The OpenStack Tipping Point – new report

Since its start in the summer of 2010, the OpenStack open source cloud computing project has been the subject of a lot of hype. Today, the technology, backers and use of OpenStack are giving substance to all of that sizzle and skepticism is giving way to service provider and enterprise use cases across the globe. OpenStack is still relatively immature and still requires a high degree of technical aptitude to deploy, but its community continues to grow in both providers and users, both of which are focused on making the software easier to deploy, manage and scale.

*Coming of age
The OpenStack project itself is not even three years old, but thanks to maturing technology, growing membership and the OpenStack Foundation formed last year, OpenStack has matured to the point it is getting attention from large service provider and enterprise users, including companies in telecommunications, retail and research. Large supporters of OpenStack such as Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM and Rackspace are using OpenStack internally and also in new cloud offerings. We also see vitality in the number of startups and smaller players bringing OpenStack to the market, including Cloudscaling, eNovance, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Nebula and Piston Cloud Computing. We’ve also seen large vendors make acquisitions of key OpenStack players, such as Red Hat’s acquisition of scale-out storage specialist Gluster for $136m in October 2011, VMware’s acquisition of open source networking player Nicira for $1.26 billion in July 2012 and Oracle’s acquisition of cloud management vendor Nimbula in March 2013. We have no doubt as the OpenStack technology and market matures, it will present additional acquirers and targets along the way.

The fact that there were already open source cloud computing options in the market when OpenStack was established helped contribute to a discussion of open source software, open standards and open clouds. We expect OpenStack and other open source cloud options, such as CloudStack, Eucalyptus, Joyent and OpenNebula, will continue to co-exist in the market and will all benefit from the increased credibility they all bring to open source cloud computing. Just as different Linux distributions and different open source hypervisors have helped drive one another in the industry, we are likely to see open clouds do the same thing.

*Components mature, emerge
In addition to its foundation and growing support among vendors and implementors, OpenStack is also gaining traction because the technology of the open source project is maturing and advancing. The main OpenStack components for compute (Nova), networking (Quantum) and storage (Swift) are becoming more credible for enterprises and service providers beyond bleeding edge users. Where there are some of the biggest gaps in OpenStack, such as dashboard/UI, identity services, orchestration or metering, additional components and sub-projects are emerging. While OpenStack continues to require a good degree of technical aptitude to deploy, the OpenStack community seems to be scatching the right itches for broader enterprise and service provider use.

OpenStack users have also indicated that although the OpenStack technology may be lacking in certain features and functionality, they appreciate the ability to be part of the community that solves issues and having more control of their own IT destiny.

*OpenStack Drivers
OpenStack is being driven largely by the growing number of enterprise and service provider organizations that want to put more of their operations and offerings in the cloud. Many companies are seeking the scalability and elasticity of public clouds, but desire more control and want private clouds, where OpenStack is finding some traction. this is particularly true for continuous integration and continuous deployment or devops implementations that combine application development and IT operations for greater efficiency and speed. We are seeing two types of adoption of devops: more proactive efforts that center on speed and iteration and more reactive effors that focus on providing IT resources to developers, productivity and business units so they do not go outside the organization for public cloud, free or low-cost options, also known as ‘shadow IT.’

Other OpenStack drivers parallel the advantages we’ve seen for open source software: cost savings, flexibility and avoiding vendor lock-in. OpenStack users have also indicated it has been helpful to be able to access OpenStack source code and customize it for integration with existing infrastructure and systems. We’ve also heard from some OpenStack implementors that their developers and engineers prefer open source tools and frameworks that give more flexibility.

*OpenStack Hurdles
Despite the size and number of OpenStack supporters and vendors, the open source cloud computing software still represents a technical challenge for many organizations. Baseline features and functionality, such as metering and billing, are just now taking shape in OpenStack and while issues are being rapidly addressed, the software is not ready out of the box by an means.

Another challenge with the project and its use among more enterprises and service providers is the fact that OpenStack talent is in short supply. This is one of the biggest challenges of deploying OpenStack and while users may seek third-party help, their options are somewhat limited. This facet of OpenStack is quickly changing with more training and certification efforts in the works as well as a new OpenStack Operations Guide that was published last month.

We at 451 Research have also fielded more inquiries and questions on OpenStack. In response, we’ve published an extensive report on OpenStack available to 451 Research subscribers here.

Reading between the lines of the Linux contributor list

The recently released Who Writes Linux kernel contributor list reveals that some of the usual supporters of Linux — Red Hat, SUSE, IBM, Intel, Oracle — remain firmly behind the open source OS.

There has also been a lot of attention on the other contributors, which now include Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). What I find most fascinating about the Linux contributor list — beyond the increasing rate of code change with some 10,000 patches from 1,000 developers representing 200 companies in each quarterly kernel release — are the contributors that show some new direction and potential for Linux, in this case the processor players.

Whenever the Linux contributor report comes out, there is also typically some focus on those that use the Linux kernel code but do not necessarily appear among its list of core contributors.

One of the most frequent names to come up in this regard is Canonical, backer of the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Read the full article at LinuxInsider.

2012 to be year of Linux domination

Previously, I’ve called out years for non-desktop Linux in 2008, Linux in both the low and high-ends of the market in 2009, ‘hidden’ Linux in 2010 and last year, cloud computing in 2011. For 2012, I see continued growth, prevalence, innovation and impact from Linux, thus leading to a 2012 that is dominated by Linux.

I expect to see nothing but continued strength for Linux and open source in cloud computing in 2012. The cloud continues to be the biggest disruptor and opportunity for Linux providers. 2012 got off to an interesting start with Microsoft’s efforts to support for Linux on Azure, which highlights just how pervasive Linux has become in cloud computing. As detail in our special report on The Changing Linux Landscape, we also expect Linux to continue to be the basis for most offerings in IaaS and particularly PaaS, which is burgeoning across open source languages and frameworks as well as verticals and enterprise customers. Its popularity among enterprise and other developers will also bolster Linux and open source software in 2012.

We can certainly expect to see Linux continue its domination in supercomputing and the Top 500 Supercomputer List, where Linux continues to grow its share above 90% while others, such as Microsoft, Apple and BSD, fall off of the list.

I also expect Linux will grow its presence and impact on the wider, more mainstream server market, where Red Hat and SUSE continue to benefit from Unix migration, particularly from Solaris. Our analysis with survey data from 451 Research division TheInfoPro shows server spending for databases and data warehousing favoring Red Hat with Linux over Oracle with either Linux or Solaris. Out of more than 165 server professionals interviewed by TIP, 67% are planning to spend more with Red Hat on database/data-warehousing, and only 6% plan to spend less. The positive figures for Red Hat mirror negative spending intentions for Oracle, with 55% planning to spend less and only 9% planning to spend more. Spending continues to decline strongly for all of the primary Unix providers in the study, which in addition to Oracle includes IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

We may also see further expansion for Red Hat, which may be eyeing key acquisitions, and other Linux and open source vendors as they continue building their channels and wade more into midmarket and SMB customers.

In smartphones and mobile software, I also expect Linux will do quite well in 2012 with continued Android strength, diminished FUD and possibly an open source boost from a newly-open sourced WebOS. We also see Ubuntu arriving on the mobile and converged device scene, including ‘concept’ appearance at CES.

We’re also likely to see Linux in automobiles, health care and other electronics even more in 2012, though you may never hear Linux or open source. Don’t be fooled though, Linux is expanding its already impressive, wide presence and 2012 looks to be another year of significant gains.

451 CAOS Links 2011.11.04

Microsoft contributes to Samba. Basho raises another $5m. And more.

# Microsoft contributed code to Samba.

# Basho Technologies raised an additional $5m from existing equity holders and announced a licensing agreement with the Danish Government.

# Actuate reported BIRT license business of $3.0m among total revenue of $33.8m in Q3.

# IBM and Eurotech contributed the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol to the Eclipse Foundation.

# Informatica and Hortonworks collaborated on the distribution of the Community Edition of Informatica HParser.

# SugarCRM announced the release of Sugar 6.3, a major upgrade to its Community Edition.

# The UK government’s Cabinet Office updated its Open Source Procurement Toolkit.

# Cloudera founder Christophe Bisciglia launched a new company Apache Hadoop-based analytics company called Odiago

# The results for the JCP 2011 Executive Committee election are in.

# Linus Torvalds discussed why Linux is not successful on the desktop.

# Apache Harmony has been now been moved to the Apache Attic.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.06.10

Topics for this podcast:

*eBay wins bid for open source e-commerce player Magento
*Citrix releases its own version of OpenStack
*MapR brings its own Hadoop distribution to market
*IBM builds out its analytics and data stream stories with Hadoop
*The trend toward more permissive licensing
*Why Oracle’s donation of OO.o disappoints

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Hypervisor fight good for customers, good for FOSS

There have been many changes in the market and technology since Citrix acquired XenSource and a major stewardship stake in the Xen open source hypervisor four years ago. Red Hat’s 2008 Qumranet acquisition and subsequent push behind the Linux-integrated Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor has added to the disruption. One thing, though, remains the same: the intense competition among these open source hypervisors in the enterprise market.

Read the entire article at LinuxInsider.

451 CAOS Links 2011.06.03

Reaction to Apache OpenOffice proposal. The rise of Github. And more.

Apache OpenOffice proposal
# Oracle confirmed that it had proposed that OpenOffice.org become an Apache Incubator project (as initially reported by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols). The project will be backed by IBM, which is providing the staff resources.

# IBM representatives, including Bob Sutor, Ed Brill and Rob Weir discussed the positive aspects of the move while Bradley M Kuhn declared it an ” insidious attack” on the LibreOffice despite noting that the ultimate long-term outcome is likely to be all positive for LibreOffice.

# Meanwhile Jay Lyman offered a perspective from The 451 Group, including disappointment that Oracle didn’t move quicker, while Ian Skerrett discussed why open source an ideology don’t necessarily mix.

# The Document Foundation, meanwhile, indicated that the announcement impact was neutral on the LibreOffice project, but did state that would welcome the reuniting of the OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice projects and was willing to start talking with Apache Software Foundation. ASF president Jim Jagielski discussed the next steps for OpenOffice.org as a potential incubator project. Additionally, The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 3.4.0.

The best of the rest
# Github is now the most popular open source forge, according to data released by Black Duck Software.

# Pedro Côrte-Real published research that indicates GNU makes up about 8% of GNU/Linux.

# Heroku added Node.js support to the Celadon Cedar release of its PaaS platform.

# Nuxeo updated its Nuxeo Document Management and Nuxeo Enterprise Platform products.

# Andrew Katz asked ‘Why does the UK Government need to own the copyright in software it has developed?’

# O’Reilly Radar published an interview with former White House deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin on the Civic Commons local government code sharing initiative.

# Open Ocean launched a “start-up pitch” competition for would-be European open source start-ups.

# MapR Technologies announced its intention to contribute some of its Hadoop modifications to the Apache project.

# Matt Asay argued that no one is ‘morally obligated’ to give back to open source.

# Canonical launched its Ubuntu-Ready hardware certification.

# The Mageia community announced the first release of its fork of Mandriva Linux.

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 2011.05.24

Shuttleworth opens a can of worms. Fedora 15. IBM commits to Hadoop. And more.

# Mark Shuttleworth shared his thoughts on companies, contributor agreements and free software, prompting responses from Simon Phipps, and Dave Neary.

# The Fedora Project launched Fedora 15.

# IBM launched a new version of its BigInsight software, based on Hadoop, committed $100m to “big data”.

# CBR published a Q&A with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

# The US Department of Defense published a report detailing its lessons learned on the use of open source software.

# The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) launched an appeal for users to supply information on recommended open source software applications for use in the UK public sector.

# MuleSoft launched the public beta of Mule iON, its cloud-based integration platform as a service

# Zimory has signed up SkySQL to sell and service its Zimory Scale database hypervisor software.

# Matt Asay wondered about the point of the Open Virtualization Alliance.

451 CAOS Links 2011.05.20

Open Virtualization Alliance launches, Reforming the OSI. IBM targets Hadoop. And more.

# BMC Software, Eucalyptus, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE created the Open Virtualization Alliance.

# The Open Source Initiative launched plans to encourage greater participation from the various open source industry stakeholders.

# The WSJ published a preview of IBM’s forthcoming Hadoop-related announcements.

# SQLStream raised $6m for its stream computing platform, based on Eigenbase.

# MongoLab raised $3m for its MongoDB hosting and services.

# Oracle introduced a new Java Specification Request to evolve the Java Community Process.

# DataStax hired former Quest executive Billy Bosworth as its new chief executive.

# Red Hat released Enterprise Linux 6.1.

# Attachmate’s SUSE business unit announced its plans under Nils Brauckmann.

# Bradley M Kuhn discussed Android in the context of GPL enforcement.

# The Fedora project switched to a new contributor agreement.

# OStatic argued that it is too early to count out Eucalyptus Systems.

# Openbravo added new Point of Sale capabilities to its ERP software.

# Martin Michlmayr discussed some lessons learned from Munich’s migration to Linux.

# Zanby has released the code for its enterprise groupware under the GNU GPL3 license.

# Wyse released a new Linux-based thin client.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.05.13

Topics for this podcast:

*Watching for possible devops deals
*New technology, offerings highlight Hadoop
*Oracle proposes Hudson as Eclipse project
*Red Hat’s latest IaaS and PaaS
*Defining open source
*Big changes in the Linux and open source landscape
*451 Group at OSBC 2011 in San Francisco

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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?

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Linux kernel solid, but what will become of Novell contribution?

The Linux Foundation has just released its annual Kernel Development Report, tracking the amount of changes and contributions to the Linux OS kernel. Similar to last year, there are no real surprises on this year’s report, which provides a good check on who is developing the core of the OS and what they are doing. However, I do have one big question for the kernel and Linux contributions after reading the report: what will become of the Linux kernel work from Novell now that it has been acquired, along with the SUSE Linux technology and business?

We do see consistency again this time on the top kernel contributors, particularly Red Hat, Novell, IBM and Intel. While Red Hat continues toward its goal of a billion dollars in annual revenue (helped along by its cloud computing and PaaS play), the fate and future of Novell and SUSE Linux is less certain. While we do believe the OS itself will live on thanks largely to big enterprise users and developers that are part of the SUSE Linux and OpenSUSE communities, and Novell acquirer Attachmate has signaled continued support, the kernel contribution from Novell developers is really another matter. We will be watching closely to see whether the kernel support continues, but we may see Novell fade on the top kernel contributor list as others, such as Oracle, SGI, Fujitsu, Parallels, Nokia, Google and others may rise.

It is also interesting in the kernel report to see yet more mobile and embedded contributors — including AMD, Freescale, Cavium Networks’ MontaVista, Renesas Technology and others — something we started seeing with last year’s kernel report and expect will continue to grow.

In conclusion, Linux fans should be encouraged by the quality, diversity and new directions of the Linux kernel development community. While there is cause for some concern regarding Novell’s contribution, overall, Linux development seems to be charging ahead.

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 2010.10.12

IBM joins Oracle in OpenJDK harmony. A herd of Hadoop announcements. And more.

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IBM joins Oracle in OpenJDK harmony.
IBM announced that it is joining Oracle’s OpenJDK project. Red Hat welcomed the move. Bob Sutor clarified that IBM is shifting its development effort from the Apache Project Harmony to OpenJDK. Mike Milinkovich sees IBM-Oracle collaboration over OpenJDK as good for the future of Java, while Stephen Colebourne sees it as meaning that Apache Harmony is effectively dead.

A herd of Hadoop announcements
# Cloudera and NTT DATA partnered to accelerate Hadoop adoption in Asia Pac.

# Cloudera updated its Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop version 3 beta release.

# Cloudera announced partnerships with Membase, Talend, and Pentaho.

# Pentaho announced the availability of Pentaho Data Integration for Hadoop and the Pentaho BI Suite for Hadoop and launched plans to integrate with Hadoop running on Amazon Web Services.

# Quest and Cloudera released OraOop connector for Oracle and Hadoop.

# Karmasphere released the Professional Edition of its Karmasphere Studio Hadoop development environment.

# Vertica updated its Connector for Hadoop and Pig.

The best of the rest
# NorthScale changed its name to Membase and launched its Membase Server distributed database.

# WSO2 introduced WSO2 Carbon Studio, an Eclipse-based IDE for WSO2 Carbon.

# Gluster announced the general availability of Gluster Storage Platform 3.1.

# Kaj Arno announced that he is joining SkySQL as VP of products.

# GroundWork Open Source introduced version 6.3 of its GroundWork Monitor product.

# Open-Xchange and eZuce partnered on open unified communications.

# VMware introduced Zimbra Desktop 2.0.

Open Compliance Program upgrades open source adoption freeway

The Linux Foundation this week launched the Open Compliance Program, its set of open source software tools and training to further ease open source adoption, including a self-assessment checklist and new data exchange standard for reporting software information, such as license and legal requirements. The program consists of six components: tools such as software dependency checker, bill of materials checker and code janitor that covers code in source code comments such as future product information; self-assessment checklist; SPDX standard with workgroup for standardization of bill of materials and labeling of open source components; compliance directory with alerting system; training and education; and community, which is part of FOSSBazaar.

The offering is somewhat similar to what Black Duck Software, OpenLogic, Palamida, Protecode and HP’s open source FOSSology do, though it is not necessarily as comprehensive and thus not as competitive. The Open Compliance Program is intended to help users of open source — which increasingly are mobile device and software makers, embedded software developers and ISVs and service providers — know their code. We’ve previously discussed how difficult economic conditions can benefit open source software, which is (associated with cost savings) and reduce the ‘risk threshold for using open source,’ and now that more organizations are using open source, there is more demand to understand the ramifications and real risks that go along with the benefits.

A long list of supporters and endorsers of the Open Compliance Program include: Adobe, AMD, ARM, Cisco, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Motorola, NEC, Novell, Samsung, Sony and the Software Freedom Law Center.

This is not the first effort toward more standardization of the actual adoption of open source software. Previous efforts include the Open Solutions Alliance, which has been fairly quiet since its 2009 merger with the OW2 Consortium. Prior to that, there was the Linux Standard Base, led in large part by Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, who is widely credited for the cross-industry and developing market growth of the foundation’s membership. So while there is always some skepticism and redundancy in such efforts (this one most likely with the existing FOSSBazaar community), the Open Compliance Program appears to be scratching the right itch.

One thing we continue to hear — whether in enterprise software, embedded software, mobile devices, service providers or other markets — is a demand for alternatives amid a lack of standard technology. This highlights the ongoing opportunity for open source software, which has evolved and matured and in many ways come of age, but which still appears to be in the early stages of reaching fall of its potential.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.10

Compliance. Funding. Financial results. Copyright assignment. And more.

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Compliance
# The Linux Foundation launched the Open Compliance Program, including tools, training, and consulting.

Funding
# VentureBeat reported that Joyent has raised $7m in a second round of funding.

# Basho Technologies secured $2m from angel investors in a Series C preferred equity financing.

# StatusNet raised $1.4m led by New York-based FirstMark Capital joined by BOLDstart Ventures, iNovia Capital and Montreal Start Up.

Financial results
# Novell lowered its revenue guidance for Q3, citing uncertainty associated with its potential acquisition.

# Actuate reported $4.9m in BIRT-related business for Q2; up 48% over the prior year.

# SugarCRM reported 50% year-over-year growth in billings, and the addition of more than 540 new customers in the second quarter of 2010.

# OpenLogic reported 58% revenue growth in the second quarter, including 97% revenue growth for its OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX) suite.

Contributor agreements and copyright assignment
# The H reports on the challenges involved in copyright assignment.

# Meanwhile Martin Michlmayr explained the purpose of contributor agreements.

Android momentum
# Android sales overtook iPhone in the US according to the Nielsen Company, while figures from iSuppli indicated that Android will pass Apple’s iOS globally by 2012.

Product updates
# VMware announced SpringSource Hyperic 4.4, including enhanced integration with VMware vCenter Server.

# VMware also released the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance, designed to run on the vSphere platform.

# WSO2 launched WSO2 Business Process Server 2.0, WSO2 Data Services Server 2.5, WSO2 Business Activity Monitor 1.1, WSO2 Gadget Server 1.1, and WSO2 Mashup Server 2.1.

# Jolicloud migrated its users to Jolicoud 1.0.

# Revolution Analytics introduced RevoScaleR, which provides a new framework for multi-core processing of large data sets.

# 10gen released version 1.6 of its MongoDB database with automatic sharding for horizontal scalability and high availability through replica sets.

# DSS announced the launch of vxVistA.org Second Generation, its open source collaboration environment.

# CollabNet delivered TeamForge 5.4, TeamForge SCM licensing option, and CollabNet Subversion Edge 1.1.

The best of the rest
# An Accenture survey indicated that two-thirds of organizations in the US, UK and Ireland anticipate increased investment in open source in 2010, with more than a third expecting to migrate mission-critical software to open source in the next twelve months.

# Nexenta announced its sponsorship of the Illumos OpenSolaris community.

# Simon Phipps asked “is the open source bubble over?”

# Groklaw published a transcript of Eben Moglen’s LibrePlanet 2010 keynote on the state of free software.

# Tasktop named Neelan Choksi president and COO.

# Carahsoft added Zend’s PHP software to its GSA Schedule for US federal, state, and local government agencies.

# Fred Holahan reports on Sun, IBM and MySQL storage engine chicanery.

# Qualcomm Innovation Center joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member.

# Royal Pingdom reported on the consistent failure of Linux to grab even 1% of the desktop OS market.

# ForgeRock became a licensee of the Open Invention Network.

# Tasktop teamed with Accept to provide direct access to Accept360 Agile from within the Eclipse IDE.

# Carlo Daffara estimated the development, time to market and staff cost savings from re-using open source code.

# Matt Asay explained the ongoing dilemma that is open source support as a business strategy.

# Phoronix reported that Canonical has begun tracking Ubuntu installations.

# Couchio announced that a CouchDB SDK for Android devices is now available for free download.

# CFO published an article on Talend’s new CFO, Nick White, on importance of understanding open source.

# Microsoft’s open source IronRuby and IronPython projects are reportedly on rocky ground.

# GigaOm reported on open source and the hold up problem in the context of Flash.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.27

New projects. Old arguments. And more.

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New projects
# Gemini Mobile Technologies released Hibari, a new open source non-relational database for big data.

# Lockheed Martin launched the Eureka Streams open source project for enterprise social networking.

# Sony Pictures Imageworks expanded its open source initiative with the release of OpenColorIO.

Old arguments
# Kirk Wylie discussed the importance of natural split in open core , OpenGamma’s approach.

# Alan Shimel offered 10 commandments for open core. Mostly sensible, #6 will ruffle some feathers though.

# Simon Phipps maintained that open source does not need “monetising”.

# Carlo Daffara discussed property and efficiency as the basis of OSS business models.

# Jorg Janke continued his discussion of various open source business strategies in relation to Compiere.

# Henrik Ingo explained what you can do to help get rid of open core if you are so inclined.

# dotCMS went open core with the release of version 1.9.

# IBM faces EU antitrust investigation linked to TurboHercules complaint.

# The FT reported that IBM is blaming Microsoft for the EU investigation into its mainframe business practices.

# TechDirt explained how WordPress and Thesis have settled their differences over themes and the GPL.

The best of the rest
# Novell introduced SUSE Gallery for publishing and sharing Linux-based appliances.

# VoltDB released version 1.1 of its open source database.

# EnterpriseDB released Postgres Plus Advanced Server 8.4 and added Rob Bearden to its board.

# SAP has adopted Black Duck’s Suite to manage the use of open source software in its software development process.

# Oracle provided details of the MySQL Sunday event at Oracle Open World.

# SearchEnterpriseLinux reported that Ubuntu is gaining ground as a data center OS at the expense of SUSE Linux.

# Physorg.com explained how Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are helping the US military benefit from OSS.

# GENIVI Allianced has reportedly opted for MeeGo for its in-vehicle infotainment platform.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.23

The post-OSCON lull. In alphabetical order.

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# Canonical launched a virtual appliance of IBM’s DB2 Express-C software running on the Ubuntu cloud platform.

# Carlo Daffara discussed the relationship between open core, dual licensing and contributions.

# ForgeRock released OpenAM 9.5, the first community-sourced release of the OpenAM access management software.

# Ignacio M. Llorente provided an overview of the OpenNebula project, in the context of OpenStack.

# Kaltura launched version 2.0 of Its on-prem Community Edition open source video platform.

# Nuxeo announced Nuxeo Correspondence Management, a new application built with Nuxeo Case Management Framework.

# Open Source for America has grown its membership from 70 to 1,700 in its first year.

# Outerthought released a proof of concept for Lily, a content repository that combines Apache Hbase and Solr.

# Sauce Labs announced Sauce OnDemand, enabling cross-browser testing of Adobe Flex and Flash in the cloud.

# Savio Rodrigues explained why OpenStack will not kill open core.

# SugarCRM announced it will release open source functional and performance testing tools for web-enabled apps.

# Terracotta announced Ehcache 2.2, offering over a terabyte of data in a single cache.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced Apache FOP Version 1.0.

# The open core issue (part two) How the open core strategy works, and how it doesn’t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# The SCO Group appealed. Again.

# An interview with Consona’s CEO about Compiere.

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

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

# OpenGamma emerged from stealth mode.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Alfresco launched the Alfresco Community Committer Program.

# Todd Lipcon discussed Cloudera’s support for HBase.

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

# Nagios Enterprises launched Nagios XI.

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

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

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