August 2, 2012

Source Sans Pro: An Adobe First!

Adobe’s first open source type family: Source Sans Pro

 

Today, Adobe is releasing two new Adobe Original type families for both print and web, Source™ Sans Pro and Leander Script™ Pro. Exciting? Most definitely!!  While Adobe is well-known for a number of fonts, Source Sans Pro is the first open source type family for Adobe.  As Nicole Minoza, Product Marketing Manager for Type, mentions, Source Sans Pro is “a classic grotesque typeface with a simple, unassuming design. The design is intended to work well in user interfaces.”

 

To find out more about this exciting release, visit Nicole’s blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/2012/08/new-adobe-originals-more-adobe-web-fonts.html as well as Paul Hunt’s blog: http://adobe.ly/QxBEf6.

 

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July 26, 2012

OSCON 2012 and the radar report

Last week at OSCON 2012, O’Reilly released a report sponsored by bluehost. Entitled “Economic Impact of Open Source on Small Business: A Csse Study“, it is a fascinating and highly recommended   read into practices for SMB that make a real economic impact.

The focus is on bluehost customers and the survey results were quite interesting. In particular, the client platform used was enlightening.

Survey Respondents client platform: Operating Systems

  • 52% Windows
  • 24% Mac OS X
  • 18% iOS
  • 4% Android
  • 2% Linux
(Check it yourself on page 14.)
As always, you can find a survey that will prove almost anything you want. I’m seen Linux desktop numbers as high as 14% (Enterprise developers in large corporations) and as low as 0.3%.
To compare, Netmarketshare for June shows a very different story.
Operating System Market Share
  • 84% Windows
  • 6% Mac OS
  • 5% iOS
  • 1.6% Android
  • 1% Linux
  • (and everything else)
Again, statistics don’t indicate absolute perfection since variance from collection to interpretation still exist. But still, this is a big scope difference between these two groups.
I’m not sure what magic is going on here, but this seems a bit unusual.
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May 14, 2012

Open source is always international: Moses for Localization.

It is an oft-stated principal that an open source software release is immediately international. It is equally important the community support the efforts to make sure that an open source project is available to everyone.

Moses is an open source project that allows users to download the tools necessary to train their own statistical Machine Translation engine, akin to the technology behind Google Translate.  The package is widely used in academia, but because of enhancements in the technology there are now a number of commercial applications of the technology.

With that, I’d like to point out the recent Adobe contribution to Moses for Localization (m4loc). Adobe, working with Moses software, identified areas that we felt could be made easier to work with.

Recently, at the TAUS Open Source Machine Translation Showcase,  a presentation from Gong Yu of Adobe highlighted the toolset capabilities.

The toolset is available from the m4loc repository on Google code.

We’re quite thrilled to be able to extend the use of Moses Feel free to pitch in and help make it easier for us all to make open source (and other) projects available to all.

 

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April 20, 2012

Three little words

Adopt, adapt, create…three short words to sum up open source in 2012. Think Tank 2012 was again a great event; perspectives on OSS have certainly changed and the audience’s background clearly showed that. In this year’s Think Tank, there were fewer lawyers than in previous sessions I’ve attended. The focus wasn’t on using/not using GPL, but rather on using permissive licenses, along the lines of Apache, and really not stressing over what license to use. As one speaker said “license type? don’t worry about it…don’t spend all of your valuable time pondering on what type to use…it’ll be OK…

It is clear that OSS is here to stay; the two case studies that were presented clearly showed that: GENIVI from the automotive industry and VistA from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Recommendations on how to raise awareness and encourage participation in these projects included adding venture capitalists and private sector participants to build on the commercial aspects of OSS, without losing sight of the altruistic nature inherent in OSS.

Two very different industries with very different focus and yet the same end goal: finding “…models where a diverse group of participants can collaborate, share innovations, build businesses, and advance the state of technology to the benefit of all participants…” (Michael ONeill).

And while I had many takeaways from this insightful event, the one thing that will definitely permeate my mindset in everything I do is “adopt, adapt, create…”

-by Nora Calvillo

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April 16, 2012

Open Source Think Tank 2012: To GPL and beyond

Well, the Seventh Open Source Think Tank (OSTT) is in the books. And as usual, it was challenging, thought provoking and admittedly tiring.  Thinking intensely for days is hard work. Catching up with others, meeting new attendees all make for long days. So many smart people in one place…

For me, however, there was one incredible takeaway from findings this year.

The GPL license is no longer the unchallengeable answer to every licensing question. It retains its significant standings but it know longer wins just because of its name.

Now, as you know, I’m not a fan of any single license. I like flexibility in my choices and because I like the choices to be mine, I tend to lean towards permissive-style licenses.

But OSTT traditionally has come down to GPL as the choice of choices, in nearly every report of every case study, the teams would default to GPL. At best, you’d hear a add-on of “or other license”, but GPL ruled.

This year, the OSTT attendees were split into 12 teams and then asked to focus on two cases studies. (See my earlier blog). Each team then presented its findings on Saturday.

Out of the 24 findings, a significant minority espoused GPL. I only recall one team pushing GPL. I heard more mention of the Apache Public License than I’ve ever heard before.

GPL forecast decline

 

Now while GPL still is the dominant open source/free software license, it does seem that there is more acceptance and understanding of other licenses and of what they offer. We have seen some recent studies on the decline of GPL family use. The 451 Group  has a great blog posting on this topic.  And worth noting is that the decline in percentage is match by a real and significant increase in number of projects using GPL.

So while I try to absorb and process the information overload from the OSTT, ponder yourself on the significance of GPL in your own projects.

 

 

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