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.

Read the full article at LinuxInsider.

Heeding the lessons of SCO, or not

We recently saw what is being described as the ending of the seven-year-old SCO contract and intellectual property dispute that dragged Linux through the mud before it propelled the open source OS into much broader enterprise use and credibility.

You’d think the lessons of SCO would be a shining example for technology companies of what not to do in order to maintain leadership and relevance. Yet, today we see technology heavyweights such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) repeating some of the same mistakes that led SCO to ridicule and then ruin.

See full story at LinuxInsider.

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.

Another cloud deal points to changes, openness

I recently wrote about big changes afoot in the Linux market, the topic of a current special report I’m writing. We’ve seen significant changes in the Linux landscape and market in the past 10-15 years — including its enterprise fight and victory over SCO, its rise to dominance in HPC and, more recently, the faster, broader Linux kernel development that continues to remain strong. However, no change has been as significant as cloud computing.

As we’ve previously discussed, Linux and open source software serve as critical building blocks of cloud computing, from the perspective of both providers and users, and open source is also influencing the discussions of cloud computing among its communities. Conversely, cloud computing is also having a significant impact on open source software, specifically Linux in the case of my current research.

Another important thing to track as we consider the changing Linux landscape are partnerships and integrations. Just as we indicated the collaboration between Red Hat and Eucalyptus Systems signaled some of these changes, a similar, recent partnership between Red Hat and Nimbula continues the trend. This is also interesting because so-called ‘cloud operating systems’ that are among the disruptors to the Linux market include both Eucalyptus Systems and Nimbula. Another one in the mix is OpenStack, which again reinforces the importance of open source in the clouds and also bolsters the idea that cloud computing in general will emerge with openness.

The reason I see this, beyond the power of customer need and demand for it, is based on what we’ve seen from vendors, technologies and trends in the past. Just as cross-OS, cross-hypervisor support have become expectations for customers and delivered by vendors, we will likely see the same cross-platform support in cloud computing, with different clouds supported by different vendors to offer customers more flexibility and choice.

I’m still seeking input on the matter, so I also encourage readers to take a very quick survey on OS and cloud computing use.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.12

Groklaw declares victory. Cloudera updates Hadoop distro. And more.

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# Groklaw claimed victory, will stop publishing new articles on May 16.

# Cloudera released version 3 of its Hadoop distribution.

# VoltDB released version 1.3 of its open source distributed in-memory database.

# Black Duck grew sales by 51% in Q1.

# eXo and Convertigo partnered to add dynamic widget wiring to GateIn.

# Continuent’s Tungsten Replicator 2.0 for MySQL and PostgreSQL is now 100% open source.

# Texas Instrument introduced OpenLink, open source wireless connectivity for low power applications on Linux.

# Univa released Univa Grid Engine 8.0.

# OpenSAF released version 4.1 of its high availability middleware platform.

# MySQL Labs previewed memcached running directly against InnoDB in a MySQL server.

# Pentaho released version 1.0 of olap4j, an open Java API designed for any OLAP server.

# UnXis completed its purchase of SCO Group’s Unix assets, claimed trademarks never owned by SCO.

# Red Hat to re-visit virtual desktop strategy in 2012.

# Piston Inc has been formed to develop software and services on top of OpenStack.

# Renesas Electronics joined the Linux Foundation.

# Nuxeo is now incubated as an OW2 project.

# Dries Buytaert called for cross-pollination between PHP and PHP application developers.

# Oracle announced the first development milestone release for MySQL 5.6.

# Joyent and Nexenta target service providers with strategic partnership.

# Rapid7 and Sourcefire announced a product integration partnership.

# GigaSpaces has joined OpenStack, will collaborate with Citrix on OpenCloud.

# FuseSource added Fuse IDE for Camel to its Fuse Mediation Router subscription.

# Percona announced commercial Drizzle support, and new MySQL support pricing.

# Adobe and Zend introduced Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP while Adobe launched Flex 4.5.

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.

451 CAOS Links 2010.08.17

Google responds to Oracle’s patent claims. So does everyone else. ClosedSolaris. And more.

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Oracle versus Google
# Google called Oracle’s patent suit a baseless, attack on the open-source Java community.

# James Gosling offered some historical context for Oracle’s patent claims against Google.

# Google/Oracle analysis from Stephen O’Grady Carlo Daffara and Andy Updegrove.

# The 451 perspective: Oracle legal move evokes many questions and Google vs Oracle ≠ open vs closed, or good vs evil.

# Matt Asay argued that Oracle vs Google is about free markets, not free software.

# Computerworld reported: Oracle signals an end to OpenSolaris.

# Garrett D’Amore explained why Oracle may be forcing Illumos to “fork” OpenSolaris.

The best of the rest
# Thoughts on corporate contributions to OSS from Matt Asay and Mike Loukides.

# xTuple introduced xTuple Connect, providing EDI and real-time connectivity to its open source ERP software.

# The Open Invention Network and Arizona State University have started a mobile device identity management research program.

# Red Hat published an overview of its cloud architecture.

# Oracle and Novell filed to block SCO’s attempts to sell its assets in bankruptcy court.

# LogLogic announced plans to open source its new transport and store protocol.

451 CAOS Links 2010.07.13

More core. Open source mapping. Sugar 6. And more.

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More core: the open core debate continues (chronologically)
# Groklaw: Open Core and the OSI
# Giuseppe Maxia: Open to the core – The pragmatic freedom
# Henrik Ingo: If you’re selling to your community… you’ve got it backwards.
# Mark Radcliffe: Open Core Debate: Avoiding the Law of Unintended Consequences
# Savio Rodriques: Afraid of open core lock-in? Should you be?
# Carlo Dafarra: An on-vacation post on Open core
# Henrik Ingo: So if I don’t call myself ‘open source vendor’, then everything is fine? (yes)
# Jay Lyman: Do customers want open core?
# Miriam Tuerk: Open Core is Critical to the Future Success of Open Source
# Stephen Walli: Software Freedom, Open Source Software, and Jane Jacobs.

Open source mapping
# MapQuest announced plans to embrace open-source mapping.

# ESRI released an open source add-on for ArcGIS 10 allowing users to contribute data to OpenStreetMap.

# ESRI is also launching Linux-based ArcGIS Server 10 systems via a partnership with Cutting Edge Networked Storage.

The best of the rest
# SugarCRM announced the launch of Sugar 6, with a focus on ease of use, flexibility and openness.

# Monty Widenius is appealing against the EC’s decision to clear Oracle’s acquisition of Sun.

# The SCO Group appealed. Again.

# An interview with Consona’s CEO about Compiere.

# Jorg Janke discussed how Compiere’s approach to development and licensing impacted its community contributions.

# IBM and the EU partnered on open source projects designed to make government run more smoothly.

# OpenGamma emerged from stealth mode.

# The H reported that the OpenSolaris governing board is threatening dissolution.

# Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.3 is now certified on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition.

# Widespread adoption of open source and expanding M&A activity continued to drive growth for Black Duck.

# Calpont updated its InfiniDB Enterprise Edition analytic database to version 1.5.

# An interview with the CIO of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture on attitudes to and adoption of OSS.

# MuleSoft announced the availability of Tcat Server 6 R3, based on Apache Tomcat.

# Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud now supports access to Amazon EC2’s Cluster Compute Instances.

# Alfresco launched the Alfresco Community Committer Program.

# Todd Lipcon discussed Cloudera’s support for HBase.

# A comparison of Apache Cassandra and Apache HBase database projects.

# Nagios Enterprises launched Nagios XI.

# nSyte Software launched nQuire, a SaaS tool for auditing for inadvertent use of open source software.

# Cloud Linux announced SecureLVE, an extension of its Lightweight Virtual Environment for shared hosting servers.

# Worth a read in a “man bites dog” type way: Why Open Source Stalls Innovation and Patents Advance It

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.29

Elephants on parade: Hadoop goes mainstream. And more.

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Elephants on parade
# Cloudera launched v3 of its Distribution for Hadoop and released v1 of Cloudera Enterprise.

# Karmasphere released new Professional and Analyst Editions of its Hadoop development and deployment studio.

# Talend announced that its Integration Suite now offers native support for Hadoop.

# Yahoo announced the beta release of Hadoop with Security and Oozie, Yahoo’s workflow engine for Hadoop.

# Datameer announced a strategic partnership with Zementis for predictive analytics on Hadoop.

# The Register reported that Twitter is set to open source its MySQL-to-Hadoop tool.

# MicroStrategy announced support for Apache Hadoop as a data source for MicroStrategy 9.

# Appistry announced Hadoop-based strategic alliances Concurrent, Datameer and Kitenga.

# GOTO Metrics released Data Analytics Platform, a Hadoop-based business intelligence platform.

Best of the rest
# The Software Freedom Law Center responded to the Supreme Court’s decision on Bilski v. Kappos, while Mark Radcliffe provided his thoughts.

# David Wiley discussed openness, radicalism, and tolerance (and the lack of it).

# Jorg Janke discussed how Compiere overstepped the balance between proprietary and open product components.

# Simon Phipps argued that open core is bad for software freedom.

# Nick Halsey joined SugarCRM as chief marketing officer.

# DotNetNuke more than doubled its subscription customers in 1H10 to nearly 800, expects 400% FY revenue growth.

# Nuxeo announced its new Nuxeo Case Management Framework.

# Mike Masnick discussed why the lack of billion dollar pure play open source software companies is a good thing.

# The Apache Software Foundation announced Apache Tomcat Version 7.0.

# Glyn Moody asked whether Oracle has been a disaster for Sun’s open source.

# Infoworld discussed eight business strategies for profiting from open source software.

# Computerworld reported that Red Hat CEO sees VMware as biggest competitor.

# IBM published an essay on the role Linux plays in its smarter planet initiative.

# Groklaw asked, What did Microsoft know about SCO’s plan to attack Linux, and when did it know it?

# Mozilla won the American Business Award for the most innovative company of the year.

451 CAOS Links 2010.06.11

VMware standardizes on SUSE Linux. SCO loses again. And more.

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# VMware is standardizing its virtual appliances on Novell SUSE Linux and will distribute and support SLES in vSphere.

# GigaOm reported that VMware is in talks to acquire Engine Yard.

# Judge rules against The SCO Group. Again. And as Groklaw explained, this time it might finally be the end of it.

# EU Internet commissioner Neelie Kroes warned against government getting locked-in to proprietary software.

# Pentaho released Data Integration Enterprise Edition 4.0 and BI Suite Enterprise Edition 3.6.

# Canonical is reportedly developing a version of Ubuntu for tablets.

# HP acquired Phoenix Technologies’ Linux-based quick-boot OS and client virtualization assets.

# Glyn Moody explored why there are no billion dollar open source companies.

# Cloudera co-founder Christophe Bisciglia is leaving the company.

# Intelestream launched the intelecrm Cloud Edition application on the Amazon EC2.

# Engineering Group launched the GeoBI initiative, a new open source effort focused on location intelligence.

# BonitaSoft claimed 300,000 downloads in its first year.

# Should OSS thank Apple? The H and Jim Zemlin think so. Alan Shimel thinks not.

# Liferay announced the availability of Liferay Social Office Enterprise Edition.

# Bob Sutor published a list of 10 considerations for maintaining open source in your organization.

# Nexenta added OpenSolaris contributor Garrett D’Amore and ZFS expert Richard Elling to is staff.

# Engine Yard announced the release of Rubinius, a new language runtime for Ruby written in Ruby and C++.

# Ingres confirmed that the open source version of VectorWise due for release by the end of the year.

# Ulteo announced that is working with Microsoft on its Windows- and Linux-based virtual desktop software.

451 CAOS Links 2010.04.30

HP acquire Palm. Microsoft and HTC sign patent deal. And more.

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# HP agreed to acquire Palm for $1.2bn.

# Microsoft and HTC signed a patent agreement for HTC’s mobile phones running Android.

# Simon Crosby shared his thoughts on Red Hat’s abandonment of Xen.

# NetworkWorld considered what impact Symantec’s purchase of PGP Corp will have on the PGP project.

# Rod Johnson explained the role SpringSource technology plays in VMforce.

# LWN published an article on the barriers to London’s open source adoption.

# Oracle is reportedly limiting support for Lustre 2.0 to those using Oracle hardware.

# Stephen O’Grady provided his thoughts on Cassandra and The Enterprise Tension.

# SCO Group asked the judge to overrule jury in Unix ownership case. They’re persistent, I’ll give them that.

# Day Software released version 2.1 of CRX, based on the Apache Jackrabbit, Felix and Sling projects.

# Open-Xchange simplified pricing for its SaaS e-mail and collaboration software.

# OTRS released OTRS::ITSM 2.0, the latest rev of its IT service management software.

# Microsoft released the source code of the .NET Framework Client Libraries for OData under the Apache 2.0 license.

# PrismTech released version 5.1 of its OpenSplice DDS data distribution software.

# enStratus announced support for private cloud infrastructures based on Eucalyptus.

451 CAOS Links 2010.04.20

Talend raises $8m. Cisco leaves a TIP. Exit strategies. And more.

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# Talend raised $8m Series D from existing investors Balderton Capital, AGF Private Equity and Galileo Partners.

# Cisco promised to open source Telepresence Interoperability Protocol.

# Alfresco Community 3.3 included CMIS 1.0, Google Docs and IBM Lotus integration.

# Exit strategies – secrets of success for open source companies, from the Open Source Think Tank.

# NorthScale partnered with Heroku to make NorthScale Memcached available as a service.

# Nuxeo updated its Nuxeo Studio hosted configuration and customization environment.

# MuleSoft partnered with Canonical to improve Tomcat packaging for Ubuntu and Debian.

# Riptano, a new new Cassandra vendor has been formed by Jonathan Ellis – project chair for the Cassandra database.

# OrangeHRM raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Larry Stefonic and David Axmark.

# Acquia and Rackspace partnered to provide enterprise Drupal hosting.

# Abiquo launched Thunderflash, a virtual machine image exchange.

# Groklaw reviewed what the judge still has to decide in SCO v. Novell.

# Meebo introduced XAuth, an open (and soon to be OSS) technology for cross-network social data sharing.

# Enterprise SLA subscriptions for openQRM are now available from openQRM Enterprise.

# Stephen O’Grady pondered MySQL’s identity crisis. If MySQL isn’t the default database of the web anymore, what is it?

# Jive Software remembered it benefits from and contributes to OSS and withdrawn its anti-OSS white paper.

451 CAOS Links 2010.03.30

Record results for Alfresco. New funding for MuleSoft and Pentaho. And more.

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# Alfresco reported 61% revenue growth in fiscal 2009, adding 300 new enterprise customers.

# MuleSoft raised $12m third round financing, led by SAP Ventures, with Bay Partners and existing investors.

# Pentaho raised $7m in fourth round funding, according to SEC filings.

# The Italian Constitutional Court ruled that giving preference to OSS is not anti-competitive.

# Engine Yard launched a JRuby professional support offering.

# Vyatta went open-core with the release of Vyatta Version 6.0, available in Core and Subscription Edition.

# Basho Technologies partnered with Erlang Solutions to target European Riak adoption.

# Pentaho announced Data Integration 4.0, a unified ETL, modeling and data visualization IDE for BI applications.

# Simon Crosby noted that open source does not necessarily mean interoperable or compatible.

# Ingres is targeting government adoption via a reseller relationship with OpTech.

# IELO, Mandriva, Nexedi and TioLive formed the Free Cloud Alliance.

# 10gen officially announced its commercial support offerings for MongoDB.

# Lucene and Solr development merged.

# JumpBox offered “Open Source as a Service”.

# Ars Technica reported that the jury is deliberating UNIX ownership in the ongoing case of SCO vs Novell. (See also Groklaw).

# Tony Wasserman outlined his thoughts on joining the OSI Board.

# Guest-tek became a licensee of the Open Invention Network.

451 CAOS Links 2009.10.30

Government adoption. Financial results. New funding. 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

Government approval
The US Department of Defense issued guidance on the adoption of open source software, while ComputerWorld reported that the U.S Department of Defense has open-sourced an enterprise human resources application.

Meanwhile, The French Government’s public finance department will switch 130,000 desktop’s to Mozilla’s Thunderbird and Lightning.

Financial results
Sourcefire announced Q3 revenue of $27.4m, up 35% on 2008, while Actuate reported BIRT-related revenue of $4.7m in Q3 on total revenue of $29.4m, down from $33.7m.

Neo Technology, developer of Neo4j, an open source graph database, raised $2.5m in seed funding. SnapLogic raised $2.3m in its first round of institutional funding. Open source micro-blogging vendor StatusNet closed an $875,000 seed financing round.

Best of the rest
# Oracle updated its Sun acquisition FAQ to include plans for Glassfish, Netbeans, MySQL and Openoffice.org, while the H reported that Oracle has clarified its plans for Java tools and OpenOffice.

# SAP announced plans to contribute to several Apache projects, including Maven, VXQuery, Tomcat, OpenEJB and ActiveMQ.

# Savio Rodrigues speculated that Amazon RDS is out to eat open source vendor lunches with MySQL.

# OpenLogic reported a 41% increase in revenue in Q3 versus 2008, while OpenLogic data suggests more people are using OSS, and more are also choosing to pay for support or governance.

# Qualcomm Innovation Center and Fujitsu joined the board of the Symbian Foundation.

# Virtualization Review noted that Citrix is about to fully open-source XenServer.

# Calpont launched InfiniDB Community Edition, an open source data warehouse for MySQL, and OEM agreement with Sun.

# Zenoss released Zenoss Core version 2.5 including cloud monitoring capabilities.

# Tasktop is working with Microsoft to improve Eclipse on Windows 7.

# Silicon.com: Why CIOs say no and yes to open source software.

# Novell planned to take SCO Group case to the Supreme Court.

# Bloomberg.com reported on open source ERP with the headline of the week: “‘Bill Gates of Belgium’ Fights SAP as Free Software Use Expands”.

# Misys Open Source Solutions made available the software source code for its Carbon Planning Toolkit.

# Open source advocate calls for Microsoft version of Linux. He has a book out, incidentally.

# Rob Bearden joined Black Duck Software’s board of directors.

# WANdisco presented two new initiatives, SubversionJ and Obliterate, for the Subversion open source project.

# Ingres gets realtime data integration software via reseller agreement with HVR Software.

# Tarus Balog compared the OpenNMS and Nagios open source monitoring projects, while Nagios Enterprises launched Nagios XI.

# Matt Asay noted that the question is no longer “why” to use open source, but rather “how.”

451 CAOS Links 2009.10.27

Red Hat invests in EnterpriseDB. The White House goes open source. 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

In other news…

# EnterpriseDB confirmed Red Hat investment, partnership.

# Whitehouse.gov migrated to Drupal, as well as Linux, Apache, MySQL and Solr.

# Amazon Web Services introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), based on MySQL.

# Canonical announced Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition including Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), which is powered by software from Eucalyptus Systems.

# Qualcomm established a wholly-owned subsidiary, QuIC, focused on mobile open source platforms.

# John Sichi announced the formation of Dynamo Business Intelligence Corp, (aka Dynamo BI), a new commercially supported distribution, and sponsor, of LucidDB, while Nicholas Goodman revealed that the company has acquired the commercial rights to LucidDB.

# Apple closed its open source ZFS project.

# SCO Group’s trustee said the company should pursue IBM, Novell lawsuits.

# Actuate announced the results of the fourth annual Actuate open source survey.

# Andrew Aitken said long live the freeriders.

# Varien announced version 1.6 Release of Magento Enterprise Edition eCommerce software.

# H Online reported on why Adobe likes open source,

# Marc Fleury asked, Open source – a modern day Marxist utopia?

# InformationWeek asked, Can Open Source Software Save Democracy?

# MindTouch presented a list of the most influential executives in open source, as ranked by their peers.

# Messaging Architects became an Open Invention Network licensee.

# A Harvard Business School paper on open source and proprietary business models.

# Linux Journal asked, is cloud computing good or bad for open source?

# Mitch Kapoor declared Microsoft’s war with open source over.

# MaxiScale introduced Generator, an open source file staging test tool.

451 CAOS Links 2009.09.01

Intalio acquires Jetty. Red Hat updates JBoss platform. $12m funding for Medsphere. And more.

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# Intalio acquired Webtide, developer of Jetty application server.

# Red Hat delivered JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0, as well as JBoss Operations Network (ON) 2.3 and launched Catalyst partner program.

# Medsphere raised $12m to support ongoing development and expansion in open source health IT.

# Xen.org announced the Xen Cloud Platform initiative to accelerate use of cloud infrastructure for enterprises.

# Red Hat and Actuate buddied-up on BIRT and JBoss integration.

# Pentaho released a major update to its BI suite with new fixed-price migration services.

# MontaVista delivered Market Specific Distributions (MSDs) of MontaVista Linux 6.

# MindTouch introduced Collaborative Knowledge Base, designed to enable safe crowd-sourcing of corporate docs.

# Ingres partnered with EDS’s Mphasis on open source assessment service and support.

# OStatic asked “Is Linux enough for Novell and Red Hat to thrive?

# Sun reported a $147m loss for its final quarter on revenue of $2.6bn, down from $3.8bn, amid more speculation that Oracle will sell Sun’s hardware biz to HP.

# Sendmail introduced the version 4.0 of its Sentrion Message Processing Engine.

# Continuent rolled-out Tungsten 1.1 database replication for MySQL, MariaDb and PostgreSQL. Oracle support due Q4.

# Openbravo delivered QuickStart Edition open source ERP for installation via fixed price services.

# MindTouch published a simple formula for successful open source business strategies.

# Protecode has launched Software Lifecycle IP Management based on Open Source Adoption workflow process.

# Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on what happens next in SCO vs. Novell.

451 CAOS Links 2009.08.28

Novell reports Linux revenue up 22%. GPLv2 in decline. And more.

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# Novell reported Q3 Linux platform revenue of $38m, up 22%. Total Q3 revenue was $216m, down from $245m, prompting Matt Asay to note that Novell’s use of Linux as a loss-leader to promote proprietary products is not working.

# GPLv2 usage has dropped below 50% of all OSS projects tracked by Black Duck.

# “On licenses, communities, business models”, an excellent post from Carlo Daffara on the debate about GPL usage.

# DotNetNuke acquired Snowcovered, an online market for DotNetNuke modules, skins, services and related products.

# Cray acquired SiCortex’s PathScale compiler assets. The PathScale technology is to be open sourced via partnership with NetSyncro.com, which is rebranding itself PathScale.

# AdMob plans to release acquired AdWhirl assets as open source ad mediation product for mobile platforms.

# Nokia unveiled its Maemo-based N900 handset due for release in October.

# Tuxera, NTFS-3G file system provider, signed a patent agreement with Microsoft and joined exFAT driver program.

# Opengear announced revenue growth based on its open source-based console server and KVM over IP products.

# Linux Pro Magazine published a series of interviews with women in open source.

# OSOR.eu now offers federated search of national and regional public administration open source forges in Austria, France, Italy and Spain.

# Groklaw reported that SCO Group’s Chapter 11 trustee has been appointed and approved.

# rPath announced support for The RackSpace Cloud.

# Gear6’s distribution for Memcached is now available on VMware.

# The H Open reported that Microsoft has released an open source SDK to create Bing apps on Mac OS X and iPhone.

451 CAOS Links 2009.08.25

Terracotta acquires EHCache. SpringSource launches Cloud Foundry. And more.

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Terracotta acquires EHCache

Terracotta announced that it had acquired EHCache. CTO, Ari Zilka, explained the rationale, while Savio Rodrigues examined the impact on the wider caching market./

SpringSource makes an acquisition of its own
Hot on the heels of being acquired by VMware, SpringSource announced its acquisition of Cloud Foundry Inc and launched SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new public cloud deployment platform for Java web applications.

Open source versus commercial versus proprietary. Or not.
As Seth Grimes argued that neither commercial nor proprietary are the opposite of open source, Roberto Galoppini argued that all open source software is commercial and Matt Asay noted that open source is not longer a differentiator. Meanwhile David Dennis argued against Brian Prentice’s asking whether “open source company” is an oxymoron.

See also:
“Define ‘open source vendor'”
“Further thoughts on defining ‘open source vendor'”
“Define ‘free software vendor’”, “What the OSD doesn’t say about open source”
“The right and best way to make money from open source”.

Are licenses relevant?

Zack Urlocker asked whether the choice of open source license has an impact on the business model. Bill Burke argued that your choice of open source license is “mostly irrelevant”.

SCO actually wins a court judgment (partially)
Groklaw reported that a Federal Court had confirmed the district court’s judgment that SCO Group owed royalties to Novell but ruled that the district court’s summary judgment over ownership of Unix copyrights was inappropriate. That is a matter for a jury, but as Novell noted it is not exactly clear what will happen next, given SCO’s bankruptcy.

The best of the rest
Novell’s Joe Brockmeier discussed how to build an effective community with Paul Krill, editor-at-large at InfoWorld and Ross Turk, community manager for SourceForge.

GCN reported that i4i has looked at OpenOffice and found that, unlike Microsoft Word, it does not infringe on its patents.

The VAR Guy published an audio interview with SugarCRM Interim CEO, Larry Augustin.

The US Department of Justice approved Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, while SD Times reported on Sun’s end of days.

The Mono Project announced the beta release of Moonlight 2.

Matt Asay reported that Linux is booming, but unpaid adoption may hurt vendors.

Stephen O’Grady asked “Does Copyright Matter? Or, is the End of Dual-Licensing Near?” And “Does the GPL Matter?”

Bruno von Rotz reported on the Linux Foundation’s latest research on who writes the Linux kernel. While Matt Asay noted that the Linux developer base is up 10% since 2008

Xconomy reported on Acquia and Drupal’s impact in the content management market and balancing commerce and community.

Savio Rodrigues asked whether Cloudera is to Hadoop as Kleenex is to facial tissues.

Brian Aker told Barton George that Drizzle may be production-ready by the end of the year.

Red Hat announced the launch of its HornetQ messaging middleware system.

Lucid Imagination launched LucidGaze for Lucene, a free monitoring capability.

Red Hat updated its partner program.

Zenoss Core reached the one million downloads mark.

Nambu announced that tri.im is to become an open source project.

Levementum announced an alliance with Pentaho.

451 CAOS Links 2009.06.23

Reductive Labs and eZ Systems raise funding. Virtual Iron bites the dust. And more.

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# Xconomy reported that Reductive Labs, moving to Portland, has raised $2m for open source IT automation, a move later confirmed by the company.

# Hasso Plattner Ventures invested in eZ Systems, joining BTV Fond, and Dynam.

# The Register reported that Oracle has killed Virtual Iron’s products. although the technology lives on.

# SpringSource announced that Hyperic HQ now available on the RightScale cloud platform.

# Talend launched Talend Integration Suite RTx, real-time data integration platform.

# Infobright joined Actuate’s BIRT partner program, integrated offering scheduled for Q3.

# ars technica: SCO wants to keep waging legal war after $2.4M asset sale. “In light of SCO’s consistent failure to provide any evidence to support its claims or even demonstrate that it has proper standing to bring an infringement lawsuit, the company’s plan is roughly as sound as opening a farm to milk unicorns.”

# Bluenog announced Bluenog ICE 4.5 with content management, portal, BI, wiki, and calendaring software.

# Movable Type launched Melody, a Fedora-style development project.

# Bill Vass, Sun Microsystems Federal, reported on open source could cut costs for federal, state and local government.

# JavaWorld: Starting a Business as an Open Source Consultant.

# Squiz introduced a global 24×7 SLA for MySource Matrix Open Source CMS customers.

# MindTouch launched MindTouch Collaborative Intranet.

# Alfresco released Alfresco Kofax Release Script, which integrates with Kofax Capture for document scanning and capture.

#Sun updated its Constellation System, including a whole bunch of OSS updates.

# Nagios Enterprises announced the availability of support contracts for Nagios.

# Locus Technologies updated its ePortal environmental software platform, with Alfresco’s collaboration tools.

# Open source social web content management questions, answered by The 451 Group’s Kathleen Reidy.

# Amanda McPherson: My conversation with Chris Mason on Btrfs and the future of Linux filesystems.

# SaaS BI vendor LucidEra to shut down (LucidEra is/was heavily reliant on OSS).

# The Register reported that Oracle is still shopping Sun’s hardware business around.

# Another view on Red Hat’s Virtualization portfolio, from The 451 Group’s Dan Kusnetzky.

# The results from the 4th annual Actuate open source survey are in.

# Dirk Riehle: Commercial Open Source: The Naming Confusion Remains.

# The Register reported on a potential Novell break up.

# Hippo updated its open source CMS and introduced Hippo Site Toolkit.

My bigger concern with Microsoft – netbooks

We’ve been having a discussion on the meaning and impact of Microsoft’s TomTom suit, and there seems to be quite a bit of suspicion and angst over Microsoft’s patent and licensing tactics. However, I believe if one wants to see the Microsoft of old, the one known for pressuring partners, undercutting competitors and generally bullying the market, the better place to find it is in the netbook market.

I’ve already written about how difficult it was to find a good selection of Linux-based netbooks, and that discussion included some suspicions that Microsoft might be acting like its old self as it tries to stem manufacturer and distributor defections from Windows XP and Vista, particularly on netbooks. I believe CAOS commentator ObiWanKenobi summed up this sentiment well:

This ‘not wanting to sell Linux’ may be the result of some ‘carrot or stick’ action from Microsoft. M$ (sic) can afford to offer some favorable conditions on Windows to sellers who agree ‘not to want to sell Linux.’ They sustain it for a while, until the competition is strangled. Then they raise the prices. This is a classical case of dumping. Waving a big stick may be even more effective. Intimidating in a subtle way does not cost them anything. Of course, nobody knows about this because it is all done secretly.

‘Not wanting to sell Linux’ manifests itself in many ways. Dell hides their Linux PCs on their web site so that you have to look for them by using Google. Netbook producers equip their creations with crippled versions of Linux which can perform only a few basic functions. Linux can be also put on a more expensive hardware version to make them look less attractive than their Windows-equipped cousins.

While Windows 7 is supposed to be a game-changer for Microsoft in netbooks, I don’t think the company is waiting for that to flex as much muscle as it can on netbooks.

Mostly, as a desktop Linux fan and proponent of customer choice, I find it disheartening and disturbing that my Linux options are severely limited for netbooks such as the Acer Aspire One, at least while I continue to reside in the U.S. If I were in Canada, my Linux options grow significantly. In the UK — fellow CAOS captain Matt Aslett has covered how the Brits are also getting in on the netbook fun, with Linux helping to keep the cost low. Unfortunately, here in the U.S. and perhaps other geographies, most models and colors available are the Windows XP versions.

I think this may indicate Microsoft’s strategy against Linux has more to do with the market than the courtroom. As I said in a response on our blog last week, I don’t doubt that the TomTom suit is really aimed at Linux because Microsoft says so. I doubt that it is a Linux attack because I don’t think Microsoft really wants to go there. Does Microsoft really want to play the challenger in SCO II? Again, I don’t think the company is up for that fight.

However, open source’s old nemesis Steve Ballmer made clear Microsoft is ready to fight in areas where the company is struggling and competing with Linux, rather than dominating it, and netbooks top the list. My own experience indicates there is an odd limit to the supply of Linux-powered netbooks in the face of demand for them. Adding insult to injury, when I requested distributors to notify when the Linux model I wanted was available, I was sent offers for netbooks with Windows XP.

It’s not all bad news, though. Consider Dell, which reports one in three of its Mini netbooks sold run Linux. This is consistent with the 30% share of netbook market maintained by Linux, according to most sources. And while I’m encouraged by manufacturers such as Dell and Asus and hardware makers such as Freescale all continuing to offer Linux netbooks and looking to the future with Linux in their arsenals, I’m very concerned to see my netbook choices limited based on OS or geography. This, to me, is most reminscent of the ‘old Microsoft,’ the one that bullies and strong-arms and entices partners and competitors through sweetheart deals and plain old anti-competitive behavior.

Some have already made a link between Microsoft’s TomTom suit and netbooks and other mobile devices. I find this more plausible than the idea that Microsoft would directly sue over alleged Linux infringements on its patents, but I still think the market, not the courtroom, is where we need to be most cautious of Microsoft’s old ways.