October 26, 2004
I had the opportunity to spend a delightful weekend in Rome with my family. Of course, we endured the queues and were successful in visiting the Vatican Museum. Surely there is no other place on Earth like it.
The biggest surprise to me was the Sistine Chapel. Yes, it is stagering in its beauty. However the biggest surprise was how unsafe it appeared to be. One small door in. One small door out. Despite this, thousands of people squeezed into a very small space indeed with no visible means of emergency exit. A disaster will occur here.
October 2, 2004
David Wheeler has written an oustandingly lucent article about Open Source vs. Proprietary software, taking the business and risk viewpoint. He carefully debunks much of the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) with real data and information.
This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper’s goal is to show that you should consider using OSS/FS when acquiring software. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, OSS/FS on the desktop, usage reports, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. You can view this paper at http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html<!– The PDF has too many problems – misnumbering, table misformats: it is also available in PDF format. –> (HTML format). Palm PDA users may wish to use Plucker to view this. A short briefing based on this paper is also available in PDF and Open Office Impress formats (for the latter, use Open Office Impress). Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available.