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A Golden opportunity: Request topics, win books

Readers can vote for their favorite "Golden's Rules" column and suggest future topics, get a chance to win "Succeeding with Open Source."

Bernard Golden
Bernard Golden wants your advice.

Golden, our resident open source expert and columnist, doesn't survey the IT scene from an ivory tower. As a systems integrator and consultant, he's in the field helping companies migrate to and optimize Linux and open source applications.

As a consultant and columnist, Golden is very focused on users' needs. For example, his clients' asked for and he created a step-by-step guide -- the Open Source Maturity Model -- for choosing and using enterprise-ready open source software. Along the same lines, he'd like to get his readers' input on his past columns and future topics to cover. So, he asked us to pose these two questions to our readers:

"Which of my columns and/or Ask-the-Expert answers have been helpful to you, and which have you liked best?"

"What column would you most like to see or advice would you like me to offer?"

Check out the links below, choose your favorite, and tell us in an e-mail. Be sure to tell us your suggestions for future columns and advice. Then, we'll enter you in a drawing to win one of five copies of Golden's book, Succeeding with Open Source (Addison-Wesley, August, 2004). The book provides a guide to locating, evaluating and implementing open source software.

Golden's Rules: The column series

Bernard Golden is CEO of Navica Inc., a systems integrator based in San Carlos, Calif. He is the author of Succeeding with Open Source (Addison-Wesley) and the creator of the Open Source Maturity Model, a formalized method of locating, assessing and implementing open source software.

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