451 CAOS Links 2011.07.26

CloudBees raises $10.5m. Microsoft commits $100m to SUSE. And more.

# CloudBees secured $10.5m in Series B venture funding.

# Microsoft renewed its vows with Attachmate’s SUSE business unit, committing to invest $100m in new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates over the next four years.

# Oracle announced that it has acquired Ksplice, twhioch offers zero downtime update technology for Linux.

# Ingres announced that Steve Shine has been named Chief Executive Officer and President.

# Dell unveiled the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution.

# DotNetNuke announced the immediate availability of DotNetNuke 6

# SkySQL announced a partnership with Yoshinori Matsunobu, to provide technical support, professional services, and training for MySQL Master High Availability Manager and Tools (MySQL MHA).

# Oracle provided early access to new features being lined up for MySQL 5.6.

# Abiquo tripled its cloud management business in the first half of 2011.

# Black Duck grew sales 37% in Q2.

# Mark Shuttleworth discussed the responsibilities of [copyright] ownership.

# Linux 3.0 has been released.

# The Document Foundation provided an illustration of its developer community.

# GigaOm considered what it means if Hortonworks doesn’t do distribution.

# Postgres has replaced MySQL as the default database for Apple OS X.

# Gluster announced the beta release of GlusterFS 3.3.

451 CAOS Links 2011.03.04

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

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

# Boxee raised $16.5m.

# Novell announced commercial support for LibreOffice.

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

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

# Xen.org released Xen Cloud Platform 1.0.

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

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

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

# Google kicked rogue apps out of Android market.

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

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

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

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

# Oracle released a new version of Oracle GlassFish Server.

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

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

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

# Oracle relaunched the Java community project site.

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

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

# Acquia launched two new hosted Drupal offerings.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.25

UK Govt goes big on open source. DotNetNuke acquires Active Modules. And more.

# This week the UK Government confirmed that it really is serious about open source software adoption. Mark Taylor reported from the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source System Integrator Forum, while ComputerWeekly rounded up the latest changes to the UK government ‘s strategy for open source.

# DotNetNuke acquired social collaboration solutions provider Active Modules.

# Acunu raised $3.6m in series A funding for its Apache Cassandra-based data storage software.

# Canonical and Banshee agreed to disagree on music store revenue.

# SAP’s HANA appliance runs SUSE Linus Enterprise Server.

# Vaadin released a Vaadin Pro subscription with set of commercial tools, components and support.

# Oracle Technology Network published an article on using Berkeley DB as a NoSQL data store.

# Quest Software is sponsoring the Sudo project.

# LINBIT’s DRBD replication software is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# Marten Mickos discussed how open source impacts company culture.

# Openbravo introduced “Agile ERP” with Openbravo 3.

# The Chemistry open source implementation of CMIS is now a top level Apache project.

# The first release of Spring Gemfire integration is now generally available.

# Sencha introduced PhiloGL, an open source WebGL framework.

# A project has been started to create a Qt implementation for Android.

# Karmasphere updated its Studio and Analyst development and analytics products for Hadoop.

# Andy Updegrove discussed best practices in open source foundation governance.

# arstechnica explained why Microsoft was right to ban GPL apps from its app store, and why Apple should do the same.

# Yahoo plans to release its internal cloud computing engine using as open source license.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.08

NoSQL vendors merge to form Couchbase. Funding for Basho and EnterpriseDB. And more.

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# NoSQL vendors CouchOne and Membase merged to form Couchbase, create open source distributed document database.

# EnterpriseDB increased its most recent fundraising round from $7.5m to $13.6m.

# Basho Technologies raised $7.5m in series D funding, as Danish IT company Trifork acquired an 8% stake in the company and became the European distributor for Riak.

# The FSF and the OSI responded to the DOJ’s request for more info on the Novell/CPTN patent deal.

# Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is now available to the US federal government via Autonomic Resources.

# Gluster announced Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services.

# Jaspersoft and SugarCRM announced a number of BI features available integrated with SugarCRM Pro or Enterprise.

# Novell is bundling SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability (HA) Extension with select HP systems.

# MuleSoft announced a private beta program for a new integration platform as a service called Mule iON.

# Actuate generated over $21.2m in BIRT-related business in 2010, bringing the total in the last 4 years to over $62.5m.

# Tuxera joined the Linux Foundation.

# Mandriva joined the Open Invention Network as licensee.

# Whamcloud entered into a partnership with Bull to accelerate the development of Lustre.

# VMware released Zimbra 7.

# DotNetNuke claimed to have tripled its customer base since the end of 2009 to over 1,000.

# Eric Baldeschwieler presented the backstory of Yahoo and Hadoop.

# Groklaw reported that UnXis has been selected as the buyer for the software product business of The SCO Group.

# Jason van Zyl maintained that Hudson has a bright future under Oracle, with Sonatype’s support.

451 CAOS Links 2011.01.21

The OSI and FSF unite against CPTN. Appcelerator acquires Aptana. And more.

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# The OSI and the FSF published a joint position statement on the proposed sale of Novell’s patents to CPTN. (PDF)

# Groklaw reported that another party might be interested in Novell’s patents “and maybe more”.

# The European Commission is not interested in investigating the sale of Novell’s patents to CPTN.

# Appcelerator acquired Aptana.

# Open source graph database vendor Sones raised a second round of funding. Reportedly $2.68m.

# Savio Rodrigues considered the impact of Amazon Elastic Beanstalk on the open source Java market.

# CloudBees introduced training for Hudson continuous integration server.

# ActiveState and Rogue Wave partnered to bring embeddable mathematical and statistical functionality to Python developers.

# DotNetNuke introduced support for Microsoft’s WebMatrix and Razor products.

# OpenERP launched OpenERP v6 with both on-site and SaaS versions.

# Convirture surpassed 45,000 downloads of ConVirt Open Source in 2010 and now counts more than 2,000 deployments.

# Black Duck added 169 new customers in 2010.

# Funambol introduced Funambol v9.

# KnowledgeTree grew customer acquisitions 215% in the fourth quarter.

# Joyent announced SmartDataCenter 6, the latest version of its cloud operating system.

# OpenLogic is now providing support for Talend’s community edition data integration software.

# SkySQL gathered 40 customers in its first 12 weeks, generated sales of seven figures.

# EnterpriseDB is making its SQL/Protect, PL/Secure and xDB Replication Server tools available for PostgreSQL.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced Apache Pivot 2.0.

# Sonatype released the results of a survey of 1,600 developers, architects and managers.

# A year after Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart reported on the status of the open source projects.

451 CAOS Links 2010.09.28

Document Foundation forms around LibreOffice. And more.

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# The Document Foundation was formed to develop a new LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice.org.

# Andy Updegrove explained why LibreOffice highlights the need for more open source foundations.

# The CodePlex Foundation re-branded itself the Outercurve Foundation.

# Microsoft is adopting WordPress.com as the default blogging platform for its Windows Live service.

# The IMTC acquired the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol and open source TIP Library from Cisco.

# RIM’s BlackBerry Widgets development platform is being renamed WebWorks and released as an open-source project.

# DotNetNuke is now offering integration with Facebook and Twitter via PackFlash Publish.

# Rivet Logic extended its Crafter rivet framework with the launch of Crafter Studio.

# HP, Intel and Yahoo added four more members to their Open Cirrus open source cloud test bed project.

# Modulo announced the modSIC open source Security Content Automation Protocol project.

# Sony Ericsson is ditching Symbian in favour of Android.

# Glyn Moody wondered whether we are entering the golden age of forks.

# An interview with Larry Augustin on cloud, open source and community.

# SourceFuse launched LoadedPress, based on WordPress.

# MindTouch announced the availability of the MindTouch Technical Communications Suite.

# The UK’s Deputy CIO Bill McCluggage invited case studies that highlight the business case for OSS.

# StatusNet released premium features for its StatusNet Cloud service.

# Jaspersoft CEO Brian Gentile discussed the principles of open source.

# Actify, Aras, Razorleaf and Microsoft collaborated on an open source collaborative product development offering.

# The OpenGeo Suite team announced OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition 2.2.

# Opsera released version 3.9.0 of its Opsview Community Edition software, including monitoring of EC2 and S3.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.24

The future of open source licensing. OpenSolaris governing board quits. And more.

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# Glyn Moody asked which open source software licensing is best for the future?

# The OpenSolaris Governing Board has collectively and expectedly resigned.

# OpenBravo has updated its rapid implementation ERP offering for small and mid-sized businesses, Openbravo QuickStart.

# Red Hat has launched Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# GigaOm published a video interview with Marten Mickos on open source and cloud computing.

# The UK government made its first contributions to Drupal.

# As Matt Asay noted, open core naysayers appear to be promoting proprietary software.

# Cloud.com’s CloudStack open source private and public cloud computing software now supports VMware.

# Gluster introduced VMStor, which simplifies scalable NAS for virtual machine storage.

# Microsoft expressed its love for open source.

# newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus Systems have introduced an integrated platform for enterprise private and hybrid cloud computing.

# Fortune magazine examined how corporate America went open source.

# Martin Michlmayr continued his examination of open source contributor agreements with some examples.

# DotNetNuke introduced DotNetNuke Enterprise Edition, including the new DotNetNuke Content Staging feature.

# Brian Proffitt tackled criticism of Linux Foundation and Open Invention Network, in the light of Oracle vs Google.

# Palamida joined the Linux Foundation.

# OpenStack published an update on its progress.

# Black Duck analysis shows 70% growth from 2008 to 2009 in open source projects specifically associated with cloud computing.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.29

Elephants on parade: Hadoop goes mainstream. And more.

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Elephants on parade
# Cloudera launched v3 of its Distribution for Hadoop and released v1 of Cloudera Enterprise.

# Karmasphere released new Professional and Analyst Editions of its Hadoop development and deployment studio.

# Talend announced that its Integration Suite now offers native support for Hadoop.

# Yahoo announced the beta release of Hadoop with Security and Oozie, Yahoo’s workflow engine for Hadoop.

# Datameer announced a strategic partnership with Zementis for predictive analytics on Hadoop.

# The Register reported that Twitter is set to open source its MySQL-to-Hadoop tool.

# MicroStrategy announced support for Apache Hadoop as a data source for MicroStrategy 9.

# Appistry announced Hadoop-based strategic alliances Concurrent, Datameer and Kitenga.

# GOTO Metrics released Data Analytics Platform, a Hadoop-based business intelligence platform.

Best of the rest
# The Software Freedom Law Center responded to the Supreme Court’s decision on Bilski v. Kappos, while Mark Radcliffe provided his thoughts.

# David Wiley discussed openness, radicalism, and tolerance (and the lack of it).

# Jorg Janke discussed how Compiere overstepped the balance between proprietary and open product components.

# Simon Phipps argued that open core is bad for software freedom.

# Nick Halsey joined SugarCRM as chief marketing officer.

# DotNetNuke more than doubled its subscription customers in 1H10 to nearly 800, expects 400% FY revenue growth.

# Nuxeo announced its new Nuxeo Case Management Framework.

# Mike Masnick discussed why the lack of billion dollar pure play open source software companies is a good thing.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced Apache Tomcat Version 7.0.

# Glyn Moody asked whether Oracle has been a disaster for Sun’s open source.

# Infoworld discussed eight business strategies for profiting from open source software.

# Computerworld reported that Red Hat CEO sees VMware as biggest competitor.

# IBM published an essay on the role Linux plays in its smarter planet initiative.

# Groklaw asked, What did Microsoft know about SCO’s plan to attack Linux, and when did it know it?

# Mozilla won the American Business Award for the most innovative company of the year.

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

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

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

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

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

451 CAOS Links 2010.04.23

The White House contributes to OSS. Growth for Pentaho and MuleSoft. And more.

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# The White House released some of the custom code it has developed for whitehouse.gov as open source.

# Pentaho reported 229% bookings growth and 177% Enterprise Edition customer growth in Q2.

# MuleSoft grew bookings by 140% in Q1.

# The beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is now available, without Xen.

# OpenCandy raised $5m in series B funding, led by Google Ventures.

# Canonical released the source code to the Canonical Identity Provider.

# Monty Widenius’s keynote text from MySQL Conference 2010.

# Port25 published an interview with Brian Gentile – CEO of Jaspersoft.

# Zenoss and Puppet Labs partnered to deliver integrated IT monitoring and automation.

# IBM is delivering a range of software appliances powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

# INSIDE Contactless released its Open NFC protocol stack API and source code.

# DotNetNuke launched version 5.4 of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions.

# SIG.eu published a report on software industry savings resulting from use of OSS.

# James Dixon has a dream, and that dream is the Free/Open Source Software Global Maturity Matrix.

# Aras updated its open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software.

# Zenoss announced community-developed OSS cloud monitoring and virtualization management software extensions.

# Korean Internet company NHN became a licensee of the OIN.

VC funding for OSS-related vendors up 38% in Q1

We reported last week that VC funding for OSS-related vendors fell 37% in 2009 to $375.4m. We noted at the time that the decline was not actually as steep as I or others had predicted.

Another reason we weren’t overly negative about the 2009 figure was that we knew the figures for the first quarter of 2010 were much more positive. According to our preliminary figures, funding grew 37.9% in the quarter to $89.1m.

1Q10 was the second consecutive quarter of growth, following the more modest 6% rise in the fourth quarter of 2009, providing another reason to think positively about investment and OSS in 2010, although as the chart above indicates, funding levels are still well down on 2008.

Another note of caution surrounds the fact that a significant proportion of the funding in Q1 was was the result of Magento’s $22.5m equity funding round.

Other early-stage deals announced in the first quarter included a $6m series A round for eXo Platform; $5.1m for Abiquo; a $5m series A round for NorthScale; and a $4m series A round for OpenERP.

Later stage deals included $12m series C funding for MuleSoft; $10m series B funding for
Lucid Imagination; and an $8m series B round for DotNetNuke.

There were 16 announced funding deals in the first quarter, compared to 12 in the whole of the first quarter of 2009. Fifteen of the deals in the first quarter of 2010 had a disclosed size, resulting in an average deal size of $5.9m. In the same quarter of 2009, there were 11 deals with a disclosed size, resulting in the same average deal size of $5.9m.

Based on the increased number of funding deals in 2010, it is clear that venture funding is available for both early- and later-stage deals if the business opportunities are right, although the fact that the average deal size remained the same indicates continued pressure on funding levels. Taking all these factors into account, the level of funding in 2010 can be expected to be flat at best compared to 2009.

A full discussion of VC funding in the first quarter of 2010 and the whole of 2009 is included in our latest CAOS report, Open to Investment, 2010, along with analysis of venture-backed mergers and acquisitions in 2009 involving OSS-related vendors, an overview of the potential impact of current economic conditions on OSS adoption and investment in OSS-related vendors, and a list of the 74 vendors we believe are most likely to be considering further funding in the next two years.

451 Group clients with an interest in OSS and venture capital may also be interested in our recent Sector IQ report: Open source M&A in 2010: Will scarcity of later-stage funding lead to more scrap sales?

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.

A guide to The 451 Group’s open source software coverage

Regular visitors to the 451 CAOS Theory blog will be well aware of The 451 Group’s CAOS (Commercial Adoption of Open Source) research service and our CAOS long-form reports.

They are probably less aware of the open source coverage that The 451 Group provides on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis, however, and I thought it would be worthwhile to provide some examples of The 451 Group’s ongoing open source coverage by highlighting a few recent reports.

The company’s core services are 451 Market Insight Service, which delivers daily insight into emerging enterprise IT markets, and 451 TechDealmaker, a forward-looking weekly analysis service focused on M&A activity within the enterprise IT business.

Here’s some examples of how our coverage fits in to those two services. Needless to say, these reports are only available to clients, although you can apply for trial access. Vendors – open source or otherwise – do not have to be clients in order to be covered by our analysts.

451 Market Insight Service
The 451’s CAOS analysts – Jay and I – are responsible for much of the coverage of open source specialist vendors. Recent examples include:

Meanwhile The 451 Group’s team of analysts also cover open source related vendors in their respective coverage areas, often in conjunction with CAOS analysts. For example:

Additionally, we also provide reports assessing the strategies of proprietary/mixed source vendors towards open source. Examples include:

In addition to our vendor-centric MIS output, open source also regularly makes an appearance in our reports assessing wider industry trends. For example:

451 TechDealmaker
451 Group analysts follow open source-related M&A in their coverage areas, again often working with the CAOS analsyst. Examples include:

While we also provide reports assessing the prospects of potential acquirers and targets alike. For example:

And again, open source makes an appearance in our reports assessing wider industry trends. For example:

For those with an interest in M&A it is also worth mentioning is 451 M&A KnowledgeBase – the company’s merger and acquisition database, which contains details of all M&A deals tracked by The 451 Group, and offers the ability to filter search results to contain deals that are themed “open source”.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.29

Winning and losing with open source. Paranoid Android. And more.

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Winning and losing
Matt Asay stirred things up with his declaration that free software has lost and open source has won. Responding to Matt Asay, Glyn Moody argued that without free software, open source would lose its meaning, while Mark Stone explained that free versus open source is not black and white – it’s more complex than that.

Matt Asay later declared open source the winner again, this time as a platform.

Paranoid Android?
Linux Magazine reported on Google’s cease & desist letter to an Android developer. The move prompted the formation of the Open Android Alliance to replace proprietary applications included in OEM Android installations with open source alternatives.

Best of the rest

# OSnews published The Difference Between EULAs and Open Source Licenses. An important distinction that is often not made.

# Talend acquired Amalto’s master data management software.

# Michael Tiemann published a preview of his speech on open source and the recovery at Open World Forum, prompting James Dixon to argue that the acquisition and exist costs of open source are not ‘zero’.

# Microsoft contributed a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Channel for AMQP to the Apache Qpid project.

# Protecode launched version 3.0 of its Software Lifecycle IP Management software.

# Zack Urlocker provided some insight into open source adoption by SMBs in Europe.

# Jan Stedehouder provided a summary of the ongoing debate about FOSS, sexism and feminism.

# Matt Asay reported on the importance of a strong foundation for open source dominance.

# Savio Rodrigues noted that the quality of open source code can go down, as well as up, depending on how you count it.

# Red Hat appointed a new board member, Donald Livingstone, Professor at BYU’s Marriott School of Business.

# DotNetNuke formed a board of advisors to help shape product development and technology adoption issues.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Talend expanded with new OEM partnerships.

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

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

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

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

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

451 CAOS Links 2009.08.28

Novell reports Linux revenue up 22%. GPLv2 in decline. And more.

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# Novell reported Q3 Linux platform revenue of $38m, up 22%. Total Q3 revenue was $216m, down from $245m, prompting Matt Asay to note that Novell’s use of Linux as a loss-leader to promote proprietary products is not working.

# GPLv2 usage has dropped below 50% of all OSS projects tracked by Black Duck.

# “On licenses, communities, business models”, an excellent post from Carlo Daffara on the debate about GPL usage.

# DotNetNuke acquired Snowcovered, an online market for DotNetNuke modules, skins, services and related products.

# Cray acquired SiCortex’s PathScale compiler assets. The PathScale technology is to be open sourced via partnership with NetSyncro.com, which is rebranding itself PathScale.

# AdMob plans to release acquired AdWhirl assets as open source ad mediation product for mobile platforms.

# Nokia unveiled its Maemo-based N900 handset due for release in October.

# Tuxera, NTFS-3G file system provider, signed a patent agreement with Microsoft and joined exFAT driver program.

# Opengear announced revenue growth based on its open source-based console server and KVM over IP products.

# Linux Pro Magazine published a series of interviews with women in open source.

# OSOR.eu now offers federated search of national and regional public administration open source forges in Austria, France, Italy and Spain.

# Groklaw reported that SCO Group’s Chapter 11 trustee has been appointed and approved.

# rPath announced support for The RackSpace Cloud.

# Gear6’s distribution for Memcached is now available on VMware.

# The H Open reported that Microsoft has released an open source SDK to create Bing apps on Mac OS X and iPhone.

451 CAOS Links 2009.01.09

EMC buys some, but not all, of SourceLabs. Cfengine launches data center automation software. Open source and TCO. Measuring corporate contributions to open source. And more.

Official announcements
Self-repairing Data Center Automation solution released Cfengine

Acquia Joins Red Hat Exchange Bringing Social Publishing Expertise to the Open Source Ecosystem Acquia

DotNetNuke Moves to CodePlex DotNetNuke

The BitRock Network Service Improves Product Development and Support, Gains Momentum BitRock

AccesStream Announces Beta Release of its Open Source Identity Access Management Solution AccesStream

Roaring Penguin Software And GroundWork Open Source Deliver Solution Providers Easier Monitoring And Management Of Anti-Spam Appliances GroundWork

CohesiveFT Adds the Kernel-based Virtual Machine Format to its Automated Elastic Server Platform CohesiveFT

MuleSource Partners With FastConnect to Meet Rising Demand in France MuleSource

Extentech Inc. Announces Open Source Multi-Platform Alternative to Sharepoint Extentech

LinMin Introduces Bare Metal Provisioning 5.3 with One-Click Provisioning Role Creation and Support for the latest Linux Releases from Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE and CentOS LinMin

DSS, Inc., Announces Open Source Version of vxVistA EHR Framework, Joins Open Health Tools Foundation

News articles
Measuring Corporate Contributions to an Open Source Project Joe Brockmeier, CIO.com

EMC buys some parts of SourceLabs Colin Barker, ZDNet.co.uk

Consortium tackles cloud computing standards Jon Brodkin, Network World

Marketcetera readies open source trading platform Computer Business Review

Vietnam to widely use open source software VietNamNet Bridge

Palm needs Nova to shine Ryan Kim, San Francisco Gate Chronicle

The state of free software TechRadar

Surf Google Earth With Wii Balance Board Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Blogs
Managing open source adoption in your IT organization Bob Sutor

Open source and the total cost of ownership dilemma Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Open Source TCO: Total Cost of Ownership and the Fermat’s Theorem Roberto Galoppini

Great things afoot in the MySQL community Don MacAskill, SmugMug

Bob Muglia and open source at Microsoft Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Cisco: Serving Up Open Source? The VAR Guy

As the UIQ Platform Opens, UIQ Closes Kristin Shoemaker, OStatic

Open Source trends in 2009 – what’s new? Matthew Langham, The Silent Penguin

The difference a year makes Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Why Dell Won’t Buy Red Hat The VAR Guy

Integrated Revised 2010 Goals Mitchell Baker

Refocusing on our mission SJ Klein, OLPC

Will More iPhone Apps go Open Source? Frederic Lardinois, ReadWriteWeb

Audio/visual
Podcast: Novell Chief Marketing Officer Talks SUSE Linux (And More) The VAR Guy
“In this episode, Novell Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon responds to five key questions about the company’s SUSE Linux strategies, broader software efforts and partner initiatives.”

Free For All BBC Radio 4’s In Business
Maybe there are better ways of doing business than charging users for goods and services. But is it really profitable to give products away? Peter Day hears from two advocates of business models that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Apologies in advance if this is not available outside the UK.

VC funding for open source: mixed messages from 2008

NB The figures originally reported here were preliminary and have been revised for a formal CAOS report to be published in the first half of 2009. The figures for Q4 have been removed or updated, while those for the full year have been updated:

The figures for publicly disclosed venture capital funding in open source vendors during Q4 and FY08 are in and while the numbers themselves provide a mixed picture, the statistics don’t necessarily tell the full story.

  • Overall $587.3m was announced in 2008, up 45.4% on 2007, and the second highest annual figure on record after 2006.
  • Most of the funding ($370.6m) was announced in the first half of the year as 2008 set new records for the most funds announced in both the first ($209.8m) and second ($160.8m) quarters.
  • Meanwhile funding levels dropped sharply in the second half to $216.7m, although that was up on $194.7m announced in the second half of 2007.

There are a couple of reasons why these stats don’t tell the full story, however.

  • There were three deals announced with an undisclosed deal value in 4Q08, compared to just one in 4Q07. Those deals involved DotNetNuke, Siruna and DimDim.
  • There were other deals that were done, but not officially announced, such as Cloudera’s. It is our policy to only include deals that are officially announced or reported by trusted sources.

Of course the big question is about what will happen to VC funding in 2009. I’m certainly not as confident as I was a year ago when I predicted that VC funding would rise in 2008.

The fourth quarter showed that despite a slow down there is money out there if the fundamentals are right, and it was good to see new vendors emerge around technologies such as Hadoop and Lucene.

No doubt there will be open source failures during 2009 given the economic conditions, and I have written before about the potential for increased M&A, but I think we will continue to see new start ups get funding and while VCs will drive a hard bargain for later stage deals there will still be money available for vendors with good prospects.

Given that I expect to see an increased number of smaller deals overall I’d suggest VC funding in 2009 will be down compared to 2008, and probably compared to 2007 as well, but the interest of VCs in commercial open source will continue.

451 CAOS Links 2008.12.09

Linux Defenders formed to protect against patents. Sun adds new board members and officially announces MySQL 5.1. Microsoft releases open source content management system. Google’s secret OS? And more.

Official announcements
Open Invention Network and Partners Unveil Landmark ‘Linux Defenders’ Program to Give the Open Source Community Greater Freedom Open Invention Network

Sun Microsystems and Southeastern Asset Management Agree to Appoint New Independent Members to Sun’s Board of Directors Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems Releases MySQL 5.1 – Boosts Performance & Simplifies Management of Large-Scale Database Applications Sun Microsystems

Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board Elects New Members The Linux Foundation

Appcelerator Brings Web Applications to the Desktop with Titanium Appcelerator

Appcelerator Secures $4.1 Million in Series A Venture Funding Appcelerator
(NB – this funding deal was previously reported in July)

Adobe Collaborates with SpringSource for Enhanced Integration Between Flash and SpringSource Platforms SpringSource

SugarCRM Introduces New Cloud Services and Social Feeds SugarCRM

Talend Launches Talend Babili Community Translation Project Talend

Black Duck Software Busts Myths About Application Development Black Duck

Metaforic to Secure the Open Source LAMP Stack Metaforic

Virtual Iron growth outpaces server virtualization marketplace Virtual Iron

Open Source Visionary Larry Augustin Joins DotNetNuke Corp. Board of Directors DotNetNuke

GroundWork Improves Community Product Testing And Insight With BitRock Network Service GroundWork Open Source

Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members Open Handset Alliance

FTF and gpl-violations release a guide to reporting and fixing licence violations Free Software Foundation Europe

News articles
Firms Aim to Ease Patent Risks for Linux Users Don Clark, Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Sun’s Mickos says he’s OK with MySQL co-founder’s 5.1 rant Chris Kanaracus, IDG

OS: Does That Mean Operating Systems, Open Source, or Both? Jonathan Erickson, Dr Dobb’s Journal

What’s Open About OpenSolaris? Jonathan Erickson, Dr Dobb’s Journal

Blogs
Microsoft develops open-source content-management system Mary Jo Foley, ZDnet

Oxite: Just MIX and Serve Joe Wilcox, eWeek Microsoft Watch

Red Hat Invests In Open Source Business Intelligence The VAR Guy

What’s going on in MySQL land? Giuseppe Maxia

The cost of developing enterprise-only open source features Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Destroying MySQL Kevin Burton

The New MySQL Landscape Jeremy Zawodny

Google’s secret operating system Matt Asay, Cnet

Pentaho Channel Chief Lars Nordwall Talks Open Source Business Intelligence The VAR Guy

Native Client: A Technology for Running Native Code on the Web Brad Chen, Google Code Blog

451 CAOS Links 2008.12.05

IBM picks Ubuntu for virtual desktop. Nokia acquires Symbian and prepares for open source. SourceForge gets a new CEO. Microsoft finds some old TCO numbers down the back of the couch. And more.

Official announcements
IBM and Business Partners Introduce a Linux-Based, Virtual Desktop IBM

Novell Reports Financial Results for Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2008 Novell

SourceForge Appoints Scott L. Kauffman President and Chief Executive Officer SourceForge

Nokia acquires Symbian Limited Symbian

Symbian Foundation moves closer to launch Symbian

Oracle Contributes Code to Linux Community, Teams with Emulex and Launches Early Adopter Program Oracle

Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 Reduces Cost with End User Management for Mixed IT Environments Novell

SpringSource Teams With VMware to Deliver Virtualization to Enterprises Using Spring SpringSource

db4objects, Inc. sells its object database business to Versant Corporation in order to focus on Servo, its ground-breaking user data management service Servo Software

Dimdim Exits Beta, Releases Source Code, Launches SynchroLive DimDim

Moonlight 1.0 BETA Makes Linux Users First Class Citizens for Digital Media Novell

Continuent Announces Support For MySQL 5.1 Continuent

MindTouch Introduces New Desktop Suite and New Converters for Mediawiki, Atlassian Confluence and IBM Lotus Notes MindTouch

iVenture Invests in Siruna Siruna

DotNetNuke Corporation Appoints New CEO DotNetNuke

Document Interoperability Initiative Demonstrates Momentum and Results Microsoft

Actuate Publishes 2008 Open Source Report Series; Detailed Country Reports Available for North America, Germany, France and UK Actuate

Save Up To 96% on ECM with an Open Source Stack Alfresco

Microsoft Gives Businesses Lower TCO Versus Hidden Costs of Open Source Microsoft

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform Expands to over 45 Certified Configurations Red Hat

InnoDB Plugin 1.0.2 for MySQL 5.1.30 (GA) Released Innobase (Oracle)

New Relic Announces Support for Ruby on Rails Release 2.2 New Relic

Songbird 1.0 is Here! Songbird

Dexton ASE Opens up to Open Source Community Dexton

News articles
Open-Source Developers Set Out Software Road Map for 2020 Peter Sayer, CIO.com

Google: Open source lets us control our destiny Chris Duckett, Builder AU

Cloud computing to fuel open source explosion Nick Heath, Silicon.com

Zmanda’s Revenue and Subscriber Base Quadrupled in 2008 via Open Source Data Protection Solutions Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet

Microsoft boosts OOXML compatibility David Mayer, ZDNet

Valley Girls: Mitchell Baker Maggie Shiels, BBC

China Internet cafes switching to Chinese OS The Associated Press

Blogs
Microsoft disparages open-source TCO with year-old case study Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Saas, open source and “social media” at Gilbane 2008
Kathleen Reidy, The 451 Group

Ingres Paints a Rosy Picture Glyn Moody, ComputerWorld UK

Mapping open source into mobile: who, where and how Andreas Constantinou, Vision Mobile

Thank you to our friends Todd Barr, FiveRuns

SugarCRM Veteran Builds Pentaho’s Open Source Channel The VAR Guy

China: We’ll keep Red Flag flying here Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian

Tracing the evolution of open source in China Mike Rogoway, The Silicon Forest