Essays

Some of these essays are published, some not. I've got a few others in the pipe that I've got to post when I have the time. These are arranged in reverse order of publication on this site. I may link to others that are found elsewhere on the web; they'll be identified. Linked articles are the property of their respective authors; Copyright terms are as specified by the respective authors.

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!
David A. Wheeler
April 16th, 2003
(Links to off-site article)
This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. The author’s goal is to show that you should consider using OSS/FS when acquiring software. The paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership.

Using The GNU General Public License
December 28th, 2002
A tutorial on the GNU GPL. What are the benefits of using the GPL as your next license? The pitfalls? Is the GPL "viral"?

Making the OSS Business Decision
December 28th, 2002
Is Open Source good for your business?

Function-Class Decomposition
April 19th, 2001
A letter regarding a hybrid design methodology (FCD) that is very similar to the techniques used in my own Project Life Cycle methodology. This was published in IEEE's Computer magazine. I've also included here a description of some correspondence between myself and the authors of FCD.

Need Portability? Try DOS
April 18th 2001
A lament about throwing away perfectly good technologies in favor of the latest and greatest. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are best.

Control Freak
April 19th, 2000
This article was published on osOpinion.com. It's a bit of a rant about HTML EMBED tags.

LITE Commentary
Dec 2000
Commentary on the Linux in the Enterprise essay. People who didn't like the essay oughtta love this... it's full of corrections and responses to reader criticism.

Linux in the Enterprise
Oct 2000
This essay first appeared on osOpinion in and I was immediately deluged with responses, mostly positive, pointing out errors and inconsistencies. Obviously, my goal is not to combat FUD with more of the same, so I've placed the essay on my own website and I revised it in the face of the criticism.
This is an old article and should be read in historical perspective.

Notes from the 4th annual Linux Expo
An account of the 4th Annual Linux Expo, held in Durham, NC,

On Runes
A bit of reference material describing ancient Celtic alphabets.

On the Greek Alphabet
A bit of reference material describing the differences between various Greek alphabets, including a description of how numbers are represented in Ancient Greek.