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By Mark Hinkle

Most open source luminaries are known for their code, their successful startup successes or even their outspokenness. Andre Boisvert comes to open source from a different angle. Having worked for two billionaire programmers, Larry Ellison and Jim Goodnight, Andre's transition from proprietary software to open source software has been an interesting journey.

Even though I consider myself a fairly advanced Linux user, there are some things in Linux I haven't gotten around to yet.

This isn't usually through inability to do something; it's usually a matter of not seeing the need for it. So it is with Compiz--I realize that I'm very late to the party, but I finally got around to installing it this week on my Kubuntu machine.

First impression? Very pretty, but what the heck do I use it for?

By Mark Hinkle

I love Twitter but when I use my Linux laptop (Ubuntu running Hardy Heron) I don't have many native options for Twitter clients. The preferred native client appears to be Twitux. Though the nascent client is a little primitive for me. Another popular choice is gTwitter though in my experience it's only been marginally better.

By Mark Hinkle

Ryan Bagueros, sent me a note a few weeks back about North-by-South his open source development firm.

By Mark Hinkle

There is a funny thing about commercial open source software companies as much as they like talking about their community-driven open source heritage they end up doing a lot of things their proprietary counterparts do. Spout off about being enterprise-ready, boast, offer TCO studies, and all manner of other things that make them look like a typical proprietary software company. A lot of them neglect the transparent open source traits that makes them truly disruptive and interesting (see yesterday’s post on SourceFire).

The consumer market has been going ga-ga for Linux-powered ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) such as the much-balleyhooed Asus Eee PC and (soon) offerings from HP, Acer, and (maybe) Dell. And ga-ga they should. These are (or will be) sweet machines. Joining the UMPCs (also known as netbooks) are the mobile Internet devices (MIDs). These are even cooler devices because, while the Netbooks have been announced with Linux and Windows XP versions, thus far the MIDs will all run exclusively Linux.

Intel, with their new Atom processor, is leading the MID charge, encouraging OEMs like "Lenovo, Toshiba, Panasonic, and LG Electronics" to get their own MIDs to market using Atom and Linux.

Which Linux is always the question, of course. Today over in Taiwan, Canonical used the Computex event as the stage to announce its Ubuntu Netbook Remix, an OEM-targeted flavor of Ubuntu Mobile Edition that's pretty much ready to go for any MID that wants it.

By Mark Hinkle

Over the last few years there has been a lot of fanfare around open source companies and their liquidation events. Most of the news has been around Sun's billion dollar acquisition of MySQL or the Citrix acquisition of Xen and even Yahoo's acquisition of Zimbra. In contrast there was little attention paid to the SourceFire. Actually if you ask most open source users about SourceFire they would probably answer "SourceWho?"