Our 2013 Database survey is now live

451 Research’s 2013 Database survey is now live at http://bit.ly/451db13 investigating the current use of database technologies, including MySQL, NoSQL and NewSQL, as well as traditional relation and non-relational databases.

The aim of this survey is to identify trends in database usage, as well as changing attitudes to MySQL following its acquisition by Oracle, and the competitive dynamic between MySQL and other databases, including NoSQL and NewSQL technologies.

There are just 15 questions to answer, spread over five pages, and the entire survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

All individual responses are of course confidential. The results will be published as part of a major research report due during Q2.

The full report will be available to 451 Research clients, while the results of the survey will also be made freely available via a
presentation at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in April.

Last year’s results have been viewed nearly 55,000 times on SlideShare so we are hoping for a good response to this year’s survey.

One of the most interesting aspects of a 2012 survey results was the extent to which MySQL users were testing and adopting PostgreSQL. Will that trend continue or accelerate in 2013? And what of the adoption of cloud-based database services such as Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL?

Are the new breed of NewSQL vendors having any impact on the relational database incumbents such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM? And how is SAP HANA adoption driving interest in other in-memory databases such as VoltDB and MemSQL?

We will also be interested to see how well NoSQL databases fair in this year’s survey results. Last year MongoDB was the most popular, followed by Apache Cassandra/DataStax and Redis. Are these now making a bigger impact on the wider market, and what of Basho’s Riak, CouchDB, Neo4j, Couchbase et al?

Additionally, we have been tracking attitudes to Oracle’s ownership of MySQL since the deal to acquire Sun was announced. Have MySQL users’ attitudes towards Oracle improved or declined in the last 12 months, and what impact will the formation of the MariaDB Foundation have on MariaDB adoption?

We’re looking forward to analyzing the results and providing answers to these and other questions. Please help us to get the most representative result set by taking part in the survey at http://bit.ly/451db13

CouchDB – sink or swim?


CouchDB – up a creek without a paddle? Image source: bobbyfeind on Flickr

Almost a year ago Apache CouchDB creator Damien Katz announced that he would no longer be contributing to the CouchDB document database project he had created, choosing instead to focus on the development of Couchbase Server 2.0, which united CouchDB with Membase Server.

While the abandonment of an open source project by the person that created it is by no means unprecedented it is still unusual enough to warrant a look at what has happened to CouchDB in the year that followed.

Surviving or thriving?

The first point to make is that the survival of CouchDB following Katz’s departure was never in doubt, thanks to the fact that it is an Apache Foundation project. One of the benefits of the foundation model is that it doesn’t depend on a dominant developer or vendor to keep a project moving forward.

Although it briefly appeared that Cloudant would fulfil the role of the major corporate backer of CouchDB with its BigCouch clustered CouchDB technology after Couchbase discontinued its own CouchDB distribution, the company instead refocused its attention on its CouchDB- and BigCouch-based managed service.

While developers from both Couchbase and Cloudant continue to develop to the project Apache CouchDB doesn’t have a lead corporate backer, nor does it need one. According to factoids gathered by Ohloh, there were 30 contributors to the Apache CouchDB project in the past 12 months, up from 18 in the prior 12 months, and placing CouchDB in the top 2% of all project teams on Ohloh.

The question is not whether CouchDB is surviving, however, but whether it is thriving. That increase in contributor count would suggest so, but that’s by no means the full story. In contrast, the number of commits per month has declined in the past 12 months, representing, as Ohloh describes it, “a substantial decrease in development activity”. As the related chart illustrates, in fact, activity has pretty much flatlined since the beginning of the year.


Source: Ohloh

This should not be altogether surprising since the latest release went GA in April.

In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson on behalf of the Apache CouchDB PMC stated:

“Despite an unsettled start to the year, the CouchDB project and the
surrounding community continue to grow and evolve, with the release of
1.2.0 earlier this year, and the forthcoming 1.3.0, currently being
prepared for release
. 1.3.0 includes in the last year alone, over 221
commits on the just the master branch, comprising 167 files changed,
5745 insertions, 2248 deletions — solid progress for a project with
22,000 lines of code total.”

Additionally, while the start of that flatline coincides with Katz’s departure from the project, it is not clear that the two are actually related. Ohloh figures indicate that Katz hadn’t actually committed code to the project since August 2010 and is only the eighth all-time most active committer to the project.

It is clear that there is still a lot of activity ongoing in the Apache CouchDB community, with the PMC citing rcouch, bigcouch, PouchDB, TouchDB frameworks for both iOS and Android, a Mac OS X binary installation, and
GeoCouch.

The PMC spokesperson added:

“Structurally, the project has added both committers and grown the
project management committe, and has been having regular meetings
through the last 2 months to improve communication within the team,
and help steer the community. A roadmap has been put together, and
Ubuntu-style time-scheduled releases are planned for 2013 to keep the
good oil flowing.”

However, in assessing the health of Apache CouchDB, we must look at adoption trends, as well as project activity.

Waving or drowning?

Searching mailing list archives using MarkMail indicates that there has been a decline in the number of messages to the developer, user, commits mailing lists in the past 12 months, although with increased activity on the latter since July.

Additionally, figures from Indeed.com suggest that job activity related to CouchDB saw a sharp decline in the early months of the year, although also a recovery in recent months.


couchdb Job Trends graph

couchdb Job Trends Couchdb jobs

However, that activity is perhaps best viewed in the context of a comparison with another major NoSQL project – MongoDB for instance – which reveals that CouchDB job postings have more or less level-off since the start of the year.


couchdb, mongodb Job Trends graph

couchdb, mongodb Job Trends Couchdb jobsMongodb jobs

We have also been tracking the traction of NoSQL projects via searches of LinkedIn member profiles. The latest figures, due to be published later this week, show that mentions of CouchDB in LinkedIn member profiles grew over 139% between December 2011 and today.

That sounds good, but again must be viewed in the context of the rest of the NoSQL ecosystem. The statistics show that mentions of a selection of other major NoSQL databases grew significantly faster in the same period.

So what are we to make of all the evidence. Clearly the Apache CouchDB project will survive, and the lack of updates in 2012 is not a major concern, although the level of interest in the project is not growing as fast as other NoSQL technologies. My personal gut feel is that Apache CouchDB has the potential to become the PostgreSQL of the NoSQL generation: a solid, mature projects with a large community of developers and ecosystem of associated vendors that is often over-shadowed by more commercially-oriented alternatives but has a loyal and committed user-base.

Key to this comparison bearing up on longterm scrutiny will be the ability of the Apache CouchDB project to increase and maintain the level of development so that the Lines of code chart, above, better resembles that of PostgreSQL, below:

The comparison with PostgreSQL is also apt given the departure from the project of its creator. While many people do know the origins of the PostgreSQL project given that the original project leader is one of the most famous database experts in the world, I am sure a lot of PostgreSQL users wouldn’t know or care whether the project’s creator continued to be involved. Similarly, Katz’s departure from Apache CouchDB, while undoubtedly a short-term challenge, appears not to have had a significant impact on the project’s ongoing development.

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 2011.06.17

TDF reveals its advisory board. ActiveState acquires Phenona. And more.

# The Document Foundation revealed the members of its advisory board: Google, SUSE, Red Hat, Freies Office Deutschland, Software in the Public Interest, and the Free Software Foundation.

# ActiveState acquired Phenona, a Perl PaaS provider.

# LexisNexis Risk Solutions released its HPCC Systems competitor ti Hadoop under an open source license.

# Oracle is seeking significant damages in its Android-related dispute with Google, while Google disputed Oracle’s claims about the fragmentation of Java.

# Couchbase announced performance enhancements for Apache CouchDB, included in the the developer preview of Couchbase Single Server 2.0.

# Appcelerator released Titanium Studio for building, testing, and deploying cross-platform applications, based on development technology acquired from Aptana.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced Apache Traffic Server v3.0.0.

# Google announced the availability of its Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung.

# Nuxeo has launched a new version of its Case Management Framework, an enhanced distribution of Nuxeo Enterprise Platform.

# SpagoBI released version 3.0 of its open source business intelligence suite.

# Funambol announced the general availability of MediaHub, a cloud-based digital locker.

# Stephen O’Grady analysed the results of The Eclipse Foundation’s developer survey.

# Adobe transfered its development focus for AIR for Linux from the desktop to mobile.

# Law.com reported that open source could change the future of e-discovery.

# David Eaves explained how GitHub saved open source.

# Brian Proffitt argued that fork history does not favor OpenOffice.org.

Necessity is the mother of NoSQL

As we noted last week, necessity is one of the six key factors that are driving the adoption of alternative data management technologies identified in our latest long format report, NoSQL, NewSQL and Beyond.

Necessity is particularly relevant when looking at the history of the NoSQL databases. While it is easy for the incumbent database vendor to dismiss the various NoSQL projects as development playthings, it is clear that the vast majority of NoSQL projects were developed by companies and individuals in response to the fact that the existing database products and vendors were not suitable to meet their requirements with regards to the other five factors: scalability, performance, relaxed consistency, agility and intricacy.

The genesis of much – although by no means all – of the momentum behind the NoSQL database movement can be attributed to two research papers: Google’s BigTable: A Distributed Storage System for Structured Data, presented at the Seventh Symposium on Operating System Design and Implementation, in November 2006, and Amazon’s Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-Value Store, presented at the 21st ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, in October 2007.

The importance of these two projects is highlighted by The NoSQL Family Tree, a graphic representation of the relationships between (most of) the various major NoSQL projects:

Not only were the existing database products and vendors were not suitable to meet their requirements, but Google and Amazon, as well as the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, PowerSet and Zvents, could not rely on the incumbent vendors to develop anything suitable, given the vendors’ desire to protect their existing technologies and installed bases.

Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO, has explained that as far as Amazon was concerned, the database layer required to support the company’s various Web services was too critical to be trusted to anyone else – Amazon had to develop Dynamo itself.

Vogels also pointed out, however, that this situation is suboptimal. The fact that Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Amazon have had to develop and support their own database infrastructure is not a healthy sign. In a perfect world, they would all have better things to do than focus on developing and managing database platforms.

That explains why the companies have also all chosen to share their projects. Google and Amazon did so through the publication of research papers, which enabled the likes of Powerset, Facebook, Zvents and Linkedin to create their own implementations.

These implementations were then shared through the publication of source code, which has enabled the likes of Yahoo, Digg and Twitter to collaborate with each other and additional companies on their ongoing development.

Additionally, the NoSQL movement also boasts a significant number of developer-led projects initiated by individuals – in the tradition of open source – to scratch their own technology itches.

Examples include Apache CouchDB, originally created by the now-CTO of Couchbase, Damien Katz, to be an unstructured object store to support an RSS feed aggregator; and Redis, which was created by Salvatore Sanfilippo to support his real-time website analytics service.

We would also note that even some of the major vendor-led projects, such as Couchbase and 10gen, have been heavily influenced by non-vendor experience. 10gen was founded by former Doubleclick executives to create the software they felt was needed at the digital advertising firm, while online gaming firm Zynga was heavily involved in the development of the original Membase Server memcached-based key-value store (now Elastic Couchbase).

In this context it is interesting to note, therefore, that while the majority of NoSQL databases are open source, the NewSQL providers have largely chosen to avoid open source licensing, with VoltDB being the notable exception.

These NewSQL technologies are no less a child of necessity than NoSQL, although it is a vendor’s necessity to fill a gap in the market, rather than a user’s necessity to fill a gap in its own infrastructure. It will be intriguing to see whether the various other NewSQL vendors will turn to open source licensing in order to grow adoption and benefit from collaborative development.

NoSQL, NewSQL and Beyond is available now from both the Information Management and Open Source practices (non-clients can apply for trial access). I will also be presenting the findings at the forthcoming Open Source Business Conference.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.27

Red Hat takes a PaaS at the cloud. Novell’s Linux revenues slide. And more.

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“Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

# Red Hat outlined its PaaS strategy as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

# Red Hat submitted the API specification for Apache Deltacloud to the Distributed Management Task Force.

# Novell reported (PDF) Linux platform product revenue of $35.5m in Q3, down 7.1%. Total revenue was $199m, down 7.9%.

# Simon Phipps asked whether open source communities should avoid contributor agreements.

# OpenGeo announced the release of OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition.

# UK councilor, Liam Maxwell, said central govt is holding up adoption of OSS, councils could save at least £51m.

# Sacha Labourey launched CloudBees, offering PaaS for Java applications based on Hudson Continuous Integration.

# Simon Phipps said “which open source licence” is the wrong question.

# Matt Asay asked “can open source be saved from itself?”

# Motorola has reportedly acquired 280 North – creators of open source Cappuccino app framework – for $20m.

# Marten Mickos explained Eucalyptus Systems’ perspective on the NASA/OpenStack brouhaha.

# Carlo Daffara explained the intricacies involved in open source software license selection.

# Colosa released the enterprise edition of its ProcessMaker BPM software.

# Eucalyptus Systems released version 2.0 of its open source private cloud software.

# ZDNet reported on the importance of VMware to Novell.

# ReadWriteWeb explained why Large Hadron Collider scientists are using CouchDB.

# Diaspora, the “open source Facebook” will launch on September 15.

# Simon Phipps explained why GNU/Linux is finally Free software.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.16

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

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Bittersweet
# 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 2010.06.22

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 2010.05.25

What’s missing from WebM? VoltDB launches. The importance of profitability. And more.

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# Simon Phipps examined what’s missing from WebM, from an open source perspective.

# Mike Stonebraker’s VoltDB officially launched its open source in-memory OLTP database.

# Jim Whitehurst argued that one of Red Hat’s most valuable contributions to open source is its profitability.

# Infobright appointed former Aleri CEO Don DeLoach as its new president and chief executive.

# Monty Program launched an Unlimited support offering for a company’s entire MySQL/MariaDB estate.

# Red Hat has announced the availability of Fedora 13.

# Terracotta claimed 100 customers have upgraded to the enterprise edition of Ehcache in the last 10 months.

# Stéphane Croisier discussed the future of open source CMS, and the future of open core.

# Pogo Linux released a new line of StorageDirector Z2 Foundation and StorageDirector Z2 HA Cluster products.

# Couchio started testing a hosted CouchDB service.

# A group of implementers of the open source ERP application ADempiere formed ADempiere Business Consultants.

# Simon Phipps argued the case for the continuing relevance of the Open Source Initiative.

# Red Hat’s Paul Cormier disputed Oracle’s open source credentials.

# BitTorrent released an open source implementation of its µTP protocol.

# Microsoft released two new open source projects for interoperability with Outlook.

# Carlo Daffara discussed the limited potential in trying to convert open source users into paying customers.

# When should you use Hadoop? Cloudera’s Jeff Bean offered some suggestions.

# Andrew Oliver argued that for Microsoft, open source means “Windows Encumbered” although without examples.

# While Mark Stone argued in favor of constructive engagement between open source and Microsoft.

# ibatis has become MyBatis and moved from Apache to Google Code.

# Who will build the LAMP cloud? Or does cloud computing need LAMP?

# CIO Update reported on Red Hat’s plans to commercialize deltaCloud.

# Linux trading system to save London Stock Exchange £10m a year, Computerworld reported.

451 CAOS Links 2010.05.07

SpringSource picks up GemStone. Separating community and customers. And more.

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# VMware’s SpringSource acquired data grid/cashing vendor GemStone Systems. Rod Johnson explained why.

# Stephen Walli published a guide to separating customers from open source community.

# LINBIT has taken over the development and maintenance of the formerly orphaned Heartbeat 2 Linux clustering project.

# REvolution Computing confirmed its change to become Revolution Analytics.

# Couchio published case studies on CouchDB’s use at the BBC, Assay Depot and Interactive Mediums.

# SGI released Altix ICE 8400, the next generation of its scale-out Linux supercomputer.

# Lucid Imagination launched a channel sales and support offering for VARs and SIs using Lucene/Solr.

# Rhomobile announced Rhodes 2.0, its open source cross-platform smartphone application development framework.

# Comintelli added a new Apache Solr-based Enterprise Search capability to its knowledge management software.

# Actuate claimed open BI leadership with $45m BIRT-related revenue in three years and 450 paying customers.

# Rapid-I, which offers OSS predictive analytics, data mining and text mining, has released RapidMiner 5.0.

# The OW2 Consortium launched the Open Source Cloudware Initiative to provide JavaEE autonomic server provisioning.

# Ingres targets VectorWise at financial services via a relationship with Bendigo Partners.

How soon is now? Corporate contributions and open source innovation in the context of NoSQL

In my role as part of The 451 Group’s Information Management practice I have recently initiated coverage on the various “NoSQL” databases, which are providing a fresh challenge to conventional relational databases (clients can get a good introduction to our coverage here, while non-clients can also see some of my thinking aloud over at our Too Much Information blog).

The rise of the NoSQL movement is also highly relevant in the context of open source software, however, especially in relation to two key issues related to open source software.

1/ The (lack of) corporate user contributions
2/ Open source as a source of innovation (as opposed to disruption)

NoSQL is very much a user-led phenomenon and has occurred as the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have created their own distributed data management technologies to overcome the fact that traditional database products were not able to match their performance and scalability requirements.

No all NoSQL databases are the product of companies that we would traditionally think of as users rather than developers, and not all NoSQL databases are open source, but there are a large number of projects that fulfill both criteria: such as Apache Cassandra (which originated at Facebook), Apache Hbase (Yahoo), Hypertable (Zvents), Voldemort (LinkedIn) and FlockDB (Twitter).

Meanwhile there are a number of vendors and projects focused on adding persistence, replication, index and query capabilities to memcached, which was originally created by Danga Interactive to solve its database scalability issues.

This is also (mostly) not a matter of businesses creating projects in house and then simply throwing the code over the wall. At last week’s NoSQL EU event in London, Twitter’s analytics lead, Kevin Weill, discussed how Twitter is working with Digg to create real-time analytics for Cassandra. Kevin also recently Tweeted (naturally enough) about Hadoop-LZO, a project to bring splittable LZO compression to Hadoop, on which Twitter is collaborating with Cloudera and Facebook.

There are plenty of other examples of contributions being made by Twitter, Facebook, Digg and LinkedIn on their own open source pages, but in many ways the biggest thing here is not the individual contributions but the commitment to the overall culture of contribution and collaboration.

It is often said that open source developers begin by scratching their own itch, and that is most definitely true when we look at the motivations behind the creation of projects by the companies above, but there is also a culture and clear understanding that there is much to gain from collaboration.

The NoSQL technologies also undermine the suggestion that while open source can be used to commoditize established markets it is not good an innovation. While the likes of Cassandra and Voldemort – not to mention Neo4J, Redis, CouchDB, Riak and MongoDB – are undoubtedly operating within a larger established market, the longer we look at NoSQL the clearer it is that far from commoditizing an established market these technologies are being used to innovate beyond the realms of the established relational database and establish new database market segments.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.02.19

Topics for this podcast:

*Jacobsen v. Katzer and open source impact
*Intel, Nokia team up for MeeGo open source OS
*Open source continues in embedded space
*MongoDB and the advent of the NoSQL databases
*Copyrights, complexities, control and conflict

iTunes or direct download (21:48, 6.07 MB)

451 CAOS Links 2010.02.12

Licensing, community, funding, revenue, business models, patents. And more.

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# The OpenOffice.org Community announced the release of OpenOffice.org 3.2.

# An interview with Michael Tiemann on licensing and community.

# DotNetNuke raised $8m series B funding.

# Microsoft updated its Linux Integrated Components, introducing support for RHEL in Hyper-V.

# An interview with Marten Mickos on how open source businesses can break through the $10-15m plateau.

# Joe Brockmeier discussed how to make Thunderbird financially stable.

# Glyn Moody dissected SAP’s statement on software patents.

# Datamation reported on Red Hat’s open source cloud projects.

# eXo Platform introduced xCMIS, an open source implementation of the CMIS specification.

# Monty Widenius’s Open Ocean Capital invested an undisclosed sum in MoSync.

# OpenLogic grew bookings 86% in 2009 now has more than 130 customers.

# GigaOm reported what you didn’t know about Cloudera.

# Dave Rosenberg blogged about Hashrocket’s use of MongoDB.

# Dirk Riehle explained the role of open collaboration with corporations.

# The UK’s NHS will reportedly use Novell’s OES 2 as the backbone for its move towards a cloud computing environment.

# Black Duck announced version 5.1 of its Protex code analysis engine.

# Sauce Labs released Sauce RC (Remote Control) 1.0 – a commercially supported Selenium distribution.

# Couchio, formerly Relaxed, is now offering support for CouchDB.

# Sierra Ventures managing director Tim Guleri discussed what open source means to VCs.

# Stephen Walli advised Novell – following Red Hat means you’ll always be second.

# Eclipse board candidates outline their vision for Eclipse in 2010.

# Linux.com published Myth busting – is Linux immune to viruses?

# The 451 Group’s Brenon Daly poured cold water on the latest Sourcefire acquisition rumour.

451 CAOS Links 2009.12.11

Sun updates Java platform. Red Hat open sources SPICE. And more.

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For the latest on Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL via Sun, see Everything you always wanted to know about MySQL but were afraid to ask

# Sun has released Java Platform EE 6, Glassfish 3, and NetBeans 6.8.

# Red Hat released its SPICE hosted virtual desktop protocol as open source.

# Microsoft’s Windows 7 download tool is now available under the GPL.

# Canonical announced commercial services for its Bazaar version control system.

# TechCrunch reported that Relaxed has raised $2m from Redpoint Ventures For CouchDB support business.

# Alfresco contributed the Spring Surf Extension to the Spring community under Apache license.

# OpenLogic announced a new Source Code Scanning and License Compliance module for OLEX Enterprise Edition.

# KnowledgeTree and SugarCRM announced integration via iNet Process.

# Mozilla Messaging announced Thunderbird 3.

# LINBIT noted that Linus Torvalds has merged DRBD, for open source data replication, into Linux.

# Reuters reported that the French army sides with Mozilla in Microsoft email war.

# Bob Sutor’s list of FOSS events in 2010.

# Microsoft is reportedly moving its Orchard open source CMS project from the CodePlex repository to the CodePlex Foundation.

# Brian Prentice compared open source development to JIT manufacturing.

# Ian Skerrett announced that the Eclipse Marketplace is now live.

# Unicon launched support services for Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition.

# Fabrizio Capobianco reported that Bada starts with bad.