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Old 01-21-2004, 07:38 AM   #1
BarryM45
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Hi all,

New to linux, installed red hat 9 on a viglen PC the other day under the leadership of the red hat 9 bible book. At present just munching my way through the command line section. No questions as yet and i would not dream of asking a question until i have saturated my bandwidth with searches. I have three main reasons for looking at linux firstly i am Novell engineer and support net-ware 5.1 servers soon will be moving to net-ware 6.5 and then the magical 7 sitting on linux. i figured i best get my head around linux or start looking for another job. secondly i have an avid interest in astronomy, and would dearly love to marry the two (i am aware this has been done - but i feel the need of a more personal approach). I am thinking "mysql ---> observation logs" at present and this could be my first project with linux other than learning it of course. lastly i am fed up with spending copious amounts of money on rubbish software. figuring it must be much better to spend no money on my own created rubbish software.



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Old 01-21-2004, 06:34 PM   #2
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"I am thinking "mysql ---> observation logs" at present and this could be my first project with linux other than learning it of course."

One of the advantages of Open Source is that you do not have to start your project from ground zero. You could take a look at existing Open Source astronomy software and make improvements to whichever program you find most interesting. Then contribute your improvements back to the Open Source movement. This would be a much better use of your talents than creating yet another astronomy program (YAAP) from scratch.

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Old 01-22-2004, 08:47 AM   #3
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Thats interesting,

So i can download an application such a xsky, and then modify it in anyway i please and then once done place it back into the community? I seemed to have learned something new already. I understood that the core OS was available in that way but i never new that the development of applications was also available in that form. Comming from a closed source world (is that a term?) i find that goes against the grain to my detriment. New ideas in a new world i can see just as with astronomy that i am going to quickly begin to wish i had taken this cause up sometime earlier than i have.

This already throws up a question, now that large companies are begining to treat linux as a serious OS and port thier servers and hardware on to it. does this not go against the community spirit? Novell will soon move thier NOS on to linux but i doubt they are going to give up thier source code. So i see an issue where the bigger companies may try and commercialise linux which is good for linux in that this would see more development and ultimayly more users. However this is bad for the existing community because large comapnies being what they are will try and control the flow and ultimatly control the software itself.

Perhaps i am not quiet ready to approach these issues yet as i do not understand all the avenues but i can see this being one even if i have not expressed it correctly.

Thanks Jailbait for the pointer "why reinvent the wheel" i shall look into this.

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Old 01-22-2004, 10:22 AM   #4
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"This already throws up a question, now that large companies are begining to treat linux as a serious OS and port thier servers and hardware on to it. does this not go against the community spirit? Novell will soon move thier NOS on to linux but i doubt they are going to give up thier source code. So i see an issue where the bigger companies may try and commercialise linux which is good for linux in that this would see more development and ultimayly more users. However this is bad for the existing community because large comapnies being what they are will try and control the flow and ultimatly control the software itself."

No company can control Open Source software. What they can do is write closed source software that runs with Open Source software. Some examples of this are YaST by SuSE, kudzu by Red Hat, and Star Office by Sun.

There is also software released under "almost" Open Source licenses. Two examples are Mozilla and Open Office.

Mozilla, which is Open Source except that any changes to Mozilla can also be incorporated into Navigator under a closed license.

Open Office, which allows changes to Open Office to be incorporated into closed source Star Office. Also the data base portions of Star Office do not have an Open Source equivalent.

Some hardware companies release hardware drivers for Linux. Some of these drivers are Open Source and some are closed source.

Qt, which Trolltech releases under both an Open Source license and under a proprietary license. This causes Open Source developers to have a bias toward Gtk+ over Qt.


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