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For example, if Microsoft doesn't come out with software and hardware for its new set top box that allows you to record TV shows and burn them to DVD, stream shows over the network, etc. Then they will lose marketshare to the open source products that do. These open source products cannot be killed by big corporations, they cannot go out of business, they are unkillable competition.
That's a great point. I especially like the part about Open Source products not being able to be killed by big corporations or going out of business. I think a lot of people miss this point about Open Source. Have you run into a company that invested heavily in a piece of software only to watch that software be discontinued even though the company is using it for day-to-day operations? I have plenty of times. It isn't pretty. At least Open Source projects give you options. Hire some developers. Join other companies to support the project and everyone benefits. There are a lot of possibilities.
The Register: In an almost comical turn of events, IBM is charging that SCO cannot claim bits of the Linux operating system are proprietary since SCO once sold a version of Linux under the GPL. IBM is also looking to secure its own IP by charging that SCO has infringed on four Big Blue patents. Last but not least, IBM claims that SCO disrupted IBM's server business by terminating its AIX license.
I'd say this is exactly what SCO's lawyers didn't want to have happen. IBM's suit makes too much sense to me. Many people pointed out that SCO licensed its supposedly proprietary code under the GPL when they were still selling Linux. Now IBM's lawyers seem to be taking action. Bye, bye SCO.
BBC: The US's first openly gay bishop says his confirmation is the first step to full inclusion of homosexuals in the church.
OK, here's my take on this whole thing. Robinson's confirmation was wrong. The reason I say this isn't because Robinson is gay but because he's not celibate. I think you can be gay but that doesn't mean it's right to carry out homosexual relationships. That's not a popular take these days, I realize that but it's the one I stand by. Sin is sin. Homosexuality is no different than any other sin. No worse and no better in God's eyes. Put it this way, if you have a tendency to abuse alcohol or drugs should you give in to it? Afterall, it's a part of who you are. It may very well be in your genes.
Does all of this make me a bigot? I don't think so. Ask my friends (both gay and straight) and I think they'd tell you that I will be one of the first people to speak out against hatred towards any group of people. In fact, I've had to speak out (and put some serious strains in relationships along the way) against bigotry and hatred amongst co-workers, family, friends and even fellow Christians. I would hope they would do the same if I was spewing hatred all over the place like I've heard far too often through this journey called life.
Rory Blyth wonders what he's going to do with his life. He's 25 and has lots of things he'd like to do but then realizes it can all be done. Join the club Rory. I'm 27, married, have a son, a good job, etc. I still can't help but feel I should be doing something else. I don't think a day goes by where I don't think about what might be in store for me elsewhere. But, right now I believe God has me where I am to teach me patience and responsibility.
Fleeing from responsibility and following a calling can be a rather thin line. My wife has asked me lately if I ever regret getting married at the age of 21. I tell her I don't regret that one bit and that's the truth. What did I miss out on? I'll tell you what, I believe I would have self-destructed long before now if I didn't have Kelly in my life. I've come close to self-destructing with her and it was far worse before she came into my life. God obviously wants to keep me around a bit longer.
But what do I want to do with my life? I don't have a clue. OK, maybe I do, but it's vague. Follow God where ever he's leading me. I want to do great things. I don't want to do anything. I don't have the first clue about what I want to do with my life. All I know is that there is meaning to all of this and it starts with God. That's a start.
TheServerSide.com: Apache has started a project to create an open source, Apache-licenses implementation of J2EE. One of the core commitments is for the implementation to be fully J2EE compliant. The Apache Foundation has access to the J2EE TCKs, which make the certification possible. The core developers who have “signed up” include members from OpenEJB, Apache, Core Developers Network, Exolab, and more!
This is interesting. JBoss has been fighting with Sun for the past year or so over licensing issues and now Apache is in the game of Open Source J2EE servers. It seems a bit late to me. Why has it taken Sun this long to allow this to happen? At least Microsoft hasn't caught on either.
Speaking of CD's, I just got two CD's the other day and have listened to half of one and am very happy with my purchase. Vigilantes of Love Live at the 40 Watt is straight ahead rock n' roll with the intelligence only Bill Mallonee seems to be able to bring to rock's table. Highly recommended.