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Adam Goodman Archive

Adam Goodman is the Publisher of Linux Magazine.
The “S” Stands for Service: An Interview with Sandy Carter, IBM’s VP of SOA Strategy
A published author and the executive in charge of IBM’s Service Oriented Architecture and Websphere strategy, Sandy Carter met with Linux Magazineto discuss how SOA can solve immediate business problems and form the foundation of flexible, responsive information technology infrastructure.
Changing Himself
With a career spanning nearly four decades, Todd Rundgren has done virtually everything. Literally. He's produced best-selling records, composed scores, and released several solo albums, including the first interactive music album ever, No World Record in 1993. He's also an accomplished hacker. According to Rundgren, if he hadn't discovered music, he'd probably be a Linux geek. Read our exclusive interview with Todd, the god.
No Red Scare
I just finished reading yet another Slashdot thread in which various GNOME and KDE zealots argue with each other. This most recent thread was about the way that Red Hat has packaged the popular desktop environments for their up-coming "Null" release. Evidently, Red Hat is providing themes for GNOME and KDE that make both desktop environments look very, very similar to each other. Both camps are unhappy and irate at Red Hat, and both sides are fuming about dilution and misappropriation.
As the LinuxWorld Turns
Maybe it's just me, but I'm starting to get this funny feeling about LinuxWorld Expo. It seems like every time it's held, it receives a huge amount of media attention, and everyone always says the same things. Stuff like: "At this show it became clear that Linux is ready for prime time," or "The show made it clear that enterprise customers are finally starting to take Linux seriously."
A Crack in the Armor
Over the past three and a half years, I've spent a good amount of time worrying about ways that Microsoft's long-term plans and strategies could hurt the market share of Linux and Open Source. Well, about a week ago, I was having a conversation with Jeremy Zawodny (one of our senior editors), and he raised some points that made me realize something: it might just be Microsoft's turn to be really worried. But not about Linux. (At least, not directly.) No, if I were Microsoft, I'd be much more worried about a little piece of software known as Apache.
Software as a Service
If there's one buzzword we've all heard a million times this year, it's "Web Services." But as many times as I've heard that phrase, I've also heard the question, "What exactly is a Web Service?" So this month we decided to take a look at Linux, Open Source, and emerging standards and technologies and provide you with some answers.
Heavy Lifting
Welcome to the July issue of Linux Magazine. Things always slow down a bit at LM every July, and this year is no exception. But that makes the lazy days of summer great for taking stock of where we're at, and this seems like as good a time as any to take a step back and focus on "The Big Picture." So pull up a hammock, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, and let's reflect ...
Mac is Back
Get ready hombres... there's a new Unix in town, and its name is Mac OS X. Actually, if you haven't been living under a rock for the past year or so (which is something I'm sometimes accused of, by the way), then you probably already know that Apple's new Mac OS X may be all eye-candy outside, but it's mostly good ol' FreeBSD Unix under the hood.
New And Improved
Welcome to the all-different, all-exciting, all-new version of Linux Magazine! No, seriously, it's impossible to pick up this issue and not notice that it's undergone some serious renovation. More specifically, we've given the magazine a complete make-over, and what you hold in your hands is the result of a re-design that we've been working on for several months now.
Java and Linux
Welcome to an issue of Linux Magazine with special focus on the co-dependence of Linux and Java. Regular readers of LM know that I believe that Linux and Java need each other, and this issue is a dedicated attempt to help bring the two communities closer together. Actually, given the enormous overlap that already exists between the two communities, I suppose it would be more accurate to say that this issue represents an attempt to reflect that overlap in a public fashion.
Perception/Reality
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Welcome to our January 2002 issue. With the beginning of this new year, we decided the time was right to make a few changes to Linux Magazine. Some of them you'll see right away, beginning with this issue, and there are some others that we'll be introducing as the year moves along.
A Window on the Desktop
The subject of Linux on the desktop is always a sticky one. One reason is that many people believe that Linux just plain does not belong on the desktop -- or at least on the mainstream desktop; they believe it will always be preferred as a server OS.
Perspective
This is a very difficult editorial to write. Normally at this time of the month, I've got all kinds of things to say about the tech industry in general and Linux's place in the grand scheme of things. But this month is different.
Interesting Bedfellows
When you picked up this month's copy of Linux Magazine, you probably noticed the cool tomcat staring at you on the cover. For those of you who are not already aware of this, Tomcat is the name of the Java servlet and Java server page technology that Sun Microsystems donated to the Apache project. (For more on Tomcat, see our feature story, pg. 28.)
Winds of Change
No one ever said it would be easy to make money from Free or Open Source Software, and the events of the past several weeks have definitely driven that point home. In late June, VA Linux Systems announced that it would begin another round of layoffs and that it was exiting the hardware business. Considering VA is the company that practically invented the "Linux hardware business," the announcement definitely made for a gloomy day in the open source community.
And Now For Something Completely Different…
One nice thing about Linux -- it's never boring. If the party ever starts to get slow, you can always count on something happening to liven things up. In that vein, I guess it's our turn here at Linux Magazine to add to the excitement.
C’mon Guys
On Thursday, May 3rd, 2001, Microsoft senior vice president Craig Mundie gave a speech at New York University in which Microsoft officially declared war on Linux. Or at least, the media made it sound that way. As far as I can tell, they've been at war with Linux for quite some time now. In truth, however, they definitely did turn up the heat to a whole new level, and they came up with some new ways to attack Linux and Open Source on the PR front in the process.
Corporate Open Source
Something very interesting happened this month. We were working on a product review of the Guardian Digital Linux Lockbox (http://www.guardiandigital.com), which is a secure Web and e-business server based on Guardian Digital's EnGarde Linux distribution and Zelerate's AllCommerce application. Then something really funny happened (and not funny "ha, ha") -- Zelerate went out of business and started liquidating their company.
Services, Baby, Services
Services. In the past few years, as Linux has developed into a more mainstream operating system, a new axiom has emerged -- you can't make much money selling the OS itself, but many companies can make money by selling their services around the OS.
Getting Snarky
I've been sitting here watching the latest snipe-fest between Sun and Microsoft. This is really nothing new. It's common to see the two of them heckling away at each other on any given day. However, this latest volley of invective caught my attention more than usual. Why? Because it made me take a step back and think about the underlying forces that are driving the initiatives both companies are advancing.
Better, Faster, Cheaper
"Who needs Linux?" That's a question that I have heard a lot of people asking over the past several weeks. It is not being asked in a disparaging or negative way -- it's not meant to imply that no one needs Linux.
Blue Skies and Sun
Cobalt Networks' CEO Steve DeWitt shares his thoughts on the future of network appliances, open source software, and Cobalt's new role as a division of Sun Microsystems.
Whole New Ball Game
Welcome to our "Windows and Linux Integration" issue. Actually, maybe it's more like our "Let's embrace and extend Microsoft" issue :) . Long time readers of Linux Magazine know that I have nothing against Microsoft -- I just like the idea of trying to beat them at their own game. And the thing that struck me as we were preparing this month's issue is that Linux and Open Source software may just have the opportunity to do that.
The Long Run
Well, here we are -- January 2001. Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick would be proud. Last year, everyone was waiting to see if the turn of the millennium would cause the world to explode, and if you had a publicly traded company (or wanted to have a publicly traded company), all you did was add the words "Linux" or "dot-com" to your name and then watch your stock run skyward.
Abstract Art
Microsoft is smart. Very smart. I've been concerned lately that many people in the open source community don't realize this. I've been starting to feel like some of us might be "fighting the last war" without noticing that the battlefield is shifting.
Sun Block
The announcement that Sun Microsystems was purchasing Cobalt Networks for $2 billion dollars caught me completely by surprise. I immediately thought, "What a brilliant move for Sun! Why hadn't I thought of this earlier?"
Dominos Falling
Hi gang. Well, we've just gotten finished with Linux's annual Main Event -- the summer LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose. As with every LWCE, it was certainly an enlightening experience. The expo has grown so rapidly that lots of vendors were unable to buy space on the show floor. It is scheduled to move to bigger digs next year.
A Window on Linux
This past month was pretty intense here at Linux Mag. Lots of travel. Lots of places to go and people to see about Linux. What did I learn? Forget about whether the stock market is up or down, or whether people think Linux is the best thing since sliced bread, or the worst thing since the black plague. As far as I can tell Linux is spreading like wildfire -- everywhere.
Living in Interesting Times
The July 8, 2000 edition of the New York Times contained a very interesting cover story. The headline read "Fearing Control by Microsoft, China Backs the Linux System."
A Kinder, Gentler Monopoly
Well, they did it. Recently, the federal government announced that it would like to see the Microsoft corporation split into two parts: An operating-systems company and an applications company.
A Tour of the Linux Filesystem
When a Windows user sits down in front of a Linux system, even one with a decidedly Windows-esque GUI (Graphical User Interface), several differences are likely to make even an intrepid neophyte develop a nervous twitch. But none will cause more consternation than the differences between the filesystems -- Linux has no drive letters, everything is mashed into a single directory tree, and there sure seem to be a lot of directories with similar names.
Standard Practice
Still, this whole Microsoft trial has had me thinking....How did Microsoft get to be such a dominant force in the first place? Sure, they may have used some questionable business tactics, but what were the things they did well? Are there any lessons that the Linux community or Linux companies can learn from Microsoft? I think there just might be a few....
Eaze of Use
After reading my publisher's statement last month, Bob McMillan (LM's executive editor) said to me; "Adam, you really should not write about trade shows every month. People will think you never get out." Well, they would be right. I never do get out. But, needing to defend myself, I replied with; "But Bob, I do get out. Didn't we just conduct an interview with Cliff Miller (pg. 60)?" Truthfully, the irony was not lost on me...
Open Source, Inc.
It was just about a year ago that Linux Magazine made its debut at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA. Earlier this year, IDG held its third LinuxWorld in less than a year in New York City, and what a show it was! The attendance was close to 20,000 (twice what it was at last year's LinuxWorld), and there were a ton of new exhibitors.
Big Pictures
So here we are -- Y2K in all of its glory. The calendar turned from 1999 to 2000 and a funny thing happened -- Nothing. We were all sitting around waiting for every computer in the world to blow up or the whole Internet to fuse, or something, and instead everything just kept humming along like it normally does. Maybe more people are running Linux than we at first believed.
Changing the Rules,
The guy who said "money changes everything" obviously never heard of Linux. Otherwise he would have said "Linux changes everything," because it does. And it could not have happened at a better time.
On Battles and Wars
The date on the cover of this magazine is January 2000. Welcome to the 21st century. I'm writing this in November, but the events of this fall point to a very interesting beginning for the next millennium -- not only for Linux, but for the entire technology industry.
Macrohard
The GPL is the backbone of the free software movement, but is it strong enough to stand a test in the courts?
Lessons from Atlanta
Just got back from the Atlanta Linux Showcase, and I have to say it was a blast. Nearly 4,000 people and about 70 vendors showed up, which is about double last year's attendance... Not bad for a volunteer-coordinated event. My hat is off to the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts, the group of people who make ALS happen every year.
The More Things Change
Once upon a time back in 1991 there was only Linus. After writing a small bit of what was to become Linux, he made the code freely available on the Internet. People all over the world started working together to make it into the best OS it could be.
We Are Family
On August 11th 1999, Red Hat Software became a publicly traded company. Most of the staff of Linux Magazine were at LinuxWorld Expo at the time of the event, and we were stunned by how well the stock market received Red Hat. The stock shot up from the $14 per share offering price to something in the neighborhood of $52. As I write this, the price is around $70, and the company is, therefore, worth $4.8 billion. Wow.
United We Stand
Wow. I can't believe it's September already. Well, actually, it's July as I write this, but by the time it gets printed it will be September -- And I still won't be able to believe it :-).
Nasdaq: LNUX
Every month when I try to write this column, I run into the same problem. It's too short. There's always so much stuff going on in the Linux community that I have more to say than fits in this space. This month was no exception.
Adventures in Free Software
I learned a lot this month. As with most lessons I learn in life, I came to this knowledge the hard way -- I screwed something up, and people let me know about it.
Eye of the Storm
Welcome to the second issue of Linux Magazine. I'm impressed we've made it this far :). Seriously, though, I want to thank everyone who bought or subscribed to LM in the past month or so. We received lots of e-mail from people who shared their suggestions and wished us well. We will incorporate many suggestions into future issues of the magazine.
The Linus Interview
"It wasn't that I wanted to change the world; I wanted to make Linux freely available, but there wasn't any deep philosophical thinking behind it. I want to have fun in my life... I want to do something that matters." Linus Torvalds shares his thoughts on Linux, Microsoft, and life in Silicon Valley.
Doug Leone on Open Source Opportunities
Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Doug Leone at Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, California. Sequoia seems to have a unique perspective on Open Source Software (OSS) and the way it's transforming software and hardware industries.
Join the Revolution
Welcome to the premier issue of Linux Magazine. Normally, this section of the magazine will contain your letters to us. As you can probably guess, we haven't received many letters yet, so we decided to use this opportunity to write a letter to you.