Open source woven into latest, hottest trends

We may not see or hear much about open source in the latest cloud or Big Data offerings, but it’s playing a significant role in the most disruptive trends in enterprise IT.

Just as we’ve seen with open source in cloud computing, it is an integral part of trends that currently are disrupting consumer and enterprise IT markets, including hybrid cloud computing, automation and devops, and Big Data.

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451 CAOS Links 2011.12.14

Jive goes public. webOS goes open source. Cloud Foundry goes .NET. And more.

# Jive Software started IPO at $12 a share, closing the day up nearly 30%.

# HP announced that it plans to release webOS under an open source license. Details are thin on the ground, although Fedora is reportedly an inspiration. Joel West’s post pretty much summed up my thoughts.

# Tier 3 announced that it has created Iron Foundry, and open source .NET Framework implementation of Cloud Foundry.

# Xeround raised $9m funding for its MySQL-as-a-service cloud database.

# Microsoft released the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js as open source and made available a preview of the Apache Hadoop on Windows Azure, amongst a slew of other open source-related announcements.

# Red Hat, Canonical, Cisco, IBM, Intel, NetApp, and SUSE created the oVirt project, based around Red Hat’s Enterprise Virtualization technology for managing KVM environments.

# Nuxeo announced the availability of Nuxeo Platform 5.5.

# Joyent launched its SmartMachine Appliance for MongoDB.

Red Hat announced JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.2 and JBoss Operations Network 3.0.

# Novell announced the availability of Novell Open Enterprise Server 11.

# Couchbase claimed thousands of open source deployments and 150 commercial deployments, but has rethought its product line-up for 2012, having “confused the heck” out of potential users in 2011.

# Univention released Univention Corporate Server 3.0.

# SuccessBricks announced that its ClearDB distributed MySQL-based database service is now available through Heroku.

# Ember.js is the new name for the SproutCore 2.0 JavaScript framework.

# HEnrik Ingo examined the recent spate of MySQL authentication plug-ins.

Got open source cloud storage? Red Hat buys Gluster

Red Hat’s $136m acquisition of open source storage vendor Gluster marks Red Hat’s biggest buy since JBoss and starts the fourth quarter with a very intersting deal. The acquisition is definitely good for Red Hat since it bolsters its Cloud Forms IaaS and OpenShift PaaS technology and strategy with storage, which is often the starting point for enterprise and service provider cloud computing deployments. The acquisition also gives Red Hat another weapon in its fight against VMware, Microsoft and others, including OpenStack, of which Gluster is a member (more on that further down). The deal is also good for Gluster given the sizeable price Red Hat is paying for the provider of open source, software-based, scale-out storage for unstructured data and also as validation of both open source and software in today’s IT and cloud computing storage.

This is exactly the kind of disruption we’ve been seeing and expecting as Linux vendors compete with new rivals in virtualization, cloud computing and different layers of the stack, including storage (VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, Amazon and others), as covered in our recent special report, The Changing Linux Landscape.

While the deal makes perfect sense for both Red Hat and for Gluster, it also has implications for the white hot open source cloud computing project OpenStack. There was no mention of OpenStack in Red Hat’s FAQ on the deal, but there was a reference to ongoing support for Gluster partners, of which there are many fellow OpenStack members. OpenStack was also highlighted among Gluster’s key open standards participation along with the Linux Foundation and Red Hat-led Open Virtualization Alliance oriented around KVM. Sources at both Gluster and Red Hat, which point to OpenStack support being bundled into Red Hat’s coming Fedora 16, also reiterated to me Red Hat is indeed planning to continue involvement with OpenStack around the Gluster technologies. I suspect Red Hat is looking to leverage Gluster more for its own purposes than for OpenStack’s, but I must also acknowledge Red Hat’s understanding of the value of openness, community and compatibility. Taking that idea a step further, Gluster may represent a way that Red Hat can integrate with and tap into the OpenStack community by blending it with its own community around Fedora, RHEL, JBoss, RHEV and Cloud Forms and OpenShift.

The deal also leads many to wonder whether or what may be next for Red Hat in terms of acquisition. We’ve long thought database and data management technologies were areas where we might see Red Hat building out. This was also the subject of renewed rumors recently, and we believe it might still be an attractive piece for Red Hat given the open source opportunities and targets around NoSQL technologies such as Apache Hadoop distributed data management framework and Cassandra distributed database management software. We’ve also believed systems management to be a potential place for Red Hat to further expand. Given its need to largely stay within open source, we would expect targets in this area to include GroundWork Open Source, which joins Linux and Windows systmes in its monitorig and management, and Zenoss, which works with Cisco and Red Hat rival VMware in monitoring and managing systems with its open source software. Another potential target that would increase Red Hat’s depth in open source virtualization and cloud computing is Convirture, which might also be an avenue for Red Hat to reach out to midmarket and SMB customers and channel players. Red Hat was among the non-OpenStack members we listed as potential acquirers when considering the M&A possibilities (451 subscribers) out of OpenStack.

Given its recent quarterly earnings report and topping the $1 billion annual revenue mark, Red Hat seems again to be bucking the bad economy. We’ve written before in 2008 and more recently how bad economic conditions can be good for open source software. Red Hat is atop the list of open source vendors that suffer as traditional, enterprise IT customers such as banks freeze spending or worse, fail. However, the company’s deal for Gluster is yet another sign it is thriving and expanding despite economic difficulty and uncertainty.

You don’t have to just look at Red Hat’s earnings or take our word for it. On Jim Cramer’s ‘Mad Money’ this week, we heard Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst praised for Red Hat performance and traction where most companies and many economists are throwing the blame: financial services, government and Europe. Cramer credited Red Hat for a ‘spectacular quarter’ and allowed Whitehurst to tout the benefits of the Gluster technology and acquisition, particularly Gluster’s software-based storage technology that matches cloud computing. It was quite a contrast to the news out of Oracle Open World, where hardware was a focal point.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.01.07

Topics for this podcast:

*Our preview of open source highlights for 2011
*Progress spins off open source middleware company FuseSource
*Sonatype Professional highlights Apache Maven commercialization
*Neo Technology updates Neo4j open source graph database
*2011 to be year of Linux in cloud computing

iTunes or direct download (23:48, 4.1MB)

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.07

The future of Java. Google releases Gingerbread. And more.

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# The Register reported, and Oracle later confirmed, that Oracle’s proposed roadmap for Java 7 and 8 has been accepted.

# Stephen Colebourne provided more details on the results of the vote on Java 7 and Java 8.

# Google introduced the Nexus-S with Android Gingerbread.

# Nuxeo launched new modules for semantic linking and auto-categorization.

# Red Hat released JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1.

# Minkels released Varicontrol 1.0, an open source-based data centre monitoring system.

# Oracle is planning to port its Enterprise Linux distribution to its Sparc processor.

# Groklaw offered its perspective on what Novell’s OIN membership means for those 882 patents.

# Mentor Graphics acquired certain assets of CodeSourcery.

# SAP leveraged SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP StreamWork, enterprise edition.

# Henrik Ingo continued the discussion on the state of MySQL forks/ecosystem.

Red Hat-Makara means more open source in the clouds

It is with great interest that we watch Red Hat add in the cloud application management technology of its Makara acquisition to fill out its Cloud Foundatios PaaS offering. We believe Red Hat gains a much needed application managemeint piece for its cloud computing strategy and extension from its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), JBoss middleware and other open source software for the enterprise. The Makara acquisition also arms Red Hat for the pending PaaS war in which it will be competing with much larger rivals, including Microsoft and VMware. Makara also represents Red Hat’s reach out to managed service providers, where we, along with other rivals, see ample opportunity for Linux. Finally, we believe Red Hat will increase the prominence of open source in cloud compouting and PaaS, though we see from our Seeding the Clouds report that open source software is a critical part of nearly all of the major cloud providers’ stacks.

Makara is also all about devops, which is having an impact on enterprise software development, IT operations, data management strategies, mobile application development and more. This is another great extension for Red Hat, which has a big role to play not only in the ‘ops’ part of devops, but also in the ‘dev’ part, as the company lays out with its Cloud Foundations PaaS technology and strategy.

Another interesting aspect of the Red Hat-Makara deal is that Makara had relatively recently adjusted its offerings in favor of public clouds, where the company reported there was more traction and revenue, as opposed to private clouds, which are nonetheless still growing in use. This might seem bad for open source, which has always seemed poised and positioned perfectly for private cloud building more than public cloud infrastructure. However, time has shown that there is just as much interest and demand for open source software in public clouds, such as the various Linux distributions popular on Amazon EC2 and other public clouds or MuleSoft’s Cloudcat Tomcat application server as a cloud service.

Actually, the fact that Makara was seeing more action and business in public clouds may mean that Red Hat will be able to more effectively monetize the use of Linux, JBoss and now Makara and its Red Hat Cloud Foundations open source software, given public cloud use typically comes with an expectation to pay, whereas private cloud building is often associated with DIY, support yourself and open source because it is free. This also highlights the shifting drivers for open source sotfware, which in the case of Makara and cloud application management have more to do with innovation and flexibility than cost.

Similar to OpenStack, the Red Hat-Makara deal is further evidence the market wants, needs and will support alternatives, particularly if they are open source. While part of Makara’s technology was already open source software, Red Hat intends, as we would expect, to open source all of the software. Thus, the deal will make even more of cloud computing, and particularly cloud application management and PaaS, open source.

451 CAOS Links 2010.11.23

Novell is finally acquired. But what is Microsoft’s role? And more.

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Novell finally acquired
# Attachmate announced that it is to acquire Novell for $2.2bn, contingent on the sale of “certain intellectual property assets” to Microsoft-backed consortium.

# Mary Jo Foley received a non-statement from Microsoft on its role in the Novell-Attachmate deal, while Novell’s 8-K revealed that the Microsoft-backed CPTN is paying $450m for 882 patents.

# Paula Rooney wondered whether Novell’s SUSE Linux business is still up for sale, while Attachmate announced its continued commitment to the openSUSE project.

Best of the rest
# Talend created a new application integration division to house Sopera, to be led by Scott Devens.

# Another day, another Oracle community FAIL. The Hudson source code repository has been shut down.

# MindTouch announced a pre-packaged Enterprise Wiki Virtual Appliance for SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell.

# Opsview is targeting service providers with the launch of Opsview Enterprise 3.10.

# Rich Sharples explained the JBoss development and product lifecycle.

# Joyent launched its SmartDataCenter cloud software for service providers.

# Brian Proffitt noted that community and crowdsourcing are not the same thing.

# Oracle denied it is losing its Lustre.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.01

Is the JCP going the way of OpenOffice.org? Nagios trademark spat. And more.

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# The Register reported that the JCP has passed a resolution calling on Oracle to spin it out as an as a independent body.

# EFF, ASF and CCIA offered their support to Microsoft in seeking to make it easier to invalidate patents.

# Ethan Galstad explained how and why he is defending the Nagios trademark.

# Julian Hein said he has handed over the Nagios trademarks, gives his side of the story.

# Atlassian acquired BitBucket, which offers code hosting for the Mercurial DCVS.

# Ned Lilly provided some tips for engaging with open source communities.

# OpenLogic announced a partnership with European open source systems integrator Smile.

# The UK’s National Archives introduced a new license enabling the reuse of govt data and source code.

# Differentiating Community from Customers in an F/LOSS Business, by Matthew Aslett and Stephen Walli, published OSBR.ca.

# Marten Mickos’s liquidity moment featured in the FT.

# Will Lustre keep its luster? NetworkWorld investigates.

# ForgeRock added the OpenDJ directory server, based on OpenDS, to its I3 Open Platform.

# Ars Aperta, Ayeba, Array, InitMarketing, and OpenDawn launched the FossAlliance.

# eZ Systems unveiled eZ Publish Enterprise 4.4.

# Red Hat updated its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Enterprise Web Platform products.

# Simon Phipps offered a reminder of some of the founding principles of free and open source software.

# SugarCRM introduced Sugar platform edition for the OEM market.

# A Q&A with Hadoop creator Doug Cutting on the origins and use cases of Hadoop.

# Drizzle is available now for beta testing.

# Karmasphere published the results of a survey of Hadoop developers regarding adoption, use and future plans.

# Novell updated its SUSE Appliance Toolkit with support for Amazon EC2, KVM and OVF virtualization formats.

# Matt Asay discussed the importance of collaborating with developers, rather than just targeting them.

# Opengear announced monitoring and management partnerships with Zenoss and SolarWinds.

# OpenLogic announced its support for the Software Package Data Exchange specification.

# Stephen Walli explained how to talk to your lawyer about open source software.

# Dell’s PowerEdge servers are now certified with Ubuntu Server Edition.

# Mark Shuttlewoth introduced Ubuntu – the font.

# vtiger announced the availability of vtiger CRM 5.2.0.

451 CAOS Links 2010.05.18

Alfresco launches Activiti project. Funding for NorthScale and Zend. And more.

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# Alfresco launched the Apache-licensed Activiti BPM project, led by Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez.

# NorthScale announced $10m in series B funding, led by the Mayfield Fund, and a new CEO.

# Zend Technologies raised $9m led by Greylock Partners with participation its existing investors.

# Stephen Walli joined the CodePlex Foundation as its technical director.

# Oracle updated MySQL Enterprise with the inclusion of MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.2.

# Open-Xchange announced Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition, including Univention Corporate Server.

# Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on the return of Linuxcare.

# Red Hat announced that there are now over 500 JBoss certified ISV applications.

# eXo Platform introduced eXo Social 1.0, an enterprise social software package.

# John Mark Walker responded to Savio Rodrigues’ argument that open source won’t prevent cloud lock-in.

# C12G last week announced the release of OpenNebula Enterprise Edition 1.4.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.04.16

Topics for this podcast:

*The latest in VC funding for open source
*VMware’s SpringSource buys cloud messenger Rabbit
*Open source monitoring vendors’ key cloud partnershps
*Oracle moves ahead, back on MySQL, OpenSolaris

iTunes or direct download (25:38, 7MB)

Let he who is without proprietary features cast the first stone

If the recent debate about open core licensing has proven one thing, it is that the issue of combining proprietary and open source code continues to be a controversial one.

It ought to be simple: either the software meets the Open Source Definition or it does not. But it is not always easy to tell what license is being used, and in the case of software being delivered as a service, does it matter anyway?

The ability to deliver software as a hosted service enables some companies that are claimed to be 100% open source to offer customers software for which the source code is not available. Coincidentally, James Dixon has this week highlighted one example in the form of Nuxeo Studio, a configuration and customization environment for the Nuxeo ECM offerings, which is delivered as a hosted service to Nuxeo’s Connect – Developer subscribers.

To be clear, I am referring here not to the practice of offering open source software as a managed service, but specifically to proprietary software delivered as a service as part of “open source subscriptions”.

The nature of Studio’s license came up in a conversation I had recently with Nuxeo CMO Cheryl McKinnon, and I had been meaning to write a post on the subject of hosted subscription services ever since.

Nuxeo Studio is the latest in a line of value-added subscription services that blur the lines between open and closed. It started, arguably, back in 2001 with Red Hat Network, a hosted monitoring and management service. The stand alone Red Hat Network Satellite followed two years later but it wasn’t until June 2008 that the code officially became open source, as project Spacewalk.

Similarly, JBoss Operations Network was first introduced as JBoss Network, part of the JBoss subscription, in March 2005. The code for that was made available in the form of the Jopr project in 2008.

Meanwhile MySQL introduced MySQL Network Monitoring and Advisory Services as part of MySQL Enterprise in October 2006 as it continued its shift towards subscription revenue (and away from its traditional dual licensing approach).

More recent examples include Nuxeo Studio and Acquia Network‘s remote site management services. And let’s not forget Canonical’s Landscape management and monitoring tool, which is included in server support contracts and available separately to complement desktop support contracts. The client is open source, the server is not.

In his post James Dixon argues that the delivery of a service like Nuxeo Studio or Canonical Landscape is effectively the same as the open core licensing model, in that it is the delivery of proprietary extensions to an open source core. Florent Guillaume, director of R&D at Nuxeo, and Eric Barroca, Nuxeo CEO, have responded in the comments to that post and Eric’s original to argue that it is not.

My own feeling is that Nuxeo’s approach is not open core, since the original definition of open core concerned proprietary products. However, the existence of Nuxeo Studio means that Nuxeo is clearly not 100% open source.

For that reason, I have come to believe that we need to add a new revenue trigger category to our open source business strategy model, that makes a clear distinction between support subscriptions for 100% open source code, and value-add subscriptions that offer additional hosted services.

It is also a reminder of the importance of transparency. Open core vendors are regularly attacked for misleading potential customers with the promise of open source while delivering traditional licensing. Our recent transparency test indicated that for the most part open core vendors are clear about what features are in which version, and with which license.

I spent some time the other day investigating the web sites of various OSS-related vendors and unfortunately the same cannot be said of all vendors (whether they are open core or “pure” open source).

Too often phrases like “open source subscription license”, “commercial open source license” and “value-added component” are thrown around without any explanation of what exactly is meant, and the so-called open source purists are not immune to glossing over the details.

Simon Crosby recently commented that everybody making money with open source actually has a proprietary angle. I don’t think that is 100% true, but it is getting harder and harder to identify the open source purists.

451 CAOS Links 2010.03.26

Revenue growth for Red Hat and Oracle. Funding for Abiquo. And more

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# Red Hat announced Q4 net inc of $23m on revenue up 18% to $196m, FY net inc of $87m on revenue up 15% to $748m, and announced $300m stock repurchase program.

# Oracle announced Q3 GAAP total revenue up 17% to $6.4bn.

# Abiquo announced its launch as a U.S.-based company with $5.1 million in total new funding.

# TurboHercules filed a complaint with EC alleging IBM is preventing customers using an OSS mainframe emulator.

# Red Hat announced the JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0, designed for lightweight Java apps.

# Parallels CEO, Serguei Beloussov, had some choice words to say about open source, on which he later backtracked.

# Black Duck Software formed a partnership with Olliance Group to develop IP management consulting services.

# OrangeHRM updated its open-source HRM software with release 2.6.

# Reductive Labs changed its name to Puppet Labs.

# Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop Version 2 is officially available. Version 3 is in beta.

# Brian Prentice on open source’s reality distortion field and the problems of open-core licensing. Savio Rodriques considered the cost/benefit of an open core licensing strategy.

# The H published an interview with Nagios creator, Ethan Galstad about community, trademarks, and forks.

# GroundWork Open Source launched Enterprise Quickstart + Zendesk Connector Appliance.

# xTuple updated its open source ERP software to version 3.5.

# Terracotta and EnterpriseDB announced a strategic partnership focused on private cloud infrastructure.

# Dell’s cloud platform is based on Joyent and features Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.

# Forbes article on how the distributed, open-source SaaS model will expand the range of available software.

# Oracle released Berkeley DB 11g Release 2, including a new SQL API, based on SQLite.

451 CAOS Links 2010.03.23

Marten Mickos joins Eucalyptus. Novell rejects Elliot. Perspectives on OSBC. And more.

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# Mårten Mickos was named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems.

# Novell’s board rejected Elliot’s takeover proposal as inadequate, will review other alternatives.

# North Bridge Venture Partners published the results of its Future of Open Source survey.

# Rob Bearden was appointed executive chairman of the board of Pentaho.

# The Eclipse Foundation announced the creation of two new EclipseRT projects: Eclipse Gemini and Eclipse Virgo.

# The Tokyo Stock Exchange selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform for its next-generation trading system.

# Red Hat announced the launch of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.0.

# Russia approved Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, on the condition that it continue to develop MySQL.

# Brian Aker asked and answered the question “Where did all of the MySQL developers go?”

# rPath joined the Linux Foundation.

# Sonatype announced Maven Studio for Eclipse, an Eclipse IDE optimized for Maven.

# MoSync added support for Android devices in its cross-platform mobile development SDK.

# GoAhead software shifted to an open source model based around the OpenSAF high availability middleware project.

# Olliance published an interview with Miguel Valdés Faura, CEO and co-founder of BonitaSoft.

# Glyn Moody interviewed Eben Moglen about his plan to save us from the big data hoarders.

# Protecode launched the Library IP Auditor, an extension to the Protecode Enterprise IP Analyzer product.

# Monty Widenius reflected on year one of MariaDB.

# The CodePlex Foundation announced the formation of its second open source gallery.

# Carlo Daffara published a small and unscientific, but very interesting, exploration of OSS license use.

# Opentaps released version 1.4 of its open source ERP + CRM system.

# Novell and Ingres announced that Ingres’s database is available within SUSE Studio as part of the SUSE Appliance Program.

# Glyn Moody dissected Microsoft’s view on the Apple v HTC patent fight and sees trouble ahead.

# Microsoft announced that it is taking a more active role participating in the development of the jQuery JavaScript Library.

Perspectives on OSBC

# LinuxPlanet reported on one of two CAOS presentations at OSBC, while Stephen Walli blogged about 451 CAOS’s visual model for open source business.

# Jay Lyman’s post on OSBC 2010 – Age of open source enablement.

# Tarus Balog’s perspective on OSBC day one, and day two.

# Matt Asay reported on Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s keynote at OSBC.

# Good recap of Tim O’Reilly’s keynote at OSBC: the future’s in the data.

# A review of OSBC, from a Microsoft interoperability perspective.

Open source evolving with the cloud

We’ve covered the significance of open source software in cloud computing, both with the emergence of cloud models and more recently from the perspective of customers. In the first weeks of 2010, we see open source is maintaining, if not growing, its role in cloud computing. There are also indications open source and its use are evolving in the cloud.

While we’ve seen open source software used both to build cloud computing infrastructure and offered among cloud computing services, we had thought that the building of clouds with open source may be the greater opportunity given typical and historical adoption and use patterns. However, we are seeing continued examples of additional open source offerings in the cloud.

One such example is MuleSoft’s new offer of Tomcat application server via the GoGrid cloud. The product, MuleSoft Cloudcat, consists of cloud-based Apache Tomcat on GoGrid with commercial support from MuleSoft.

We’re also seeing examples of new open source software for the cloud. We’ve covered the use of unpaid, community Linux in the cloud, but a new cloud-specific distribution, CloudLinux, may also have some interesting implications, particularly for hosters and other service providers. CloudLinux, compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS, is commercially backed and supported by a company of the same name.

Cloud services and software are not the only sign of open source’s continued prominence in cloud computing. Also showing us that open source is maturing along with cloud computing: a new partnership between Terracotta and Eucalyptus. These two open source cloud players obviously see the benefits of working together and they’ll be integrating technology and teaming on sales and marketing.

We’ve also seen recently that the community aspects of open source continue to hold importance in cloud computing. In response to a perceived movement away from open source, a project dubbed OpenECP has forked from Enomaly’s Elastic Computing Platform. Citing ‘abrupt commercialization in November 2009,’ OpenECP backers indicate they will maintain free availability and provide community support. Interestingly, the OpenECP project chose to license it under the Affero GPLv3, and we’re watching licensing moves to see if cloud computing prompts more use of AGPL.

All of this shows how open source continues to play a vital role in cloud computing, enabling a wide range of vendors and providers to both build cloud computing infrastructure and applications using open source, and to offer open source via cloud computing to enterprise and other customers.

451 CAOS Links 2010.02.02

Oracle’s plans for Sun’s OSS. The UK’s updated OSS strategy. And more.

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Oracle’s plans for Sun’s OSS
# Oracle’s MySQL strategy slide.

# eWeek reported that database thought leaders are divided on Oracle MySQL.

# Savio Rodrigues and Computerworld on Oracle’s plans for MySQL, other open source assets.

# Zack Urlocker is leaving Oracle/Sun/MySQL.

# Red Hat’s Mark Little maintained that despite acquisitions elsewhere, Red Hat is till the home of open source.

# ForgeRock was formed to provide a new home for Sun Microsystems’ OpenSSO product.

# Continuent, Codership, and Monty Program are planning enhancements to the replication system in MariaDB/MySQL.

UK updates open source strategy

# Techworld reported that open source vendors underwhelmed by the UK government’s open source policy update.

# Alan Lord explained the changes that have and haven’t been made to the UK’s open source policy.

Best of the rest
# Alfresco shifted its Community Edition to the LGPL.

# Marten Mickos is now entrepreneur in residence at Index Ventures, as well as Benchmark Capital.

# Mark Shuttleworth called for a uniform copyright assignment policy for free and open source software projects.

# Facebook has either rewritten the PHP runtime from scratch or is introducing a new compiler.

# SD Times reported that Microsoft has distributed almost all its coupons for Novell SUSE Linux support.

# Brian Proffitt speculated about how many SUSE Linux servers you can buy with $240m in coupons.

# Calpont launched InfiniDB Enterprise, MySQL-based analytic database engine.

# The H asked ‘When is it worth saying it’s Linux?’

# Nuxeo added Studio, a configuration and customization environment to its Connect subscription service.

# Appcelerator claimed to have added 1,000 new developers since adding support for the iPad.

# Opengear scored a $1 million open source deal.

# Telefónica released a number of projects related to its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds research.

# An interview with Jaspersoft CEO, Brian Gentile, on open source strategies.

# Joe Brockmeier argued that Defective by Design is is increasingly out of touch with the majority of users.

# Zenoss claimed 150% revenue growth, pitches itself as a virtualization management vendor.

# Zend Technologies’ Zend Framework 1.10 added support for Windows Azure.

# The Civic Hacker compared the open source policies of San Francisco, Vancouver and Portland.

# GovFresh investigated what the Open Government Directive Means for open source.

# The H reported that CloudLinux has presented a beta version of its Linux distribution for web hosting services.

# Andy Oram explained how trademark law “hasn’t caught up to free and open source software”.

# Pentaho’s CEO claimed the company will double bookings in 2010.

# Infobright delivered multi-server high availability with version 3.1.1 of its Enterprise Edition data warehouse.

# Open-Xchange is offering its open source e-mail and groupware software on a hardware appliance.

# CVSDude became Codesion, delivers on-demand version control offering.

# ActiveState launched Business Edition, providing support for ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl.

# Continuent is to focus its attention on the data management of SaaS providers.

# Spanish public administrations are sponsoring the development of Zorb, an open source extension to Nagios.

451 CAOS Links 2010.01.25

WordPress Foundation formed. Reaction to Oracle-Sun approval. And more.

WordPress Foundation formed
# Matt Mullenwag launched the WordPress Foundation.

Reaction to Oracle-Sun’s EC approval

# In a memo Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz encouraged the company’s employees to emotionally resign from Sun.

# EnterpriseDB and PostgreSQL co-founder Bruce Momjian issued a statement on the EC’s decision to approve Oracle-Sun.

# Mike Hogan asked, did Oracle make concessions to the EU?

# Savio Rodrigues discussed Sun & Oracle’s impact on open source acquisitions.

# Save MySQL campaigner Florian Mueller commented following the EC’s clearance of the Oracle-Sun deal.

# Josh Berkus clarified his presentation on Sun and ten ways to destroy a community.

# Ingres CEO Roger Buckhardt analyzed the impact of Oracle-Sun on the database market.

Best of the rest
# Internetnews.com reported on Red Hat’s plans for JBoss in 2010.

# Red Hat’s opensource.com community site is now live.

# Talend introduced and open source Master Data Management (MDM) product.

# Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, is leaving Novell.

# JavaWorld compared JBoss and SpringSource.

# MuleSoft updated Tcat Server with support for the newest version of Apache Tomcat 6.0.24.

#OSS Watch discussed control versus community.

# McObject’s Perst open source, object-oriented embedded database now supports Microsoft’s Silverlight technology.

# GigaOM discussed how Red Hat has avoided the recession.

# Carlo Daffara discussed how open source enables new ways of cooperating.

451 CAOS Links 2010.01.21

EC approves Oracle-Sun. Google patents MapReduce. And more.

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EC approves Oracle-Sun

The European Commission cleared Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems. While Larry Ellison is set to unveil Oracle’s Sun strategy on January 27th, Monty Widenius said he will go to the Court of First Instance to appeal the decision.

# Pro-open source political party formed in Hungary.

# Google patented MapReduce, but GigaOm argued users have nothing to fear.

# The London Stock Exchange began a twelve-month migration to its new trading platform, based on Linux.

# Sauce Labs announced Sauce IDE for Selenium tests and raised $3.1m Series A.

# Zenoss partnered with Lina Software for open source monitoring for Microsoft Windows.

# Digium launched AsteriskExchange, a community marketplace for the open source telephony project.

# Sangoma expanded its sponsorship of the FreeSwitch open source telephony project.

# Jeremy Allison warned of patent traps in Mono.

# Mark Hinkle named eleven open source cloud computing projects to watch.

# Jedox is now offering support for the open source versions of Palo for Excel and Palo Suite.

# Liferay reported 80% customer growth and 50% revenue growth in 2009.

# Jonathan Corbet said 75% of Linux code is now written by paid developers.

# Millennium Global Investments (MGI) standardized on Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

# SugarCRM appointed former SAP and Salesforce exec Chuck Coulson as VP of business development.

# VMware announced Java and Python open-source SDKs for the VMware vCloud API.

# GroundWork Open Source released GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1.

# EnterpriseDB was selected by Genscape for energy industry inventory database.

# The H reported that Mozilla’s Bespin cloud IDE project is getting a re-boot.

# Fonality named Dean Mansfield as CEO.

# SendMail unveiled its new Sentrion Application Store.

# Matt Asay explained why Novell is never going to be a better Red Hat than Red Hat and should focus on being a better Novell.

451 CAOS Links 2010.01.19

Monty turns his attention to the East. The value of JBoss to Red Hat. And more.

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

# Monty Widenius predicted that the EU will clear Oracle-Sun “any moment”, turning his attention to Russia and China.

# Meanwhile the release candidate of MariaDB 5.1 is now ready for testing.

# With EC approval imminent, All Things D reported that Oracle has prepared its letters to Sun employees.

# Marc Fleury shared his thoughts on the Save MySQL campaign, suggests JBoss is making Red Hat $100m/yr.

# Hugo Roy published a draft of Why Free Software matters for Society.

# Disney Enterprises released its Ptex 3D modeling library under the BSD license.

# MuleSoft delivered Mule MQ JMS messaging software.

# Nexenta Systems claimed 740% revenue growth in 2009 over the previous year.

# Open source community forum software vendor Vanilla Forums raised CAD500,000 Series A.

# Datamation published The limits of Linux’s “live free or die”.

# The Canonical and Ubuntu leadership asked users what new proprietary apps they’d like in the next version.

# While Canonical launched a dedicated support program for Lotus Symphony.

# An insight into open source initiatives at BT, via FossBazaar.

# John Mark Walker speculated on the future of Zimbra at VMware.

# BAE Systems selected MontaVista Linux to power new artillery and naval gun systems.

# Assimilate Technology released its VersaFix open source FIX Engine for the .NET platform.

# The 9 most important events in open source history, according to Royal Pingdom.

# Interview with Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten on the importance of transparency.

# Russ Danner argued that leadership, rather than license, is key to a strong development community.

# Andrew Aitken suggested that helping CIOs get into the game might be the best way to sell them open source.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.15

Reaction to the CodePlex Foundation. GroundWork launches MonitoringForge.org. And more.

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CodePlex Foundation Good

Stephen Walli explained why he sees value in the CodePlex Foundation, while Aaron Fulkerson provided his views as to why Microsoft set up the Foundation, and he is acting as an adviser, and Monty Widenius explained why he too is acting as an adviser to the Foundation.

CodePlex Foundation Bad

Andy Updegrove dissected the governance structure of the CodePlex Foundation, declaring that “quite a bit of the governance structure will need to change before CodePlex can expect to attract broad participation.”

Best of the rest
# GroundWork Open Source launched MonitoringForge.org for open source monitoring projects.

# OpenLogic and Nuxeo partnered to support Enterprise Content Management stack including Nuxeo, JBoss and PostgreSQL.

# Actuate and Infobright launched an integrated DW/BI virtual machine.

# Oracle released new versions of its Oracle Berkeley DB embeddable databases.

# Peerless Foods claimed $300,000-$400,000 annual licensing savings in move to Ingres.

# Javier Soltero reflected on the benefits of Hyperic being acquired by SpringSource, and then VMware.

# Sirius published a case study of the first UK school to migrate entire infrastructure to Open Source

# ClearFoundation unveiled ClearOS 5.1, a Linux distribution for networks and server based Internet gateways.

# The FSF updated its list of approved free GNU/Linux distributions.

# Terracotta released version 3.1, including Terracotta for Hibernate.

# John Spencer reported that herd mentality is to blame for the difficulty in selling FOSS to local authorities.

# Matt Asay discussed the dilemma open source vendors have balancing popularity among developers and IT operations.

# WaveMaker introduced one-click deployment to Amazon EC2 with WaveMaker 5.2.

# Tristan Rhodes asked whether ZipTie is a good candidate for a fork.

# OpenLogic provided some details about its latest survey sample.

# Savio Rodrigues reported on the use of Hadoop by the New York Times.

# Techradar published an interview with PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf on how it became successful.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Talend expanded with new OEM partnerships.

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

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

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

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

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