 has better features for enterprise solutions due to the built-in Grizzly release of OpenStack in this version. Of course, OpenStack can be downloaded by Ubuntu 12.04.2 users as well. Still businesses that are into open source and are investing in their cloud infrastructure, whether the business be dealing with financial instruments or retail, would do well to take advantage of the features offered by Ubuntu 13.04.

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question mark graffitti The proliferation of the term open source and freeware has laymen confused between the two. This is not surprising since many opensource software are distributed as freeware. However, there is a vast difference between open source and freeware although both kinds of software are used for all kinds of applications, from gaming to debt consolidation.

Freeware refers to any kind of software that is distributed for free. The platform used for these software nor the licenses used for them do not matter. It is an all-encompassing term for any software you can get without having to pay a single cent. Of course, many freeware are distributed as such only on a trial basis with use beyond the said period to be paid for and extra or premium features needed to be bought.

Open source, on the other hand, refers to the kind of license a software has. There are different kinds of open source licenses although they all primarily share the same ideal, which is to “open” the software’s source code so that others are free to use the software and even modify them.

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The importance of Open Source

February 26th, 2015

open2.jpgIn this day and age when you have to pay for just about everything, Open Source is a welcome change. While the pursuit of illegal or pirated copies of programs and licenses are adamant, Open Source practically throws itself at you. For free!

The wonderful thing about Open Source is that it provides most of the basic functions or characteristics of the usual paid softwares or resources – but without the cost. It allows for a freer exchange of ideas. It promotes sharing and collaboration. And most of all, it makes life easier for many people who would otherwise have no choice but to bite the bait of piracy or shell out the necessary cash to gain access to a particular feature or service.