451 CAOS Links 2011.11.29

Software foundations in the Git era. New funding for Puppet Labs. And more

# Mikeal Rogers’ post on the Apache Software Foundation’s slow response to the Git era prompted significant discussion, from Mike Milinkovich, Bradley M. Kuhn, Stephen Walli, Stephen O’Grady, Simon Phipps, and the ASF’s Jim Jagielski. Alternative you could just read this tweet.

# Puppet Labs raised $8.5m in series C funding from Cisco, Google Ventures, and VMware as well as Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures, and Radar Partners.

# YaCy, a free distributed search engine was launched.

# Alex Pinchev, Red Hat’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Services & Field Marketing, will be stepping down in January to become the chief executive officer of a data protection software company.

# Tasktop Technologies announced Tasktop Sync 2.0.

# Interesting statistics on Apache Hadoop adoption based on LinkedIn data, from NC State University’s Institute for Advanced Analytics.

451 CAOS Links 2011.11.23

Red Hat’s Ceylon makes its debut. Heroku launches PostgreSQL service. And more.

# Red Hat’s Ceylon programming language made its public debut. Mark Little provided some context.

# Heroku announced the launch of Heroku Postgres as a standalone service.

# GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner explained why you should open source (almost) everything.

# Mikeal Rogers discussed the issues behind the Apache Software Foundation’s slow response to the Git era.

# Royal Pingdom explored recent trends in Linux distribution popularity, pondering the rise of Linux Mint and the decline of Ubuntu.

# Canonical is dropping CouchDB from Ubuntu One.

# ActiveState announced that Stackato Micro Cloud will continue to be free of charge for developers to use as their own private Platform-as-a-Service.

# The European Space Agency wants to publish more of its software using open source licences.

# Sourceforge provided some interesting statistics on operating system usage.

451 CAOS Links 2011.09.30

Microsoft’s Android revenue. Tizen formation. And more.

# As Microsoft announced its latest Android-related patent agreement with Samsun, Goldman Sachs estimated that the company will make $444m in revenue from Android patent deals for fiscal year 2012.

# LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation announced the formation of Tizen to develop a Linux-based device software platform.

# Karmasphere raised $6m in a series B round of funding, led by new investor Presidio Ventures.

# Citrix Systems announced the availability of XenServer 6.

# 10gen announced the general availability of MongoDB Monitoring Service, a free monitoring service for the MongoDB database.

# Percona announced the release of Percona Server version 5.5.15.

# Hortonworks became a Gold sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.

# The developers behind PhoneGap have applied to contribute their open source mobile development framework to the Apache Software Foundation.

# Piston Cloud Computing is set to launch its PentOS enterprise operating system for the cloud and put OpenStack on a memory stick.

# The Free Software Foundation announced the re-launch of its Free Software Directory.

# Rhomobile announced availability of RhoConnect 3.0.

# Nokia is reportedly working on a new Linux-based operating system for mass market phones called Meltemi.

Why Oracle’s donation of OpenOffice disappoints

While Oracle deserves some praise for its donation of OpenOffice.org code to the Apache Foundation, it is disappointing again to see a legitimate open source market contender that has been marginalized by miscommunication and mismanagement of the project by a large vendor.

OpenOffice.org, warts and all, was probably the most significant competition for Microsoft Office for years and in many ways demonstrated the advantages of open source, helping usher in wider use of it, as well as greater usability. OO.o was in fact my reason for originally investigating and moving to open source software more than a decade ago. Regardless of past mismanagement of community and technology, that competitive factor has been diminished greatly since Oracle took ownership of OO.o. Now, after prompting a fork — as has been the case with a number of open source projects that fell to Oracle with its Sun acquisition (OpenSolaris-Indiana, OO.o-LibreOffice, Hudson-Jenkins), Oracle is again turning to a broader open source foundation to ‘free’ the project. It shouldn’t be surprising given our research into the balance of control and community, where we see a preference among both users and vendors for the ‘foundational’ approach that is typically less encumbered by real and perceived issues of control.

But by not making this move sooner, Oracle has again demonstrated that it does not appreciate or accept the broader community benefits of open source software. It ties open source investment and development directly to monetary value, meaning it is focused mainly on Linux and MySQL. Oracle should be commended for its honesty here, given its indication that it will contribute and support open source when it bolsters Oracle’s bottom line. However, the company is failing to tie its own success in open source with the success of the larger communities, which begs the question, is Oracle limiting the commercial opportunity for the open source projects on which it is focused by diminishing the community opportunity for projects it is leaving alone?

I might have more enthusiasm for OO.o as an Apache project, but I am somewhat skeptical for OO.o because of the current inclusion and use of LibreOffice in popular Linux distributions. This is how I came to use LibreOffice, and I’ve found it quite sufficient for my document, PDF, spreadsheet and other office suite needs. I would be glad to see a reunification of OO.o and LibreOffice and despite complex issues such as licensing, it is encouraging to see the leaders of LibreOffice and the Apache Foundation coming together toward a positive outcome.

Back to Oracle, the company again deserves credit for its positive and meaningful contributions to open source software, particularly MySQL and Linux, which would not have nearly the enterprise credibility it does without longtime, first-class treatment and support from Oracle. However, Oracle continues to demonstrate that despite how far open source has come in the enterprise, there are still large and powerful forces in the industry that do not fully understand open source software’s potential.

451 CAOS Links 2011.01.07

Salesforce.com acquires DimDim. Sourcefire acquires Immunet. Synga acquires Flock. And more.

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# Salesforce.com confirmed its acquisition of DimDim but stated that it will no longer contribute to the OSS project.

# Sourcefire acquired Immunet.

# Zynga acquired social browser provider Flock.

# Cloudera became a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.

# OStatic reported on open source lion collars.

# Dave Neary published Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right.

# The ASF confirmed that Apache OODT (Object-Oriented Data Technology) is now a Top-Level Project.

# Revolution Analytics tripled its enterprise customer base and grew revenue from Revolution R Enterprise 450% in 2010.

# The January edition of the OSBR is focused on the business of open source.

# Drupal 7 is now available.

# Protecode joined the Linux Foundation.

# Wayne Jackson explained why Sonatype moved Nexus to the Affero General Public License.

# ServerWatch examined Cisco’s changing approach to cloud computing and open source software.

# HDB Newco Inc (HadoopDB) joined Connecticut Innovations Inc incubator.

# Black Duck named its open source project rookies of the year.

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.15

Google contributes WindowBuilder to Eclipse. Backdoors in OpenBSD? And more.

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# Google contributed WindowBuilder and CodePro Profiler to the Eclipse Foundation.

# Oracle is in another Java legal battle, this time with Myriad Group.

# Are there US Government backdoors in OpenBSD? One alleged FBI plant denies involvement.

# Puppet Labs released MCollective version 1.0 following its acquisition of The Marionette Collective.

# Eucalyptus partnered with Red Hat on Eucalyptus support for RHEV and compatibility with Apache Deltacloud.

# Gazzang last week raised $3.5m for software to secure open source software for use in the cloud.

# Richard Stallman warned against Google’s Chrome OS.

# Lucid Imagination announced the general availability and free download for LucidWorks Enterprise.

# The openSUSE project announced the appointment of Alan Clark as openSUSE board chair.

# Black Duck adding IBM Rational AppScan Source Edition to its code-scanning assessment services.

# The Apache Software Foundation launched the Apache Extras hosting site for complementary projects.

# Karmasphere integrated Apache Hive with the Karmasphere Application Framework to create Karmasphere Analyst.

# WSO2 launched WSO2 Application Server 4.0 with full Apache Tomcat support.

# CloudBees acquired Java PaaS provider Stax Networks.

# Facebook explained how it uses Hadoop and released the code of its internal distribution.

# NEC and Novell created a high availability offering optimized for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

# Dries Buytaert explained how Drupal benefits from VC funding.

# Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation and MontaVista Software are to become advisers to Linaro.

# Bill Burke welcomed the ASFs departure from the JCP, blames the ASF for Java 7 delay.

# The Linux Foundation appointed OpenEmbedded core developer and Yocto Project maintainer Richard Purdie as a Fellow.

# C12G Labs announced version 2.0 OpenNebulaPro, based on the OpenNebula Toolkit.

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.13

The ASF resigns from the JCP. Salesforce.com acquires Heroku. And more.

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# The ASF resigned from the JCP executive committee. Oracle responded with a half-hearted request to reconsider.

# Stephen Colebourne asked ‘is the JCP dead?’

# Tim Peierls also resigned from the JCP SE/EE Executive Committee over Oracle’s failure to address licensing issues.

# Salesforce.com acquired Heroku for $212m.

# SnapLogic raised $10m led by Andreessen Horowitz and introduced the integration control center.

# Matt Asay announced that he is leaving Canonical to join early-stage HTML5 startup Strobe.

# JetBrains updated IntelliJ IDEA, adding Android support to the Community Edition.

# Automattic founder and CEO shared details on its growth (300m visitors, $10m revenue) and OSS-related strategy.

# SplendidCRM announced version 5.0 of its CRM software with Business Rules Engine.

# New Relic launched a RPM for PHP – on-demand application management for PHP Web apps.

# OpenLogic launched new features to open support open source scanning and governance for agile development.

# The Linux Foundation confirmed LSB 4.0 certifications and launches 4.1 public beta.

# Google launched the pilot program for Chrome OS.

# Carlo Daffara discussed the demise of the Symbian project in the context of communities and motivation.

# Netflix explained why it uses and contributes to open source software.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.12.10

Topics for this podcast:

*Oracle, Java, the Apache Software Foundation and open source
*An update on some open source database and data management players
*CorraTech grows with support for open source application alternatives
*Red Hat-Makara acquisition analysis and impact
*Linux kernel report shows strong support, but what now for Novell?

iTunes or direct download (29:31, 5.1MB)

Java mutiny in the making

The Apache Software Foundation’s latest statement on the Java Community Process highlights continued dissatisfaction and dissent from Oracle’s stewardship and involvement in open source software.

This comes after some ups and downs for Oracle and its oversight of Java and other open source software that was previously under the auspices of Sun Microsystems. Oracle started off on a rough path when it sued Google over its implementation of Java in Android without preemptively or clearly stating that it was not attacking open source. At about the same time, it let OpenSolaris die a slow, somewhat confusing death. Oracle won a point when IBM came out with its support in favor of the JCP and OpenJDK over Apache Harmony, and this contributes to the adversarial positioning between Oracle and the Apache Software Foundation. However, Oracle has also seen an erosion of open source support and confidence as OpenOffice.org developers have migrated away from Oracle, many to contribute to the new Libre Office project.

Oracle’s moves illustrate the company’s lack of complete understanding of open source and the value of open source software communities. While it appreciates and leverages open source as an effective, efficient software development approach, it does not truly see the value of providing software to a community and attaining benefits of efficiency, reach and innovation as a result. This is not to say that supporting an open source software community will automatically translate into commercial and community success (not the case with Symbian, for example), but Oracle does not appear to support community as a priority in its proprietary and admittedly successful software strategy.

MySQL can be an example of Oracle doing things right with open source, though we may see similar dissatisfaction and defection as Oracle moves further toward commercialization and further away from free, community software. Still, Oracle at least showed it could continue and contribute and support a successful open source project in the case of MySQL. The same may not be said for OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org or, increasingly it appears, Java.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.29

Funding for Appcelerator, Riptano and Nexenta. Oracle’s claims against Google. And more.

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# Appcelerator raised a $9m second round funding from eBay and Sierra Ventures.

# Riptano raised $2.7m from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and private investor Jason Calacanis.

# Nexenta announced 59% quarter on quarter revenue growth and strategic funding.

# Sourcefire announced revenue up 32% in Q3 and product expansion plans.

# Nuxeo claimed a record second quarter thanks to public sector projects.

# Oracle claimed Google directly copied code in its development of Android.

# Carlo Daffara dissected Oracle’s claims of direct copying of Java code into Android.

# The Apache Software Foundation noted that the code identified by Oracle in its case against Google is not in Harmony.

# Oracle responded to comments and reiterated its denial that it is attempting to stack the Java Community Process election.

# The Linux Foundation is merging with the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum.

# Nokia’s Niklas Savander maintained that The Symbian Foundation will remain, and will remain open source.

# Matt Asay explained why the Symbian Foundation is a lesson on the wrong way to use open source.

# Digium launched Asterisk SCF, a new open source scalable communications project.

# ForgeRock launched a new identity management project, OpenIDM.

# Tarus Balog shared his thoughts on marketing an open source business.

# Actuate is changing its ticker symbol to BIRT.

# Stormy Peters pondered the future of Gnome.

# Carlo Daffara shared some statistics, and analysis, on TCO for open source software.

# Tuxera launched the Tuxera File System Suite for Android.

# Microsoft plans to make Java and Eclipse first class citizens on Azure.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.26

Cloudera raises $25m. OpenStack goes to Austin. And more.

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# Cloudera raised $25m in series C funding, led by Meritech Capital Partners.

# The OpenStack project confirmed the “Austin” code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage.

# Microsoft partnered with Cloud.com to integrate Hyper-V with the OpenStack project.

# Citrix confirmed that it will deliver and support OpenStack as a component of the OpenCloud framework.

# VMware and Google announced collaboration on projects including the SpringSource Tool Suite and Google Web Toolokit.

# Charles-H Shulz explained why he is leaving OpenOffice.org.

# Ian Skerrett politely invited Oracle to get a clue.

# Doug Lea explained why he is not standing for re-election to the JCP Executive Committee.

# Bill Burke argued that the Java Community Process is salvageable.

# The board of the Apache Software Foundation released a statement “on recent Java-related events”.

# The Outercurve Foundation created the Research Accelerators Gallery, targeted at research scientists and academics.

# The Open Invention Network claimed 187 licensees, up 34% in the third quarter.

# Teradata announced a partnership with Hadoop specialist Karmasphere.

# Fluendo joined the Open Invention Network as a licensee.

# Dries Buytaert provided some advice on the commercialization of volunteer-driven open source projects.

# Gemalto filed a patent infringement claims against Google, HTC, Motorola and Samsung related to Android and Dalvik.

# The Nagios trademark issue has been resolved.

# The default desktop interface for Ubuntu is moving from Gnome to Unity.

# FuseSource launched operations as an independent wholly owned subsidiary of Progress Software.

# The OpenNebula project released version 2.0 of its open source toolkit for cloud computing.

# Stephen Walli explained the difference between makers, users and buyers of open source software.

# FierceGovernmentIT reported that DARPA is seeking to replicate OSS development model for the design of vehicles.

# The Register reported that the Symbian Foundation faces closure.

# Digium announced the release of Asterisk 1.8, including integration with IPv6.

# Brian Aker ran the numbers on the Drizzle contributor statistics.

# Kineo, Catalyst IT and Flexible Learning Network formed Totara to develop a version of Moodle for corporates.

# Opscode announced that more than 200 individuals and 50 companies have registered to contribute to Chef.

# Pentaho and Ingres announced a strategic partnership.

Black Duck-Ohloh marks far flight of open source

We’re a long way from SourceForge, which used to be the closest thing to a single repository for open source software. From a few years ago when we first chronicled the changing locale of open source software to the more recent state of open source code, project and community destination, we’ve seen a dramatic change and evolution in how and where the actual code of open source software resides. Far from having a single home of any kind, open source is now spread out to thousands of other sites and communities, including Apache Software Foundation, Eclipse.org, GitHub and Google Code.

That evolution continued with Black Duck’s recent acquisition of code and developer community Ohloh, which we covered in a 451 Group TechDealMaker report. Black Duck believes, as do we, that Ohloh was an under-appreciated asset in the areas of collaboration and connection to enterprises, which includes the business that Ohloh built by providing useful information on open source projects to large enterprise users. Unfortunately, that business push largely ended when Ohloh was acquired by SourceForge.

We expressed some concerns with the Geeknet (then SourceForge, Inc.) acquisition of Ohloh in May 2009, given Geeknet’s tendencies toward e-commerce and advertising and frankly away from developers. Our reservations were based mainly on the continued overlooking of the opportunity to maintain and provide valuable information on open source developers, projects and trends, and also to connect enterprises eager to use and pay for open source software with the right developers, communities and vendors. Now that Ohloh is under Black Duck — which is more about code, developers and the hot and upcoming languages, projects, uses and advantages of open source software — it may have a better chance of living up to its potential of being the next-generation code destination — the new SourceForge for a new era of open source software.

Black Duck’s efforts to support and integrate the Ohloh community with its existing KnowledgeBase, Koders.com search and other technology may create an open source software directory geared specifically for enterprises, which make up the bulk of Black Duck’s own customers and community. Black Duck does make a better match for Ohloh since the company is closely connected to the latest and greatest uses of open source, which now include cloud computing and mobile devices. Still, considering that Ohloh draws on more than 250,000 code repositories, project hosting and other sites, there will likely be continued evolution, competition and improvement in these online destinations for developers. The bigger challenge and opportunity lies in bringing the code, developers and collaboration together for the enterprise users that sometimes still struggle to find good information on open source.

451 CAOS Links 2010.09.14

Google Code open to all. Funding for Joyent and Sonatype. And more.

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# Google Code is now open to any OSI-approved license. Google claims it has ‘made its point’ on license proliferation.

# Joyent raised $15m in series C funding from Intel Capital, Greycroft Partners and Liberty Global.

# Sonatype named Wayne Jackson as its CEO and raised $11.6m.

# Actuate launched ActuateOne, built on the foundations of the open source BIRT project.

# Mark Shuttleworth responded to criticism of Canonical’s level of code contribution.

# Microsoft hired Gianugo Rabellino as senior director, open source communities.

# Ian Skerrett discussed the importance of growing the free and open source software commons.

# Ixxus is acquiring Opsera’s Enterprise Services division for an undisclosed sum.

# Revolution Analytics announced RevoDeployR, which enables R analytics to be integrated into existing applications.

# DeviceVM plans to offer a MeeGo-compliant version of its Splashtop product.

# Cloud Linux is now installed on over 1,000 servers worldwide.

# Bacula Systems launched Enterprise Edition 4.0 of its open source backup and restore software.

# The H reported that Dell has released the modified source code from its Streak tablet version of Android.

# The Open Learning Centre launched vtiger CRM On Demand.

# Likewise launched Likewise Enterprise 6 with smart card support, and AD command-line interface admin tool.

# WS02 marked its fifth anniversary with 175% increase in new customers so far in 2010.

# xTuple listed recent customer wins.

# OpenLogic survey found heavy open source usage in mobile apps.

# Anil Dash discussed forking as a feature and the importance of Github.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced its new executive officers.

# MindTouch appointed a new CFO and claimed that it is on track to triple revenues in 2010.

Taking turns as open source bad guys

Software giant Adobe is among those shaking heads at Oracle and its strategy, or at least lack of tact, with the open source software, including its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, killing off OpenSolaris and Java lawsuit against Google over Android.

It wasn’t that long ago that Adobe was thought of similar to how it’s portraying Oracle: as an opponent of open source. I would agree that Oracle is putting itself in the position of a top open source enemy (an unenviable title for which Apple, Microsoft and others, even Adobe, have found themselves, as well). By launching the Java suit and ending support for OpenSolaris without any counterbalance of message to illustrate that it is indeed not attacking open source software in general and actually has a good appreciation of its development and market power and benefits of participation, Oracle has put itself in an adversarial position. Sure organizations such as Adobe and Microsoft, formerly viewed as foes of open source, stand to benefit from having somebody else be the bad guy, but it is interesting to look at these cases and how the villains are typically tasked with improving their image.

By looking at Adobe and its open source story, we get a better sense of Oracle’s and others’ opportunities to change these perceptions and successfully earn goodwill among open source software communities. There have been times when Adobe was on the top open source enemy list, and it continues to be questioned and accused of ‘co-opting’ the open source brand.

However, as covered in our recent Spotlight report on Adobe (for subscribers or trialists), the company has come to realize the significance of open source and the utility of leveraging it to build and grow its own software, communities and ecosystems (something Adobe is pretty good at). One good example is its recent acquisition of WCM vendor Day Software.

We understand that while it was certainly among other factors, including paid subscription revenue from Day’s non-open source software, the open source and community involvement and activity by Day, also covered in a 451 Group report, helped to drive the deal. In particular, Day’s work with the Apache Software Foundation and what one Adobe official called ‘the technical brand recognition’ that came with Day’s work on open standards and open source software, such as the OSGi Java framework, Apache Felix (an open source implementation of the OSGi framework) and Apache Sling (an open source web framework for Java). It will be interesting to see what happens now, but indications are these Apache projects may serve as the basis for expanded open source efforts under Adobe. We highly doubt that they will be turned into a licensing vehicle for Adobe, serve as the basis of legal action or get killed off, which is what we are seeing from Oracle with its open source assets, illustrating the idea that Oracle does not fully understand or appreciate open source software.

Adobe, Microsoft and many others we’ve covered and talked to are frequently in the position of moving, transitioning and changing from open source enemy or foe into open source participant and supporter. There is no question these vendors are making these moves for their own benefit and future more than their interest in benefiting or contributing to communities and others. However, Adobe and Microsoft have learned they must contribute to communities and others beyond their own brand and interests for open source to work. Their efforts in open source software also show that it is difficult and often thankless work, takes resources and remains precarious indefinitely, when even when you contribute and participate, there are still some folks calling you the bad guy.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.16

SugarCRM. Funding for EnterpriseDB and Morphlabs. Even more core. And more

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# OStatic asked whether SugarCRM has violated open source principles.

# Larry Augustin clarified SugarCRM’s approach to open source and openness.

# Savio Rodrigues advised anyone considering SugarCRM not to get hung-up on source code availability.

Funding round
# EnterpriseDB has reportedly raised $7.5m of a planned $12m round of funding.

# Morphlabs raised $5.5m series B financing from Frontera Group, CSK Venture Capital and AO Capital Partners.

Even more core
# Jack Repenning called for an exploration of the delicate line between “crippleware” and “added value.”

# Likewise Software argued that customers drive open core.

# Stephen Walli explained how the success or failure of an open core model depends on execution.

Best of the rest
# Simon Phipps explained what led the OpenSolaris Governing Board to issue its ultimatum to Oracle.

# A Jaspersoft survey suggested Oracle’s acquisition of Sun may spark resurgence of Java and faster growth of MySQL.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced its new board members.

# Talend grew its customer base by 50% to over 1,500 customers in the first half of 2010, with 450,000 open source users.

# Part two of TEC’s interview with Consona’s CEO about its acquisition of Compiere.

# Are WordPress themes required to use the GPL? Tris Hussey provided an into to the ongoing debate.

# Joyent acquired software virtual server management tools provider Layerboom Systems.

# Opsview released version 3.8 of Opsview Enterprise, claiming data collection performance improvements over Nagios.

# Linux Journal reported that Mandriva’s press release raises more questions than answers.

# Cloudera is building a connector between Netezza’s TwinFin appliance and Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop.

# The end of Micosoft’s agreement with the UK NHS provides an opportunity for open source.

# Vodafone Group announced that it will make its location based services software open source.

# SourceForge launched its new forge development platform. Adobe is the first user.

# Glyn Moody published a Q&A with Richard Stallman on .NET, Mono and DotGNU.

# Couchio announced the release of CouchDB 1.0, the Apache NoSQL document database.

# MindTouchlaunched MindTouch 2010, including curation analytics for content and documentation.

# nPulse Technologies delivered its Dragonfly family of open source-based high-speed network sensors.

# A man walks in to a bar… Yves de Montcheuil is in search of a suitable analogy for open source and the cloud.

451 CAOS Links 2010.05.04

Patent victory for Red Hat and Novell. Cloud.com launches. And more.

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# Red Hat and Novell win Linux-related patent case. Patents found to be invalid.

# Cloud.com launched its IaaS cloud computing platform, and announced$11m series B funding.

# Actuate reported BIRT-related business of $3.8m in Q1, and a 30% increase in BIRT-related licenses.

# Is a patent challenge looming for open source codecs? A summary of the issues from Tom Krazit.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced the creation of six new Top-Level Projects.

# WSO2 launched Carbon 3.0, as well as App Server, ESB, Governance Registry and Identity Server updates.

# Black Duck survey highlights open source adoption benefits and challenges.

# Benoit des Ligneris considered how to help large organisations to contribute open source projects.

# Microsoft is reportedly preparing to provide Hadoop for Windows Azure customers.

# Open-source support: Can it scale? Matt Asay with a new riff on an old topic.

# Dave Rosenberg published a Q&A with Matt Pfeil, founder of Riptano, the Apache Cassandra vendor.

# Managed hosting provider ServInt joined the Linux Foundation.

451 CAOS Links 2009.03.06

Is Microsoft’s TomTom suit about GPL violation? Red Hat sued for patent infringement. Transparency, transparency, transparency. New CEO at Acquia. Why counting downloads is pointless. Open Source Think Tank. In-Vehicle Infotainment. And more.

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More patent-related fun and games
Glyn Moody reported this week that a hidden issue behind Microsoft’s TomTom lawsuit is violation of the GPL. Moody cited comments made by Jeremy Allison that Microsoft’s patent agreements are “intended to force Tom Tom to violate the GPL, or change to Microsoft embedded software.”

It’s more than likely that Jeremy has been talking to a number of journalists so its no great surprise to see Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reporting the same thing. However, SJVN appeared to get confirmation of the plan from none other than Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing.

When asked specifically if “there are companies using Linux and open-source software, which have signed FAT patent cross-licensing agreements, such as the ones, which TomTom has refused to agree to?” Gutierrez replied, “Yes, other companies have signed FAT patent licenses, both in the context of patent cross licensing agreements and other licensing arrangements.”

Meanwhile Red Hat’s JBoss business was hit with a patent infringement lawsuit by a company called Software Tree. The suit relates to the implementation of Hibernate and also named Dell, HP, and Genuitec as defendants.

Transparency is the new black
The openness meme continued apace with Clay Shirky proclaiming “Transparency is the new marketing” via McKinsey and Co and Chris Messina writing about “Generation Open”. In The Guardian, Victor Keegan asked “Can we build a world with open source?” The world has changed for the better, but how long is it before openness jumps the shark? Maybe it already has.

All change at Acquia
Acquia announced the appointment of Tom Erickson as chief executive officer and Warren Utt as vice president of sales and launched a beta release of Acquia Search as well as cloud-based Drupal hosting services. Erickson explained to InternetNews his plan for growing open source Drupal with commercial solutions.

Indispensable tools for busy open source executives
I’ve been looking around for an exhaustive list of open source related conferences for some time. The search is over, thanks to Init Marketing. Meanwhile make sure you never get embarrassed by not being able to differentiate the variety of different open source-related business strategies with Carlo Daffara’s cut-out-and-keep business model at-a-glance cheat sheet. Now with added details on economic motivations! Great stuff from Carlo, as usual.

What happened at the Open Source Think Tank?
If, like me, you failed to make it to Olliance Group’s Open Source Think Tank (again) and you can’t wait for the official report, you could do worse than checking out the blog posts of Éric Barroca, CEO of Nuxeo. His first report covers business cases, community engagement and exit strategies, while the second covers open source for SMBs. Almost as good as being there, although without the wine tasting. Obviously.

Best of the rest
# Adam Jollans, IBM: Why Open Computing matters for Government IT.

# Stephen Walli explained why counting downloads is misleading and suggests community metrics that should be measured instead.

# Linux Foundation announced plans to build a new Linux.com community.

# The Register: Sun loses Apache and Spring vote on latest Enterprise Java.

# The Inquirer: Microsoft megadeal gives UK.gov indigestion.

# Dawn Foster published an eBook on companies and communities as well as an article entitled What Does it Take to Manage a Community?

# Sean Michael Kerner on Cisco’s progress as an open source contributor.

# Wind River reported revenue up 9% to $359.8m in fiscal 2009. Net income was $10.8m, compared to a net loss of $2.4m in 2008.

# Anthony Gold is to focus on the Open Solutions Alliance full time.

# Concurrent pitched RedHawk real-time Linux OS for use in embedded systems.

# BMW Group, Delphi, General Motors, Intel, Magneti Marelli, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Visteon, and Wind River launched an alliance for open source collaboration on In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems.

# The Open Source Business Foundation launched SOA for cloud computing based on the open source SOA platform Sopera ASF.

# Slashdot reported on a New York bill that proposes tax credit for open source developers. Similar idea pitched in 2006, then again in 2007.

# The Apache Software Foundation named Qpid a top-lLevel project.

# Affero Gnu Public License (AGPLv3) for LingPipe 4.0?