OSS support grows among proprietary players

VMware continued its embrace of open source software with its recent acquisition of open source and virtual network provider Nicira. The move continued VMware’s aggressive M&A strategy and its effort to transition from proprietary software and virtualization to a broader market and cloud computing, largely through open source software.

With previous open source software acquisitions that have included Rabbit Technologies’ RabbitMQ messaging, Zimbra email and collaboration and SpringSource, VMware seems to have found it paramount to participate and integrate with open source software technology and communities, despite its heritage as a strictly proprietary virtualization vendor.

VMware continues to back and sell mostly proprietary software and products, but its broader engagement of open source also highlights how nearly all vendors in today’s market are, at least to some extent, users or purveyors of open source software. We’ve also seen examples of how the vendors that resist open source are likely to find themselves isolated from vibrant communities if they stick to a closed technology approach.

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CAOS Theory Podcast 2012.04.20

Topics for this podcast:

*OpenStack, Amazon, Eucalyptus and Citrix engage in open cloud warfare
*Microsoft spins off new company for openness
*Updates on automation players Puppet Labs and Opscode with Chef
*Percona turns attention to MySQL high availability
*Open APIs as the fifth pillar of modern IT openness

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CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.12.16

Topics for this podcast:

*Hadoop roundup
-Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop update
-Hadapt combines Hadoop with db analytics
-Informatica grows its Hadoop work
*HP open sources WebOS
*The GPL fade
*Red Hat acquisition targets

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Linux-like, devops management moves to enterprise, Windows

Signs that the devops are coming — both in the form of new software engineers and system administrators that are working more closely together for collaboration and in new automation and agile technologies, many of them open source — continue to highlight the movement of continuous integration and continuous management of applications into more mainstream enterprise IT environments. Devops, which refers to the confluence of application development and deployment of applications via IT operations, is spreading beyond Web 2.0, technology and media organizations to some of the same key verticals that have been early adopters of open source software.

One of the most obvious signs that devops is moving to more mainstream enterprise IT — adding users in financial services, insurance, telecom and other key verticals — is the extension of open source server configuration and automation to Windows environments, which are typical alongside Linux in most enterprises. We’ve recently covered this extension in reports on CFEngine, Opscode and Puppet Labs, all of which report demand and traction in mixed Windows-nix environments and in more mainstream enterprises.

Our coverage of CFEngine (451 subscribers) highlights the Norwegian vendor’s latest paid release, CFEngine 3 Nova, features simplified configuration and management along with scalability and the ability to continuously monitor, update and facilitate system self-repair. Other highlights of the release include simplified compliance features and a new GUI dashboard for setting policy and monitoring system health, as well as the state of IT services and systems. As for the added Windows support, the CFEngine 3 Nova update includes new native support for Windows with more fine-grained management of Windows servers and desktops via Windows Registry, Windows Services and Access Control Lists.

We covered some similar extension to management of Windows environments in our recent report on Opscode with Chef (subscribers). Reporting more demand for private Chef, rather than hosted, particularly among large enterprise users with Windows resources and systems to manage, Opscode enhanced these capabilities with new Chef software and cookbooks. Features include deployment and automation of Windows PowerShell task framework, IIS Web server, SQL Server and Windows Services.

We also covered an update from another open source server configuration and automation player: Puppet Labs (subscribers). The company’s of Puppet Enterprise 2.0 was focused less on Windows support, which is nonetheless previewed in its latest software, and more on improving usability and serving orchestration and compliance needs of large enterprises.

All three of these open source software-centered vendors report the transition of devops practices and tools being implemented (sometimes under other monikers such as continuous integration, continuous application management, cloud application management, release management or other) by more mainstream enterprises in financial services, media and others in addition to tech and web-oriented companies you’d expect to be doing devops.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.10.28

Topics for this podcast:

*Opscode Chef extends to Windows for more enterprise devops
*Black Duck continues growth, gains new funding
*Cloudant expands NoSQL database focus, customers
*New open source Web server and vendor Nginx arrives
*The downside of Microsoft’s Android dollars

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451 CAOS Links 2011.10.25

Microsoft: “more than half your Android devices are belong to us”. And more

# Microsoft claimed that more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio following its agreement with Compal Electronics.

# Hadapt expanded its board of directors and confirmed its $9.5m series A funding round.

# Appcelerator entered into an agreement to acquire the Particle Code mobile gaming and HTML5 development platform.

# Jaspersoft and IBM are working together to combine InfoSphere BigInsights with Jaspersoft’s full BI suite.

# Karmasphere announced its new Hadoop Virtual Appliance for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights.

# Neo Technology launched Spring Data Neo4j 2.0.

# Opscode extended Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef to provide infrastructure automation in Windows environments.

# Sourcefire announced plans to support Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

# Percona added support for MySQL Cluster.

# Avere Systems partnered with Nexenta Systems to combine Avere’s FXT Series of appliances and Nexenta’s NexentaStor open source ZFS technology.

# The Qt project is now up and running.

# Zed A Shaw explained why he has licensed Lamson under the GPL.

451 CAOS Links 2011.10.04

Red Hat acquires Gluster. Adobe acquires PhoneGap. Oracle does Hadoop. And more.

# Red Hat agreed to acquire Gluster for approximately $136m in cash. Red Hat CTO Crian Steven explained why.

# Adobe announced its agreement to acquire Nitobi, creator of PhoneGap.

# Oracle unveiled its Oracle Big Data Appliance, including Apache Hadoop and Oracle NoSQL database.

# ODF 1.2 has been approved as an OASIS standard.

# Univa announced the general availability of Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1.

# MPSTOR released Orkestra, a new cloud services platform based around OpenStack.

# Nuxeo announced the availability of the Nuxeo Integrated Development Environment.

# Mike Olson blogged about the nature if the Apache Hadoop community.

# Oracle previewed multi-site clustering support in MySQL Cluster.

# Opscode released new Opscode Chef Cookbooks for deploying and automating core components of the latest version of OpenStack.

# The OpenNebula Project announced the third major release of its OpenNebula Toolkit.

# IBM donated code from its Project Blue Spruce to the Dojo Foundation’s Open Cooperative Web Framework (OpenCoweb).

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.09.30

Topics for this podcast:

*Cloud M&A potential around OpenStack
*Oracle’s commercial extensions for MySQL
*Puppet Labs rolls out Enterprise 2.0, hosts PuppetConf
*Basho bolsters Riak distributed data store in NoSQL race
*Our latest special CAOS report, ‘The Changing Linux Landscape’

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PuppetConf and the state of devops

It’s been some time now that we’ve been talking about devops, the pushing together of application development and application deployment via IT operations, in the enterprise. To keep up to speed on the trend, 451 CAOS attended PuppetConf, a conference for the Puppet Labs community of IT administrators, developers and industry leaders around the open source Puppet server configuration and automation software. One thing that seems clear, given the talk about agile development and operations, cloud computing, business and culture, our definition of devops continues to be accurate.

Another consistent part of devops that also emerged at PuppetConf last week was the way it tends to introduce additional stakeholders beyond software developers and IT administrators. This might be the web or mobile folks, sales and CRM people, security professionals or others, but it is typically about applying business operations methodology to applications and IT, thus bringing in more of the business minds as well. The introduction of additional stakeholders was also a theme we heard from Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies in his keynote address. Kanies then discussed how the community was working to make Puppet the ‘language of operations,’ which it basically is along with competitors Chef from Opscode and CFEngine when it comes to devops implementations.

There was another interesting point on the PuppetConf stage from DTO Solutions co-founder and President Damon Edwards, who said devops should not be sold as a way to achieve cost savings, but rather as something that will bring return on investment (ROI). This is similar to the shift of open source software drivers we’ve seen in the enterprise, which are sometimes changing from cost savings and time to factors of performance, reliability and innovation.

Later in the conference during his keynote, Eucalyptus Systems CEO Marten Mickos also had some interesting observations concerning devops, which he described as managing the cloud from both sides. One of his points was that developers have the most to learn about operations. While I would agree to some extent, this statement is interesting when considered alongside my contention that most of the change in devops is happening on the IT administrator and operations side. Later in an interview, Mickos elaborated on his devops thinking, indicating the experts who orchestrate applications in cloud computing — both developers and admins — must understand the entire lifecycle and environment. Continuing our comparison of devops to open source, Mickos indicated the open source MySQL database that he helped usher into the enterprise was disrupting old technology, while devops is innovating new technology.

While it remains early days for devops in the case of many enterprise organizations, we continue to see and hear signs that devops practices, technologies, ideas and culture are making their way into more and more mainstream enterprise IT shops. While we expect devops practices to be implemented by many enterprises based on utility and need to leverage cloud computing, we see a higher level of awareness and engagement from leadership and executives than we did with open source software. This means we expect uptake of devops to happen more quickly and to generate more revenue and opportunity.

451 CAOS Links 2011.08.09

Opscode appoints a new CEO. SugarCRM gains a new CFO. And more.

# Opscode named Mitch Hill as CEO, with Jesse Robbins becoming Chief Community Officer.

# SugarCRM claimed billings up 58% in Q2 and appointed a new CFO.

# Tasktop released Tasktop Dev 2.1 and announced Tasktop Sync 1.0.

# Pentaho delivered improved support for Hadoop and various NoSQL database projects.

# The openSUSE community approved its strategy document.

# Dustin Kirkland described the Ubuntu Orchestra Project.

The rise, fall and reality of commercial open source

We’ve been writing ourselves about the move toward more permissive licensing in commercial open source, as well as a lessening of the use of ‘open source’ as an identifier or differentiator. We’ve also seen others comment on a perceived loss of significance and importance of free and open source software and open standards. Combine this all with some typical observation on the lack of contribution back to open source software projects, and it might appear that open source software is a once-mighty empire in the midst of decline. However, from my perspective it seems despite all of this, open source software has never before been as pervasive, disruptive and innovative as it is right now. While we have yet to reach open nirvana, open source software is playing a pivotal role in the two most significant software markets currently: cloud computing and mobile computing.

Much of the gloom and doom in open source software the last couple of years has centered on the evil that is ‘open core,’ yet I have been among those contending that open core and the mixing of open source and proprietary models is often something that customers want. In addition, rather than just a matter of converting much or all that open source community goodness to cold hard cash, I believe all of these trends and perspectives support the idea that open source software is actually gaining in significance. Whether it is viewed as an effective marketing mechanism may be another thing, but the fact that open source is prevalent in the two hottest categories of IT today: cloud computing and mobile devices.

We’ve written extensively about open source software’s prevelance in cloud computing. We’ve also covered how the many, critical open source pieces of cloud computing stacks, whether SaaS, IaaS or PaaS, are also having an impact on openness and discussions of it, something we also see when considering recent partnerships and a changing landscape for Linux and open source software.

We’ve also covered the significance and prevalence of open source software in mobile computing. At the same time, we recognized that while open source software was a key ingredient to most if not all mobile software platforms and application ecosystems, there was a lack of open source software reaching end products and users.

In both cases, there are reasons and incentives for ‘going closed,’ so to speak, but it is the true open source efforts that elicit true community benefits: collaboration, transparency, speed, flexibility, security and more. So while open source as a term or identifier may not be what matters most to vendors or customers, there is no question open source is key to the business and future of many, if not most vendors in cloud and mobile computing. Ask Puppet Labs or Chef sponsor Opscode whether open source matters to their customers and their business. Ask Google whether openness is something they consider as they move forward on Android and Chrome. Ask Rackspace whether open source is critical in its open source cloud computing stack, OpenStack. Ask HP whether it is meaningful that WebOS is open source. I have. It is. So the next time we hear about the surrender, retreat, fade or decline of open source software or its importance in today’s computing landscape, just remember that today’s key markets tell a different story.

451 CAOS Links 2011.06.14

Apache OpenOffice.org proposal approved. SkySQL Tekes new funding. And more.

# The proposal for OpenOffice.org to become an Apache incubator project was unanimously approved.

# Rob Weir discussed how the relationship between OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice need not be a zero-sum game.

# Simon Phipps offered his thoughts on the potential positive and negative outcomes.

# Tekes, the main public funding agency for research, development, and innovation in Finland, awarded SkySQL a grant of €250,000 and a loan of over €600,000.

# Opscode announced the general availability of Opscode Hosted Chef, formerly the Opscode Platform, and launched the Private Chef appliance.

# Infobright launched version 4.0 of its open source analytic database.

# Glyn Moody questioned whether we still need the FSF, GNU and the GPL.

# Cenatic published its analysis of the criteria for adopting open source software in public administrations.

# Nuxeo and Hippo announced a technology alliance through which they have built an ECM/WCM connector based on the OASIS CMIS standard.

# The VAR Guy wondered whether Canonical’s Ubuntu focus is too diverse.

# Sandro Groganz discussed what US-based open source vendors need to know about Europe.

# The Xen code for Dom0 has been accepted into the Linux mainline kernel.

# Brian Proffitt covered the two faces of UK open source.

# The VAR Guy encouraged Adobe to engage more with open source.

# Matt Asay pondered Red Hat’s potential to challenge Oracle with a database of its own.

CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.05.13

Topics for this podcast:

*Watching for possible devops deals
*New technology, offerings highlight Hadoop
*Oracle proposes Hudson as Eclipse project
*Red Hat’s latest IaaS and PaaS
*Defining open source
*Big changes in the Linux and open source landscape
*451 Group at OSBC 2011 in San Francisco

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451 CAOS Links 2011.03.08

Digia gets Qt. VMware makes waves. Rackspace launches OpenStack support. And more.

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# Digia signed an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business.

# VMware’s Springsource division acquired Wavemaker.

# Rackspace formally launched services and support for OpenStack via Rackspace Cloud Builders.

# Red Hat defended its move to pre-apply patches to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# The Free Software Foundation announced the appointment of John Sullivan as its new executive director.

# OpenLogic scan results show that 71% of Android, iPhone and iPad apps containing OSS failed license requirements.

# Percona announced that it now has over 1,000 customers for its MySQL support and consulting services.

# Acquia announced the general availability of Drupal Gardens 1.0.

# Sencha released a free comparison test suite for developing Android applications.

# Techradar published an interview with David Recordon, Facebook’s head of open source.

# Grid Dynamics’ Cloud Services division is delivering private cloud platforms based on OpenStack.

# Opscode claimed more than 3,000 Opscode Platform sign-ups, previews new services.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Ian Skerrett politely invited Oracle to get a clue.

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

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

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

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

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

# Teradata announced a partnership with Hadoop specialist Karmasphere.

# Fluendo joined the Open Invention Network as a licensee.

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

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

# The Nagios trademark issue has been resolved.

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

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

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

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

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

# The Register reported that the Symbian Foundation faces closure.

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

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

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

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

# Pentaho and Ingres announced a strategic partnership.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.08

Patents! Patents! Patents! Canonical’s perfect 10. And more.

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# Google responded to Oracle’s claims that its Android OS infringes copyrights and patents related to Java.

# Matt Asay evaluated the various patent claims against Android and its related devices.

# Microsoft licensed smartphone patents from ACCESS Co and a subsidiary of Acacia Research.

# Glyn Moody assessed what Microsoft’s patent claim against Motorola says about Microsoft.

# Canonical announced that Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition andUbuntu 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions will be available for download on 10/10/10.

# Puppet Labs acquired The Marionette Collective.

# Acquia added support for memcached to its Acquia Hosting platform.

# Royal Pingdom provided an overview of the mobile Linux landscape.

# Opengear expanded its remote management of Avaya VoIP systems.

# MuleSoft announced the availability of Tcat Server 6 R4.

# ActiveState announced the availability of Komodo IDE 6.

# Rivet Logic launched the Confluence Alfresco Integration rivet which integrates Atlassian Confluence with Alfresco.

# What is the future of MapReduce and Hadoop in the light of Google’s Percolator and Caffeine?

# Lucid Imagination announced LucidWorks Enterprise built on Solr/Lucene.

# Twitter described its new Lucene-based search architecture.

# newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus named their private cloud coalition The NRE Alliance.

# Andy Updegrove reflected on the ways in which open source is stronger post-SCO than it was pre-SCO.

# Joe Harris provided an overview of the open source BI/DW landscape and offers suggestions for covert adoption.

# Roberto Galoppini published his notes from the OWF Open Source Analyst Summit.

# Evident Software’s ClearStone 4.5 now covers Apache Cassandra and Memcached.

# Mercury released OpenSAL, an open source scientific Algorithm Library for vector math acceleration.

# What does the sale of Ohloh.net mean for the future of Geeknet?

# Autonomic Resources added Continuent and EnterpriseDB to its GSA schedule roster.

# The VAR Guy’s sources said Microsoft Hyper-V will likely gain some integrations with OpenStack.

# OTRS launched an OnDemand version of its open source help desk and IT service management software.

# Digital Reasoning and Riptano partnered on Cassandra-based analytics.

# Outercurve added a fifth project to its ASP.NET Open Source Gallery.

# GoAhead Software shipped the general release of OpenSAFfire 6.0.

# Citrix updated XenServer with new storage optimization technology for VDI.

# Simon Phipps noted that there is a difference between forking and rehosting.

# Fonality updated its cloud-based, open source IP PBX software with the 2010.2 release.

# enStratus and Opscode partnered to provide enStratus customers with the Opscode Platform.

# Amazon introduced read replicas to its MySQL-based Amazon Relational Database Service.

VC funding for OSS-related vendors up 11.5% in Q2

Venture capital funding for open source software-related vendors increased 11.5% in the second quarter, the third consecutive quarter of positive growth following a 6% rise in 4Q09 and a 38% increase in 1Q10.

According to our preliminary figures, OSS-related vendors raise $141.7m in Q2, compared to $127.1m a year ago. There were 21 deals in the quarter and 20 with a disclosed deal size, the same as 2Q09, resulting in an average deal size of $7.1m in 2Q10, compared with $6.4m in 2Q09.

Early stage deals announced in the quarter included $5m for Karmasphere and $2.5m for Datameer, both building businesses around Hadoop, as well as $7.15m for Moodlerooms, $14m for Sencha, $4m for AlienVault and an additional $3.3m for Nuxeo.

Later stage deals included $11m each for Cloud.com and Opscode, $10m each for Heroku, DeviceVM and Northscale, $9m for Zend, and $8m for Talend.

The biggest round announced in the quarter was Eucalyptus’s $20m series B round, which was reported just hours before the end of the quarter, tipping the total into positive growth.

Total funding for the first half of the year stands at $231.2m, up from $191.7m in the first half of 2009. While it seems likely that we could see an overall improvement for the full year compared to 2010 we are sticking to our prediction of flat growth for the full year.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.22

Red Hat reports Q1 revenue. Funding for Opscode, Zenoss and Calpont. And more.

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# Red Hat reported net income of $24.1m on revenue up 20% to $209m in Q1.

# Opscode raised $11m in series B funding http://bit.ly/9CjL2t and launched the Opscode Platform.

# Zenoss raised $4.83m of a $5.2m funding round.

# Calpont raised half of a $3.1m funding round.

# Quest Software partnered with Cloudera to create Ora-Oop, an Oracle connector for Apache Hadoop.

# MSPmentor reported that Red Hat is looking at the systems management market for potential M&A.

# Infobright announced Infobright Enterprise Edition 3.4.

# New Relic introduced application performance management for apps deployed on Eucalyptus private clouds.

# MuleSoft is partnering with Chariot Solutions to offer consulting services and training for Mule ESB.

# KnowledgeTree enhanced its SaaS document process management offering for SMBs.

# WSO2 launched WSO2 Business Rules Server.

# The Open Invention Network announced that Canonical is the first member of its Associate Member Program.

# Carlo Daffara unveiled EveryDesk, a new Linux desktop OS.

# Red Hat added a new customer portal to its subscription package.

# The VAR Guy published a Q&A with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

# BigData News published a Q&A with Cloudera’s John Kreisa on Big Data, BigSheets and Hadoop.

# Black Duck launched best practices guidelines for acquirers and acquisition prospects as M&A activity surges.

# MuleSoft released TomcatStats, a Tomcat management app for the Apple iPhone.

# Jeff Potts described how Alfresco is opening up its development to a wider community.

# Netezza licensed Oracle database compatibility technology from EnterpriseDB.

# NYSE Euronext standardised on Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

# Openbravo CEO Manel Sarasa offered his thoughts on Consona’s acquisition of Compiere.

# Port25 published an interview with Damien Katz, creator of Apache CouchDB and CEO of Couchio.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.04

Linaro formed to promote Linux on SoC. Canonical prepares Ubuntu Advantage. And more.

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# ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments formed Linaro, focused on Linux on SoCs. Meanwhile the organization’s CTO, David Rusling, described the need for Linaro.

# Canonical is reportedly planning a new service option for Ubuntu, known as Ubuntu Advantage.

# A Q&A about the open source ‘R’ programming language with Revolution Analytics CEO and founder Norman Nie.

# Cloudera published Considerations for Hadoop and BI (part 2 of 2).

# Dark Reading reported on Qubes, a new open source OS with disposable virtual machines.

# Roberto Galoppini discussed community as the quintessence of open source.

# Engine Yard introduced xCloud, an expansion of its PaaS strategy.

# Funambol released version 8.5, adding syncing of pictures and rich media between mobile devices and the cloud.

# Opscode hired Adrian Cole, founder of jclouds.org.

# An Olliance Group interview with Daniel Chalef, CEO KnowledgeTree.

# NetworkWorld reported on the positive aspects of an OSS project being acquired.

# Carlo Daffara proposed a tax-exempt structure for corporate OSS development.

# xTuple launched Web Portal, proving integration of its open source ERP software with Drupal.

VC funding for open source up and down in Q2

Venture capital funding for open source vendors was down 50% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. No great surprise there, but there was some good news as that figures was an increase on $45.4m raised in Q1.

According to our preliminary figures, there were 13 announced funding deals in the second quarter of 2009 worth $80.1m , compared to 20 in the second quarter of 2008, worth $160.8m.

Twelve of the deals announced in the second quarter of 2009 had a disclosed size, resulting in a combined total of $80.1m, and an average deal size of $6.7m. In the same quarter of 2008 there were 20 deals with a disclosed size resulting in a combined total of $160.8m, and an average deal size of $8m.

Total funding for the first half of the year stands at $125.5m, compared to $270.5m in 1H08, although as we pointed previously, the first half of last year was a record, as were Q1 and Q2 of 2008 individually.

(For more on the history and future of venture capital investment in open source vendors, see our recent CAOS report).

Early stage deals announced in the first quarter included a $15m round for Schooner, $5.5m for Eucalyptus, $2.5m for Opscode and $2m for Reductive Labs.

Later stage deals included $10m each for Likewise, OpenX and Vyatta, and $6m for Cloudera.

Larry Augustin previously predicted (PDF) $250m in 2009 from 30 deals, while I guessed there might be a few more deals and a lower average deal size.

At the halfway stage, the running total is $125.5m from 22 deals, so we’re both looking good to be half right.