Welcome!

Linux Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Rex Morrow, Datical, Carmen Gonzalez, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: Linux

Linux: Article

LinuxWorld Expo

Round-Up Boston

The Birkenstocks and beards where mothballed this year as the new guard entered LinuxWorld Expo in button-down shirts and ties and the occasional Brooks Brothers suit. This year's LinuxWorld was all about business or at least that's the message IDG, the conference producer, tried to convey when it promoted the event held for the first time in Boston's Hynes Convention Center. The main hall was filled, with booths from Red Hat and Novell butting up against a pavilion staffed by IBMers in their familiar blue. The .Org pavilion was relegated to the back of a side hall behind a monstrous Intel booth. Though the corporate presence was somewhat overwhelming community projects unseated powerhouses for best-in-show honors and Open Source projects like the Linux Terminal Server Project (www.ltsp.org) and newcomers like Virtual Iron (www.virtualiron.com) sparked interest.

The Award Winners

The "Best of Show" award, which recognizes the best total industry solution, went to Mambo 4.5.1, not some corporate goliath like IBM or Intel but a community project Mambo CMS (www.mamboserver.com/), which gained accolades for its innovative use of the open source LAMP technologies (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). The powerful but easy-to-use Mambo is a content management system. Its small 10-by-10 booth was manned by a couple of volunteers, no marketing guys or salesmen, and no one was doing a hard sell. Mambo's selling point is that it's simply enthusiastic about the product, which has been deployed worldwide by thousands of businesses.

The LinuxWorld awards were divided into 14 product categories; the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards represent major areas of innovation in Linux and Open Source.

  • Best Data Backup or Storage Solution: BakBone Software for NetVault
  • Best Integration Solution: Alacos for Linux Migration Agent Network Server Edition
  • Best Database Solution: Versora for Progression DB
  • Best Security Solution: Novell for Novell Nsure
  • Best Desktop/Productivity/Business Application: Kirix Corporation for Kirix Strata
  • Best Utility/Grid Computing Solution: Virtual Iron Software for Virtual Iron VFe
  • Best Server: Rackable Systems for C4002 four-way Opteron solution
  • Best Messaging Solution: Scalix for Scalix 9.2
  • Most Innovative Hardware Solution: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for Opteron Model x52 processors
  • Best Clustering Solution: HP for HP Virtual Server Environment
  • Best Open Source Solution: Mambo for Mambo 4.5.1a
  • Best Embedded Solution: Tall Maple Systems for Samara
  • Best Systems Management Tools: Novell foe ZENworks 6.5 Linux Management
  • Best Application Development Platform or Tool: Activestate for Komodo 3.1 X2
There were new faces among the winners including two Windows-to-Linux migration specialists, Versora (www.versora.com) and Alacos (www.alacos.com). It seems like demand in Open Source these days is for migration. Those that have jumped on the Linux/Open Source bandwagon are looking for vendors and products that help transition from one platform to the other.

LinuxWorld Speakers

I had a chance to speak with two of the LinuxWorld's keynote speakers, John Swainson, the new CEO of Computer Associates, and Martin Fink, HP's top Linux exec. They share thoughts on Linux. Both were matter-of-fact about the value of Linux in the enterprise and Swainson called Linux the logical choice for the Web infrastructure. Gone is the rhetoric about Linux being "good enough" that I'd heard at the last few shows. Swainson started his keynote by mentioning the January 31 issue of BusinessWeek with Linus Torvalds on the cover. He said that LinuxWorld underscored the fact that the Open Source community as a critical component of the IT industry was axiomatic. He also pointed out that Linux was making its way into everything from Motorola cell phones, Mitsubishi robots, and eBay servers to NASA space shuttle simulations and was the platform the hit movie "Shark Tales" was rendered on.

Martin Fink - VP of Linux, HP

Martin Fink's position was that Linux on its own is no longer the center of attention, that it's no longer a matter of when it will be "ready," it's already here all over the enterprise. He said the next step is to focus on Open Source applications. He cited mySQL and JBOSS as examples of leveraging Open Source in business. Fink went on to say, "We did Linux, we did the Internet, and the edge of the network as proof-of-concept. It's no longer about the OS, it's about moving up, and penetrating the stack." He used the analogy of how the airlines have been reinventing their business model with low-cost carriers and customer service initiatives. He figures that enterprise software needs to start reinventing itself by focusing on value-added services, not proprietary technology.

On the subject of new trends and important topics, Fink claimed that Linux is defining the new blade server architecture. He's seeing high-volume use of Linux on blades, which leads to his interest in virtualization, where the old focus on processing power has been giving way to maximizing utilization. That's why HP is interested in Xen (www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/SRG/netos/xen/). It's no longer a matter of adding more processors but utilizing computer processing. Mr. Fink said, "What we don't want to see is the VM layer being controlled by any one company. It's important that Xen make it into the kernel so companies like Red Hat and Novell can both take advantage of it easily."

He also said that the patents are part of the real world and compared them to paying taxes - it's okay to hate them but their part of the way the world works. He said he was afraid the Open Source license glut might cause a "compatibility matrix from hell." He wants to call attention to the problem. He personally prefers BSD and the GPL and wants to see the number of Open Sources licenses shrink.

John Swainson - CEO, Computer Associates

John Swainson noted that Linux had made itself from the fringes of the technology world to the main stage in a short 14 years. He referenced the fact that Open Source had tapped into a powerful set of global social, political and economic drivers. He highlighted the success of Mexico where 140,000 elementary and middle schools deferred a $124 million investment in proprietary software for a $50 for a pair of installation CDs and a manual. Swainson said Open Source was a viable and cost-effective alternative to proprietary solutions and to prove it noted that 1,200 branches of the Chinese post office recently picked Linux as the basis of their automation system. Mr. Swainson mentioned two German Linux migrations, the city of Munich and the German National Railway. The first is possibly the most notorious Linux desktop migration in the world and the second the largest. He said one thing that Munich did was quantify the barriers to Linux migration while German National Railway was an example of how 55,000 users had moved to Linux for Lotus Notes.

He talked about today's buying climate where customers are very conservative and want a return on every dollar invested in IT infrastructure. At the same time, IT innovation is exploding. Computer Associates wants to support and ultimately manage these new technologies.

One statement that Swainson made rang particularly clear. "Open Source," he said, "is no longer a philosophical or religious choice. We believe it can become a viable part of the IT infrastructure." What he said might have been the theme of this February's LinuxWorld.

Linux Appliances Are Hot

One traditional criticism of Linux has been ease-of-use, along with the need for a new set of IT skills to administer Linux systems. But the new trend is in embedded Linux devices that have been pre-configured and comes with a Web interface to administer them. Their low learning curve and limited development costs make them attractive.

Astaro (www.astaro.com) announced a line of Astaro Security Gateway Appliances for small and medium enterprises. These devices host six key security applications - firewall, VPN gateway, intrusion protection, gateway anti-virus, and URL content filtering. CEO Jan Hichert says that while Astaro is a small company it's increasing its distribution for the devices. Novell has signed on to OEM its Security Manager (www.novell.com/products/securitymanager/).

David Ting, CTO of Imprivata (www.imprivata.com), exhibited as a Novell partner hawking his single sign-on device, which, likes Astaro, leverages Linux at its core to provide a single authentication point for enterprise users. The device offers a single checkpoint for controlling user authentication data. Data security has taken on a higher profile lately since HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley has legislated due diligence with data.

Linux is being used to solve business problems that are independent of the operating system. If companies use Linux as a development platform, they can spend their resources developing their core products rather than licensing operating systems or developing them from scratch. For the end user, this leveraged product development helps provide high-quality products at lower cost.

Round-Up

LinuxWorld is now a place to go and find business solutions that are coincidentally based on Linux. Attendees were there to find out how they could leverage Linux. The program has turned to the practical uses of Linux. There was still the odd bit of fun like the Sun gaming challenge co-sponsored by AMD. Sun and AMD execs and Linux pundits and Linux community leaders squared off on Opteron-based Java workstations. Overall I believe this LinuxWorld opened a new chapter in the semi-annual convention where the IT users from all levels of enterprises will find more efficient and cost-effective solutions for their needs.

More Stories By Mark R. Hinkle

Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Soure Solutions at Citrix. He also is along-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Hinkle is also the author of the book, "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration" (Thomson, 2006). His blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at http://www.socializedsoftware.com.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Aria Systems, the recurring revenue expert, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Aria Systems helps leading businesses connect their customers with the products and services they love. Industry leaders like Pitney Bowes, Experian, AAA NCNU, VMware, HootSuite and many others choose Aria to power their recurring revenue business and deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, will discuss how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in embedded systems, today added 96 new products to the Spansion® FM4 Family of flexible microcontrollers (MCUs). Based on the ARM® Cortex®-M4F core, the new MCUs boast a 200 MHz operating frequency and support a diverse set of on-chip peripherals for enhanced human machine interfaces (HMIs) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The rich set of periphera...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything it touches smarter – smart devices, smart cars and smart cities. And lucky us, we’re just beginning to reap the benefits as we work toward a networked society. However, this technology-driven innovation is impacting more than just individuals. The IoT has an environmental impact as well, which brings us to the theme of this month’s #IoTuesday Twitter chat. The ability to remove inefficiencies through connected objects is driving change throughout every sector, including waste management. BigBelly Solar, located just outside of Boston, is trans...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Matrix.org has been named “Silver Sponsor” of Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Matrix is an ambitious new open standard for open, distributed, real-time communication over IP. It defines a new approach for interoperable Instant Messaging and VoIP based on pragmatic HTTP APIs and WebRTC, and provides open source reference implementations to showcase and bootstrap the new standard. Our focus is on simplicity, security, and supporting the fullest feature set.
Predicted by Gartner to add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is based on the idea that devices, systems and services will connect in simple, transparent ways, enabling seamless interactions among devices across brands and sectors. As this vision unfolds, it is clear that no single company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the horizontal aspects of the IoE. The AllSeen Alliance, announced in December 2013, was formed with the goal to advance IoE adoption and innovation in the connected home, healthcare, education, aut...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, will exhibit at Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, a...
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic strategies that utility/cloud computing provides. Whether public, private, or in a hybrid form, clo...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Be Among the First 100 to Attend & Receive a Smart Beacon. The Physical Web is an open web project within the Chrome team at Google. Scott Jenson leads a team that is working to leverage the scalability and openness of the web to talk to smart devices. The Physical Web uses bluetooth low energy beacons to broadcast an URL wirelessly using an open protocol. Nearby devices can find all URLs in the room, rank them and let the user pick one from a list. Each device is, in effect, a gateway to a web page. This unlocks entirely new use cases so devices can offer tiny bits of information or simple i...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, will address the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. How important are public, private, and hybrid cloud to the enterprise? How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?
TechCrunch reported that "Berlin-based relayr, maker of the WunderBar, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware dev kit which resembles a chunky chocolate bar, has closed a $2.3 million seed round, from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors. The startup had previously raised a €250,000 friend and family round, and had been on track to close a €500,000 seed earlier this year — but received a higher funding offer from a different set of investors, which is the $2.3M round it’s reporting."
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital busines...
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
The Internet of Things needs an entirely new security model, or does it? Can we save some old and tested controls for the latest emerging and different technology environments? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, will review hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal privacy options and a new risk balance you might not expect.
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, will discuss the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. The presentation will also discuss how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics to discuss are barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold.