How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac? (90 tags)
Apple does a great job of providing elegant software for its platform. But there are plenty of good offerings beyond the fruits of Cupertino. In this amazing survey of proprietary and open source software, Matthew Russell attempts to organize what's available on both fronts and even dares to assign grades. Has he missed anything?
ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore" (37 tags)
During a recent Brazilian conference on free and open source software, hacker, writer, and speaker Eric Raymond stated that open source would see more rapid success if the GPL didn't make people nervous. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed ESR to gain more context for the statement and to explore these views more fully.
Calculating the True Price of Software (33 tags)
Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.
Ajax on Rails (24 tags)
XMLHttpRequest and Ruby on Rails are two hot topics in web development. As you ought to expect by now, they work really well together. Curt Hibbs explains the minimal Ajax you need to know and the minimal Ruby you need to write to Ajax-ify your Rails applications.
An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Tools (22 tags)
Geospatial professionals have been the main users and developers of geospatial applications, but the landscape has changed over the past few years as the development of open source geospatial software has matured. Tyler Mitchell introduces some of the most useful of these applications in this article. Tyler will discuss the current state of affairs in the open source geo world at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference, June 29-30 in San Francisco.