The Andreessen Twelve

Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen listed his top twelve reasons for the growth of open source software at the “Open Source in Government” conference:

1. “The Internet is powered by open source.”
2. “The Internet is the carrier for open source.”
3. “The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.”
4. “It’s simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.”
5. “Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.”
6. “Incentives around open source include the respect of one’s peers.”
7. “Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.”
8. “Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.”
9. “Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.”
10. “There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren’t software companies.”
11. “Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.”
12. “It’s free.”

Driving to Laptopia

Doc Searls’ trials and tribulations with Linux on the laptop.

Yes, Dan said, IBM will be offering both a Linux desktop and a Linux laptop–this year. IBM, Dan reported, has 15,000 house testers using Linux on the desktop. When Jeff said this was “going to make Doc very happy”, Dan replied, “Anything we can do to make Doc happy is okay.”, or words to that effect. The quote comes from Jeff’s own memory of the conversation.

Why software still stinks

Software luminaries discuss the future of programming in Salon.

Today’s software world is simply too “brittle” — one tiny error and everything grinds to a halt: “We’re constantly teetering on the edge of catastrophe.” Nature and biological systems are much more flexible, adaptable and forgiving, and we should look to them for new answers. “The path forward is being biomimetic.”


Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).” This is even cooler than Textile. I just wished they’d used the standard *stars* for bold and _underscores_ for emphasis.

Mass OSS repository

Massachusetts Builds Open-Source Public Trough.

Massachusetts on Wednesday took the wraps off a new software repository designed to let government agencies make more efficient use of open-source software. The repository will be managed by the Government Open Code Collaborative, a newly formed group of seven states and four municipalities that will contribute and download open-source software and proprietary software designed by government agencies for their use.