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The central issue in any Open Source business model is how to convert software that is free on the Internet into revenue that can be booked under US GAAP, hence the term invented by some clever person, 'Conversion Model.' The issue boils down to how to convert the free stuff developed ...
In the beginning, the 800-pound gorilla of online industry was Prodigy, Inc. This joint venture between IBM and Sears Roebuck boasted 2.5 million subscribers in 1993, the year before Netscape broke open the Internet.
Every company that develops software whether for internal use or to sell to customers is now working in a new 'mixed-IP' environment created by the spread of Open Source. This new environment's impact on software development has been dramatic.
Welcome to my first installment as a LinuxWorld Magazine writer. I'm taking over from my colleague Rob Jones and I hope to continue on the same track of providing information on certifications, as well as discussing the nuances in the Linux/Open Source recruiting landscape.
The enormous success of GNU/Linux as an operating system and as an open source project has captured the imagination of developers, IT staffers, business people, journalists, educators, and even politicians. Linux is so visible, its brand and allure so strong, that most people forget or...
The open source movement is something completely new. It doesn't fit neatly into any accepted economic or business theory. For that reason a lot of traditional thinkers, e.g., economists, business people, and investors, are struggling to figure out what it means. Is it the beginning of...
A new business intelligence project, just announced, aims to provide enterprise-class reporting, analysis, information delivery, data mining and workflow capabilities geared at helping mid- to large size organizations operate more efficiently and effectively. It's called The Pentaho BI...
Drew Ladner, former president of advisory firm ZURI Technology, has joined JBoss as general manager of its newly-formed Government Group. Ladner was chief information officer of the U.S. Department of the Treasury until May 2004.
Last month, BitDefender (www.BitDefender.com) made a couple substantial Linux product announcements. First, it released version 1.6.2 of its BitDefender for Samba Linux File Servers product. As part of the new release, the company released parts of the updated product under an Open Sou...
My philosophy about adopting Open Source software is to give realistic advice for IT directors faced with the prospect of sorting out this new wave of technologies and business models. It can certainly be a daunting task. It's one thing for a home enthusiast to try out the latest cutti...
Cisco will be deploying Palamida's IP AMPlifier product for automatically detecting, managing and reporting on software intellectual property (IP) assets. Both the Detector and Compliance Library modules rely on CodeRank technology.
Founded in December 2002, software compliance management pioneer Black Duck Software now has a staff of 30 and offers a platform to the market in the form of an information service which it sells as a subscription and already has two dozen customers across the USA and overseas. Doug Le...
To Open Source or not to Open Source - that is the question. Or is it? Open Source has matured into a robust development model, and many businesses that shied away from it are reconsidering it. The good news these days is that Open Source is no longer an all-or-nothing choice.
As the number of open source software (OSS) projects grows, OSS alternatives are showing up in more and more software evaluations at large organizations. However, evaluating OSS effectively requires that IT professionals use different criteria than the ones they use for commercial soft...
As the adoption of Linux and other open source software within corporations grows, enterprise IT managers should, using reasonable oversight, establish policies that allow open source to benefit the company. Open source may be free and not ordinarily expose a company to piracy claims, ...
I've been thinking about why it's so hard to communicate the benefits of open source and Linux to the general public, and have come to the conclusion that it's because the general public has been conditioned by movies and TV to only understand simplistic plots with clearly defined good...
In a passing remark about how 'there may someday be a redistributable JVM RPM at jpackage,' a mailing list last week prompted new speculation that IBM's version of open-source Java might be on its way since 'someday' - apparently - 'may even be next week.'
IT managers who are about to reach for the aspirin as they try to figure out their open source corporate position should grab this book with both hands instead. As the title suggests, it's pragmatic and deals in realism, not ideology.
As a person who is running a young company that develops open source software as a primary activity, I'm frequently asked to comment on the business models that are at play in the industry.
There is a growing trend of open source-based applications running mainstream business-critical applications. Part of this is due to the availability of new solutions software that, when added to the open source application stack, greatly expands the overall reliability and scalability...
The Free Software Foundation was founded when software was becoming increasingly proprietary and restricted, with software vendors asserting more and more control over what customers could do with their software.
Novell has set a fall deadline for its new corporate Linux version release that merges two Linux applications Novell recently acquired. Novell purchased SUSE Linux this year, and the previous year picked up Ximian. Up until now the two companies have not merged products or software.
Costa Mesa, CA, based Emulex Corp., announced that future version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will support the networking company's drivers for its host bus adapter (HBA) boards.
Does the open source community provide world-class security technology? Can organizations stop dealing with commercial vendors for security software? To avoid any undue suspense, the answers are: 'Emphatically yes' and 'Maybe, but you probably need to make an investment of some kind.'
Democrats are taking full advantage of Linux and open source software (OSS) in their bid to win the White House in 2004. Leveraging the successful e-campaign strategies pioneered by Howard Dean during the primary season, all of the democratic candidates embraced Linux and OSS in some f...
What began as a small movement based in a Finnish student's apartment has mushroomed far beyond his or anyone else's expectations. Linux, sprung from Linus Torvalds' imagination, has alighted in countless data centers and now stands tall as the software strategy centerpiece of technolo...
LWM's editor-in-chief, Kevin Bedell, recently had the opportunity to ask Ranajit Nevatia, director of Linux Strategy for VERITAS, a few questions about how Linux is impacting VERITAS and how the company is contributing to the world of open source.
LWM's editor-in-chief, Kevin Bedell, spoke with Sun's John Fowler about what's new - with Sun, with Fowler's new position, and with Sun's place in the open source world - and learned a little history as well.
During testimony yesterday in the antitrust trial challenging Oracle's proposed takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended the company's $7.7 billion bid for PeopleSoft Inc. as a bold but necessary move to ensure Oracle's survival in a highly competitive industry.
M9 has been out now for a couple of weeks, and wow, has the Eclipse team made some major progress! The tool has lots of new features (which we will look at shortly) but also has some great performance fixes and fleshing out of existing features. In particular the Ant editor works like ...
Just recently Gartner reported that IBM has overtaken BEA in application server market share. The interesting thing is that Gartner's expression of market share is in a single number, dollars. While dollars are certainly an important factor in declaring a market leader, is this an accu...
In February 2004 David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software -...
The convergence between telecom and datacom is a two-way process, with both worlds contributing their experience and best technology to the future network. One area where telecom companies have extensive experience is computer clustering, and more specifically, providing high-availabil...
'Linux received a fair amount of attention in 2003,' writes the OSDL's head honcho Stuart Cohen. 'Perhaps a little bit more than its fair share.' You can tell that a technology has made it into the mainstream, Cohen adds, when it's the cover story in major business magazines; or perha...
While OSCAR (Open Source Cluster Application Resource) has been conceived for clusters with disks since its very first version, diskless and systemless support was a feature that a lot of people expected. The Center for Scientific Computing has built several clusters without disks; we ...
In January, as thousands of Linux OS enthusiasts streamed onto the show floor and into conference sessions at the 2004 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, they caught up with an old friend who many barely recognized. In a span of only 12 months, Linux has evolved from an emerging technology ...
To say there is general confusion about Linux and open source software within many organizations is an understatement. The confusion seems to stem from misunderstanding the Linux and open source philosophy but is due in no small part to misinformation. Attempts at understanding Linux a...
Welcome to the third installment of my Linux Careers column. The last two columns focused on recruiting strategies in the open source community. Now I want to examine certifications and their place within the open source community. This topic will be covered in two separate columns.
There's no question that the open source community has a lot going for it. Besides a staggering amount of developer power that can be turned against important problems, the open source movement also has a passion and commitment that the commercial software world often envies.
Those who like .NET may find themselves lamenting, 'I still have to deploy applications on the Windows operating system. I am still locked to one vendor - Microsoft.' If this sounds like you, Ximian's Mono project might be the answer. The Mono project was started in July 2001 by Miguel...