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Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supported.  For example, Linux, which has the strength of a huge open community and also the strength of thousands of paid developers from great companies like IBM, Oracle, Sun, Novell and now even Microsoft (that is a long story, but a great trend I hope continues). There are many myths out there on this subject.  Some of those myths are just misunderstandings, I’m sure.  Others are the kind of things that sales folks or others with vested interest in their company’s stock price like to encourage.  Human nature is at play here, and when you mix in a misunderstanding with some bias the re... (more)

Making Commercial Open Source Software

I recently blogged about making open source software, and the high level steps for how to think about the process. We started with the need for software to seed the discussion, the need for clear motivation as to why to publish as open source software, and then the structural requirements to build a community (license choice, collaboration platform or forge, and governance considerations). Contributions are the life blood of any community, so lastly we talked about the need to build an onramp to encourage users that will hopefully become contributors, and the additional onramp needed to make it easy to contribute. Rory MacDonald (@technocreative) challenged in the comments that there are substantial commercial motivations for a company to develop open source projects that go beyond a desire for collaboration, and provided a number of examples.  I completely agree, ... (more)

Open Systems Provide Way to Exit Money Pit

Click Here To Download This White Paper Now! Now is the time to examine the TCO migrating from Unix to the more cost-effective open systems platforms. This white paper explores the costs associated with legacy data centers and the benefits of migrating to an open systems architecture. Click Here To Download This White Paper Now! ... (more)

Mozilla Thunderbird Connector for Open-Xchange Now Available

Open-Xchange, which provides business-class open source collaboration software, has introduced a free connector for Mozilla Thunderbird, the cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The "Community OXtender for Thunderbird" software connector gives users full access to appointments and contacts stored in the Open-Xchange Server and enables them to use Thunderbird as a rich PIM (Personal Information Management) client to access data online and offline. The software packages and documentation are available at www.open-xchange.com/oxpedia#ThunderbirdOXtender. "Mozilla Thunderbird and Open-Xchange are a great open source alternative to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "The availability of this OXtender lowers costs and will be attractive to educational institutions, public administrations, as well a... (more)

Given 250,000 Tools on the Shelf, How Do You Manage Them?

Although I haven’t seen a thoroughly researched study, I figure there must be at least 250,000 FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools available to every systems administrator on the planet (230,000 at SourceForge + 15,000 at Launchpad + 12,000 at CodePlex + 5,000 at Google Code and that doesn’t count the Linux kernel or any of the myriad other self-hosted projects). These 250,000+ resources comprise the full “toolbox” that admins can use for building solutions with FOSS; they represent the FOSS equivalent of COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf). Of course, if you add open source but non-free or commercial tools, the problem explodes combinatorially. How can a systems administrator support the largest possible subset of these “on the shelf” resources to best service the next need from a stakeholder (like the boss or a new client)? First let me emphasize the difficulty... (more)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above combination of software. There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open source software, with the greatest being its ability to speed up development and drive down costs without sacrificing quality. Almost all software groups knowingly, and in many cases unknowingly, use open source software to their advantage. Code reuse is possibly the biggest accelerator of innovation, as long as open source software is adop... (more)

Understanding Linux Deployment Strategies

Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! This IDC white paper compares organizations using a commercial Linux subscription from Red Hat to support their Linux servers with organizations that are using a mixed environment of both commercially supported and non-paid Linux distributions and organizations that are primarily using non-paid Linux distributions aboard their servers. Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! ... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bryce – OpenStack

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Making Open Source Software

Software is surprisingly dynamic.  All software evolves.  Bugs are found and fixed.  Enhancements added.  New requirements are discovered in using the software.  New uses are found for it and it is shaped to those new uses.  Software solutions that are useful and used must by their very existence evolve.   Well organized open source software communities create the right conditions to make this dynamism successful. The world continues to embrace and adopt free and open source licensed software across the board.  Vendors and OEMs, their IT customers, governments and academics are all using, buying and making open source software, and often all three at once. Using and buying liberally licensed open source software, i.e., consuming such software, are relatively straight forward affairs. You buy a product based on open source licensed software pretty much the way you bu... (more)

Hortonworks Big Data IPO By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [ #BigData]

Hortonworks Big Data IPO: Where are the Margins? Enterprises run on data, so it’s no surprise that big data – and in particular, big data platform Hadoop – are today’s enterprise software battleground. This week’s news that Hadoop vendor Hortonworks filed their S1 with the SEC, indicating their intent to go public, ratchets this battle into high gear. Yet, while Hortonworks and its primary competitors Cloudera and MapR are at the center of the skirmish, this battle is over more than which platform is better. Hadoop is open source, which means it’s free to use, and furthermore, anybody is welcome to contribute to its code base. It’s up to each vendor to decide how to make money on top of Hadoop – and each of the three Hadoop leaders has chosen a different model. The spoils of this battle, therefore, do not go only to the vendor with the best offering. This war is al... (more)

SupplyFrame Speeds Time to Market with Talend Professional Services

Talend, a global open source software leader, today announced that SupplyFrame, a leading advertising solution for the electronics industry, tapped Talend’s Professional Services to deploy Talend Enterprise Data Integration in record time, enabling them to avoid disruption to their customers’ continuous data access requirements. Supporting product manufacturers, electronics engineers, distributors and industry advertisers, SupplyFrame provides powerful, trusted search engines that enable designers and procurement professionals to find technical and pricing information for millions of electronic components from thousands of manufacturers and dozens of distributors across the industry. A longtime Talend customer, SupplyFrame chose to upgrade its use of Talend Enterprise Data Integration, not only because of its proven technical capabilities, but for its openness and ... (more)