451 CAOS Links 2011.06.24

Red Hat posts Q1 results. USPTO disrupts Oracle’s patent claims.

# Red Hat announced first quarter revenue up 27% to $265m.

# The USPTO rejected 17 of 21 claims related to a patent Oracle is asserting against Google.

# Apple hit Amahi with a cease and desist letter related to its app store.

# The Eclipse Foundation announced the availability of Indigo, its 2011 annual release train.

# Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0

# Microsoft is working with Joyent and the Node community to bring Node.js to Windows.

# Talend announced the availability of Talend ESB Studio Standard Edition and Talend ESB Enterprise Edition for Data Services and joined the JCP.

# Alfresco announced Alfresco Team for content collaboration.

# Savio Rodrigues discussed the growth or MongoDB into the enterprise.

# Pentaho released Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition.

# Cloudera announced the general availability of its Cloudera Connector for IBM Netezza appliances.

# The Open Virtualization Alliance added 65 new members.

# Acunu released version one of the Acunu Data Platform.

# WSO2 added WSO2 Message Broker and WSO2 Complex Event Processing Server to its updated Carbon middleware platform.

# Nuxeo updated its Studio hosted customization and configuration environment.

# VoltDB announced the release of VoltDB Integration for Hadoop.

# Carlo Daffara discussed the economic value of open source software.

# Nokia and Accenture finalized the agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture.

# Dirk Riehle explained the open source big bang.

# Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols discussed five reasons Android can fail.

# Debian adopted LibreOffice.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.19

Oracle discontinues commercial OpenOffice plans. OpenStack releases Cactus. And more.

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# Oracle announced that it is to discontinue its commercial version of OpenOffice and move OpenOffice.org to become a community-based open source project.

# The Document Foundation issued a statement that suggests it is not interested in reunification with OpenOffice.org. At least we think that’s what it means when it says “the development of TDF community and LibreOffice is going forward as planned”. We’ve asked for clarification. Certainly they are interested in welcoming OpenOffice.org developers, indeed they are now accepting new members.

# OpenStack announced the availability of its ‘Cactus’ release.

# Alfresco provided the first preview of its Activiti BPM software in Alfresco Community 3.4.e.

# Talend and Ingres announced a strategic partnership.

# CollabNet Subversion Edge is being used by an estimated 200,000 developers six months after its introduction.

# uTest is partnering with Mozilla to jointly develop an open source test case management system.

# Spring Data Graph 1.0 is now available, providing integration between Spring and Neo4j.

# ioBridge released ThingSpeak, an open source thing for the “Internet of Things”.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.08

Facebook open-sources its hardware. Google maintains commitment to open source. And more.

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# Facebook launched the Open Compute Project, publishing the technical specs of its servers and data centers.

# Google responded to criticism of Android strategy, reiterates commitment to open source.

# The Linux Foundation announced its high availability working group and Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 spec.

# The Linux Foundation also announced the Yocto project steering group and release 1.0.

# Alfresco added 470 new enterprise customers and achieved operating profitability in 2010.

# Cloudera appointed Kirk Dunn chief operating officer.

# The Open Source Initiative provided an update on its opposition to CPTN’s purchase of Novell’s patents.

# Introducing FlumeBase, a database-inspired stream processing system built on Cloudera Flume.

# Nuxeo released a BIRT integration package for its Nuxeo ECM applications.

# The Project Harmony website is now live at http://www.harmonyagreements.org/

# Yubico and ForgeRock partnered on secure and open source cloud single sign-on.

# Lucid Imagination announced the general availability of LucidWorks Enterprise 1.7.

# The GNOME Desktop project released GNOME 3.0.

# Jim Zemlin said bashing Microsoft is like kicking a puppy.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.01

James Gosling joins Google. UK Govt tries again at an OSS strategy. And more.

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# James Gosling joined Google.

# The UK Government published a (nother) new OSS-friendly ICT strategy.

# Savio Rodrigues argued that openness is irrelevant to Android’s growth.

# Collaborative Software Initiative raised $3.7m in new capital investment.

# (Most of) the Symbian source code is now available to partners.

# Likewise claimed 100,000 users of Likewise Open.

# Sauce Labs introduced the Sauce Builder testing tool for Selenium.

# ObjectLabs’ MongoLab hosted MongoDB is now available on Rackspace Cloud.

# Roberto Galoppini shared his thoughts on the potential evolution of the Open Source Initiative.

# Google’s Chris DiBona explained why the company bans the internal use of the AGPL.

# Hive gets production polish.

# Infobright partnered with Zend to improve analytics performance for PHP applications.

# Red Hat CEO said business intelligence is high on acquisition list.

# The Swiss Federal Supreme Court rejected OSS vendors’ appeal against Microsoft contract win.

# Digital Reasoning combined Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop with HBase (and a lot more) in Synthesys 3.1.

# Matt Asay explained why Red Hat will likely be the only pure OSS player to reach $1bn in revenue.

# Platform Computing announced its support for Apache Hadoop.

# Alfresco partnered with Jive Software and consulting partner, SolutionSet to deliver an Alfresco-Jive connector.

# Terracotta updated its Quartz job scheduler software.

# Jaspersoft updated its data integration capabilities http://prn.to/fzFQnd and enhanced its partnership with Talend.

# Bob Sutor discussed the importance of trust in building and maintaining community.

# Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbasi is joining Red Hat’s board of directors, along with Dr. Steve Albrecht.

# The OpenNebula Project updated its open source cloud platform to version 2.2.

# Ravel Data is planning an open source implementation of Google’s Pregel distributed graph database.

451 CAOS Links 2011.01.28

Appcelerator raises funding. NetBeans goes off the Rails. And more.

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# Appcelerator raised the first chunk of a potential $3m equity investment.

# Ruby on Rails support has been discontinued in the NetBeans IDE.

# The US Government instructed its procurers not to discriminate against open source software.

# The Joint Research Center of the European Commission is making its internal open source guidelines generally available.

# Alfresco released Alfresco Enterprise 3.4.

# Nuxeo released version 2.0 of its Nuxeo Studio design-as-a-service tool.

# Marc Fleury and Julian Hyde expressed their thoughts on Hudson and Oracle.

# The Startup published an interview with Salvatore Sanfilippo, creator of Redis.

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.03

New CEOs for Funambol and Openbravo. Funding for 10gen. And more.

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# Funambol appointed Amit Chawla as its new CEO.

# Openbravo appointed Paolo Juvara as its new CEO and raised a new funding round.

# 10gen raised $6.5m in third-round funding led by Sequoia Capital.

# Microsoft has reportedly invested an undisclosed sum in TurboHercules.

# Novell reported Linux platform revenue of $144m in fiscal 2010, down 3.2% on 2009. Total revenue down 5.8% to $812m.

# The EC has fallen foul of its own OSS procurement policy with its “quasi-open source” Alfresco implementation.

# Tasktop announced that Tasktop for Visual Studio is now in beta.

# Kurt von Finck clarified Monty Program’s position on the MariaDB trademark.

# Giuseppe Maxia discussed the state of MySQL forks.

# The Register reported that Oracle has not registered the Hudson trademark it is currently attempting to enforce.

# GroundWork announced its Enterprise Quickstart version of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.3.

# ActiveState is offering its ActivePython Community and Business Editions as part of a pre-built AMI for EC2.

# The openSUSE project launched the Tumbleweed rolling update project.

# Alfresco announced the first official release of its Activiti BPM software.

# Dave Rosenberg reported on the latest Linux Foundation kernel development report.

# Sonatype launched Sonatype Professional including integrated Maven, Nexus Pro, Hudson and m2eclipse.

# Magnolia announced the release of Magnolia CMS 4.4.

Open source keeps fueling global exchange

We continue to see evidence that open source software is helping vendors expand and grow globally. The latest announcement from
French BPM vendor BonitaSoft, which is establishing U.S. offices in Boston and San Francisco, is a prime example. We covered BonitaSoft’s expansion and approach in July, which leverages more than 300,000 downloads of the software and presence in more than 20 countries.

Another example of an open source vendor expansion and growth in North America is OTRS, a help desk and ITIL service management software and support vendor from Germany that is also growing its presence in the U.S. and rest of North America.

The global expansion and cross-continental movement is not limited to European players coming to the U.S. The recent deal between open source services and support vendor Ixxus and Opsera for the latter’s consulting business was centered on growth for UK-based Alfresco CMS in Europe. Through the deal, Opsera is now focused on its Opsview systems management software and further global expansion.

We remarked on this this cross-country and cross-market activity for open source last year, when we covered some extension into Europe and other markets by Linux vendor Red Hat and further inroads in the U.S. for Linux rival Novell, among other developments.

Other geographies that continue to be significant for these and other vendors centered on open source software include Latin America and South America, Asia-Pacific and Australia. Based on our findings from Closing the Deal with Community, our look at sales and marketing for open source software, vendors will continue to leverage the Internet-based, dispersed nature of their communities to find other locales around the world where their software and services are wanted and needed.

We continue to see a significant differences in various geographical markets for open source, particularly between the U.S. and Europe, with the U.S. characterized by more direct selling of open source and related services, and Europe dominated by system integrators and other partners integral to reaching consumers. Nevertheless, these differences may be subsiding as sales channels in the U.S. — made up of SIs, VARs, ISVs, service providers and others — begin awakening to open source, and more maturity of open source in Europe ushers in more direct selling there, too.

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.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.05

Microsoft sues Motorola. Oracle says no to LibreOffice. Time to fork Java? And more.

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# Microsoft is suing Motorola over alleged Android patent infringements.

# Oracle confirmed to SJVN that it will not be working with the Document Foundation on LibreOffice.

# Sean Michael Kerner reported that Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research.

# Greg Luck asked if it is time to fork Java. As did Sacha Labourey.

# Black Duck Software acquired Ohloh.net from Geeknet.

# Samsung confirmed that it is dropping support for Symbian.

# xTuple introduced email integration via Feature Mob sponsored feature offering.

# Dana Blankenhorn reported on the rise of business communities.

# Cloudera is building a two-way connector for high-speed data movement between CDH and Aster Data nCluster.

# Ascensio System announced an AMI of its open source project management and collaboration platform TeamLab.

# Percona launched worldwide 24×7 support for MySQL.

# The Software Freedom Conservancy appointed Bradley M. Kuhn as its full-time Executive Director.

# The Register reported that Canonical is adding OpenStack APIs to Ubuntu.

# An overview of the Linux Foundation’s open compliance program.

# Alfresco released Alfresco Community 3.4 with new tools and services for Spring developers.

# Bernard Golden discussed cloud computing, open source, and the next generation of applications.

# Kitware received an $11m contract from DARPA as part of its Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool program.

# Citrix released XenClient version 1.0.

# Peter Ganten said open core is over.

# Dirk Riehle presented his thoughts on the current state of open source business research and future directions.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.13

Oracle sues Google. Novell bidders down to three. VMware for Alfresco? And more.

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# Oracle filed a complaint against Google for patent and copyright infringement.

# Initial analysis of Oracle v Google from Andrew Savory, Miguel de Icaza, Brian Prentice and Carlo Daffara.

# The VAR Guy’s sources say VMware is mulling a partnership, investment or outright acquisition of Alfresco.

# The 451 Group’s Brenon Daly provided an update on the potential acquisition of Novell.

# Cloudera discussed common Hadoop administration issues, and how to avoid them.

# 10gen added to its engineering and sales teams and opened a Bay Area office.

# Novell announced that Amazon Web Services will offer support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

# The creators of SIPfoundry have cofounded eZuce to promote openUC open source communications software.

# DJ Walker-Morgan discussed the potential for an organic open source movement.

# The H reported that the GNOME Foundation has set out new rules for copyright assignment.

# Sendmail and Splunk introduced real-time monitoring and reporting into the Sentrion Message Processing Engine.

# MontaVista updated its Meld community for developers of embedded Linux devices.

# Simon Phipps declared “The [commercial open source] King Is Dead, Long Live The King”.

# The H reported that Canonical has explained the use of its new census package.

# Paula Rooney detailed the top challenges for Linux kernel team outlined at LinuxCon.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.13

More core. Open source mapping. Sugar 6. And more.

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More core: the open core debate continues (chronologically)
# Groklaw: Open Core and the OSI
# Giuseppe Maxia: Open to the core – The pragmatic freedom
# Henrik Ingo: If you’re selling to your community… you’ve got it backwards.
# Mark Radcliffe: Open Core Debate: Avoiding the Law of Unintended Consequences
# Savio Rodriques: Afraid of open core lock-in? Should you be?
# Carlo Dafarra: An on-vacation post on Open core
# Henrik Ingo: So if I don’t call myself ‘open source vendor’, then everything is fine? (yes)
# Jay Lyman: Do customers want open core?
# Miriam Tuerk: Open Core is Critical to the Future Success of Open Source
# Stephen Walli: Software Freedom, Open Source Software, and Jane Jacobs.

Open source mapping
# MapQuest announced plans to embrace open-source mapping.

# ESRI released an open source add-on for ArcGIS 10 allowing users to contribute data to OpenStreetMap.

# ESRI is also launching Linux-based ArcGIS Server 10 systems via a partnership with Cutting Edge Networked Storage.

The best of the rest
# SugarCRM announced the launch of Sugar 6, with a focus on ease of use, flexibility and openness.

# Monty Widenius is appealing against the EC’s decision to clear Oracle’s acquisition of Sun.

# The SCO Group appealed. Again.

# An interview with Consona’s CEO about Compiere.

# Jorg Janke discussed how Compiere’s approach to development and licensing impacted its community contributions.

# IBM and the EU partnered on open source projects designed to make government run more smoothly.

# OpenGamma emerged from stealth mode.

# The H reported that the OpenSolaris governing board is threatening dissolution.

# Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.3 is now certified on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition.

# Widespread adoption of open source and expanding M&A activity continued to drive growth for Black Duck.

# Calpont updated its InfiniDB Enterprise Edition analytic database to version 1.5.

# An interview with the CIO of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture on attitudes to and adoption of OSS.

# MuleSoft announced the availability of Tcat Server 6 R3, based on Apache Tomcat.

# Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud now supports access to Amazon EC2’s Cluster Compute Instances.

# Alfresco launched the Alfresco Community Committer Program.

# Todd Lipcon discussed Cloudera’s support for HBase.

# A comparison of Apache Cassandra and Apache HBase database projects.

# Nagios Enterprises launched Nagios XI.

# nSyte Software launched nQuire, a SaaS tool for auditing for inadvertent use of open source software.

# Cloud Linux announced SecureLVE, an extension of its Lightweight Virtual Environment for shared hosting servers.

# Worth a read in a “man bites dog” type way: Why Open Source Stalls Innovation and Patents Advance It

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.22

Red Hat reports Q1 revenue. Funding for Opscode, Zenoss and Calpont. And more.

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# Red Hat reported net income of $24.1m on revenue up 20% to $209m in Q1.

# Opscode raised $11m in series B funding http://bit.ly/9CjL2t and launched the Opscode Platform.

# Zenoss raised $4.83m of a $5.2m funding round.

# Calpont raised half of a $3.1m funding round.

# Quest Software partnered with Cloudera to create Ora-Oop, an Oracle connector for Apache Hadoop.

# MSPmentor reported that Red Hat is looking at the systems management market for potential M&A.

# Infobright announced Infobright Enterprise Edition 3.4.

# New Relic introduced application performance management for apps deployed on Eucalyptus private clouds.

# MuleSoft is partnering with Chariot Solutions to offer consulting services and training for Mule ESB.

# KnowledgeTree enhanced its SaaS document process management offering for SMBs.

# WSO2 launched WSO2 Business Rules Server.

# The Open Invention Network announced that Canonical is the first member of its Associate Member Program.

# Carlo Daffara unveiled EveryDesk, a new Linux desktop OS.

# Red Hat added a new customer portal to its subscription package.

# The VAR Guy published a Q&A with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

# BigData News published a Q&A with Cloudera’s John Kreisa on Big Data, BigSheets and Hadoop.

# Black Duck launched best practices guidelines for acquirers and acquisition prospects as M&A activity surges.

# MuleSoft released TomcatStats, a Tomcat management app for the Apple iPhone.

# Jeff Potts described how Alfresco is opening up its development to a wider community.

# Netezza licensed Oracle database compatibility technology from EnterpriseDB.

# NYSE Euronext standardised on Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

# Openbravo CEO Manel Sarasa offered his thoughts on Consona’s acquisition of Compiere.

# Port25 published an interview with Damien Katz, creator of Apache CouchDB and CEO of Couchio.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.02

SugarCRM and Jaspersoft on Apps.gov. Funding for DeviceVM. And more.

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# Autonomic Resources announced that SugarCRM and Jaspersoft, are are now available on the GSA’s Apps.gov.

# DeviceVM announced plans to deliver Splashtop for MeeGo and raised $10m from SAP Ventures.

# EnterpriseDB launched an unlimited enterprise subscription option for its Postgres Plus Standard Server database.

# WSO2 launched its Stratos open source cloud platform for enterprise applications.

# Matt Asay warned that a Novell auction could be patent troll bonanza.

# Cloudera added Yahoo, Zimbra and BEA Systems veteran Scott Dietzen to its board of directors.

# Geeknet is using Zenoss to monitor its entire network infrastructure including Sourceforge, Slashdot, and Ohloh.

# Google reportedly plans to release its Chrome OS in the fourth quarter (rather than the third).

# Continuent updated its Tungsten database replication technology to support PostgreSQL 9.

# Tieto is partnering with Red Hat to develop open source migration programs.

# How Google approaches compatibility and fragmentation on Android.

# Bob Sutor described ten elements required for good open source governance.

# Alfresco launched services to migrate from EMC Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint to Alfresco Enterprise.

# Google is reportedly phasing out the internal use of Windows due to security concerns.

# Oracle released a new R interface to Oracle Data Mining for download.

# Linux dominated the biannual Top 500 supercomputer list. (Click “by OS” for illustration).

# Novell and Microsoft claimed 33 shared customers deploying SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows HPC Server.

451 CAOS Links 2010.05.28

Novell Linux revenue down in Q2. The FSF turns its attention to App Store. Google vs the OSI. And more.

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# Novell reported Q2 Linux revenue down 4.1% YoY to $35m and open platform revenue down 4.8% to $37m. Total revenue down 5.4% to $204m. Novell’s Linux revenue was heavily impacted by discounts on Microsoft deals. Excluding that, Linux invoicing would have been up 46%.

# The FSF turned its GPL enforcement attention to Apple’s App Store, later shared more details on its complaint.

# Savio Rodrigues discussed the implications of Google’s WebM license on open source selection. The 451 CAOS Theory take, Google demands more openness from the Open Source Initiative, is here.

# Joe Brockmeier published the Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard (parts one and two).

# The 451 Group’s Brenon Daly provided an update on potential bids for Novell.

# Former Red Hat CEO, Matthew Szulik, is also stepping down from his role as chairman.

# Alfresco released Enterprise Edition 3.3, including content services for Lotus, Outlook, Google Docs and Drupal.

# Version 1.0 of the MeeGo Linux distribution for netbooks is now available.

# GroundWork launched a new Quickstart Virtual Appliance based on CentOS.

# Canonical updated its Landscape systems management tool for Ubuntu.

451 CAOS Links 2010.05.18

Alfresco launches Activiti project. Funding for NorthScale and Zend. And more.

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# Alfresco launched the Apache-licensed Activiti BPM project, led by Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez.

# NorthScale announced $10m in series B funding, led by the Mayfield Fund, and a new CEO.

# Zend Technologies raised $9m led by Greylock Partners with participation its existing investors.

# Stephen Walli joined the CodePlex Foundation as its technical director.

# Oracle updated MySQL Enterprise with the inclusion of MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.2.

# Open-Xchange announced Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition, including Univention Corporate Server.

# Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on the return of Linuxcare.

# Red Hat announced that there are now over 500 JBoss certified ISV applications.

# eXo Platform introduced eXo Social 1.0, an enterprise social software package.

# John Mark Walker responded to Savio Rodrigues’ argument that open source won’t prevent cloud lock-in.

# C12G last week announced the release of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition 1.4.

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.

Alfresco has new Activiti en route to Apache

Interesting news from open source content management vendor Alfresco this morning, which has launched the Activiti business process management project and hired Tom Baeyens, founder and architect of the JBoss jBPM project, and fellow architect Joram Barrez to create it.

While the project will be led by Alfresco employees, Activiti is not designed to be an Alfresco-only initiative. Activiti will be licensed under Apache License 2.0 to encourage widespread usage and adoption. The SpringSource division of VMware is also involved, as well as Signavio and Camunda, while Alfresco plans to submit the project to the Apache Foundation.

Open source already has a presence in the BPM space thanks to JBoss jBPM, ProcessMaker, Intalio, and BonitaSoft, amongst others. However, as an Apache-licensed project, Activiti is likely to shake-up the BPM market with a ubiquitous project that supports the BPMN 2.0 standard from the Object Management Group.

Red Hat’s JBoss jBPM project is likely to feel the impact – not least since Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez are joining Alfresco (we understand, incidentally, that Alfresco asked Red Hat to consider re-licensing jBPM and the latter declined).

Although the leadership has come from jBPM they have not brought any of the jBPM code with them. Activiti is being written from scratch, apart from the Activiti Modeler browser-based process modeling tool, which is based on the Signavio Process Editor.

Clearly, since it does not have skin in the BPM game, Alfresco can afford to disrupt that market with a liberally-licensed project and generate revenue from its complementary products and services (see also “A capitalist guide to open source licensing”). However, it seems likely that Activiti could also be a prelude to a more liberally-licensed Alfresco.

In the announcement, CTO John Newton notes that Alfresco “needed a more liberally-licensed process engine”. What he doesn’t say is that one reason the company needs a more liberally-licensed process engine is due to concerns from potential OEM customers about reciprocal licensing.

Even after Alfresco moved to the LGPL earlier this year it seems that is still an issue. As John noted at the time: “we currently have two main LGPL components – Hibernate for database access and JBPM for workflow – which prevent us from going to something like Apache or BSD licenses. However, this is something we may consider changing in the future.”

With Activiti licensed under Apache, and Alfresco also moving away from Hibernate to the Apache-licensed iBatis, that will soon not be an issue. At that point Alfresco would be in a position to license its entire Community Edition version under Apache, or another more liberal license.

This is something that I previously argued open core vendors should be considering last year. Of course it is not a simple matter. Alfresco does have skin in the ECM game.

Theoretically Alfresco could release Community Edition under the Apache License and could continue to generate revenue from the traditionally-license Enterprise Edition, as well as new complementary products and services, but that is something the company will have to think about very carefully.

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 2010.03.30

Record results for Alfresco. New funding for MuleSoft and Pentaho. And more.

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# Alfresco reported 61% revenue growth in fiscal 2009, adding 300 new enterprise customers.

# MuleSoft raised $12m third round financing, led by SAP Ventures, with Bay Partners and existing investors.

# Pentaho raised $7m in fourth round funding, according to SEC filings.

# The Italian Constitutional Court ruled that giving preference to OSS is not anti-competitive.

# Engine Yard launched a JRuby professional support offering.

# Vyatta went open-core with the release of Vyatta Version 6.0, available in Core and Subscription Edition.

# Basho Technologies partnered with Erlang Solutions to target European Riak adoption.

# Pentaho announced Data Integration 4.0, a unified ETL, modeling and data visualization IDE for BI applications.

# Simon Crosby noted that open source does not necessarily mean interoperable or compatible.

# Ingres is targeting government adoption via a reseller relationship with OpTech.

# IELO, Mandriva, Nexedi and TioLive formed the Free Cloud Alliance.

# 10gen officially announced its commercial support offerings for MongoDB.

# Lucene and Solr development merged.

# JumpBox offered “Open Source as a Service”.

# Ars Technica reported that the jury is deliberating UNIX ownership in the ongoing case of SCO vs Novell. (See also Groklaw).

# Tony Wasserman outlined his thoughts on joining the OSI Board.

# Guest-tek became a licensee of the Open Invention Network.

451 CAOS Links 2010.03.05

Elliot offers $2bn for Novell. OSI refutes IIPA’s view on open source. And more.

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# Novell confirmed a $2bn purchase offer from Elliot Associates. Interesting perspectives on Elliot’s offer for Novell from Linuxquestions, Andy Updegrove, and Matt Asay.

# The OSI categorically rejected the IIPA’s special pleadings against open source.

# Canonical’s new CEO, Jane Silber shared her top priorities for Canonical and Ubuntu with the VAR Guy.

# Zenoss Core version 2.5.2 now includes monitoring capabilities for the Xen Hypervisor.

# The H reported that the Samba project has released version 3.5 of its open source SMB protocol implementation.

# Stephen Walli presented: a graphical explanation of open source software economics.

# Microsoft inked another “Linux software patent agreement”, with I-O Data Device Inc.

# eWeek published an interview with Paula Hunter, head of the Codeplex Foundation, on its role and progress.

# Vermont became the latest government to enact an open source software policy.

# Jahia enhanced its caching and clustering capabilities with Jahia Enterprise Edition v6.

# rPath added interoperability with Puppet, Cfengine, and Chef as part of its move to configuration management.

# Gorilla Logic released FlexMonkey, an open source testing tool for Adobe Flex applications.

# Deutsche Börse Systems is implementing Red Hat Enterprise MRG with the AMQP standard and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# Alfresco announced an early-access beta program for Alfresco SMB Edition on Amazon’s EC2.

# Dries Buytaert discussed the role of open source in the cloud.

# CodeWeavers released version 9 of CrossOver for Mac and Linux.

# REvolution Computing added Zack Urlocker to its board of directors.

# The Zarafa open source groupware software is now included in Fedora.

# Zenoss added a new data center visualization capability to the latest version of Zenoss Enterprise.

# OStatic reported that Best Buy is releasing its idea-gathering software, BBYIDX, under the GNU GPL.

# Orange signed on to support the MeeGo platform.