GitHub Says ‘No Thanks’ to Bots ??? Even if They’re Nice

Nobody wants spam. But even Michaels-Ober, the developer who was at first uncertain about Imageoptimiser’s pull request doesn’t think that an all-out prohibition on GitBots is the way to go if it’s possible to create truly useful GitBots.

“I don’t think this specific behavior should be prohibited,” he says. “And I would hope that GitHub could find a way to change their term of service. It seems like we would be throwing out the baby with the bathwater to say that all bots are bad.”

If you can manage disruptive humans, surely bots aren’t beyond selective treatment.

Where are all the open-source mobile projects?

And perhaps it’s just a matter of time before open source takes center stage in mobile. Today mobile developers are just trying to get work done in a highly fragmented market. As the industry settles on norms for the kinds of services and infrastructure one needs to build successful mobile experiences, I suspect we’ll see open source stake its claim to the market, similar to what happened in the server market 20 years ago.

Microsoft to enable Linux on its Windows Azure cloud in 2012

Summary: Microsoft is preparing to launch a new persistent virtual machine feature on its Azure cloud platform, enabling customers to host Linux, SharePoint and SQL Server there.

This headline is not an error. I didn’t have one too many craft brews over the New Year’s weekend.

Microsoft is poised to enable customers to make virtual machines (VMs) persistent on Windows Azure, I’ve heard from a handful of my contacts who’ve asked not to be identified.

What does this mean? Customers who want to run Windows or Linux “durably” (i.e., without losing state) in VMs on Microsoft’s Azure platform-as-a-service platform will be able to do so.

via ZDNet



Koha community squares off against commercial fork []

Koha is the world’s first open source system for managing libraries (the books and periodical variety, that is), and one of the most successful. In the ten years since its first release, Koha has expanded from serving as the integrated library system (ILS) at a single public library in New Zealand to more than 1000 academic, public, and private libraries across the globe. But the past twelve months have been divisive for the Koha community, due to a familiar source of argument in open source: tensions between community developers, end users, and for-profit businesses seeking to monetize the code base. As usual, copyrights and trademarks are the legal sticks, but the real issue is sharing code contributions.


Gartner: Android Now Over 50 Percent Of Smartphone Sales, The Rest Decline

According to figures out today from Gartner, more than 50 percent of all smartphones bought by consumers in Q3 were built on the Android OS. That growth has been at all other platforms??? expense: the figures indicate that every other smartphone platform has declined in marketshare over a year ago.