Posts Tagged ‘open source’

Dpack is going open source

Sep 5th, 2011

I just found out that Dpack, possibly the most important gratis tool for Visual studio there is going open source.  Now I wish for time to make this super product even better!

Review of Lacie Bigdisc

Jan 22nd, 2011

In short:

Fail.
A storage device with 3 single point of failure is a no no.  Combine it with bad quality and it is a cheat.

Longer:

I cannot recall the exact name of the device but it was a 1TB NAS for about 300€ at the time, 3-4 years ago.

According to the specs it had an open source OS with two ordinary ext(2 or 3) discs.  That sounded good for me.  Open source OS meant that there was a possibility to tinker with it and knowledge out-in-the-world for discrepancies.  Further if the hardware would fail I could always dock the disks into *nix machine and if one disc failed I could always get half the data from the other.

This  was Totally wrong.

You see, Lacies support told me the OS was on one of the disks.  So if a disk failed, the machine wouldn’t start.  The machine was also setup in such a way that if the other disk failed nothing would start either.  Finally the setup of the discs was in such a way that if removed from the device the data couldn’t be understood, Ext2/3 or not.  To make the construction even worse, as if it wasn’t enough from the start, support told me that the disks and the OS and the machine was setup in the factory so there was no guaranteed way to get anything the disks runing in a new machine either.

I had it replaced with another unit that failed the same way.  Incidentally a friend of mine had one too.  It failed.  He had it replaced.  And the replacement failed again.

Having gotten 4 bad Lacie bigdiscs  is possible as sheer bad luck.  But the construction with 3 single point of failures is not coincidence.

Which F/OSS license to choose?

Aug 19th, 2010

There are some hundred open source licenses to choose from and tons of documentation to dig through. Noone is able to grok that so help and guidance is welcome.

An LdBrouwer has written a quite short comparison. It doesn’t give you the full monty but points you in the right direction and above all – gives the noob and non-tech some basic knowledge and directions to steer by.

He also links to another site with some Yes/No questions to find out which license fits you. It doesn’t hold very many licenses and is a tad old but nevertheless worth a try.

Somewhere there is (was) a site. I saw it some years ago. It is also a simple expert system for choosing the right F/OSS license. But I can’t find it.

Update: Another article is here.

Which open source license to choose

Feb 20th, 2009

At the time of wrintig there are like 78 open source licenses to choose from. The original creator of the open source license idea has an argument that 3 or 4 should do.

So if you ever think of choosing a license for you work the linke below might a good place to start.

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3803101/Bruce-Perens-How-Many-Open-Source-Licenses-Do-You-Need.htm 

Update: A similar article is here.

Open source – which licens to choose

Nov 1st, 2008

When you have decided that open sourcing your code would be a good idea the next question follows; which license?

Claes Mogren wrote a short and good description about some licenses and the thoughts behind them: http://informationhunger.blogspot.com/2008/10/open-source-license-primer.html

Update other articles are here and here.