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I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing - new model, new rules (and some old ones). Many people are familiar with Moore's Technology Adoption LifeCycle (TALC) where everyone dreams of hitting the "Tornado." Early Market - Discontinuous innovation. Attractive to technology enthusiasts and visionaries Chasm - A pause in market interest w... (more)

New Versions of Portable.NET and Mono Released - Mono passes the Vault Web server acceptance test

DotGNU is getting ready to make a big splash with the release of v0.1, including Portable.NET v0.6. Mono has released v0.28 with many new features, and Ximian has completed its contract with SourceGear. DotGNU Readies v0.1 Portable.NET has released v0.6, but the DotGNU CD is running a bit behind schedule. The CD is in the final stage of packaging and testing, but will miss my deadline by what looks like a few days, so the details will have to wait another month. The 0.6 version of Portable.NET has been released and will be included on the DotGNU 0.1 CD. The last couple of Portable.NET releases were practice runs for this release, and with the exception of WinForms and a few other hot spots, this is an incremental release. Outside of System.Windows. Forms, most of the work has focused on bug fixes, cleanup, and the addition of a few key features. The main runtime ch... (more)

Stylesheet Debugging Tips

When your XSLT stylesheet doesn't do exactly what you want it to and you don't know why, what resources are available to figure it out? In other words, how do you debug a buggy stylesheet? For now, I know of no XSLT equivalent to the kind of integrated debugger that's common with C++, Java, and Visual Basic development. These typically let you pause the execution of a program to allow a look at the values of specific variables at the stopping point and exactly which steps happened to lead to that point. Still, various XSLT coding tricks and features of certain processors can help do what these integrated debuggers do: let you know what's really going on in case a stylesheet doesn't behave the way you expected. Runtime Messages, Aborting Processor Execution The xsl:message instruction is supposed to send a message to somewhere other than the result tree. Exactly wher... (more)

Linux & Games: Installing TransGaming's Latest Release, Cedega 4.0

When the possibility of becoming the Gaming Industry editor for LinuxWorld Magazine came up, I jumped. I love games! Part of it's the championship procrastinator in me, I have to admit. Another part's that I was born a daydreamer and games are a fun way of at least having shared daydreams. I also just like to have fun. I tend to be an overly serious person, and so learning to kick back and just relax takes a lot of time and effort. That's my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it. Stepping aside from the issue of whether adding software that lets us run Windows games under Linux is ultimately healthy for Linux or not (a topic I addressed with my gaming roundtable back in the April issue of LinuxWorld Magazine), when TransGaming (www.transgaming.com) announced their latest WineX release (now renamed Cedega), I thought it might be fun to see how their product is shapin... (more)

Smart Browser, Where Art Thou?

In 1998, I got my hands on Mitchell Waldrop's book called 'Complexity'. Ever since, I've been on an amazing journey discovering one of the most profound developments in modern science. Complexity, or more formally, the study of complex systems, is about unifying themes that run through all modern scientific disciplines including physics, biology, economics, ecology, linguistics, and sociology. John Holland, one of the fathers of complexity science, coined the term Complex Adaptive Systems to characterize ant colonies, societies, cells and ecosystems. He pointed out that the agents in these systems are adapting to the surrounding environment by building models and by learning. And as Jeff Hawkins summarized in his book 'On Intelligence', the human evolution has been about the progressive invention of various forms of memory. Genes, brains, language and books are all ... (more)

Fly the Disconnected Skies…

New Media Journal on Ulitzer For better or worse, much of my life these days is spent online. Don’t misunderstand – I’m not complaining! In fact, I like it this way. The opportunity to reconnect with long-lost friends on Facebook, to keep updated on ideas and insights via Twitter, to share my thoughts and opinions on this blog – I think it’s great! Naturally…as with anything…something you enjoy can become detrimental if it is overdone. Research indicates you can enjoy a glass or two of wine in the evening, and it’s good for your heart – but, if you start consuming much more on a daily basis, you’ll ruin your health. Being online can open up new vistas of knowledge and information — however, spend all of your life there, and you blow up your personal relationships. With that caution understood, imagine when I somewhat suddenly discovered myself getting tons of work do... (more)

IMN Party Pulse: Corporate and Personal Branding a Key to Wine Company's Direct Selling Success

The success of direct selling companies is most often fueled by strong personal relationships: relationships that are built between the direct seller and their independent sales representatives and, in turn, the relationships that are created and sustained between their individual sales reps and their customers. IMN, an e-communications company with over 3,000 accounts globally, helps direct selling companies and their sales representatives to connect with customers in a high-touch, high-tech way. IMN, a thought leader in direct selling e-communications strategies, offers corporate and personal branding solutions that are revolutionizing the way direct sellers and their sales representatives connect and communicate. The IMN Party Pulse email newsletter solution was specifically designed for direct sellers to increase the number of parties they hold, increase sales ... (more)

NetOp Remote Access from CrossTecCorp

Have you ever received offers by mail, e-mail, or phone to the point you just wanted to scream? I have. It got to the point where no matter what I received I would set it aside for later. (Later being the next day or the next Millennium). I appreciated receiving all the CDs and products for use, demo and evaluation, however, at times.it became overwhelming. Due to this I almost missed one of the most fantastic products I have ever used; CrossTecCorp's "NetOp Remote Access". My first encounter with NetOp was one of "Okay, when I get around to it I'll load another program that promises this, states that and usually falls short of their published and stated hype." The CD was pre-dated for a certain install time, and expired while in my: "get to it" pile. I received an e-mail from CrossTecCorp asking me if I had tried their product. I told them I had gotten too involve... (more)

Migrating to Linux not easy for Windows users

(LinuxWorld) — Windows 95 works well enough for my needs, but I'm eight years behind the technology curve. While I realize there are still many who rely on Apple IIs and Tandy 100s for their daily computing chores, it's time for me to start planning a migration route. I was mulling the possibilities when the OfficeSuperGeek (tOSG) talked me into a CPU upgrade, gave me a suitable motherboard from his bonepile, dumped some Linux distributions on my desk and said, "Here... try these." What follows is an 18-month tour of recent and now not-so-recent Linux distributions. Before we proceed, let me set your expectations about this overview. It isn't scientific. It's based on my impressions as a technical writer, Linux neophyte and curmudgeon. It's an appropriate and fair look from my humble newbie perspective. If you are a hairy-chested Linux administrator or programmer, ... (more)

Xandros 1.0: Easy on the eyes, easy to install

(LinuxWorld) — A couple of weeks ago, I took a second look at Knoppix and how it could be used to do a quick Debian install. Warts and all, the Knoppix install script provides a quick and dirty way for experienced Linux users to have Debian installed without suffering from what can be a psyche-bruising experience. It seems there are a number of distributions interested in doing the same thing. According to DistroWatch.com, 12 of the 105 distributions they are currently tracking are Debian-based. That dozen includes Knoppix, Lindows, Libranet and Xandros. This week we're going to look at Xandros, the successor to Corel Linux, which has recently released its 1.0 version. A brief history of Xandros Corel needed a cash infusion a couple of years ago. After receiving it in the form of a $150 million dollar investment by Microsoft, they announced they were getting o... (more)

Psst! Wanna Run All Windows Apps on Linux?

Suppose the 400 million people that Microsoft says still boot up Window 9x every day could run their Windows programs on Linux and take advantage of its vaunted stability, reliability, efficiency, security and manageability advantages over Windows. Understand that we mean all of their programs, shrinkwrapped and custom, Visual Basic and C++, not just a few of the high profile, broadly used ones like Microsoft Office. And really run them on Linux, not emulated like the nine-year-old WINE Project and its commercializer, CodeWeavers, try to do, putting themselves forever behind the Microsoft eight ball, or virtualized like VMware used to before it got off on its current server kick and pretty much forsook the desktop. Of course, considering the advent of web services and the decreasing cost of server infrastructure, folks might prefer to jettison the fat client approac... (more)