Going Open, Going Closed: best practices and lessons learned

The 451 Group’s CAOS practice last week published its latest long format report: Going Open, Going Closed.

The report is the latest in a series from the 451 CAOS practice examining the impact of open source on business strategies. As previously indicated, it takes a look at a number of vendors that have successfully ‘gone open’, including WANdisco, JetBrains, SAP, Intuit, and VMware.

It also tracks the progress (or lack thereof) of the vendors profiled in our 2007 Going Open report, including Covalent, Hyperic, Ingres, Intalio, Jaspersoft, Laszlo Systems, Openclovis and Qlusters.

Finally, it also takes a look at vendors that have walked away from, or at least decreased their engagement with, open source licensing and development projects, investigating the reasons why they failed to gain the expected benefits from open source – or open source failed to meet their requirements.

The vendors that fall under this category include Calpont, GroundWork, KnowledgeTree, Symbian and SnapLogic. To be clear with regard to the report’s title , we would consider all of the following vendors to still be ‘open’ to some degree. As the report explains, however, they are not as open as, perhaps, they once were.

The report also includes more in-depth analysis of themes discussed in recent blog posts, such as the decline of ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator, and the commercial open source window of opportunity, as well as a list of the best practices for software vendors considering an open source move and the lessons learned from those vendors that have had less successful engagements with open source licensing.

Our key findings:

  • The trend of closed source companies adopting open source software licensing and development methods has continued apace since our previous report.
  • Contrary to our initial expectations, however, there have been relatively few business-model shifts in the years following the publication of that report.
  • At the same time, there has been an explosion in the amount of M&A activity involving open-source-related vendors.
  • There is also a small but growing list of vendors that have backed away from open source licensing and development strategies, opting instead for ‘shared source,’ ‘freemium’ or SaaS-based approaches.
  • The fact that closed source vendors are not dependent on directly monetizing open source software gives them the freedom to relax control and encourage community through more permissive strategies.
  • Going open is not an either/or option for most companies, but a matter of applying the benefits of open source to their advantage while retaining an established closed source business, where appropriate.
  • While early approaches to going open were based on new vendors exploiting licensing to disrupt the existing market, we have also seen the emergence of approaches that involve incumbent vendors maintaining the status quo and avoiding disruption.
  • Shifting an entire business model to take advantage of open source licensing and development is a difficult process that is not to be taken lightly.
  • By comparison, it is easier for existing vendors to acquire vendor-led open source projects, engage with an existing foundation, or encourage open source development that complements their closed source software.
  • Open source is not a panacea. This is true of closed source vendors trying to reinvigorate a distressed product, but also of specialist vendors building a business around an open source project.
  • Strategies for ‘going open’ have become more nuanced as both closed source vendors and open source specialists have come to better understand the benefits and limitations of open source.

The overall conclusion is that ‘going open’ is a complicated and difficult process that requires concerted effort and an understanding of best practices, as well as the lessons learned from companies ‘going closed.’ Overall, the report presents an impartial overview of the strengths and weaknesses of open source strategies, the successes to replicate and the mistakes to avoid.

Spotlight on Intalio’s open source journey

The latest 451 Open source strategy Spotlight was published last week with a focus on private cloud comouting software provider Intalio.

It is fascinating to observe how Intalio has evolved from being an open source specialist, operating a form of the dual licensing strategy, towards what we have referred to as an Open Inside model – building proprietary software products around open source software projects.

This is an evolution that The 451 Group had predicted we would see some open source specialists follow as they focused more on the complementary proprietary products and extensions, rather than the core open source projects.

What I found when I spoke to Intalio’s CEO Ismael Ghalimi was even more fascinating that I had appreciated, as it turns out that the company is operatiing a combination of Open Inside and open source specialist business strategies.

Previously best known as an open source business process management specialist, Intalio has made a series of acquisitions and altered its strategy to focus on offering a subscription-based (but not open source) private cloud software stack.

However, open source remains central to its strategy – not least the company’s original Business Process Management System (BPMS) software and Jetty, the lightweight Java server which was the focus of Webtide, which was acquired in August 2009.

The BPMS and Jetty businesses continue to operate as standalone entities and are required by the company to be profitable in their own right and employees of the BPMS and Jetty businesses are dedicated 100% to the projects unless they are contracted by Intalio’s Cloud group to contribute to Cloud products.

In terms of direct monetization of open source, Intalio offers training, consulting, support and custom integration for Jetty, as well as the associated CometD Web event routing bus, while operating a variation of the dual licensing model for BPMS.

Open source is integral to Intalio’s strategy beyond the company’s own open source assets, however. It would not have been economically possible for Intalio to assemble the portfolio of software packages that it has without being able to build on open source software, and the PaaS platform in particular (Intalio also offers SaaS and IaaS platforms) is based on the company’s ability to integrate multiple open source software packages.

The company’s various PaaS Application Engines are based on numerous open source projects including Jetty; Apache ODE; Drools Flow; JBoss Drools; JasperReports; Apache Camel; Nuxeo DM; Liferay; Funambol; and the Central Authentication Service project. Projects based on the Mondrian OLAP server; the Apache Cassandra distributed database; and the Gluster file system, are also in the works.

The Open source strategy Spotlight also includes details on how those various open source projects are and will be used by Intalio, as well as the company’s acquisition strategy, a look at how the dual licensing strategy for BPMS is shifting towards 100% open source, not to mention an overview of the Intalio Cloud stack.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.08

Government approval. A new WebM license. Advantage Ubuntu. And more.

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Government approval
# The European Parliament adopted a directive calling for greater investment in the use of OSS in the EU.

# The Government of Malta issued a directive giving preference to OSS in all government projects.

# Open Source for America is sponsoring a study to measure the openness of US government agencies.

# The UK Government hinted at an open source mandate.

The best of the rest
# Google changed the license used for its WebM project.

# Canonical confirmed the launch of the Ubuntu Advantage support service.

# NASA and Japan agreed to collaborate on open source reference implementations of interoperable cloud services.

# Pentaho launched an On-Demand BI Suite Subscription.

# Ingres delivered its VectorWise analytic database.

# Abiquo announced plans to release version 1.6 of its cloud management software.

# Intalio launched Intalio|Cloud Summer ’10, an integrated stack for private cloud computing.

# The Eclipse Foundation released the results of its 2010 developer survey.

# IBM announced plans to create an Eclipse project for EGL, its business application programming language.

Alfresco has new Activiti en route to Apache

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The open core transparency test

Earlier this year Jason van Zyl from Sonatype raised the question as to why so many open core software vendors hide the pricing details of their proprietary enterprise editions, pointing out that it was in their best interests to be transparent:

    “Potential customers who start out as your Open Core users need to see exactly what they get and how much it costs. If they can make all the decisions by easily trying your commercial product and comparing features then you have a viable company.”

The theme was taken up this week by Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of Good Data. Roman’s post had more to do with embarrassing his competition than forwarding best practices, in my opinion, but he makes some good points nonetheless:

    “COSS companies should openly publish their price list and clearly mark what’s free and open and what’s paid and closed. Otherwise OSS is just a bait-and-switch to a familiar proprietary software tactic of customer lock-in.”

I previously argued that transparency is key to the success of the open core model, noting that:

    “Potential customers don’t like feeling confused or misled and it is vital that the marketing makes it clear that the community version is open source and the enterprise edition is not.”

And would agree that transparency about pricing is key to the overall success. So how do some of the highest profile open core vendors compare when it comes to transparency? I took a tour of the following companies’ web sites in search of three key pieces of information:

  • a comparison of the core and enterprise features
  • licensing details available in the comparison, or at least elsewhere
  • details of pricing for the enterprise version

I spent no more than five minutes on each site, on the basis that if I couldn’t find the information in that time it may as well not exist. Here’s the results:

Vendor Edition comparison Licensing details Pricing details
Alfresco Yes Elsewhere No
Compiere Yes Yes Yes
Consursive Yes Elsewhere Limited info
EnterpriseDB Yes Yes Yes
GroundWork Yes Elsewhere Yes
Hyperic Yes Elsewhere Request a quote
Intalio Yes Elsewhere Yes
Jaspersoft Yes Yes Contact us
KnowledgeTree Yes Yes Yes
Mulesoft Yes No Contact us
Pentaho Yes No Request a quote
SugarCRM Yes No Yes
Talend Yes Yes Inquire now
xTuple Yes Yes Yes


  • Intalio has a huge amount of information available, but it is very difficult to find. It only just made the five-minute deadline.
  • The quickest to navigate through all three pieces of information was KnowledgeTree.
  • I was asked to add Alfresco to the list, so I did. Any other requests?

Conclusion: Most of the open core vendors in this study make it easy to find information comparing the open core and enterprise editions, and most also do a good job of providing information about the licensing as well (although in many cases there is room for improvement even when the information is available). Only about half of those involved in this straw poll provide information on pricing for the proprietary edition.

451 CAOS Links 2009.11.10

Objectional statements on Oracle-Sun-MySQL. How Google uses Linux. And more.

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Objectional statements
The European Commission communicated its Statement of Objections to Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems to those involved, prompting Oracle to claim the EC has a profound misunderstanding of database competition and open source, the US DoJ to reiterate its position that Oracle’s acquisition of Sun is unlikely to be anticompetitive and an EC spokesperson to explain that concern over Oracle owning MySQL is all about copyright and control.

Incidentally, Sun reported a net loss of $120m in Q3 on revenue of $2.24bn from $2.99bn, blamed uncertainty associated with Oracle deal.

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

Best of the rest
# LWN.net published an article explaining how Google uses Linux.

# David Skok explained how JBoss built a sales and marketing machine around open source.

# SAP’s Vishal Sikka called for Java to be handed to an independent foundation.

# Microsoft acquired the Teamprise Eclipse IDE-related assets of SourceGear LLC.

# A Black Duck survey suggested 22% of average applixation is OSS, saving developing company $26m per application.

# Liferay hired Paul Hinz from Sun Microsystems as CMO.

# Android and Me reported that Android is a little less open that it used to be.

# Microsoft marked the three-year anniversary of its interoperability agreement with Novell.

# Henrik Ingo provided an update on the Open Database Alliance.

# People Power Company launched to develop open source home area network.

# Intalio released Jetty 7, first Intalio release of Java app server and first developed with Eclipse.org.

# Oracle has released Berkeley DB Java Edition 4.0.

# Bradley M Kuhn offered some guidelines for dealing with GPL violations, starting with “don’t jump to conclusions”.

# Zend and Varien partnered to bring Zend Server to Varien’s Magento eCommerce software.

# NetworkWorld presented 11 open source start up companies to watch.

# Continuent delivered Continuent Tungsten Community Edition for MySQL database replication software.

# Gorilla Logic released Open Gorilla X-ecution Engine, an open source application simulation tool.

# Broadcom released its BroadVoice family of voice codecs royalty-free under the LGPL.

451 CAOS Links 2009.10.06

Patents. M&A. Adoption. Business strategies. And more.

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# Red Hat urged the Supreme Court to to make clear that it excludes software from patentability, while the SFLC and the FSF also filed briefs with the US Supreme Court arguing against software patents.

Investment and M&A
# The WSJ reported that EC document suggests Oracle intends to keep MySQL to compete against Microsoft, prompting Matt Asay to report that Oracle’s interest in MySQL has been misread.

# The OW2 Consortium and the Open Solutions Alliance have merged.

# Pentaho acquired LucidEra’s Clearview, will be packaged as Pentaho Analyzer Enterprise Edition, while Julian Hyde explained how it will fit into Pentaho’s business model.

# Intalio raised $1.5 million in equity and debt.

# Ruby-on-Rails startup FiveRuns has been acquired by WorkThink.

# OpenLogic explored what has happened to OpenProj following its acquisition by Serena Software. Its questioning had the desired effect.

# Benchmark Capital hired former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos as an Entrepreneur in Residence.

# The London Stock Exchange confirmed that it will replace its TradElect platform with a Linux-based alternative.

# The European Parliament selected Mule ESB as the backbone for its service-oriented architecture (SOA).

# BT and Unisys implemented the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite to support their Statistical Data Warehouse.

# Portland has unanimously approved a resolution to open governmentt data and encourage the use of OSS.

# Peru’s Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation is now using Red Hat, Alfresco and Zimbra.

# A survey indicated that 96% of French public sector agencies are using open source.

Business strategies

# Truth in labelling: Simon Phipps called for OSI definitions for development and business models.

# John Mark Walker asked Open-Core or open snore?

# The real issue is who controls your software. Good, reasoned argument by Carlo Daffara.

# Tarus Balog weighed in on the free/open source victory debate.

# James Dixon published Misunderstanding open source #3: applying ‘Free Software’ religion to open source business models.

# Eric Barroca explained why open source platforms are likely to succeed against proprietary platforms.

Products and services

# Cloudera launched Cloudera Desktop including a monitoring client for Hadoop applications, while GigaOM asked, Is Hadoop champion Cloudera the next Red Hat?

# Funambol launched version 8 of its mobile sync and email software, including new Ajax MyFUNAMBOL portal, while Roberto Galoppini reported on how Funambol is walking a tightrope with its new proprietary approach.

# Pentaho extended its unlimited usage deal for start-ups to its entire BI suite.

# Talend updated Talend On Demand, its SaaS data integration platform.

# Untangle updated its Internet security technology to version 7.0.

# Zmanda released version 2.0 of its Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) product as well as aversion compliant with the EU Data Protection Directive.

# Open-Xchange released OXtender for Business Mobility, which connects with Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Mobile devices.

# Yahoo’s Zimbra division launched Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 6.0.

# Microsoft Research unveiled a snapshot of Barrelfish, its multi-core operating system, under the BSD license.

# AMD and Pixelux announced a joint development agreement around the open source Bullet Physics engine.

# Objectivity launched an open source developer network to dive interest in Objectivity/DB.

# The New York Times will release the next version of its Document Viewer under an open source license.

# Six Apart opened up TypePad API, launches TypePad Motion microblogging application.

# Andy Updegrove took a second, glass-half full, look at the Codeplex Foundation.

# Cyanogen developer, Steve Kondik, declared himself sympathetic to Google’s position on Android.

# OSS Watch reported that software sustainability is the result of a combination of openness and strong leadership.

# Daniel Chalef reported on how language and cultural diversity is driving open source SI growth in Europe.

# Savio Rodrigues warned against confusing open source with open standards in the context of exit costs.

# The FSF offered a bounty for finding non-free software in free software distributions.

# Somewhat inevitably: http://boycott-boycottnovel.com.

# MonitoringForge.org claimed 1,000 registered members in the first six days.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.01

Intalio acquires Jetty. Red Hat updates JBoss platform. $12m funding for Medsphere. And more.

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# Intalio acquired Webtide, developer of Jetty application server.

# Red Hat delivered JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0, as well as JBoss Operations Network (ON) 2.3 and launched Catalyst partner program.

# Medsphere raised $12m to support ongoing development and expansion in open source health IT.

# Xen.org announced the Xen Cloud Platform initiative to accelerate use of cloud infrastructure for enterprises.

# Red Hat and Actuate buddied-up on BIRT and JBoss integration.

# Pentaho released a major update to its BI suite with new fixed-price migration services.

# MontaVista delivered Market Specific Distributions (MSDs) of MontaVista Linux 6.

# MindTouch introduced Collaborative Knowledge Base, designed to enable safe crowd-sourcing of corporate docs.

# Ingres partnered with EDS’s Mphasis on open source assessment service and support.

# OStatic asked “Is Linux enough for Novell and Red Hat to thrive?

# Sun reported a $147m loss for its final quarter on revenue of $2.6bn, down from $3.8bn, amid more speculation that Oracle will sell Sun’s hardware biz to HP.

# Sendmail introduced the version 4.0 of its Sentrion Message Processing Engine.

# Continuent rolled-out Tungsten 1.1 database replication for MySQL, MariaDb and PostgreSQL. Oracle support due Q4.

# Openbravo delivered QuickStart Edition open source ERP for installation via fixed price services.

# MindTouch published a simple formula for successful open source business strategies.

# Protecode has launched Software Lifecycle IP Management based on Open Source Adoption workflow process.

# Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on what happens next in SCO vs. Novell.

451 CAOS Links 2009.07.24

Reaction to Microsoft’s Linux code. Open Source for America. And more.

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Reaction to Microsoft’s Linux code release
There was a mixed reaction to Microsoft’s release of Linux code, much of it was positive although the company was also criticized for serving its own interests. Linus Torvalds defended Microsoft’s actions. See this post for more on that. Meanwhile it was also widely reported that Microsoft’s apparent altruism was in fact the result of a violation of the GPL. See this post for a round-up on that subject.

Elsewhere Stephen Walli pointed out that the LinuxIC code is not Microsoft’s first contribution under the GPL, while Microsoft made sure it was not the last by contributing a plug-in for Moodle under GPLv2.

Microsoft also dismissed Red Hat’s demands that it should “pledge that its patents will never be used against Linux or other open source developers and users”.

We are the code

# Open Source For America, a coalition of vendors, individuals, academic and NGOs, formed to record an ensemble charity single promote open source in Government. Roberto Galoppini wondered whether we need Open Source for Europe while Glyn Moody pondered Open Source for Britain.

Best of the rest
# The recorded presentations from Red Hat’s Open Source Cloud Computing Forum are now available. In response to the event ITWorldCanada reported on why cloud computing needs open source, while The Register published Open source and the cloud: An unbalanced marriage.

# Rackspace released the specs for its Cloud Servers and Cloud Files APIs under a Creative Commons license.

# Kaltura launched Kaltura Community Edition, an open source self-hosted online video platform MindTouch 2009 release added video, application packaging and content staging to collaboration platform, and announced a partnership with Mindtouch, which released MindTouch 2009 with video, application packaging and content staging.

# Actuate hired Ray Gans as the first community manager for BIRT Exchange.

# Glyn Moody reflected on the deep, fundamental tension at the heart of FOSS, and its value.

# Black Duck Software reported a 53% rise in new subscriptions in Q2.

# Jaspersoft launched Community Edition v3.5, support for MariaDB and JBoss Teiid.

# Red Hat adopted the BPEL engine developed by Intalio.

# WSO2 delivered WSO2 Governance Registry 3.0 and WSO2 Identity Server 2.0.

# Likewise announced support for heterogeneous file sharing via Server Message Block with Likewise-CIFS.

# UK construction group K&G outsourced its IT systems to open source services firm Sirius.

# Matt Asay reported on NASA taking open source into space with some cool projects, while the Apollo 11 Command Module code and Lunar Module code transcribed and released as open source.

# OmniTI released Reconnoiter, a new open Source monitoring and trending system.

# Chris Messina declared himself sceptical about Adobe (and Microsoft’s) open source intentions.

# Oracle announced that drivers are available to run Windows guests in an Oracle VM environment.

# Open source software saved Indian IT@schools program $2 million.

# Dave Neary published “Barriers to community growth”.

# Voxeo announced that the Tropo.com cloud telephony service source code will be available as open source.

# Open Source Database Magazine, issue #1 was published.

451 CAOS Links 2009.05.22

Open source in central and local government. Open source and cloud computing. FSF and Cisco settlement. And more.

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# Red Hat provided insight to why government agencies are turning to open source software.

# Glyn Moody: Newham and the Prisoner’s Dilemma – how UK local government can save money with free software.

# How the Dept of Defense is benefiting from open source and cloud computing. The Department of Defense’s Defense Information Systems Agency CIO spoke to InformationWeek.

# Red Hat asked Cloud Computing: Vaporware or the Next “Big Thing”?

# Red Hat’s Michael Evans on the confluence of open source and cloud computing.

# The Free Software Foundation and and its compliance engineer, Brett Smith provided more details on the FSF-Cisco settlement.

# Virtual Bridges, IBM and Canonical are delivering virtual Linux desktops.

# Matt Asay: Fitting the optimal level of openness to your business strategy.

# Intalio acquired BPM and CRM companies, launching Intalio|Cloud.

# Likewise Software announced that Likewise Enterprise will ship as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 from Novell.

# EnterpriseDB has hired former IONA open source exec Larry Alston.

# Dave Neary said no, there aren’t too many mobile Linux platforms (In response to Fabrizio).

# Microsoft Research launched Zentity, an open repository extension to Word.

# Jahia released Jahia Enterprise Edition v6 content management software.

# Openbravo Network is now Openbravo Professional Subscription with version 2.50.

# The transcript of Michael Tiemann’s podcast on open source software for TimesOnline.

451 CAOS Links 2009.02.17

Red Hat and Microsoft make nice on virtualization. Vodafone’s new Android handset. Esmertec acquires Purple Labs and becomes Myriad Group AG. Krugle acquired by Aragon Consulting Group. Serena boasts of 1 million Projity downloads. And more.

Virtual agreement
The big news of the week was undoubtedly Red Hat’s virtualization interoperability agreement with Microsoft. The official announcement is here, Microsoft’s take is here and Red Hat’s is here. Just in case you thought the companies had settled their differences entirely, the FAQ is also worth a read: “Is this a joint agreement between Red Hat and Microsoft? It’s not a joint agreement. Red Hat has signed an agreement to join Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program, while Microsoft has joined Red Hat’s Virtualization Certification Program.”

A hole heap of mobile announcements
Mobile World Congress in Spain ensured there were a large number of mobile Linux-related announcements to keep everyone busy. Among the highlights:
# Xandros launched new netbook “experiences” for ARM-based devices and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets
# Intel announced that it is collaborating with LG on new Moblin-based mobile Internet devices
# Six new LiMO Foundation members were announced, including Telefónica, Aromasoft, Casio Hitachi Mobile Comms, Marvell, Opera, and Swisscom
# PacketVideo updated its OpenCORE multimedia sub-system for Android
# Freescale expanded its Netbook line with support for Android and Xandros
# Esmertec announced that it is to acquire Purple Labs and become Myriad Group AG
# MontaVista introduced Montabello, a new Linux-based software platform for Mobile Internet Devices
# Vodafone and HTC unveiled the Android-powered HTC Magic, initially for UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

The best of the rest
# Serena Software claimed 1 million downloads for the Projity open source project management software it acquired in September.

# Atomic Labs released version 1.1 of its Pion web analytics log analytics and ETL software.

# Sun contributed a storage encryption communication protocol to OpenSolaris.

# Code search and analysis vendor Krugle has been acquired by Aragon Consulting Group.

# Coverity has published application architecture data from over 2,500 popular open source software projects.

# Forbes published an interesting article on the “collaboration gap” between corporate open source users and contributors.

# British company The Development Cloud is giving 50% of its commercial software revenue to contributors of associated open source projects.

# Intalio’s CEO Ismael Ghalimi redefined the company as a Business Operating Platform vendor.

# Zmanda launched Amanda Enterprise Version 3.0 and Zmanda Cloud Backup for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Servers.

Thought for the day
“In a way, open source and the cloud are the same thing” SugarCRM CEO John Roberts tells searchCRM.com. Hmm.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2009.01.23

Topics for this podcast:

*Open source gets into government
*The Open Solutions Alliance and proprietary influences
*Open source vendors continue to get VC funding
*Lots of Linux netbook news

iTunes or direct download (27:58, 6.5 MB)

451 CAOS Links 2009.01.20

Red Hat updates Enterprise Linux. Vyatta announces significant progress. Intalio is looking for acquisition targets. A slight difference of opinion over Samba 4. CMSwire spills the beans on Alfresco Labs 3d. And more.

Official announcements
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Now Available with Leading Virtualization Performance and Next-Generation Java and Processor Support Capabilities Red Hat

Vyatta Grows Open, Linux-Based Networking 600 Percent During 2008 Recession Vyatta

Open Solutions Alliance Releases 2009 Member Predictions Open Solutions Alliance

Webtide and Terracotta Simplify Deployment and Lower Cost of Building Reliable Web Applications Terracotta

Liferay and Terracotta Partner to Deliver Enhanced Scalability for Liferay Portal Liferay

Opengear Launches Partner Program Opengear

OrangeHRM reaches 200,000 downloads OrangeHRM

News articles
Citrix plans virtualisation shake-up with new software James Niccolai, IDG News Service

Alfresco Releases Web Studio with Alfresco Labs 3d Barb Mosher, CMSwire

Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4 Rodney Gedda, Techworld

Active Directory in Samba 4 ‘an old story’ Sam Varghese, ITwire

Open source developers ride the cloud Paul Krill, InfoWorld

DesktopLinux Survey 2009 DesktopLinux.com

Looking for Acquisition Targets Ismael Ghalimi

How Much is that Project in the Window? Tarus Balog

Plans for 2009 Ian Skerrett, Eclipse Foundation

Brookings Conference on Software and Business Method Patents Highlights Need for Reform Rob Tiller, Red Hat

Zimbra hits 20 million paid mailboxes Matt Asay, Cnet

Netscape Enterprise Server, Now Open Source Brian “Krow” Aker

5 Cost-Efficient, Flexible Open Source Resources for Cloud Computing Sam Dean, OStatic

Why Open Source is Eclipsing Everything Else Glyn Moody, ComputerWorld UK

Intalio plans VC funds to finance buying spree

Open source BPM vendor Intalio turns 10 this year and is looking to celebrate by raising the funds necessary to finance a spending spree to acquire 8-10 open source vendors.

Intalio’s CEO Ismael Ghalimi has sent an email to partners and users outlining the plan. He writes:

    The past 12 months have been especially interesting. We doubled the size of our team, crossed the mark of 500 customers (in 52 countries), signed 36 implementation partners, made our second acquisition (Process Square, Germany), and raised a new round of funding lead by Partech International.

    The next 12 months should be even more exciting. Most analysts agree that both BPM and Open Source are counter-cyclical. Being the leading Open Source BPM vendor, we expect our growth to further accelerate. In order to best capture this opportunity, we will raise a new VC round to fund 8 to 10 small acquisitions in the Open Source space.

In a previous email, also posted to his personal website, Ismael noted that “Four weeks ago, we closed a new round of funding that will take us to profitability sometime next year, and gives us ample cash reserves to survive even the steepest drop in revenue”.

It was my understanding that those funds would be raised in the following two quarters so it’s not clear whether Ismael is now talking about a additional funding round or just making use of agreed funds.

Either way the company is planning a number of acquisitions and Ismael has outlined the preliminary set of criteria it is using to judge potential targets:

  • Small (25 employees is a maximum, less than 10 is preferred, mainly engineers)
  • Open Source or ready to go the COSMO way
  • Exceptional technology that took many person-years to develop
  • Architecture compatible with the one built for Intalio|BPP
  • Support for industry standards (J2EE, WS-*, etc.)
  • Active user base (the larger, the better)
  • Committed customer base (the larger, the better, but small is OK too)
  • Committed employee base (location irrelevant, we’re in 13 locations already)
  • Profitable or break-even
  • Little or no debt

    Do you know a vendor that fits the description> If so you can get in touch with Ismael and see a lits of potential sectors of interest via his post.

    451 CAOS Links – 2008.04.07

    EnterpriseDB and SpikeSource obtain new rounds of funding. Microsoft’s Open XML document format wins approval. Linux Foundation releases report on Linux participation. (and more)

    NOTE: Sorry for the delay in getting a new link post up. I have been traveling almost non-stop since the last link posting on March 19th. This is the busy season for open source conferences. This link posting includes all of the major open source press releases from March 20th through April 5th. On Thursday of this week (when I return home from another trip), I will post a new set of links including new press releases and the top articles and blog postings all the way back to March 20th. Thanks for your patience.

    EnterpriseDB Raises $10 Million in Series C Financing, EnterpriseDB (Press Release)

    SpikeSource Launches SpikeSource Solutions Factory; Game-changing Platform Shifts the Way Software Is Developed, Delivered and Supported, SpikeSource (Press Release)

    Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard, Microsoft (Press Release)

    Linux Foundation Publishes Study on Linux Development Statistics: Who Writes Linux and Who Supports It, Linux Foundation (Press Release)

    Red Hat Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Results, Red Hat (Press Release)

    Annual ‘Future of Open Source’ Survey Results Announced at OSBC, OSBC / North Bridge Venture Partners (Press Release)

    Microsoft and Sourcesense Partner to Contribute to Open Source, Apache POI to Support Ecma Office Open XML File Formats, Microsoft / Sourcesense (Press Release)

    EnterpriseDB Introduces Postgres Plus Product Family, EnterpriseDB (Press Release)

    Ringside Networks Brings the Power of Social Networking to Every Business, Ringside Networks (Press Release)

    Adobe Advances RIA Technologies for Linux Community, Adobe AIR (Press Release)

    Adobe Joins Linux Foundation with Focus on Linux for Web 2.0 Applications, Linux Foundation / Adobe (Press Release)

    Oracle Releases Clusterware for Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support Customers, Oracle (Press Release)

    ‘End of Life’ announcement for Ubuntu 6.10, Canonical (Press Release)

    Software Freedom Law Center Releases Paper on Shareware Redistribution of Free Software, Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) (Press Release)

    Open-Xchange Joins Eclipse Foundation, Open-Xchange (Press Release)

    EnterpriseDB Open Sources GridSQL, EnterpriseDB (Press Release)

    Concursive Enhances Leading Open Source CRM and Front-Office System With E-Commerce and Web Content Management Upgrades, Concursive (formerly Centric CRM) (Press Release)

    OpenLogic Survey Debunks Myths About Open Source Developers, OpenLogic (Press Release)

    SpringSource Enterprise Released, SpringSource (Press Release)

    Groundwork Addresses Enterprise Demand With New It Systems And Network Management Products, GroundWork Open Source (Press Release)

    Zenoss Releases Service Provider Edition, Zenoss (Press Release)

    JasperSoft Delivers Open Source Business Intelligence Optimized for Windows and Excel, JasperSoft (Press Release)

    RealNetworks Announces RealPlayer for Intel-based Mobile Internet Devices, RealNetworks (Press Release)

    Intalio|On Demand Launched, First Ever Open Source BPM Suite as Service, Intalio (Press Release)

    New Hyperic UI-Based Plugin Framework Powers ‘Hot’ Integration, Hyperic (Press Release)

    Vyatta Delivers Appliance for Small Networks, Vyatta (Press Release)

    TWIKI.NET Announces New Leadership, TWIKI.NET (Press Release)

    LiMo Foundation Completes LiMo Platform Release 1, LiMo Foundation (Press Release)

    Likewise Open Spring ’08 is Live — Authenticates All Linux, UNIX and Mac Enterprise Platforms with Microsoft Active Directory, Likewise Software (formerly Centeris) (Press Release)

    CollabNet opens Distributed Development Platform to all Developers, CollabNet (Press Release

    Ingres Certified for Alfresco Product Suite, Ingres / Alfresco Software (Press Release)

    Zimbra Expands Mobile E-mail Availability to All Java-enabled Devices, Yahoo! (Press Release)

    Mobile Linux Conference Set To Debut At LinuxWorld 2008, IDG World Expo (Press Release)

    Univa UD Announces General Availability of UniCluster Express 3.2, Univa UD (Press Release)

    IONA Extends Leadership in Open Source with Sponsorship of The Apache Software Foundation, IONA Technologies (Press Release)

    MuleSource Launches Mule 2.0 Community Edition with New Eclipse-based IDE, MuleSource (Press Release)