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.

451 CAOS Links 2011.08.31

MapR and Funambol raise funding. VMware virtually supports PostgreSQL. And more.

# MapR raised $20m series B for its Hadoop distribution from Redpoint Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and NEA.

# Funambol raised $3m in funding from previous investors HIG Ventures, Pacven Walden Ventures and Nexit Infocom.

# VMware launched vFabric Postgres as part of vFabric Data Director database-as-a-service launch.

# Citrix released a new edition of CloudStack, making the whole cloud management product available using the GNU GPLv3.

# Yahoo has contributed 84% of Apache Hadoop lines of code and 72% of patches, according to Hortonworks’ analysis.

# Red Hat invited Red Hat Enterprise Linux users to help discuss features for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

# Talend announced that Peter Gyenes has joined its Board of Directors.

# Mandriva announced the release of Mandriva 2011.

# The Document Foundation announced the release of version LibreOffice 3.4.3, intended for enterprise deployments.

# Zmanda announced the availability of Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) 4.0.

# The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against on SCO’s appeal that it, and not Novell, owned the Unix copyrights.

# Oracle retired its licence for distributing its Java with Linux.

# Bruce Byfield wrote an interesting article on how Linus Torvalds and other open source developers avoid burnout.

Microsoft, broadest supporter of Linux

In writing recently about the continuation (451 subscribers) of the Microsoft-SUSE Windows-Linux interoperability and patent agreement, it occurred to me that in a sense, Microsoft is the broadest supporter of Linux in the industry. Microsoft obviously supports SUSE Linux quite deeply given nearly five years of work with its commercial backer. Microsoft somewhat begrudgingly entered into a virtualization agreement with Red Hat, so that both could better support one another’s operating systems and hypervisors. Finally, Microsoft has been among the most aggressive vendors in the industry to back unpaid, community Linux, such as CentOS, for which it unveiled support last month.

Indeed, Microsoft has consistently displayed some respect for Linux in general, including its contribution of code to the Linux kernel under the GPL.

Despite the concerns about Microsoft’s control over SUSE Linux or Linux in general, the fact of the matter is Microsoft’s investment of both dollars, including its SUSE deals worth a few hundred million, and investment of of resources, such as the interoperability work with Novell/SUSE, the kernel contribution, the cross-OS and hypervisor support work with Red Hat and the support of CentOS, Microsoft is significantly supporting Linux development and use in the enterprise.

I wrote last year about the uncertainty around Novell/SUSE kernel contribution given the Attachmate acquisition.

That all-important contribution from one of the key drivers behind the Linux kernel will now likely continue in large part thanks to Microsoft. And while we cannot simply forget Microsoft’s past actions, such as resisting the GPL, the company’s position as a broad supporter of Linux certainly illustrates how we live in a much different Linux landscape today.

Community Linux love from Microsoft

One of big stories out of the Open Source Business Conference this week was Microsoft’s announced support for the CentOS community Linux distribution, a free clone of RHEL that nonetheless enjoys significant enterprise and cloud computing use, as we’ve covered extensively, including a special report that is currently being updated, in part, with a new survey.

This is not the first time MS has displayed love for unpaid, community Linux, given its 2009 contribution of GPL-licensed code to the Linux kernel. This was significant in that it was contribution and participation by Microsoft in the Linux kernel, beyond one of its partner’s Linux distributions, such as the case of Novell and SUSE Linux and more recently, Red Hat and its RHEL for mutual, customer-demanded virtualization support (451 subscribers) between Microsoft and Red Hat.

It seems Microsoft understands that unlike pirated Windows, which it considers a loss, the use of free, unpaid Linux — particularly by large enterprise, government and other organizations — is a big opportunity for it.

True, use of community Linux is typically driven by cost savings and the capability of sizable organizations to self-manage their Linux servers, often involving no payment. However, our research indicates there is often is still a need for higher level support and, more commonly, the ‘insurance factor’ of having a commercial vendor behind your infrastructure software so you, or your boss or board, have someone to call or blame if things go wrong. Microsoft is capable of supporting CentOS in both cases of technical support and being the insurance for an organization. It will be interesting to see the kind of reaction and traction the company gets from customers, presumably Windows shops, running CentOS.

It was only a couple of years ago we were writing about the death, and ongoing life of CentOS.

Today, it continues to be one of the most fascinating open source software projects in that it has no formal commercial backer, not even a foundation, but yet benefits from a solid, dedicated development team that continues to push the OS forward. We, along with Microsoft, continue to hear about use of CentOS increasingly in cloud computing, where it can be used, often free of charge, to add, subtract, scale and scrap as needed. It is, like other Linux distributions, also popular among hosting and other service providers, who again are primarily building public, private and hybrid cloud environments and ecosystems.

This is why again it is very interesting to see Microsoft supporting CentOS with HyperV and Windows. It’s not the first vendor to do so, as server giant HP has supported CentOS, Debian and other community distros to some extent in its server and support offerings. Microsoft’s CentOS support is certainly another example of how the landscape and market for various Linux distributions and operating systems in general is currently undergoing disruption.

451 CAOS Links 2011.05.10

EMC launches Greenplum HD. DataStax releases Brisk. And more.

# EMC launched its Greenplum HD Hadoop distribution, with the support of Jaspersoft, Pentaho, and SnapLogic, among others.

# DataStax released its Brisk Hadoop distribution, based on CassandraFS.

# NetApp launched a new Hadoop-focused storage products based on its E-Series Platform.

# Sonatype committed to donating all its Maven 3.x related work to the Hudson project.

# Novell will reportedly continue to support LibreOffice.

# SGI expanded its support for the Lustre File System.

# ForgeRock launched a new open source community, OpenICF, to host multi-purpose connectors using the Identity Connector Framework.

# MuleSoft introduced Mule Studio, an Eclipse-based graphical design tool for its ESB.

# Talend introduced Talend ESB Standard Edition – an open source enterprise service bus and updated its data integration, data quality and master data management products.

# Puppet Labs released MCollective version 1.2.0.

# Vyatta and Cloud.com partnered on connectivity and security for cloud infrastructures.

# Red Hat joined the Board of Directors of the Distributed Management Task Force.

# Mellanox introduced application acceleration technology targeting two Hadoop and Memchached.

# The SCO Group changed its name to TSG Group, Inc.

451 CAOS Links 2011.05.03

Novell sold to Attachmate. Barnes & Noble throws the book at Microsoft. And more.

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# Novell closed its acquisition by Attachmate and its patent sale to CPTN.

# Attachmate’s CEO discussed the company’s plans for SUSE Linux.

# Barnes & Noble accused Microsoft of misusing its patents to undermine Android.

# Acquia increased its revenue 300% in the first quarter compared to last year.

# Actuate announced Q1 BIRT-related license revenue of $6.1m, total revenue $32.1m.

# Google lost a Linux-related patent suit.

# Yahoo is reportedly considering spinning off its Hadoop-related interests in a new company.

# OpenStack launched Project Red Dwarf, its database-as-a-service incubator project.

# CloudBees announced RUN@cloud Private Edition for OpenStack and vSphere.

# Nokia announced that it is outsourcing its Symbian software-related activities, including 3,000 employees, to Accenture. Meanwhile, it appears that Nokia is one of the most active Android contributors.

# Puppet Labs announced its Faces API and relicensed Puppet to Apache 2.0.

# OpenGamma announced the first public release of its technology stack.

# German Insurance company LVM Versicherung is converting 10,000 corporate desktops to Ubuntu.

# Sandro Groganz discussed the distribution model for open source-related software vendors.

# Google launched a WebM video patent cross-licensing initiative.

# Liferay is offering a special bundled version of Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition preinstalled with MuleSoft Tcat Server.

A new SUSE Linux, separate from Novell

I’m currently researching and writing about the changing Linux and operating system landscape, which is being impacted by cloud computing, additional competitors and devops, as well as the ongoing impact of unpaid, community Linux distributions such as CentOS and Ubuntu.

Another one of the changes underway is what’s happening with SUSE Linux, largely considered the second-leading enterprise distribution behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which has undergone some uncertainty thanks to the Attachmate deal to purchase the distribution and separate it from Novell.

To continue the strong SLES development and address this uncertainty, it was good to see recently extended support for SLES to provide greater assurance to the community and customers. We’ve also mentioned before the credit due to Attachmate for communicating its intentions on OpenSUSE –important since both RHEL and SLES are bolstered, particularly in cloud computing in my opinion, by their unpaid, community cousins: Fedora and OpenSUSE. We would note we also continue to see strong support for Fedora community, development and openness from Red Hat.

Given we have wondered in the past about whether the SUSE Linux technology and business (including OpenSUSE) would have more opportunity separate from Novell’s other business in networking, identity management and collaboration, it will be interesting to see what happens. Will a dedicated SLES focus lead to ore market traction? Will it accelerate the promotion and use of SLES and/or OpenSUSE in cloud computing, where open source continues to be significant? Will the contribution to the Linux kernel from SUSE and OpenSUSE continue? Will there be another sale of SUSE Linux? Perhaps, but it looks more and more like we’ll see an independent SUSE Linux operating out of its home town of Nuremberg, Germany. And while I continue to see and sense some degree of uncertainty around SUSE Linux, I am also getting reports that there is still good loyalty to the SUSE Linux brand, technology and community.

Given the changes afoot in the Linux and operating system space, the change in ownership of SUSE is a relatively minor disruption. How well SUSE Linux, OpenSUSE and their supporters are able to tap into the driving trends of cloud computing and devops will be much more significant to the users and future of SUSE Linux, as well as any other version of the open source OS.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.21

DoJ/FCO says aye CPTN. Canonical readies Ubuntu 11.04. And more.

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# Novell-CPTN patent sale agreed by DoJ/FCO, subject to the patents being licensed to OIN.

# VMware reported net income of $126m in Q1 on revenue up 33% to $844m.

# Canonical previewed Ubuntu 11.04, featuring Unity and also Ubuntu Server 11.04.

# The Open Invention Network added 70 new licensees in Q1.

# Brian Aker provided his perspective on the current state of the MySQL ecosystem.

# WANdisco introduced UberSVN, an ALM platform for Subversion.

# Karmasphere updated its Analyst product for Hadoop to version 1.3.

# SkySQL announced the creation of regional Customer Advisory Boards in the Americas, Europe, and APAC.

# Oracle released NetBeans IDE 7.0.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.08

Facebook open-sources its hardware. Google maintains commitment to open source. And more.

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# Facebook launched the Open Compute Project, publishing the technical specs of its servers and data centers.

# Google responded to criticism of Android strategy, reiterates commitment to open source.

# The Linux Foundation announced its high availability working group and Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 spec.

# The Linux Foundation also announced the Yocto project steering group and release 1.0.

# Alfresco added 470 new enterprise customers and achieved operating profitability in 2010.

# Cloudera appointed Kirk Dunn chief operating officer.

# The Open Source Initiative provided an update on its opposition to CPTN’s purchase of Novell’s patents.

# Introducing FlumeBase, a database-inspired stream processing system built on Cloudera Flume.

# Nuxeo released a BIRT integration package for its Nuxeo ECM applications.

# The Project Harmony website is now live at http://www.harmonyagreements.org/

# Yubico and ForgeRock partnered on secure and open source cloud single sign-on.

# Lucid Imagination announced the general availability of LucidWorks Enterprise 1.7.

# The GNOME Desktop project released GNOME 3.0.

# Jim Zemlin said bashing Microsoft is like kicking a puppy.

New Linux landscape emerging

Recent news that Linux vendor Red Hat is changing the way it releases code, described as ‘obfuscating’ or worse by some FOSS advocates, brings up an important discussion of complying not only wiith the letter of open source software licenses, norms and practices, but complying with the spirit of open source.

However, I’m going to leave that debate to others while I focus on another matter that is highlighted by Red Hat’s recent move: the changing enterprise Linux landscape. Red Hat’s move shows an intensifying competition in the Linux market, with Red Hat seeking to thwart or slow the copying and reselling of its code. It also highlights the change in positioning of Linux distributions, which are expanding beyond a couple of main distributions to a number of other possibilities, driven primarily by virtualization and cloud computing. Of course, there is also an impact from unpaid, community Linux distros, including CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu, as covered in our special report The Rise of Community Linux.

Indications are that the Linux market changes are continuing, with a greater impact from the unpaid community distributions, which are often ideal for stripping out or adding components for various virtualized and cloud computing deployments. Based on customer and vendor conversations, we also see Ubuntu as a much more important Linux distribution in the clouds, compared to the traditional enterprise server market. In fact, most polls and surveys indicate Ubuntu as the top Linux OS used for clouds, including our own. Finally, there is yet another Linux distribution that is not necessarily an ‘official’ Linux, but is certainly well-used in cloud computing: Amazon Linux. While the company does not promote its own Linux version, wide use of Amazon’s Linux AMI are, in effect, Amazon Linux. The same might be said for OpenStack, which is being described by Rackspace and other backers as a ‘cloud operating system.’

Given we have described 2011 as the year of Linux in the clouds, we will be watching closely to see how the market, the use of Linux and the various distributions and their backers continue to evolve. This will also be the focus of a new special report from The 451 Group that is coming soon.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.11

Novell-Attachmate deal delayed. Microsoft re-thinks Marketplace license demands. And more.

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# Novell’s sale to Attachmate has been delayed until at least April 12, due to concerns related to patent sale.

# Microsoft said it will allow EPL and MPL applications on its Marketplace app store.

# Savio Rodrigues discussed open source and app stores – where they mix and where they don’t.

# Clustercorp raised $3m from Anthem Venture Partners and Avalon Ventures.

# Red Hat released JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.1.

# SourceForge quietly released its underlying code under the Apache license.

# Cfengine and C12G Labs partnered on automatic creation and management of virtualized data center and cloud environments.

# HP CEO said every PC shipped by HP starting next year will include WebOS, as well as Windows.

# Ingres launched SkySafe, a new cloud-based managed database service.

# Ubuntu Netbook Edition is being folded into Ubuntu.

# Panasonic joined the Linux Foundation.

451 CAOS Links 2011.03.04

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

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

# Boxee raised $16.5m.

# Novell announced commercial support for LibreOffice.

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

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

# Xen.org released Xen Cloud Platform 1.0.

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

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

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

# Google kicked rogue apps out of Android market.

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

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

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

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

# Oracle released a new version of Oracle GlassFish Server.

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

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

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

# Oracle relaunched the Java community project site.

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

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

# Acquia launched two new hosted Drupal offerings.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.18

Much ado about open source licenses and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace. And more.

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# Had Microsoft banned OSS from its Marketplace app store? Or was it just the GPLv3 family of licenses. The answer, predictably, was somewhere between the two, as Microsoft later clarified that BSD, MIT, Apache Software License 2.0, and MS-PL are allowed.

# Novell’s stockholders voted in favour of the Attachmate acquisition.

# eZ Systems secured €3.3 in a series C funding round.

# Open source graph database vendor Sones appointed former Novell Linux business exec Richard Doll as its new CEO.

# Karmasphere appointed former Omniture exec Gail Ennis as chief executive officer.

# DataDirect Networks announced a series of HPC funding initiatives around the Lustre open source file system.

# Rhomobile updated its Rhodes framework for building smartphone applications.

# Infobright released version 3.5 of its analytic database.

# Icinga released version 1.3 of its open source monitoring software.

# Terracotta added Ehcache Search to the standalone and distributed versions of Ehcache.

# Nicolas Pujol discussed the four capital mistakes of open source-related businesses.

# OStatic reported that Fedora, openSUSE haven given up on Unity.

# MontaVista claimed a Linux performance breakthrough with Bare Metal Engine.

# Google updated its Google Web Toolkit to version 2.2.

# 36 hours after launching a plan to reverse Nokia-Microsoft deal, Nokia Plan B called it quits.

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Tuxera joined the Linux Foundation.

# Mandriva joined the Open Invention Network as licensee.

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

# VMware released Zimbra 7.

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

# Eric Baldeschwieler presented the backstory of Yahoo and Hadoop.

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

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

451 CAOS Links 2011.02.04

The DOJ asks for more detail on Novell/CPTN deal. OpenStack releases Bexar. and more.

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# The DOJ asked Novell and CPTN for more information regarding the proposed patent sale.

# OpenStack announced the ‘Bexar’ code release and new members including Canonical and Cisco.

# Actuate reported $7.3m of BIRT-related business in Q4, up 12%, and $21.2m in FY2010, up 16%.

# Red Hat is among a number of vendors asking the U.S. Supreme Court to amend patent litigation rules.

# Cloudera secured a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel.

# Lucid Imagination claimed 150 customers following doubled sales growth in 2010.

# Simon Phipps rated the new proposed OpenJDK governance against his open-by-rule benchmark.

# MADlib is a new open source library for in-database analytics available with EMC Greenplum CE.

# Simon Phipps assessed the impact of copyright ownership on software procurement negotiations.

# Cloudera and Quest Software announced the availability of OraOop 1.1 and OraHive 1.0.

# Convirture and Eucalyptus are partnering to integrate ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise with Eucalyptus open source and EE.

# Canonical announced the US availability of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud on Dell PowerEdge C2100 and C6100 servers.

# eBay launched a new open source projects page and released the Turmeric SOA development platform.

# Sauce Labs introduced Selenium 2 support as part of its cloud application testing service.

# Enea joined the Linux Foundation and formed a new partnership with Timesys.

# Sonatype CEO Wayne Jackson said the company remains committed to Hudson.

# The eZ Publish content management system is now available as SaaS via Granite Horizon.

2011 to be year of Linux in the clouds

It’s time for our annual outlook on Linux for the new year, and after spending the last few years highlighting non-desktop Linux in 2008, the range of Linux in 2009 and hidden Linux in 2010, they will all be coming together in 2011, which will be the year of Linux in cloud computing. This is a trend that has been building over the past few years, but I believe it will hit a tipping point in 2011.

The significance of Linux to cloud computing and vice versa has been building for some time already, with the use of unpaid, community Linux in the clouds, commercial Linux from the likes of Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and others in the clouds and a general propensity toward Linux and other open source software in cloud computing. We also covered the recent Red Hat-Eucalyptus Systems deal, which is all about Linux in cloud computing.

As we’ve covered in the past, we see Linux use driven both ways — from unpaid, community Linux to paid subscriptions and also from paid Linux to unpaid versions and self support — but regardless of whether it is Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Suse Linux Enterprise Server, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSuse or other version, there is more and more Linux used for cloud computing. This includes not only public and private cloud infrastructure, but also as cloud services, with many Linux flavors available on various public clouds. We’ve also covered the advantages of open source software, and while we continue to see cost and flexibility drive use of Linux in cloud computing, we also see advantages to open source licensing in simplified, less intrusive and less frustrating license terms, management and support (meaning an open source alternative does not typically bring the dreaded audits and sales pressure of traditional, proprietary software).

There’s no question that formidable competition looms on a number of fronts, particularly from Microsoft’s Azure cloud which is winning interest and adoption from many users, but Linux is still consistently identified and used as a core building block to all types of cloud computing, and I believe we’ll see more of this than ever in 2011.

451 CAOS Links 2011.01.04

Red Hat Q3 results. OSI calls for investigation of Novell patent sale. MPL 2.0. And more.

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# Red Hat reported third quarter revenue of $236m, up 21% year on year, and net income of $26m, compared to $16.4m a year ago.

# The Open Source Initiative asked the German Federal Cartel Office to investigate the sale of Novell’s patents to CPTN.

# The Mozilla Foundation began beta testing version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License.

# OpenSUSE.org published a Q&A with Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate by Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE Community Manager at Novell.

# NetworkWorld reported that most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance.

# Monty Program released the first public draft of its MariaDB trademark policy.

# Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered government agencies to move to open source software by 2015.

# WANdisco announced plans to overhaul the Subversion project, prompting a slap on the wrists from the Apache Software Foundation

# Both The Document Foundation and KDE joined the Open Invention Network.

# Oracle released version 4,0 of its Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization software.

# Dries Buytaert shared his perspective on the year gone by for both Drupal, and Acquia. The latter grew by more than 400% and went from 35 to 80 full-time employees.

# Digium announced that Switchvox, its Asterisk-based VoIP unified communications offering for small- to mid-sized businesses, grew more than 30% in 2010.

# CollabNet updated its CollabNet Lab Management cloud-based server provisioning and profile management offering to version 2.3.

# Erwin Tenhumberg published an overview of open source at SAP in 2010.

# Ingres claimed “substantial year on year growth” in 2010.

# The Outercurve Foundation accepted the ConferenceXP project into its Research Accelerators Gallery.

# Canonical and the Ubuntu project released the Ubuntu Font Family.

Red Hat reaches for clouds with interesting Eucalyptus deal

It was interesting to see a partnership announcement between Red Hat and Eucalyptus Systems, commercial supporter of the Eucalyptus cloud computing framework. Why so interesting? Mainly because there are several, significant competitive, partnership and technology implications from the deal.

First off, we’re been waiting for a more pronounced response from Eucalyptus Systems to OpenStack, the open source cloud computing stack backed initially by Rackspace and NASA and supported by a growing cast of both open source and non-open source players. We’ve also wondered about the competitive implications of OpenStack for Red Hat, which despite previously being sharply focused on the enterprise server market, is now working hard to extend into cloud computing, service providers and Paas, as evidenced also by its recent acquisition of Makara, which was a Eucalyptus Systems partner. Thus, the Red Hat-Eucalyptus partnership may be in part a response to OpenStack on the part of either or both partners.

The pairing is also interesting since Eucalyptus Systems has long worked closely with Ubuntu Linux distributor Canonical, which relies on the open source Eucalyptus software for its Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. While Canonical has not presented much of a threat to Red Hat and its RHEL in the overall enterprise server market, the same cannot be said for cloud computing, where Canonical was first to address cloud computing users and also benefits from the popularity of Ubuntu in both public and private clouds and among developers. So it will be intersting to see whether Eucalyptus Systems’ partnership with Red Hat has any impact on Canonical’s own partnership with Eucalyptus Systems or use of Eucalyptus software.

There are also other significant Eucalyptus Systems partners that come into play, particularly the recently-launched NRE Alliance, a coalition of newScale, rPath and Euaclyptus Systems for self-service private and hybrid clouds, as covered in a 451 Group report. Additional Eucalyptus partners that make its partnership with Red Hat and its progress even more interesting: Convirture, Dell, GroundWork Open Source, HP, Membase, Novell, Puppet Labs, Rightscale, rPath, Terracotta, Vmware and Zmanda.

Finally, it’s interesting yet again to note that we may be seeing some response to the fact that much of the Linux that is used in cloud computing is unpaid, community Linux, such as CentOS, Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu, which is frequently a leader among Linux distributions, whether public or private clouds. The good news for Red Hat is that we are seeing Fedora among these community editions among Linux in the clouds. The use of unpaid, community Linux by many cloud users — particularly those testing and building privte and hybrid clouds — also highlights the monetization and commercialization challenges faced by Linux vendors here, particularly cloud leader Canonical.

Back to the Red Hat-Eucalyptus deal, we have no question we will continue to see interesting partnerships form among Linux and other open source software vendors and others as they all come together in the clouds.

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.17

CPTN Holdings unmasked. Oracle updates MySQL. And more.

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# Florian Mueller reported that the Novell patent acquiring CPTN Holdings is Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle.

# The VAR Guy told the (previously) untold story of Novell’s sale to Attachmate.

# Attachmate committed to support the existing roadmaps and release schedules for Novell and SUSE products.

# Oracle announced that MySQL 5.5 is now generally available.

# Oracle announced Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3.

# ComputerWeekly published a nice round-up of the FSFE’s challenge to the EC’s SACHA II contract.

# The FSFE welcomed the revised European Interoperability Framework.

# Mesos (resource sharing for cluster apps inc Hadoop) has been proposed as an Apache incubator project.

# Jive announced the new Jive Apps SDK beta and plans to contribute parts of it as OSS.

# FuseSource launched a new enterprise subscription offering for Apache CXF.

# Rackspace acquired (OSS-based) cloud-server management provider Cloudkick.

# Red Hat announced the general availability of JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.1.

# David Nuescheler and Bertrand Delacretaz assessed the impact of the ASF leaving the JCP.

# Percona added HandlerSocket to its Percona Server MySQL distribution.

# Talend provided initial details on its data integration product roadmap following the acquisition of SOPERA.

# Magento claimed year-on-year growth of almost 250%.

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# Google contributed WindowBuilder and CodePro Profiler to the Eclipse Foundation.

# Oracle is in another Java legal battle, this time with Myriad Group.

# Are there US Government backdoors in OpenBSD? One alleged FBI plant denies involvement.

# Puppet Labs released MCollective version 1.0 following its acquisition of The Marionette Collective.

# Eucalyptus partnered with Red Hat on Eucalyptus support for RHEV and compatibility with Apache Deltacloud.

# Gazzang last week raised $3.5m for software to secure open source software for use in the cloud.

# Richard Stallman warned against Google’s Chrome OS.

# Lucid Imagination announced the general availability and free download for LucidWorks Enterprise.

# The openSUSE project announced the appointment of Alan Clark as openSUSE board chair.

# Black Duck adding IBM Rational AppScan Source Edition to its code-scanning assessment services.

# The Apache Software Foundation launched the Apache Extras hosting site for complementary projects.

# Karmasphere integrated Apache Hive with the Karmasphere Application Framework to create Karmasphere Analyst.

# WSO2 launched WSO2 Application Server 4.0 with full Apache Tomcat support.

# CloudBees acquired Java PaaS provider Stax Networks.

# Facebook explained how it uses Hadoop and released the code of its internal distribution.

# NEC and Novell created a high availability offering optimized for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

# Dries Buytaert explained how Drupal benefits from VC funding.

# Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation and MontaVista Software are to become advisers to Linaro.

# Bill Burke welcomed the ASFs departure from the JCP, blames the ASF for Java 7 delay.

# The Linux Foundation appointed OpenEmbedded core developer and Yocto Project maintainer Richard Purdie as a Fellow.

# C12G Labs announced version 2.0 OpenNebulaPro, based on the OpenNebula Toolkit.