Don Rosenberg of Stromian Technologies ( writes a monthly column for businesses that are considering trying out Linux. Because the column was originally written for the Experts' Corner of LogOn Technology Transfer of Kronberg, Germany and now at ViewZone (, it tends to look at overseas Linux. The column has also appeared in Chinese on the site of the Software Liberty Association of Taiwan ( and as Rosenberg's Corner in the Taiwan edition of Linux Journal.

Here are the topics so far:

May 2001

Introduction to Open Source Software
June 2001 From Proprietary Software to Open Source
July 2001 Technical Support for Open Source Software
Aug 2001 High Time for Your Software Audit (or Else!)
Sep 2001 Changes in Microsoft Licensing Rules Will Bring Additional Expense
Oct 2001 New Products Ease the Transition from Windows
Dec 2001 Open Source Cooperation Helps Competitors: openadaptor as an Example
Jan 2002 Great Britain and Open Source Software
Feb 2002 Large, Medium, and Small Companies Switching to Linux
Mar 2002 LINUXWORLD Means Business (New York and Paris, Jan-Feb 2002)
Apr 2002 Italy and Open Source Software
Plus Finnish Government Offices; British Local Governments; StarOffice Gains Commercial Support
May 2002 More Businesses Adopting Open Source Software
Samba and Your Servers; Mail Servers and Winnebago Industries Inc. (Bynari InsightServer and Insight Connector); Banking and Wall Street Brokerage Houses; Linux Supercomputers; More Office Software; About Your Software Audit...
June-July 2002 The Growth of Software Libre
Growing Governmental Interest in Open Source; U.S. Department of Defense report; Largo Florida; Germany; Spain and Extremadura; Mexico; Peru; Taiwan and China; Schools in the American Northwest; Update on Microsoft Audits and Licensing
August 2002 European Businesses Organize to Promote Use of Open Source Software
Governments and businesses sponsor Open Forum Europe; Pressures Increases on Peru; Update on Microsoft Licensing
September 2002 LinuxWorld San Francisco and the Further Adventures of Open Source Software
Sun, Australia, and Microsoft news
April 2003 What If Microsoft Decides to Go Open Source?
Governments and businesses sponsor Open Forum Europe; Pressures Increases on Peru; Update on Microsoft Licensing
January 2005 Benefits, Not Costs
Review of The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by Maria Winslow
February 2005 Open Source Licensing
Review of Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law by Lawrence E. Rosen