451 CAOS Links 2011.07.20

Acquia raises $15m. Eclipse launches automotive project. And more.

# Acquia raised $15m in series D funding from Tenaya Capital as well as Northbridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners.

# The Eclipse Foundation announced the creation of a new open source initiative to define a standard platform for software development tools in the automotive industry.

# Xamarin announced the availability of MonoTouch and Mono for Android and an agreement with SUSE including a perpetual license to all intellectual property covering Mono.

# The Joomla Project announced the availability of Joomla 1.7.0.

# Oracle announced Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.

# EnterpriseDB announced the Postgres Enterprise Manager beta.

# Microsoft was the fifth-largest corporate contributor to the Linux kernel version 3.0.0, as measured by the number of changes to its previous release.

# WSO2 announced the launch of the WSO2 StratosLive PaaS and WSO2 Stratos 1.5.

# Nginx creator Igor Sysoev announced plans to form a commercial company around the open source Web server.

# ScaleXtreme announced support for OpenStack and Citrix’s Project Olympus.

# Allison Randal posted some reflections on Harmony 1.0.

# Jaspersoft CEO Brian Gentile discussed four key areas Jaspersoft might be considering acquisitions following its recent funding.

# Jesus Rodriguez asked ‘is open source in the cloud still open source?’

451 CAOS Links 2011.06.21

Oracle wants billions from Goole. Nokia’s first (and last?) MeeGo phone. And more.

# Oracle is seeking between $1.4bn and $6.1bn in its patent lawsuit against Google.

# Nokia maintained that Qt is an important component of its plan to attract the next billion users.

# As Nokia unveiled its first MeeGo phone, Brian Proffitt pondered whether it might also be the company’s last MeeGo phone.

# Acquia introduced Commons 2.0, its open social business software.

# Dirk Riehle discussed the difference between vendor- and community-led open source projects with regards to licensing and commoditization.

# The FSFE highlighted a dispute over the use of Linux in embedded devices.

# FuseSource unveiled a family of packaged consulting services designed help users of Apache ServiceMix, Camel, ActiveMQ and CXF.

# Penguin Computing announced the availability of PODtool, an interface designed to offload excess workload to Penguin Computing on Demand.

# PrismTech adopted the LGPL license for both the Community and Commercial Editions of its OpenSplice DDS software.

# LexisNexis joined the Linux Foundation.

451 CAOS Links 2011.06.07

Apache OpenOffice proposal fall-out. eBay acquires Magento. And more.

Apache OpenOffice proposal fall-out
# SUSE confirmed that it will continue to invest in LibreOffice and The Document Foundation.

# The Document Foundation published its recommendation to Oracle that it transfer OpenOffice.org to TDF.

# OStatic asked ‘is Oracle holding back OpenOffice files from Apache?’

# Dave Neary assessed the meaning of OpenOffice.org going to Apache.

Best of the rest
# eBay agreed to acquire Magento.

# The Open Invention Network acquired the underlying intellectual property of WebMate Foundation, a server-side scripting software.

# Mark Shuttleworth published a long and interesting essay on balancing economic power in the FLOSS ecosystem.

# Sam Ramji asked ‘do open source projects need foundations?’

# CloudBees announced a for-pay offering for its RUN@cloud Java Platform as a Service.

# Digium introduced Switchvox 5.0, adding fixed mobile convergence to its voice over IP (unified communications offering.

# Red Hat published an overview of its cloud architecture.

# Acquia partnered with Engine Yard to offer cloud services for fully managed Drupal and Ruby on Rails applications.

# ISYS Technologies filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that it is violating with the trademark for its ChromiumPC.

451 CAOS Links 2011.05.03

Novell sold to Attachmate. Barnes & Noble throws the book at Microsoft. And more.

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# Novell closed its acquisition by Attachmate and its patent sale to CPTN.

# Attachmate’s CEO discussed the company’s plans for SUSE Linux.

# Barnes & Noble accused Microsoft of misusing its patents to undermine Android.

# Acquia increased its revenue 300% in the first quarter compared to last year.

# Actuate announced Q1 BIRT-related license revenue of $6.1m, total revenue $32.1m.

# Google lost a Linux-related patent suit.

# Yahoo is reportedly considering spinning off its Hadoop-related interests in a new company.

# OpenStack launched Project Red Dwarf, its database-as-a-service incubator project.

# CloudBees announced RUN@cloud Private Edition for OpenStack and vSphere.

# Nokia announced that it is outsourcing its Symbian software-related activities, including 3,000 employees, to Accenture. Meanwhile, it appears that Nokia is one of the most active Android contributors.

# Puppet Labs announced its Faces API and relicensed Puppet to Apache 2.0.

# OpenGamma announced the first public release of its technology stack.

# German Insurance company LVM Versicherung is converting 10,000 corporate desktops to Ubuntu.

# Sandro Groganz discussed the distribution model for open source-related software vendors.

# Google launched a WebM video patent cross-licensing initiative.

# Liferay is offering a special bundled version of Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition preinstalled with MuleSoft Tcat Server.

451 CAOS Links 2011.03.08

Digia gets Qt. VMware makes waves. Rackspace launches OpenStack support. And more.

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# Digia signed an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business.

# VMware’s Springsource division acquired Wavemaker.

# Rackspace formally launched services and support for OpenStack via Rackspace Cloud Builders.

# Red Hat defended its move to pre-apply patches to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# The Free Software Foundation announced the appointment of John Sullivan as its new executive director.

# OpenLogic scan results show that 71% of Android, iPhone and iPad apps containing OSS failed license requirements.

# Percona announced that it now has over 1,000 customers for its MySQL support and consulting services.

# Acquia announced the general availability of Drupal Gardens 1.0.

# Sencha released a free comparison test suite for developing Android applications.

# Techradar published an interview with David Recordon, Facebook’s head of open source.

# Grid Dynamics’ Cloud Services division is delivering private cloud platforms based on OpenStack.

# Opscode claimed more than 3,000 Opscode Platform sign-ups, previews new services.

451 CAOS Links 2011.03.04

Novell reports Q1 results, support for LibreOffice. Boxee raises funding. And more.

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# Novell reported revenue of $191m in its first quarter, including $37.8m Linux revenue.

# Boxee raised $16.5m.

# Novell announced commercial support for LibreOffice.

# Novell launched SUSE Manager Linux systems management offering, based on Red Hat’s Spacewalk project.

# The New York Post published an update on the Justice Dept’s examination of CPTN’s purchase of Novell’s patents.

# Xen.org released Xen Cloud Platform 1.0.

# LWN reported that Red Hat has “obfuscated” the source code of RHEL 6.

# DotNetNuke is shifting the primary core development language for its core platform from Visual Basic to C#.

# Stephen Walli outlined the Outercurve Foundatiion’s development practices and guidelines.

# Google kicked rogue apps out of Android market.

# The Linux Foundation is ‘aligning‘ its Yocto Project with the OpenEmbedded community to advance embedded Linux.

# ComputerWeekly reported on how security clearance is a barrier to open source adoption in UK govt departments.

# Opentaps released version 1.5 of its open source ERP and CRM software, now available on EC2.

# Gemini Mobile Technologies released an open source real-time log processing system based on Flume and Cassandra.

# Oracle released a new version of Oracle GlassFish Server.

# Simon Phipps discussed the importance of understanding the open source subscription procurement process.

# Gluster’s network-attached storage software is now available on the RightScale Cloud Management Platform.

# Revolution Analytics partnered with Jaspersoft to deliver RevoConnectR for JasperReports Server.

# Oracle relaunched the Java community project site.

# Interesting and timely article from Greg Luck on the overlap between NoSQL stores and distributed cache.

# Funambol launched the mm4android (‘MobileMe for Android’) mobile cloud service for Android phones and tablets.

# Acquia launched two new hosted Drupal offerings.

451 CAOS Links 2011.01.04

Red Hat Q3 results. OSI calls for investigation of Novell patent sale. MPL 2.0. And more.

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# Red Hat reported third quarter revenue of $236m, up 21% year on year, and net income of $26m, compared to $16.4m a year ago.

# The Open Source Initiative asked the German Federal Cartel Office to investigate the sale of Novell’s patents to CPTN.

# The Mozilla Foundation began beta testing version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License.

# OpenSUSE.org published a Q&A with Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate by Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE Community Manager at Novell.

# NetworkWorld reported that most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance.

# Monty Program released the first public draft of its MariaDB trademark policy.

# Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered government agencies to move to open source software by 2015.

# WANdisco announced plans to overhaul the Subversion project, prompting a slap on the wrists from the Apache Software Foundation

# Both The Document Foundation and KDE joined the Open Invention Network.

# Oracle released version 4,0 of its Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization software.

# Dries Buytaert shared his perspective on the year gone by for both Drupal, and Acquia. The latter grew by more than 400% and went from 35 to 80 full-time employees.

# Digium announced that Switchvox, its Asterisk-based VoIP unified communications offering for small- to mid-sized businesses, grew more than 30% in 2010.

# CollabNet updated its CollabNet Lab Management cloud-based server provisioning and profile management offering to version 2.3.

# Erwin Tenhumberg published an overview of open source at SAP in 2010.

# Ingres claimed “substantial year on year growth” in 2010.

# The Outercurve Foundation accepted the ConferenceXP project into its Research Accelerators Gallery.

# Canonical and the Ubuntu project released the Ubuntu Font Family.

451 CAOS Links 2010.11.02

JCP election results. Funding for Acquia and Continuent. Fedora 14. And more.

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# The Java Community Process election results are in.

# Acquia closed an $8.5m series C funding round and announced that it has tripled its customer base in 2010.

# Continuent appointed Robert Hodges CEO and confirmed details of $5m funding from Aura Capital.

# Red Hat announced the availability of Fedora 14.

# Apple filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola in relation to Android.

# Carlo Daffara updated his analysis of the Java code Oracle claims was copied into Android.

# An open letter to the JCP Executive Committee calling for JCP reform.

# Jono Bacon provided some clarification on Canonical’s Unity plans.

# Informatica partnered with Cloudera to enable integration with Hadoop.

# Andy Updegrove discussed the lessons developers can learn from OpenOffice and Java.

# Jaspersoft claimed 100 cloud BI customer deployments.

# Symbian is set to receive investment of over €22m from the EC’s Artemis project.

# Stormy Peters is stepping down as executive director of the Gnome Foundation to join Mozilla.

# Coverity announced the results of the Coverity Scan 2010 Open Source Integrity Report.

# James Dixon explained the difficulty in comparing open source and proprietary software markets.

# More than 30 OpenOffice,org developers have resigned from the project.

# The Eclipse Foundation announced Eclipse Virgo 2.1, a light-weight application server for OSGi applications.

# The Motley Fool’s Seth Jayson examined Red Hat’s cash flow.

# The November issue of the Open Source Business Resource is now available.

# RightScale’s Private Cloud Early Access Program supports deploying private clouds using Cloud.com or Eucalyptus.

# Opensource.com published open innovation and open source innovation: what do they share and where do they differ?

# Zend Technologies announced the general availability of Zend Framework 1.11.

# The Outercurve Foundation is changing its bylaws and governance.

# Giuseppe Maxia announced that he is leaving Oracle’s MySQL team, and joining Continuent as director of quality assurance.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.08

Patents! Patents! Patents! Canonical’s perfect 10. And more.

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# Google responded to Oracle’s claims that its Android OS infringes copyrights and patents related to Java.

# Matt Asay evaluated the various patent claims against Android and its related devices.

# Microsoft licensed smartphone patents from ACCESS Co and a subsidiary of Acacia Research.

# Glyn Moody assessed what Microsoft’s patent claim against Motorola says about Microsoft.

# Canonical announced that Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition andUbuntu 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions will be available for download on 10/10/10.

# Puppet Labs acquired The Marionette Collective.

# Acquia added support for memcached to its Acquia Hosting platform.

# Royal Pingdom provided an overview of the mobile Linux landscape.

# Opengear expanded its remote management of Avaya VoIP systems.

# MuleSoft announced the availability of Tcat Server 6 R4.

# ActiveState announced the availability of Komodo IDE 6.

# Rivet Logic launched the Confluence Alfresco Integration rivet which integrates Atlassian Confluence with Alfresco.

# What is the future of MapReduce and Hadoop in the light of Google’s Percolator and Caffeine?

# Lucid Imagination announced LucidWorks Enterprise built on Solr/Lucene.

# Twitter described its new Lucene-based search architecture.

# newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus named their private cloud coalition The NRE Alliance.

# Andy Updegrove reflected on the ways in which open source is stronger post-SCO than it was pre-SCO.

# Joe Harris provided an overview of the open source BI/DW landscape and offers suggestions for covert adoption.

# Roberto Galoppini published his notes from the OWF Open Source Analyst Summit.

# Evident Software’s ClearStone 4.5 now covers Apache Cassandra and Memcached.

# Mercury released OpenSAL, an open source scientific Algorithm Library for vector math acceleration.

# What does the sale of Ohloh.net mean for the future of Geeknet?

# Autonomic Resources added Continuent and EnterpriseDB to its GSA schedule roster.

# The VAR Guy’s sources said Microsoft Hyper-V will likely gain some integrations with OpenStack.

# OTRS launched an OnDemand version of its open source help desk and IT service management software.

# Digital Reasoning and Riptano partnered on Cassandra-based analytics.

# Outercurve added a fifth project to its ASP.NET Open Source Gallery.

# GoAhead Software shipped the general release of OpenSAFfire 6.0.

# Citrix updated XenServer with new storage optimization technology for VDI.

# Simon Phipps noted that there is a difference between forking and rehosting.

# Fonality updated its cloud-based, open source IP PBX software with the 2010.2 release.

# enStratus and Opscode partnered to provide enStratus customers with the Opscode Platform.

# Amazon introduced read replicas to its MySQL-based Amazon Relational Database Service.

New report: Open to disruption — open source in content management

As our 451 colleague Kathleen Reidy, notes, we have published a new report entitled, “Open to Disruption: The Impact of Open Source in Content Management.”

Our purpose with this report is to look at the commercial implications of open source in content management. The report goes into a good deal of depth on what is driving adoption of open source in content management, challenges to adoption that are specific to this sector, the overall vendor landscape and business models the various vendors are applying.

The report is available via both our CAOS and Information Management practices and also profiles Acquia, Alfresco, Concrete CMS, Day Software, dotCMS, DotNetNuke, eZ Systems, Hippo, Jahia, KnowledgeTree, Liferay, Magnolia, Nuxeo, SilverStripe, Squiz and Umbraco.

For more details on the key findings, head on over to Kethleen’s post on our Too Much Information blog.

451 CAOS Links 2010.04.20

Talend raises $8m. Cisco leaves a TIP. Exit strategies. And more.

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# Talend raised $8m Series D from existing investors Balderton Capital, AGF Private Equity and Galileo Partners.

# Cisco promised to open source Telepresence Interoperability Protocol.

# Alfresco Community 3.3 included CMIS 1.0, Google Docs and IBM Lotus integration.

# Exit strategies – secrets of success for open source companies, from the Open Source Think Tank.

# NorthScale partnered with Heroku to make NorthScale Memcached available as a service.

# Nuxeo updated its Nuxeo Studio hosted configuration and customization environment.

# MuleSoft partnered with Canonical to improve Tomcat packaging for Ubuntu and Debian.

# Riptano, a new new Cassandra vendor has been formed by Jonathan Ellis – project chair for the Cassandra database.

# OrangeHRM raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Larry Stefonic and David Axmark.

# Acquia and Rackspace partnered to provide enterprise Drupal hosting.

# Abiquo launched Thunderflash, a virtual machine image exchange.

# Groklaw reviewed what the judge still has to decide in SCO v. Novell.

# Meebo introduced XAuth, an open (and soon to be OSS) technology for cross-network social data sharing.

# Enterprise SLA subscriptions for openQRM are now available from openQRM Enterprise.

# Stephen O’Grady pondered MySQL’s identity crisis. If MySQL isn’t the default database of the web anymore, what is it?

# Jive Software remembered it benefits from and contributes to OSS and withdrawn its anti-OSS white paper.

451 CAOS Links 2010.04.16

Oracle outlines MySQL plans. Datameer launches with Series A funding. And more.

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# Oracle confirmed InnoDB as the default MySQL storage engine, Hot Backup to become part of MySQL Enterprise and announced MySQL Cluster 7.1.

# Datameer launched Analytics Solution, which combines Hadoop with a spreadsheet interface, and also closed a $2.5m Series A round of funding from Redpoint Ventures.

# Infobright announced that it grew its customers base from 50 to 120 in the last 12 months, profiled five latest customer wins.

# Acquia launched a global training program for Drupal designers and developers.

# Acquia began building a free Drupal distro named “Drupal Commons”, to go after Jive Software.

# SugarCRM is moving to the AGPLv3 for Sugar 6.

# Collabora has become a member of the Linux Foundation and will participate in the MeeGo project.

# Binary Analysis released an open source licensing auditing tool for compliance & due-diligence.

# Ingres partnered with Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A on the SpagoBI Analytical Appliance.

# The Register reported on future plans for Drizzle and MariaDB.

# IronRuby reached version 1.0.

# Oracle halted the distribution of free OpenSolaris CDs.

# What is Open Cloud? Asked John Mark Walker.

# Funambol and Clearwire partnered on an open source 4G device management offering.

# SplendidCRM Software updated its Microsoft-centric open source CRM software with support for Exchange Server 2010.

# Jahia released Enterprise Edition v6.1 with an optimized search mechanism.

# Google will reportedly soon make its VP8 video codec open source.

# Schooner Info Tech updated its appliances for MySQL and memcached.

# MindTouch and Levementum partnered to enable integration with SugarCRM.

# SnapLogic launched its SnapStore integration store, partnership with SugarCRM.

# OpenLogic announced the general availability of OpenLogic OSS Deep Discovery.

# Time to fork OpenSolaris? IDG and Savio Rodrigues assess the arguments.

# CIO musings on open source – What have you done for me lately? Miriam Tuerk reported from the Open Source Think Tank.

# Geeknet launched SourceForge Downloads, a free, global download service.

# Assembla announced free subversion and git repository hosting.

OSBC 2010 – Age of open source enablement

As I attend OSBC 2010 and search for a common theme among the sessions, business executives, developers and discussions on enterprise open source software, it becomes apparent that we are entering an age of open source enablement.

I first heard the theme in a morning conversation with an individual in a mid-size organization that uses open source. While we’ve covered the drivers and efficiencies coming from the devops trend, whereby enterprise development of applications and deployment of applications is coming together, this individual reported being at an organization that still had largely separate development and operations camps. However, he did hit on a common theme among open source users of all kinds: his hands are often tied with proprietary software, for which there is limited access to the code, less accountability from its supplier and generally less control of what can be done. Contrast this to open source, where the same individual reports an ability to take the code and tweak it as needed and to move ahead on required features and functionality regardless of the supplier’s plans. That was leading to new levels of efficiency and effectiveness based on what was possible with open source, he reported.

It wasn’t just talk in the halls, though. The same theme of open source enablement came up in the opening keynote from Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. Hitting on a common challenge for commercial open source software — differentiating from free and cheap — Whitehurst told the audience that the most compelling reason for using open source software is innovation. He recalled the story of his experience prior to Red Hat at Delta Airlines, where there was a need for drastic improvements in efficiency and Whitehurst turned to open source as the way to get there. I did not have the chance to ask him, but I suspect a very important part of this transition at Delta was an individual or group that was serving as a champion for open source software.

The theme continued with a keynote panel that included Whitehurst, SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin, Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert, Black Duck President and CEO Tim Yeaton and moderator Michal Skok, general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners.

I believe Augustin hit the nail on head when he told the audience that lower cost and open source’s association with lower cost tends to be the way open source software gets in the door, but once organizations have adopted and used open source, they become ‘enamored.’ This is consistent with our recent report on customer attitudes on open source, whereby cost was cited as the top reason for adoption of open source, but flexibility was then cited as the top benefit after adoption. Furthermore, we saw significant gains for open source benefits such as reliability and performance.

This all supports a largely anecdotal finding about open source that I’ve been following — that it enables efficiency and cost savings and flexibility and in the end, contributes to a greater ability for an individual or organization to support and sustain itself and its own technology deployment. Similar to how a desktop Linux user is forced to improve his or her own computing and problem-solving skills, enterprise organizations tha use open source can, after getting over the hurdles of new and different interfaces and procedures, become more intelligent, confident and skilled in supporting themselves.

My talk at OSBC centers on the cost savings benefits of open source software and how this drove adoption amid difficult economic conditions. There was also discussion at the conference of the impact of an improving economy. While I don’t believe IT budgets will get fattened up with improving economic conditions, I do believe that this could put more emphasis on some of the other benefits of open source software. Again, we found cost savings was the main driver for customers considering open source. However, after adoption, the top benefit changes to flexibility. In addition, while factors such as vendor lock-in appear to subside after adoption, open source benefits such as reliability and performance grow in significance. I believe this is indicative of where the market, customers and vendors are headed as they contemplate the benefits and rewards of open source. I also believe these ‘other’ non-cost factors all contribute to enabling IT individuals and teams based on open source.

451 CAOS Links 2010.01.08

Google unveils the Nexus One. RMS explains his position on dual licensing. And more.

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# Google launched the Nexus One Android phone.

# Richard Stallman explained his position on selling exceptions to the GNU GPL.

# Novell’s chief technology and strategy officer for open source, Nat Friedman, left the company.

# Dirk Riehle made “The Economic Case for Open Source Foundations”.

# InformationWeek published an interview with Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst, on the recession, virtualization and Steve Ballmer.

# Lenovo introduced the Lenovo Skylight, a Linux- and ARM-based smartbook device and showcased the IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook, which is both a Windows notebook and a Linux tablet.

# The Palm webOS developer program is now open. Membership fee waived for developers of open source apps.

# Dave Rosenberg speculated on why we have not seen more open source acquisitions.

# MSI and Novell announced the upcoming availability of SUSE Moblin preloaded on the MSI U135 netbook.

# Lucid Imagination released its LucidWorks Certified Distribution for Solr 1.4.

# Acquia announced that it grew to 400 paying customers in 2009.

# Jaspersoft’s CEO, Brian Gentile, targetted 50% growth in 2010, following 60% in 2009.

# Andy Updegrove reviewed the CodePlex Foundation’s progress, while Sam Ramji reflected on its first 120 days.

# Wipro joined the Open Handset Alliance.

# WaveMaker claimed to have doubled annual revenues and achieved profitability in 2009.

# Likewise predicted at least 100% sales growth in 2010.

451 CAOS Links 2009.12.01

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.

# Glyn Moody reported on an interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman about how the Linux kernel is built.

# 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.

VC funding for open source in Q3

Venture capital funding for open source vendors fell 31% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, as was to be expected in the ongoing economic climate, but was up compared to the previous quarter.

According to our preliminary figures, there were 13 announced funding deals in the third quarter of 2009 worth $99.9m, compared to 16 in the third quarter of 2008, worth $144.8m.

All 13 deals announced in the third quarter of 2009 had a disclosed size, resulting in an average deal size of $7.7m. In the same quarter of 2008 there were 15 deals with a disclosed size and an average deal size of $9.7m.

(For more on the history and future of venture capital investment in open source vendors, see our recent CAOS report, and look out for a follow-up report in 2010).

The one early stage deals disclosed in the first quarter was Jolicloud’s $4.2m series A, while Gear6 raised $4m following its evolution from a storage caching vendor to a Memcached support and product provider.

Later stage deals included $17.4m series B for Borqs, Medsphere’s $12m series D and Acquia’s $8m series B.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.11

CodePlex, patents and Linux code. An interesting few days for Microsoft open source.

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CodePlex, CodePlex, CodePlex!

Microsoft launched the CodePlex Foundation to facilitate open source contributions, and confirmed the departure of Sam Ramji.

Patents, Patents, Patents!
The OIN confirmed the acquisition of 22 patents formerly owned by Microsoft, prompting Eben Moglen to accuse Microsoft of attempting to feed patent trolls, an accusation repeated by Jim Zemlin and Red Hat.

Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft!
In other Microsoft-related news, The Register reported that Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center is to be integrated with its Windows server and solutions division while ZDNet questioned: whether Microsoft is stalling on its GPL Linux drivers? In response, Microsoft pointed out that Hank Janssen is currently in Europe, as the publication of this chat with Roberto Galoppini confirmed.

Business models, business models, business models!
An OpenLogic survey indicated increased interest in community-developed open source projects, while the company itself reported that customers are “not thrilled” with open source business models preferred by many VCs & companies, i.e. Open-Core. Meanwhile Jack Repenning discussed the difference between open core and “open infrastructure”.

Best of the rest
# MMV Financial provided $3m in venture loan financing to EnterpriseDB.

# European open source service and support company Credativ expanded operations to the US.

# Matt Asay reported that Red Hat & VMware top Goldman Sachs’ CIO IT spending survey & are heading for a shoot-out.

# White House director of new media, Macon Phillips, said “Open source is the… best form of civic participation.”

# Black Duck relaunched Koders.com, now promising access to over 2.4 billion lines of code.

# Sun released MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 subscription with Query Analyzer enhancements.

# Eucalyptus Systems launched the Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition with support for VMware.

# Infoworld asked: “Is cloud computing killing open source?” Answer: Not as much as it’s killing traditional licensing.

# Dirk Riehle published: Why Open Source is Hard for Closed Source Vendors (Alpha Release).

# Carnegie Mellon University is to house an open source lab in a center funded by the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

# Facebook released FriendFeed’s Tornado technology as open source.

# CIO published: Four Reasons Why Open Source and the Internet Must Play a Role in Medicine.

# Apple open sourced Grand Central Dispatch API – wants to see GCD on other platforms.

# Likewise Software launched open source Windows-compatible file server, Likewise-CIFS.

# A profile of Sara Ford, program manager of CodePlex (the hosting site, not the other one).

# Infoworld compared OpenNMS and Zenoss Enterprise.

# NEC and Wind River announced an expanded collaboration to jointly develop Linux solutions for portable devices.

# ZDnet reported that the U.S. government has now joined the OpenID effort.

# Acquia launched Remote Administration services for enterprise Drupal customers.

# ipoque published its DPI deep packet inspection engine as open source software.

# SugarCRM announced the availability of Sugar Community Edition on Amazon EC2.

# Reuven Cohen reported that VMware has released its vCloud API under an open source license.

# Application Development Trends: Inquiry Focuses On Future of MySQL.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.04

Red Hat round-up. EC to review Oracle-Sun. Dedicated Ubuntu support. And more.

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Red Hat announcements round-up
Red Hat announced a whole heap of products and projects this week. They should have organized an event to coincide with all the announcements. Or something. The biggest news was probably the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 including KVM and other virtualization capabilities, while Red Hat and HP partnered to optimize Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for HP BladeSystem Matrix. The company also revealed that Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3 is now available and launched its Deltacloud project to enable private/public cloud interoperability while the JBoss community unveiled the GateIn portal, the future of the JBoss Portal and eXo Portal projects, and launched the Savara project to build tools for enterprise and solution architects.

EC to review Oracle-Sun deal
European Commission confirmed its in-depth investigation into proposed takeover of Sun by Oracle related to MySQL. Our take on the news, which some links to relevant reports and commentary, can be found here.

Best of the rest
# Canonical launched its Premium Service Engineer advanced Ubuntu service and support offering, featuring a single point of contact for Canonical’s large customers.

# CollabNet introduced Community in a Box services for TeamForge, including the services of a full-time or part-time community manager.

# Coupa Software raised $7.5M in series C funding round.

# MuleSource changed its name to MuleSoft and launched MuleSoft Tcat Server, based on Tomcat. Greg Schott provided some explanation for the name switcheroo.

# Jaspersoft announced a reseller partnership with Amentra, Red Hat’s systems integrator business.

# DotNetNuke released Elite Edition, Elite Edition Premier, and Developer Support Services.

# The H Open reported on a discussion among the openSUSE community about a free SUSE Linux version with long-term support.

# Acquia announced the availability of Acquia Hosting for Drupal installations.

# eWeek published 11 Apache Technologies that Have Changed Computing in the Last 10 Years.

# Texas Instruments released Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio IDE.

# Talend expanded with new OEM partnerships.

# MySQL founders invested in (future) open source mobile SDK vendor Mobile Sorcery.

# Larry Augustin suggested that a combination of global connectivity and open source has revitalized the software market.

# Day Software’s David Nuescheler explained the company’s use of open source.

# Merv Adrian asked “what’s An Eigenbase?”

# The VAR Guy reported that Skype for Asterisk could be a killer combo.

451 CAOS Links 2009.08.25

Terracotta acquires EHCache. SpringSource launches Cloud Foundry. And more.

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Terracotta acquires EHCache

Terracotta announced that it had acquired EHCache. CTO, Ari Zilka, explained the rationale, while Savio Rodrigues examined the impact on the wider caching market./

SpringSource makes an acquisition of its own
Hot on the heels of being acquired by VMware, SpringSource announced its acquisition of Cloud Foundry Inc and launched SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new public cloud deployment platform for Java web applications.

Open source versus commercial versus proprietary. Or not.
As Seth Grimes argued that neither commercial nor proprietary are the opposite of open source, Roberto Galoppini argued that all open source software is commercial and Matt Asay noted that open source is not longer a differentiator. Meanwhile David Dennis argued against Brian Prentice’s asking whether “open source company” is an oxymoron.

See also:
“Define ‘open source vendor'”
“Further thoughts on defining ‘open source vendor'”
“Define ‘free software vendor’”, “What the OSD doesn’t say about open source”
“The right and best way to make money from open source”.

Are licenses relevant?

Zack Urlocker asked whether the choice of open source license has an impact on the business model. Bill Burke argued that your choice of open source license is “mostly irrelevant”.

SCO actually wins a court judgment (partially)
Groklaw reported that a Federal Court had confirmed the district court’s judgment that SCO Group owed royalties to Novell but ruled that the district court’s summary judgment over ownership of Unix copyrights was inappropriate. That is a matter for a jury, but as Novell noted it is not exactly clear what will happen next, given SCO’s bankruptcy.

The best of the rest
Novell’s Joe Brockmeier discussed how to build an effective community with Paul Krill, editor-at-large at InfoWorld and Ross Turk, community manager for SourceForge.

GCN reported that i4i has looked at OpenOffice and found that, unlike Microsoft Word, it does not infringe on its patents.

The VAR Guy published an audio interview with SugarCRM Interim CEO, Larry Augustin.

The US Department of Justice approved Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, while SD Times reported on Sun’s end of days.

The Mono Project announced the beta release of Moonlight 2.

Matt Asay reported that Linux is booming, but unpaid adoption may hurt vendors.

Stephen O’Grady asked “Does Copyright Matter? Or, is the End of Dual-Licensing Near?” And “Does the GPL Matter?”

Bruno von Rotz reported on the Linux Foundation’s latest research on who writes the Linux kernel. While Matt Asay noted that the Linux developer base is up 10% since 2008

Xconomy reported on Acquia and Drupal’s impact in the content management market and balancing commerce and community.

Savio Rodrigues asked whether Cloudera is to Hadoop as Kleenex is to facial tissues.

Brian Aker told Barton George that Drizzle may be production-ready by the end of the year.

Red Hat announced the launch of its HornetQ messaging middleware system.

Lucid Imagination launched LucidGaze for Lucene, a free monitoring capability.

Red Hat updated its partner program.

Zenoss Core reached the one million downloads mark.

Nambu announced that tri.im is to become an open source project.

Levementum announced an alliance with Pentaho.

451 CAOS Links 2009.08.11

VMware acquires SpringSource. Doug Cutting joins Cloudera. And more.

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VMware acquires SpringSource
VMware announced that it is to acquire SpringSource for $420m, including $362m in cash and equity and $58m in unvested stock and options. The company published a long and detailed explanation for its acquisition while initial reaction came from CAOS Theory‘s Jay Lyman, Matt Asay, and Redmonk’s Coté.

Best of the rest
# Doug Cutting is joining Cloudera.

# The Samba team revealed that Chris Hertel is the first Samba Team member working at Microsoft.

# Acquia added 200 new customers in six months. Up to 250 from 50 in March.

# Qt Software is now known as Qt Development Frameworks and resides at http://qt.nokia.com.

# Compiere launched Compiere Exchange, a hub for extensions built and supported by Compiere Authorized Partners.

# xTuple announced the release of xTuple ERP 3.3, including an international tax management system.

# LiMo Foundation announced new LiMo-compliant handsets and new members.

# MuleSource has a new SAP transport for Mule ESB, thanks to partner Osaka Gas Information System Research Institute.

# BitNami released over 30 BitNami Application Stacks, including Alfresco, WordPress, JasperSoft and Joomla as AMIs.

# Barracuda Networks launched CudaTel, a wholly owned subsidiary to create a VoIP PBX offering based on FreeSWITCH.

# Odyssey Logistics & Technology migrated from Unix to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# Simon Wardley argued that open source clouds are essential and that the GPLv3 is the perfect license for the cloud.

# Dirk Riehle published his slides on the single-vendor commercial open source biz model.

# Matt Asay parsed Gartner’s view on Oracle Enterprise Linux and the potential impact on Red Hat.