Cameron Laird's personal notes on "Open Sources"
"Open Sources" is a monthly column I did for
While the magazine was still in production--up to December
2001, that is [explain plans for future]--it maintained a good
index to the archive
(although the annotator sometimes reads different topics than
I thought I wrote!). As that link appears to have become
unreliable, I've started my own replacement:
- [as I make time, I'll include links to all
the monthly installments];
Source PDF Programming" (December 2001), possibly the most
widely-read of all the "Open Sources" installments,
on open-source toolkits for
management of .pdf
" (November 2001), [... GIS]
- "Catching Up" (October 2001), on "shareware", whom to sue, Frank Willison's
passage, arsDigita, CORBA, and an under-appreciated procmail
Act for SCM" (September 2001) introduces Larry McVoy's
BitMover, Inc., and its BitKeeper Software Configuration
Open-Source Fast Lane" (April 2001) examines Oracle's
leadership in taking advantage of open-source trends.
for Open-Sourcers" introduces Wikidom.
Automations with Milter" (January 2001), on the latest
sendmail mail-filter mechanism.
Makes its Own Choices" (December 2000), on ArsDigita and its
open-source Web application server software
With Different Eyes" (November 2000) asks, "Why aren't there
more open-source books?" The answer focuses on Tim O'Reilly and
ways open source is different from proprietary products.
Doug Pryor flattered and challenged me by closing his
November 2000 editorial
with a welcome to "Open Sources", which
... I think will be a rewarding exploration of
open-source topics ranging from Web clients to
servers, from application servers to operating
systems--Linux, for example. He'll also take
up issues important to the community, such as
how to start a project, or how to contribute to
and ongoing project, and so on.
I enthusiastically agree, of course, when he concludes,
"If you have ideas for us, don't be shy."
Laird's personal notes on "Open