Banking on open source. Open source as a business model. And more.
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Banking on open source
# CIOL.com reported on the benefits of Standard Chartered Bank’s open source-based core banking system.
Open source as a business model
The “open source has failed as a business model” debate reared its head again. First the New York Times reported on the apparently elusive nature of open source as a model for business, in the context of the Oracle-Sun acquisition. That prompted ComputerWorld to ask “Is Open Source dead as a business model?” Taking a contrary view, Stephen O’Grady asked “Is Open Source as a Model for Business Really That Elusive?” Meanwhile Matt Asay argued that there are two options for open source software businesses to make money from OSS, while Sebastian Rupley declared that “Open-Source Business Models Aren’t Dead-End Streets”. Finally, for now at least, Mike Masnick declared “If You’re Looking For The Open Source Business Model, You’re Looking For The Wrong Thing”.
Best of the rest
# OpenLogic introduced SLA support for CentOS.
# E-procurement and e-invoice management tools were published as open source by the EC’s Directorate General for Informatics.
# Sun released VirtualBox 3.1, including “teleportation” of virtual machines.
# rPath’s release automation platform now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
# The Register reported that when it comes to mobile operating systems there is more to open than open source.
# Google’s Chromium OS is up and running on a Dell Mini 10v.
# The UK’s National Computing Centre published a white paper examining the advantages and hurdles related to OSS.
# Savio Rodrigues asked “what’s new with Acquia?”
# BusinessCar reported that an open-source car firm has proposed new business model. Yet another open source car, albeit with an interesting business model.
# Ukauthority reported that the UK govt’s new IT strategy will place greater emphasis on open source use and re-use.
# Roberto Galoppini published a discussion on the impact of Subversion becoming an Apache Incubator project.
# Ulteo introduced open source virtual desktop OVD 2.0.
# An EU Ministerial Declaration on eGovernment favoured open specifications and open source.
# Telecoms.com published an interview with John Forsyth, leadership team, Symbian Foundation.
# Squiz announced that its MySource Matrix open source CMS software is now available as a service.