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Des polices de caractères… July 27, 2009

Posted by Sacha in /dev/null, Français.
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Au détour de blogs que je parcours de temps à autre, je suis tombé il y a quelques mois sur celui d’un policier qui inventorie les histoires de ses collègues, celles “qui en valent la peine” du moins. Petites histoires sans prétention souvent pleines d’humour, de vérité et parfois de désespérante réalité.

Bref, “Police – Histoires” est un blog dont je vous recommande la lecture. Et venant de ma part, un être fort critique à toute notion d”autorité, c’est la preuve que ce blog est rempli d’humanité.

Tiré de ces histoires, un livre vient d’être publié, “Chroniques de la main courante“. Je l’ai commandé et vous en donnerai des nouvelles une fois sa lecture achevée.

Onward,

Sacha

RHT now part of the S&P500 July 21, 2009

Posted by Sacha in IT, JBoss.
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As of this week, RHT replaces CIT in the famous S&P500 index, the second most widely followed index of large-cap American stocks (after the DJIA).

While I am not a Wall Street specialist, I don’t expect that change to mean much factually. It will certainly bring more credentials to the company (which might be useful with some stratospheric CIOs) and will most probably increase the trading volume of the stock since it will now be part of index funds activity, but that’s pretty much it.

Now, from symbolic standpoint, that’s really an achievement, since it is the first time an Open Source company joins the ranks of this very popular index.

Onward,

Sacha

MSFT and GPL: toe in the water July 21, 2009

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Paula Rooney from ZDNet is wondering whether “Microsoft’s GPL2 supprt [is] really a big deal”? That’s following MSFT’s announcement that they’ve released three of their device drivers under the GPL. And that’s a great question to ask, thank’s Paula.

Quick answer: i) it is for the next.gen OS wave, but ii) it is currently a non-event from a pure FOSS standpoint.

First, it is a an important point in history for Operating Systems since it permits much greater “intra”-OS interoperability for virtualized environments. As previously discussed, intra-OS adaptability is a new kind of the good-old ISV/IHV setup: OS vendors must make sure i) the other OSes they could host in a virtual machine behave properly and efficiently (ISV++) and ii) they run properly on somebody else’s Operating Systems embedded in a virtual machine (IHV++). And the second part was usually the hard one to get from OS vendors, especially MSFT: during a long long time, MSFT would only support their OS on a well-defined hardware architecture, and refuse any bug report is their OS was run on top of an hypervisor. Consequently, having MSFT release these device drivers in the open source is essential since it allows other OSes to efficiently run Windows on top of their own hypervisor. Now, on the choice of the GPL, this means that MSFT understands the need to treat Linux as a first-class OS citizen (and also sends a much less nice message to the *-BSD OS community). So, where do we go from there? Well, any Linux distribution now has the opportunity to efficiently run Windows, and not just the ones willing to compromise with their FOSS-roots, I certainly see this as an inflection point in the NOVL-MSFT love affair.

Secondly, from an overall FOSS standpoint, I don’t think this is (yet) MSFT’s strategic move away from “the big divide“. MSFT has certainly not taken the strategic decision to live in (or at least be compatible with) the FSF-world. Instead, this is clearly a tactical move to solve that very specific virtualization-interop issue, nothing more. We’ll yet have to wait to see MSFT truly embrace the Linux community (today, MSFT’s tiny OSS software assets are still not able to be mixed in the FSF code ocean).

Quite frankly, looking at MSFT revenues, I am not sure MSFT has to embrace the FOSS movement any further at this point, so I don’t have much expectations to see them join the FSF code ocean. On the other hand, I see very positively the very specific tactical move they did to further enable the next.gen of OSes, that’ is something the IT industry needs NOW.

Onward,

sacha

Up and Down (and up) July 19, 2009

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Last Thursday, weather was great, about 30°C (86°F), I was covered with sunscreen and swimming in the nearby lake.

This Saturday, I wake up wondering weather I could go swimming again. Bad idea: it was 3°C (37°F) and … snowing.

things are much better now...

Things are much better this morning and snow has melted (specialists are still debating whether recovery will be in V shape, W shape or U shape).

Onward,

sacha

Lingua Franca July 19, 2009

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1.2b people speak Mandarin, 422m speak Arabic, 366m speak Hindi, 322 speak Spanish.

onward!

Anyway, this summer, I decided to learn a new language and took my first Rumantsch class, the fourth official Swiss language, spoken by an impressive 61,815 persons last time the government checked in 2000 (count me in now, that’s 61,816).

To be totally accurate, the so called Rumantsch language (or Rhéto-Romanche), is split in … five quite different idioms. The one I’m learning is called Surmiran, spoken by about 2,200 persons. My résumé will really be  unique now.

Onward,

Sacha

P.S.: Before you call on my sanity, you might want to know that my wife speaks Rumantsch very fluently (it is her mother’s mother tongue) and that we spend quite a decent amount of time every year in the part of the Alps where this language is spoken. I’d call that “social integration” :)

JBoss + Exo announcement July 19, 2009

Posted by Sacha in JBoss.
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eXoJBossJBoss recently made a pretty significant announcement: a strategic partnership with eXo Platform.

(Disclaimer: I am truely excited by this announcement as this is one of the last business projet I had been working on whilst at RHT.)

Unlike many partnerships, this one is not “just” a business one (which would be perfectly find btw, I value those a lot). This alliance is multi-faceted and includes a deep community alliance since both companies will now work on a same and unique portal foundation (hence the same codebase, hosted at jboss.org). This is about recognizing each others strenghts and weaknesses and addressing them by cherry-picking the best pieces on both side.

When we first met with the Exo team (meeting took place earlier this year in Neuchâtel), we first agreed on high-level business principles to make sure an overall deal would be possible, but the remainder of the week was spent working on architectural and technical matters. None of the teams were willing to compromise on the quality of the “merged” architecture. To that end, I’d like to thank the excellent attitude of Thomas Heute, Julien Viet and Benajmin Mestrallet: at no point in time have I seen the tiring NIH syndrome (Not-Invented-Here) interfere in our discussions. The fact that Julien had an intimate knowledge of both architecture certainly helped.

10 days ago, I’ve met with both Thomas and Julien in the Fribourg Alps and I got confirmation that very active engineering work is underway.

So, let’s stay tuned to see further (and specific) announcements, but this is a great opportunity for those two companies with different but parallel strategies to focus on a common foundation.

BTW, will you be at JBoss World? I will :)

Onward,

Sacha

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