The recent edition of PC Magazine, which now does not come in print but can be browsed in digital through Zinio brings us some interesting reflections to chew on a Thursday football rubber.
I was struck by a theme that in Spanish translates as What's wrong with LAMP? referring (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), systems on which much is based on the success of the Internet.
In the article is by John C. Dvorak makes a chew among the risks that MySQL runs after the acquisition by SUN / Oracle and the changes that the GNU GPL license is extending. Between the lines the author assures that the problem of free licenses is not ethical but commercial, proposing that it may not be sustainable over time. Although extremist, it is not wrong to remember that our preferred spatial database engine (PostGIS), which is an adaptation of functionalities to the GIS environment, was a failed abortion for 8 years as Postgres but now it is very promising as PostgreSQL (but with BSD license).
Some geofumed friends, every time I mention GPL they look at me as they were in front of the image of "the unborn" because of their disappointment that everything they do would become public domain; but they do support the BSD licensing, which they call "complete freedom" because the author of a smoke has as much freedom as to donate it to the community or sell his effort through a private license. For many the subject could be ridiculous, at this point serious demands have been made and their lawyers have had to learn a lot of technology to be able to read and understand well the risks of a mixture between public and private domain.
Dvorak throws some unhealthy sentences to Oracle, who could if he wanted to smash the lives of many who have already invested in the web's most popular database. He then assures that PostgreSQL would be the replacement and that his BSD license favors him wherever we want to see it. Apart from making a slight mistake (it calls PostgrSQL), I found it interesting, perhaps from us from the spatial side benefit us after our interest in PostGIS that has already walked pretty.
The magazine can be browsed in Zinio. Besides, bring some interesting articles such as:
- The risks of Twitter
- When a netbook is not enough
- The risks of Craiglist in their sexual classifieds
- Apple's iPad could kill Amazon's Kindle
- Facebook vs. Twitter
- The unofficial Gmail guide
- In the Spanish version Nadia talks about the Match, very good.