Zonker on OpenSolaris, again

“It seems to me that it’d be a better world for software freedom and free *nix in general if the Solaris die-hards sucked it up and helped work on Linux”

-and with words like that, who wouldn’t want to join the Linux community? Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier is still bashing the OpenSolaris project. I truly believe that some competition between open source operating systems is a good thing, and I am amazed that this is a controversial opinion with some.

Flash – defender of the web?

Interesting interview. “When Steve says Flash is stuck in the PC era he must mean that the Flash business model of free players, open content and affordable technology has been eclipsed by the closed, highly-profitable mobile platform of censored applications that Apple is building with the iPhone.”

High standards, and low standards

  • Not often that I find I warm to Eric Raymond’s writing, but this was a sane and helpful analysis of IBM’s apparent declaration of an end to 5 years of patent peace.
  • Alex Brown, who presided over the ISO vote in April 2008 that ratified the spec as ISO convener of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting, accused Microsoft of acting in bad faith for implementing a “transitional” variant of the OOXML spec and not the strict version in Office 2010.

    The transitional version is based on a copy of the spec rejected during a vote of ISO members in 2007. The spec was re-drafted before it was accepted in 2008.

    “If Microsoft ships Office 2010 to handle only the Transitional variant of ISO/IEC 29500 they should expect to be roundly condemned for breaking faith with the International Standards community. This is not the format ‘approved by ISO/IEC’, it is the format that was rejected,” Brown wrote.

Borders and contests

On November 9th the Mobile team announced the Mobile Add-On Challenge, and I gather that they are delighted with the interest shown in the contest so far.  They will be awarding prizes of Nokia N900s (nice) to the 10 best entries, and you still have three weeks to submit your add-on.

However, I have received a questions about the rules of eligibility for the contest.  We are really sorry that there are certain regions and countries where the contest is not available.  I wanted to make it absolutely clear with this post that this is a legal restriction imposed on Mozilla that relates to running such contests – not to code, and these laws are no barrier to participation in the rest of the Mozilla project.

For all that we are very sorry that there are members of the Mozilla community who are not able to take part in this Mobile Add-On Challenge.  Like all open source projects, Mozilla is founded on participation and we believe that people should be able to participate wherever they are.

Open source, embedding, and Opera

“Mozilla is more or less focusing on desktop browsers and that’s complex enough. We are, at any given time, dealing with more than a hundred different deliveries, because we’re not only doing desktops. We’re doing mobile phones. We’re doing set-top boxes. We’re doing cars. We’re doing game consoles. We’re doing all these things. And handling that complexity is extremely hard. And I think that requires fairly good control over the piece of code.”
I don’t what history will make of Opera Unite, but I do think that claiming that open sourcing Opera would lead to complexity, which would prevent Opera from embedding their browser in many devices, is a strange one. What software is embedded more than, say,