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The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one o...
The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there’s no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds’ “just a hobby, won't be big” comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyist...
10gen wheeled out an enterprise edition of MongoDB this week as part of a new subscription level, certified for deployment on several operating systems and making good on why the company raised $42 million last year. The widgetry includes Kerberos authentication for security, reported...
I've recently been involved in several discussions that are variations on, "Which open source or free software license should I choose for my project?" Here is my way of looking at the large and growing collection of licenses in the wild. First let's make sure we all understand that I ...
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 requirem...
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 ver...
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 t...
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...
The case study features an organization that has made a broad commitment to Linux and has adopted best practices to optimize that environment. The retailer highlighted in this IDC paper has taken an important step toward building a tightly controlled standard Linux server operating sys...
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 th...
There are two new features: an activity window that shows all user activity in a room and an advanced math and clipart tool, added to have almost 2000 symbols available on the whiteboard. Together with the ability to resize, drag and rotate those icons it should be a useful new feature...
Open source developers and communities operate in a similar fashion as venture capitalists and technologists in Silicon Valley. Open source communities share the same merits: participation, collaboration, communication, interaction, and innovation. The World Is Flat author Thomas Frie...
The Document Foundation (TDF) and its spit-in-Oracle’s-eye LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice, which put out the begging bowl a couple of weeks ago looking to raise €50,000 ($69,322) so it can become a legal German foundation, says it raised that amount from 2,000 supporters in eight days....
Data-driven businesses are facing some tough challenges in today’s rapidly changing information landscape. As decision cycles continue to shrink, companies need to act on information within hours and minutes rather than weeks and days. At the same time, the volume of data that needs to...
A bunch of European and Brazilian developers kidnapped OpenOffice.org (OOo), the Sun-started challenge to Microsoft Office, Tuesday to the cheers of Oracle enemies like Google, which Oracle is suing for infringing on Java, Red Hat, whose code Oracle poached for it own Linux, Novell, wh...
Abiquo, a four-year-old Spanish open source cloud start-up bent on becoming a global player, should break out of stealth mode today bragging that it can end virtualization vendor lock-in and make public and private clouds interoperate. It says it means to change the way IT organizat...
TurboHercules SAS, the Paris-based concern started last year to commercialize the 10-year-old open source Hercules mainframe project, filed a formal antitrust complaint against IBM with the European Commission Tuesday. The little company says IBM is blocking it from selling its open...
Geeknet network which includes SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh, and Freshmeat conducted a study initiated by Microsoft and found that at the end of 2009, over 82% of open source software was compatible with Windows Operating System. The results are a significant improvement f...
Talend Tuesday open sourced a Master Data Management (MDM) solution in the name of democratizing the market and fighting off proprietary systems from TIBCO, Oracle and IBM. The widgetry hails from Talend’s Amalto acquisition – mixed with some of its own technology – and is advertised a...
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.
After two years of full-time development, SpringSource has contributed its open source OSGi-style dm Server project to Eclipse.org expecting the move to eventually simplify the widgetry generally used for very complex enterprise applications and broaden its base of users. SpringSour...
This article discusses Open Source compliance and the challenges faced when establishing a compliance program, provides an overview of best practices, and offers recommendations on how to deal with compliance inquiries.
The results come from deals with software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers including Versatel (Germany's third-largest telecommunications provider with 1.3 million e-mail accounts), Dotster (among the world's largest domain name registrars servicing hundreds of thousands of customers worl...
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...
It is one thing to use open source software and evangelize its capabilities to a marketplace. It is quite another to actually attempt to contribute to that software. Orchestra is now investing in contributing to open source projects that benefit the small and midsize business market.
The European Commission Tuesday responded in kind to Oracle’s contention that its decision to potentially block Oracle’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun because of MySQL – whose revenues are barely a rounding error in Oracle’s books – shows “a profound misunderstanding of both database...
Likewise announced that it is offering three starter packs that combine its Likewise Enterprise software with support and training services. The starter packs are designed to help customers move from its open source software to Likewise Enterprise. Likewise Enterprise makes it easy fo...
Brad Windecker launched today "Open Source for Small Business" topic on Ulitzer. A topic for open source software specific to the small business marketplace. Small and midsize companies can today take advantage of the maturity in open source applications. This topic will collect storie...