Are We Open or Fragmented?

And does it matter? You bet it does. To millions of people out there, Apple products are the height of cool. As Matt points out over at 37Signals’ blog, Apple can change the whole debate by redefining what the words involved mean. Of course they don’t want...

Enter… the Build Service

For those of you that have been dodging the use of the openSUSE Build Service because it’s from openSUSE- good news! They seem to have had a slight name change and you can now refer to it simply as the Build Service. I think they should have gone for The Build...

Phoning Home

Lately there’s been a lot of commentary about Canonical’s new package that they’ll be using to count computers using Ubuntu for an OEM partner. As that last comment clearly said, people need to calm down about this. Even if they were tracking users...

Tweak Your UI- The Ubuntu Calculator

Recently I saw a couple articles on the improved calculator that will be shipping in Ubuntu 10.10 and I thought “Really? An improved calculator?” It turns out that the major, obvious improvement is a UI change. It seems odd. I mean, calculators are...

Go Ahead and Ship Already

There’s this mantra I hear a lot in open source: Release early. Release often. This saying is very fortunate because only a certain kind of personality is good at proudly releasing source code for the world to see. We tell ourselves that we’re good...

Impressing New Users with Your Site

I saw a very telling article this morning on Ajaxian about a new Mac app called Kaleidoscope: The Website for this tool is so well done, that I feel compelled to click buy even before downloading the free 30 day demo 🙂 That is what you’re going for- albeit...