Archive by Author Dana Blankenhorn

A Revolution

Big companies have long been using popular open source projects – that’s nothing new.  What is new, however, are big companies taking on support of projects that already have a [...]





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Open Source and the Cloud: An Interview with Josh McKenty of Piston Cloud

Open source doesn’t work the way media narratives would like it to. You can’t see an announcement of something, then measure its immediate success in the market, and draw final [...]





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The Light of the Open Source World to Come

In most markets it’s clear, as 2012 dawns, that there are usually two strong players. A proprietary company and open source. Windows and open source applications. The iPhone and Android. [...]





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“The Night Before Christmas”

(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, whose “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is now in the public domain) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and in my home office Not a [...]





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Wikimedia Proves the Thanksgiving Story Has Legs

Thanksgiving is the most open source of holidays. It supposedly honors a potluck supper of native people and English colonists in Massachusetts, but it’s really just a harvest celebration. And [...]





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Caesar Was the Bad Man

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. Mark Antony’s funeral oration in Julius Caesar (whoever wrote it) is one of the great speeches in all of literature. It’s [...]





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Occupying Wall Street? There’s an App for That

Occupy Wall Street Apps

One hallmark of 21st century protest is its technological nature. Iranian protesters blogged about what they were doing and coordinated activities via SMS messaging. Egyptian protesters tweeted. Syrians got out [...]





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History and the Adoption of Open Source

Open source has always had an on-again, off-again relationship with profit. Increasing open source adoption is tough when patented monopolies like the iPhone are ruling the headlines. As many of [...]





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The Comfort of Normal Business

Most of what’s written on open source has to do with some big controversy, or the Great Game of large companies colliding in court or the marketplace. This is not [...]





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