451 CAOS Links 2010.12.13

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

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

# Stephen Colebourne asked ‘is the JCP dead?’

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

# Salesforce.com acquired Heroku for $212m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Google launched the pilot program for Chrome OS.

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

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

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 2010.11.09

The ASF threatens to withdraw from the JCP. The demise of the Symbian Foundation. And more.

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# The Apache Software Foundation said it will terminate its relationship with the JCP if its rights are not upheld.

# The Symbian Foundation is no more. It will transition to become a licensing operation for the Symbian OS.

# Gluster raised $8.5m series B funding from Index Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.

# Garnett & Helfrich Capital acquired CA’s last remaining 20% equity stake in Ingres.

# InfraDNA and CloudBees are joining forces.

# WANdisco launched Subversion MultiSite 4.0.

# Engine Yard claimed AppCloud application deployments from 1,500 customers.

# Nuxeo released Nuxeo Enterprise Platform version 5.4 and the new Nuxeo Marketplace.

# Sauce Labs introduced a new Sauce OnDemand test suite for Zimbra.

# CfEngine released Nova 2.0.

# RockMelt is a new social browser based on Chromium.

# The Register reported that Oracle will deliver free and paid versions of OpenJDK.

# Percona offered a commitment to MySQL users.

# Glyn Moody asked ‘could free software exist without copyright?’ and Richard Stallman answers.

451 CAOS Links 2010.11.02

JCP election results. Funding for Acquia and Continuent. Fedora 14. And more.

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# The Java Community Process election results are in.

# Acquia closed an $8.5m series C funding round and announced that it has tripled its customer base in 2010.

# Continuent appointed Robert Hodges CEO and confirmed details of $5m funding from Aura Capital.

# Red Hat announced the availability of Fedora 14.

# Apple filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola in relation to Android.

# Carlo Daffara updated his analysis of the Java code Oracle claims was copied into Android.

# An open letter to the JCP Executive Committee calling for JCP reform.

# Jono Bacon provided some clarification on Canonical’s Unity plans.

# Informatica partnered with Cloudera to enable integration with Hadoop.

# Andy Updegrove discussed the lessons developers can learn from OpenOffice and Java.

# Jaspersoft claimed 100 cloud BI customer deployments.

# Symbian is set to receive investment of over €22m from the EC’s Artemis project.

# Stormy Peters is stepping down as executive director of the Gnome Foundation to join Mozilla.

# Coverity announced the results of the Coverity Scan 2010 Open Source Integrity Report.

# James Dixon explained the difficulty in comparing open source and proprietary software markets.

# More than 30 OpenOffice,org developers have resigned from the project.

# The Eclipse Foundation announced Eclipse Virgo 2.1, a light-weight application server for OSGi applications.

# The Motley Fool’s Seth Jayson examined Red Hat’s cash flow.

# The November issue of the Open Source Business Resource is now available.

# RightScale’s Private Cloud Early Access Program supports deploying private clouds using Cloud.com or Eucalyptus.

# Opensource.com published open innovation and open source innovation: what do they share and where do they differ?

# Zend Technologies announced the general availability of Zend Framework 1.11.

# The Outercurve Foundation is changing its bylaws and governance.

# Giuseppe Maxia announced that he is leaving Oracle’s MySQL team, and joining Continuent as director of quality assurance.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# ForgeRock launched a new identity management project, OpenIDM.

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

# Actuate is changing its ticker symbol to BIRT.

# Stormy Peters pondered the future of Gnome.

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

# Tuxera launched the Tuxera File System Suite for Android.

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

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Ian Skerrett politely invited Oracle to get a clue.

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

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

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

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

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

# Teradata announced a partnership with Hadoop specialist Karmasphere.

# Fluendo joined the Open Invention Network as a licensee.

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

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

# The Nagios trademark issue has been resolved.

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

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

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

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

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

# The Register reported that the Symbian Foundation faces closure.

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

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

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

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

# Pentaho and Ingres announced a strategic partnership.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.15

The future of the JCP. A new Mozilla CEO. And more.

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# Mike Milinkovich explained why the Eclipse Foundation will support Oracle’s plans for Java 7, and outlined its concerns about the Java 8 JSR.

# Stephen Colebourne outlined the choices facing Java Community Process executive committee voters: pragmatism or bust, before later proposing a third option: a split in the Java Community Process between core and ecosystem projects.

# Gary Kovacs was named the new CEO of the Mozilla Corporation.

# New Relic raised $10m in series C funding.

# Oracle maintained its commitment to OpenOffice.org and released OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 and OpenOffice.org 3.3 Beta.

# SkySQL formally launched its services and support for the MySQL database with the release of SkySQL Enterprise.

# Android drove $1bn ad revenue for Google.

# Ross Gardler described the Apache Software Foundation’s open development methodology.

# Red Hat updated its messaging, realtime and grid technologies with the release of Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.3.

# Actuate’s Nobby Akiha offered some advice for closed source companies transitioning to open source.

# OSSCube released OSSCube Voice – an open source integration of Asterisk and SugarCRM.

# StumbleUpon confirmed plans to open source OpenTSDB: a scalable time series database built on top of HBase.

# SugarCRM claimed 60% revenue growth in Q3.

# Civic Commons asked What’s the return on investment for open?

# The Free Software Foundation announced the criteria for its hardware endorsement program.

# Adobe’s Dave McAllister discussed why it and other software vendors, release open source code.

# Engine Yard formalized its support for fog, the cloud computing library for Ruby applications.

# The Linux Foundation’s survey suggested Linux adoption over next five years will outpace Windows.

# Datameer announced the general availability of its Datameer Analytics Solution for Hadoop.

# SGI announced support and benchmarks for VoltDB’s Database.

# Ingres announced the availability of Ingres Database 10.

# Vyatta integrated Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System rules.

451 CAOS Links 2008.10.31

Sun and Sourcefire report Q3 results. SpringSource elected to JCP executive committee. Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.0. How to go from 0 to 700 customers in one year. Open sourcing Jonathan Schwartz’s ponytail. And more.

Press releases
Sun Microsystems Reports Final Results for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Sun Microsystems

Sourcefire Announces 2008 Third Quarter Results Sourcefire

Sourcefire Adopts Stockholder Rights Plan Sourcefire

SpringSource Elected to Java Community Process Executive Committee Alongside SAP, Ericsson, Nokia, Philips and IBM SpringSource

Intel, Taiwan Government to Establish Mobile Device Open Source Software Development Center, Intel Capital Intends to Invest NT$386 Million in VMAX for Mobile WiMAX Intel

Alfresco Enterprise 3.0 Delivers Collaboration at Dramatically Lower Cost than Proprietary Alternatives Alfresco

Funambol Expands Globally to Meet Worldwide Demand for Open Source Push Email & Mobile Sync Funambol

SpringSource Exchange Debuts, Showcases Spring-Based Software Applications SpringSource

Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election openSUSE

Dimdim Commits to Education (Pdf) DimDim

OpenX Launches Feature-Rich Hosted Ad Server for Web Publishers OpenX

XAware Adds Support for Eclipse 3.4 XAware

eZ believes in true Enterprise Open Source for eZ Publish eZ Systems

Palamida and Cigital Partner to Extend Application Security for Open Source Further Into the Software Development Lifecycle Palamida

Gregory Shapiro Promoted to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sendmail, Inc. Sendmail

Leading organizations unite to create a new IT event: the Open World Forum Open World Forum

News articles
EU patent board to decide whether to allow software patents Ryan Paul, ArsTechnica

EC to publish open source procurement guidelines heise online

Cloud Computing Dispels the Fog of FUD Glyn Moody, ComputerWorld

Microsoft`s Ozzie Talks Open Source, Azure and More Darryl K. Taft, eWeek

OpenRemote Debuts First Open Database for Home Automation Hiddenwires.co.uk

RIM says open source Blackberry unlikely Rick Merritt, EE Times

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales expects internet downturn but no ‘bloodbath’ Daily Telegraph

Understanding Sun’s Business – Q1 Results Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems

Open Source Marketing Metrics – From 0 to 700 Customers in One Year Christopher Keene, WaveMaker

The Sun Model Simon Phipps, Sun Microsystems

TWiki’s hunt for cash fractures its community Matt Asay, Cnet

Red Hat Delivers Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Beta RHEL 5 team, Red Hat

Actuate’s Open Source Business Strategy Ian Skerret, Eclipse Foundation

Open Enterprise Interview: Dirk Morris, Untangle Glyn Moody, ComputerWorld UK

Novell turns Linux desktop setback into victory The VAR Guy

HP revs netbooks: Attempts custom Linux OS Larry Dignan, ZDnet

What does a nonprofit board do? Stormy Peters, GNOME Foundation

Breaking Market Barriers Richard Guth, Actuate
PDF presentation outlining Actuate’s open source business strategy.

Steve Gillmor Interviews Jonathan Schwartz 1938media
Jonathan Schwartz’s glove puppet tells TechCrunchIT editor Steve Gillmor about Sun’s plan to open source his ponytail.

Sun’s 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report – Open Source Sun Microsystems