451 CAOS Links 2009.02.13

The open source vendor definition debate rumbles on. How open source could save the US government $3.7bn. Red Hat plans MASS migration to JBoss. Open source content management invades the US. Exploiting the attribution loophole in the GPLv3. And more.

Definition debate rumbles on
Roberto Galoppini joined the open source vendor definition debate, with a perspective looking at the impact on community engagement, and also caught up with David Dennis, senior director of product marketing at Groundwork, about the company’s strategy, noting that not all open source core vendors are created equal.

Meanwhile Tarus Balog of OpenNMS, who started off the whole discussion, explained the theoretical contradiction at the heart of the open-core model in the context of the request from open source vendors, including some open core advocates, for open source to be included in President Obama’s economic stimulus plans.

Speaking of stimulus packages, Meritalk estimated that open source technology could save the Federal government $3.7bn, based on an assessment of the IT infrastructure budgets of 30 agencies, backed by Red Hat and DLT Solutions.

MASS migration
Meanwhile Red Hat updated JBoss Enterprise Portal and launched a migration project to encourage migrations to JBoss from other middleware stacks. Rich Sharples, Product Management Director with Red Hat and JBoss MASS project lead, explained more.

Open source content management: coming to America
eZ Systemsincreased focus on the US, following announcements from Nuxeo and Hippo last week about movements Stateside. Incidentally, The 451 Group’s Kathleen Reidy wrote a great piece (451 Group clients only) last week on open source content management invading the US.

Flowplayer seeks attribution
Is Flash video player Flowplayer the next open source success asked ArcticStartup, while Roberto Galoppini (again) noted that it appears to exploit an attribution loophole in the GPLv3.

The best of the rest
# eWeek reported on the future of MySQL within Sun including comment from Sun’s new MySQL and infrastructure boss, Karen Tegan Padir.

# Sendmail claimed 100% sales growth over the past 24 months and 25% growth year-over-year in the fourth quarter.

# Novell’s Moonlight, which provides access to Mocrosoft Silverlight content on Linux, went 1.0.

# Snakebite network will enable testing of open source software on heterogeneous network, reported Computerworld.

# 14 new Symbian Foundation members were announced, including MySpace and HP.

# Penguin Computing is making waves in HPC, reported HPCwire.

# Sun’s chief open source officer, Simon Phipps explains the third wave of free and open source software. On video.

# “Open Source in India Today” by Alolita Sharma

# “Open Collaboration within Corporations Using Software Forges” by Dirk Riehle.

# Arjen Lentz: Open Source and your business and development models.

# Bdale Garbee: Collaborating Successfully with Large Corporations.

# David Rowe: Open Hardware business models.

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#1 Roberto Galoppini on 02.13.09 at 7:44 am

Ciao Matt,

I like the expression “attribution loophole”! As far as I got talking with Mark Radcliffe and others it wasn’t unintentional to leave it open. OSI trying to manage just the same problem had so many troubles, while under the FSF umbrella it went plain and simple, though.

#2 Matthew Aslett on 02.13.09 at 8:00 am

Interesting. Thanks for the insight Roberto

#3 Roy Schestowitz on 02.15.09 at 4:54 pm

Be aware that Moonlight is not Free software and it is a patent Trojan that’s suitable for Novell customers with ‘protection’. It’s not something to promote for GNU/Linux users, who instead should insist on Web standards, not DRM and SW patents on the WWW.