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Developer Linux News for Oct 16, 2008

  • Portrait: Eric von Hippel, User Innovation, and FOSS (Oct 16, 2008, 18:34) "A common charge against free and open source software (FOSS) is that it lacks the ability to innovate. To that charge, the lifelong research of Eric von Hippel, professor and head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, offers a thorough and scholarly refutation. Having studied the sources of innovation for more than three decades, von Hippel has found in FOSS both a confirmation and an elaboration of his ideas."

  • Do Ruby on Rails Developers Need Merb? (Oct 16, 2008, 17:34)
    InternetNews: "The open source Ruby programming language is growing fast in terms of adoption, thanks in part to the Rails framework -- often referred to as Ruby on Rails. Rails, however, isn't the only game in town when in comes to Ruby frameworks."

  • OpenOffice 3.0 Released Amid Fears of Development Stagnation (Oct 16, 2008, 13:34)
    ars Technica: "One of the most noteworthy additions in this release is native compatibility with the Mac OS X platform. Users no longer have to rely on the NeoOffice port or use X11 to run OOo on a Mac."

  • Are Your Developers Goofing Off? (Oct 16, 2008, 13:04)
    Datamation: "I found one developer I managed that had over 30 chat windows open when I popped into his cube. Thirty! And most of them were flashing so I'm assuming active conversations were taking place -- during the work day."