451 CAOS Links 2011.11.01

Appcelerator raises $15m. Hortonworks launches Data Platform. And more.

# Appcelerator raised $15m in a third round led by Mayfield Fund, Translink Capital and Red Hat.

# Modo Labs closed a $4m investment from Storm Ventures and New Magellan Ventures.

# Hortonworks launched its Hortonworks Data Platform Apache Hadoop distribution, as well as a new partner program. Eric Baldeschwieler put the announcements into context.

# Pentaho announced the latest release of Pentaho Business Analytics.

# DataStax announced the general availability of DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Community Edition.

# NYSE Technologies announced that it has open sourced its Middleware Agnostic Messaging Application Programming Interface, now called OpenMAMA.

# Bacula Systems announced the appointment of Frank Barker as its new CEO.

# Florian Effenberger provided an update on the status of the Document Foundation, while Document Foundation founder Charles H. Schultz compared LibreOffice to the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring.

# Oracle proposed the contribution of JavaFX into OpenJDK as a new project called “JFX”.

# Open source graph database provider sones has entered bankruptcy administration.

451 CAOS Links 2011.07.15

IBM offers Symphony to Apache OpenOffice. Jaspersoft raises $11m. And more.

# IBM announced that it will offer the Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice incubator for consideration. Bob Sutor explained how and why.

# Jaspersoft raised $11m in funding from Quest Software, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, Doll Capital Management, Morgenthaler Ventures, Partech International, Scale Venture Partners, and Adams Street Partners.

# The judge overseeing Oracle and Google’s intellectual property lawsuit said it is possible Google knew of its Java violation.

# SAP joined the OpenJDK project.

# Savio Rodrigues speculated that vSphere 5 licensing could open the door for open source.

# Simon Phipps rounded up reaction to the Harmony Project agreements and added his own perspective.

# The Zenoss Community Alliance was formed to revitlatize, and possibly fork, Zenoss Core.

# Gluster named Rob Bearden to its board of directors.

# Jaspersoft released Jaspersoft Studio, an open source BI design environment for Eclipse.

# Joyent and Cloud9 announced an agreement to provide web application developers with a cloud development and deployment platform for Node.js applications from within the Cloud9 IDE.

# With Stackato, ActiveState has extended Cloud Foundry to support Python and Perl.

# WANdisco launched professional uberSVN support.

# Heroku announced that Yukihiro Matsumoto, creator of theRuby programming language, will join Heroku as Chief Architect of Ruby.

# Tarus Balog discussed the importance of trademarks for an open source business.

# Microsoft was apparently the fifth-largest corporate contributor to the Linux kernel version 3.0.0, as measured by the number of changes to its previous release.

# Samba reportedly may consider accepting corporate-donated code.

# basysKom, Codero, Gluster and Nixu Open joined The Linux Foundation.

# Virtual Bridges joined the Open Virtualization Alliance.

451 CAOS Links 2010.11.12

Talend raises $34m, acquires Sopera. Red Hat releases RHEL 6. And more.

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# Talend raised $34m funding and acquired Sopera.

# Twilio raised $12m in series B funding.

# Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

# Savio Rodrigues noted a change in emphasis from Red Hat to focus on value, rather than cost.

# Joyent officially became the new home for Node.js.

# Groklaw covered Google’s response to Oracle’s amended legal claims.

# Oracle clarified its JVM Strategy.

# Oracle clarified some issues about MySQL pricing and licensing changes.

# Ian Skerrett shared his view on the changing nature of open source companies.

# Oracle and Apple announced an OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X.

# CouchOne explained why it is moving away from NoSQL.

# ActiveState grew sales 43% in the third quarter of 2010.

# OTRS announced a strategic partnership with GroundWork Open Source.

# GridGain released version 3.0 of its cloud application platform.

# Xyratex acquired Peter Braam’s Clusterstor and hired Peter Bojanic to lead the company’s Lustre initiative.

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 2010.10.12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Vertica updated its Connector for Hadoop and Pig.

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

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

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

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

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

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

# VMware introduced Zimbra Desktop 2.0.

451 CAOS Links 2010.09.16

Novell is going to pieces. But who will pick them up? And more.

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# The New York Post reported that Novell has agreed a deal in principle to sell itself in two parts.

# Joe Brockmeier asked Who’s buying Novell?

# VAR Guy covered the speculation that VMware will acquire Novell’s SUSE Linux business.

# Local Tech Wire asked Is Red Hat bidding for Novell’s Linux business, or will a SUSE sale set a price for Red Hat?

# The OpenStack projectrevealed details of its governance framework.

# The SCO Group announced that its Unix assets are now up for auction.

# Yahoo talked up its Hadoop contributions (“70% of all code written”) and benefits.

# Oracle said it will work with the OpenJDK code base and the OpenJDK community like Sun did.

# Google relaunched the developer tools it acquired along with Instantiations.

# NetworkWorld’s Julie Bort took Cisco to task for its contributions to open source.

# Carlo Daffara discussed strategy, tactics, and why companies are free to not contribute.

# Rackspace is moving to monthly billing for RHEL instances, due to “changes in subscription arrangements with Red Hat”.

# Diaspora released the source code for its open source social network.

# Stephen Walli warned against confusing open source and open standards.

# The UK Government is committed to using more open source.

# MuleSoft announced the general availability of Mule ESB 3.0.

# Cloudera and Teradata partnered to develop a Hadoop connector for Teradata.

# Opsview teamed up with Canonical to drive adoption of Opsview Enterprise with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition.

# The OpenIndiana distribution of OpenSolaris is now available for download.

# Amazon Web Services introduced its own Amazon Linux AMI.

Linux – easier to run by the release

We’ve seen recently how fast Linux is moving and how many changes and updates are quickly and constantly being made. One of the biggest advancements across a variety of Linux distributions has been the growing variety and ease of ways to run Linux, including on, alongside or inside Windows.

One example is Red Hat’s just-released Fedora 9, which features the latest in KDE, OpenJDK and Firefox, but also comes with a new non-destructive live USB with persistence. This means Fedora 9 Live images may be added to a USB key via Linux or Windows without having to remove data, repartition or reformat the key. It also means users, including Windows folks, can try Fedora, download and store data and add or remove software as with any Fedora system. This is not only a convenience that may win Fedora more followers, it is also testament to how far desktop Linux deployment has come.

Part of increased desktop ease has also been coming from Ubuntu, which continues to polish Linux presentation. In its latest version, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, the system features the Wubi installer for Windows. This allows users to install or uninstall Ubuntu the same as any other Windows application (though you don’t have to pay for it). Ubuntu distributor Canonical describes this as a test drive with Linux ‘in a simple a safe way.’ Comforting words and further evidence that Linux gets easier over time.

LiveCDs have long been a part of the Linux movement. They are typically a good way to demonstrate Linux and show users, for free, that Linux doesn’t have to be a technical minefield or command line nightmare. In its bid to make its Solaris and OpenSolaris system more like Linux, Sun released the open source OpenSolaris in binary form for free and made the OS available on a LiveCD. It’s interesting to see how the LiveCD has become practically a requisite of an open source OS.

These developments continue to broaden the options to run Linux and other open source operating systems, and should broaden the audience for them. It will also be interesting to see their impact on proprietary operating systems that are far more limited in where, when and how they can run.