The latest in my reviews of hosting provider open source software is available at Free Software Magazine.You can read the full review here.Wikipedia is a Wiki – basically a information storage engine that works entirely through a web interface. I describe it more succinctly in the article:
A Wiki – of which MediaWiki is one of the most widely used and best known – provides a simple, web-based environment that enables users to collaborate and provide and share information. Wikis are not about discussions, and they are not about regular articles or posts, like a blog.
I have a number of installations, including one that I use to record and document the internal systems here. A companion blog documents changes. There’ll be more about that over on MCslp Coalface soon.
My review of the Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation had made it into Issue 11 of Free Software Magazine.Here’s a taster:
Sun have made some headlines in recent months through the release of their Ultra 20 workstation and a number of new servers based on the AMD CPUs. For some this is seen as major change of direction for a company that is well known for the use (and continued interest and development) of the SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) CPU. With so many new machines being based on the AMD CPU it will be surprising to some that Sun’s new mobile units are based on SPARC technology.The Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation is based an 64-bit UltraSPARC CPU. There are two main models, a 15″ unit that comes with a UltraSPARC IIi CPU at 550 or 650MHz, and a 17″ model with a 1.2GHz UltraSPARC IIIi CPU. Both are standard CPUs-these are not cut down or restricted versions designed to work within a laptop-and that is a key parameter for identifying the target market for the unit.
Read the full article.If you don’t get the vibes, I like this machine, and Solaris as a laptop operating system is pretty good too. In fact, I’ve start up a new blog, Laptop Solaris to talk about my experiences with this machine and Solaris on a laptop in general.
My review of Gallery 2.0, part of the ongoing hosting service FOSS technology series for Free Software Magazine, has now been published. From the intro:
Sharing photos has become one of the more popular methods of sharing information on the internet. A wide range of different people, groups and organisations are using photo sharing as a way both to promote their activities or simply to share their photos with friends and family. Some companies, for example, are using online photo systems to show product shots, others to enable users and customers to provide examples of the company products in use. Many professionals are using photo software to advertise and show off their expertise and portfolios.
Read the full review.You might also want to read my review of WordPress and the Hosting services and free software introduction to the series.
My review of Agile Web Development with Rails (by Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson with Leon Breedt, Mike Clark, Thomas Fuchs, and Andreas Schwarz) has just made it to the the front page of Free Software Magazine. It’s an excellent guide to programming Ruby and Rails and if you want to do any kind of web development and are tiring of the tradtional web programming environments. The full review is readale on line.
My latest Free Software Magazine newsletter article is on WordPress – a package I use quite a lot for my own blogging.The article is part of the newsletter series on Hosting Service open source software. Read on for my thoughts on what makes WordPress so appealing to hosting services.
I’ve started a new series, through the Free Software Magazine newsletter, on the use of open source technology by hosting services, including the ready-to-run applications such as WordPress, phpBB and Gallery. The aim is to look at these individual products and how they can provide a quick and easy solution to building your websites, communities and brand. The first in the series, an overview of FOSS technology in hosting services, can be read here. You can also subscribe and get the newsletters sent to you automatically. Subscription is free once you’ve filled in a form
As if I didn’t have enough to do….I’m now a blogger at Free Software Magazine. I’ve posted a little ‘Welcome, this is what I plan to do here’ piece as my first piece. The page for the blog is here, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed using this link. Better still, just use Planet MCslp where my FSM blog will be aggregated along with all my others.