Simon is heading to the USA soon, and will be at the following venues:
- OSI License Clinic, Washington DC, May 9 (open to all)
- OSI Community Summit, Washington DC, May 10 (open to all)
- LibreOffice Meetup, Mountain View CA, May 11 (open to all)
- Boulder, CO, May 16 (private seminar)
- San Diego, CA, May 17 (private event)
If you would like to meet him or even book him for your own event, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Oracle’s Java technical chief recently admitted that dealing with long standing security issues has hampered the release of the latest Java instalment. The issues didn’t necessarily originate with Oracle, they’ll have been accumulating over many years, first at Sun and then at Oracle. The problem has been that until now these issues have been on a continual back burner, the “tyranny of the urgent” focussing developer attention onto business considerations as the priority.
Dealing with this technical debt is clearly a time consuming affair, but eventually it catches up with a project and needs to be handled. Some long lived projects don’t seem to gather this sort of flotsam though; the key is in the community. Proprietary projects are often forced to be solely feature focussed, but open projects with a healthy community are in a much better position to bypass the problem of technical debt, as community members will often pour enthusiasm and expertise into resolving the backlog. Continue reading →
Do open source mandates work? Plenty of entities have tried to apply an open source mandate, requiring use particularly of open source office suites like LibreOffice. But it takes more than just a decision or a mandate; to successfully gain the benefits of open source in the enterprise, you also need a thoughtful migration plan. Read about this in our article today at Linux Advocates.