451 CAOS Links 2010.11.17

Oracle responds to Apache. AMD joins MeeGo. And More.

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“Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

# Oracle responded to Apache’s threat to leave the JCP.

# AMD joined the MeeGo project.

# Bruce Perens speculated about the patent settlement between Acacia and Red Hat.

# Pentaho announced the availability of the Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite.

# An interview with Novell’s Michael Meeks explores the background behind the LibreOffice project.

# BonitaSoft surpassed 500,000 downloads of Bonita Open Solution.

# Zenoss experienced 40% revenue growth in Q3.

# Red Hat released version 5.4 of its Network Satellite systems management software.

# OTRS released version 3.0 of its open source help desk software.

# Facebook’s new Messages service is built on Apache HBase.

# ProcessMaker and OrangeHRM signed a strategic alliance to integrate their open source BPM and HRM applications.

# Duck Duck Go pledged 10% of its income to fund open source projects. Should others do the same?

# Black Duck hired Sara Ford, former community manager for Microsoft’s Codeplex site, for Ohloh.

# Novell announced the launch of the Baracus project, an open source platform for boot and build management.

# The openAPC Foundation has been established to develop and distribute open source Advanced Process Control software.

# WSO2 announced the launch of WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus as a Service.

# WSO2 also announced the launch of four cloud SOA middleware services for business users, and updated WSO2 Governance as a Service and WSO2 Identity as a Service.

# James Dixon shared some statistics on Pentaho adoption.

# The Linux Box released the Enkive Community Edition email archiving, retrieval and reporting system.

# Robert Duffner published an in-depth interview with Riptano founder Jonathan Ellis on Apache Cassandra.

# MontaVista joined the OpenSAF high availability project.

# OpSource added support for Ubuntu LTS to its hosted cloud platform.

# Black Duck acquired the assets of SpikeSource.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.27

Red Hat takes a PaaS at the cloud. Novell’s Linux revenues slide. And more.

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# Red Hat outlined its PaaS strategy as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

# Red Hat submitted the API specification for Apache Deltacloud to the Distributed Management Task Force.

# Novell reported (PDF) Linux platform product revenue of $35.5m in Q3, down 7.1%. Total revenue was $199m, down 7.9%.

# Simon Phipps asked whether open source communities should avoid contributor agreements.

# OpenGeo announced the release of OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition.

# UK councilor, Liam Maxwell, said central govt is holding up adoption of OSS, councils could save at least £51m.

# Sacha Labourey launched CloudBees, offering PaaS for Java applications based on Hudson Continuous Integration.

# Simon Phipps said “which open source licence” is the wrong question.

# Matt Asay asked “can open source be saved from itself?”

# Motorola has reportedly acquired 280 North – creators of open source Cappuccino app framework – for $20m.

# Marten Mickos explained Eucalyptus Systems’ perspective on the NASA/OpenStack brouhaha.

# Carlo Daffara explained the intricacies involved in open source software license selection.

# Colosa released the enterprise edition of its ProcessMaker BPM software.

# Eucalyptus Systems released version 2.0 of its open source private cloud software.

# ZDNet reported on the importance of VMware to Novell.

# ReadWriteWeb explained why Large Hadron Collider scientists are using CouchDB.

# Diaspora, the “open source Facebook” will launch on September 15.

# Simon Phipps explained why GNU/Linux is finally Free software.

Alfresco has new Activiti en route to Apache

Interesting news from open source content management vendor Alfresco this morning, which has launched the Activiti business process management project and hired Tom Baeyens, founder and architect of the JBoss jBPM project, and fellow architect Joram Barrez to create it.

While the project will be led by Alfresco employees, Activiti is not designed to be an Alfresco-only initiative. Activiti will be licensed under Apache License 2.0 to encourage widespread usage and adoption. The SpringSource division of VMware is also involved, as well as Signavio and Camunda, while Alfresco plans to submit the project to the Apache Foundation.

Open source already has a presence in the BPM space thanks to JBoss jBPM, ProcessMaker, Intalio, and BonitaSoft, amongst others. However, as an Apache-licensed project, Activiti is likely to shake-up the BPM market with a ubiquitous project that supports the BPMN 2.0 standard from the Object Management Group.

Red Hat’s JBoss jBPM project is likely to feel the impact – not least since Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez are joining Alfresco (we understand, incidentally, that Alfresco asked Red Hat to consider re-licensing jBPM and the latter declined).

Although the leadership has come from jBPM they have not brought any of the jBPM code with them. Activiti is being written from scratch, apart from the Activiti Modeler browser-based process modeling tool, which is based on the Signavio Process Editor.

Clearly, since it does not have skin in the BPM game, Alfresco can afford to disrupt that market with a liberally-licensed project and generate revenue from its complementary products and services (see also “A capitalist guide to open source licensing”). However, it seems likely that Activiti could also be a prelude to a more liberally-licensed Alfresco.

In the announcement, CTO John Newton notes that Alfresco “needed a more liberally-licensed process engine”. What he doesn’t say is that one reason the company needs a more liberally-licensed process engine is due to concerns from potential OEM customers about reciprocal licensing.

Even after Alfresco moved to the LGPL earlier this year it seems that is still an issue. As John noted at the time: “we currently have two main LGPL components – Hibernate for database access and JBPM for workflow – which prevent us from going to something like Apache or BSD licenses. However, this is something we may consider changing in the future.”

With Activiti licensed under Apache, and Alfresco also moving away from Hibernate to the Apache-licensed iBatis, that will soon not be an issue. At that point Alfresco would be in a position to license its entire Community Edition version under Apache, or another more liberal license.

This is something that I previously argued open core vendors should be considering last year. Of course it is not a simple matter. Alfresco does have skin in the ECM game.

Theoretically Alfresco could release Community Edition under the Apache License and could continue to generate revenue from the traditionally-license Enterprise Edition, as well as new complementary products and services, but that is something the company will have to think about very carefully.