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Open Source Business Models - What Works and What Does Not?

  • Onlamp; By Murugan Pal (Posted by tadelste on Sep 6, 2005 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many of you might have questions around successful business models. Recent Forbes article on SourceForge and the blog on SugarCRM's functionality differences between open source and pro versions raise interesting questions. If you are contemplating on a new open source venture - my recommendation is not to differentiate (functionally) between the commercial and open source versions, like in the case of MySQL's dual license. From my conversations with CIOs, enteprise architects and IT developers there are three major reasons for adopting open source: 1. No vendor lock-in and proprietary code 2. Freedom to change or enhance - free in libre 3. Cost effective - pay for tangible services and not for the software

Donations Requested for mozdev's Fifth Birthday

David Boswell writes: "This September mozdev turns 5 years old. The site has been providing free project hosting and development tools to the Mozilla community since 2000 and now supports over 200 active projects. This year we are celebrating the anniversary by trying to raise $5000 to pay for new hardware and ongoing hosting costs. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help support the mozdev.org community site. Thank you for all of your support over the years."

Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Colony 4 Screenshot Tour

  • O'Reilly OSDir (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 6, 2005 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
DistroWatch reports - The fourth test release of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Breezy Badger is available for download and testing: Colony CD 4 is ready. This will be the last Colony CD release before the Breezy preview, so any testing you can provide is appreciated. If you test it, be sure to send us a report to ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com. Significant installer changes since Colony 3 include: many fixes to the live CD, including usplash integration; GRUB tries harder to boot even when the BIOS fails to pass a boot drive; APT configuration when the network is unavailable should now be much faster...

OSDir has put together a screenshot tour of Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Colony 4.

Munich's Linux migration slips to 2006

  • CNET News.com; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A plan to move 14,000 desktops from Windows has been delayed by a year, partly because of the need for an additional pilot phase.

Enterprise blogs: Business boost or timewaster?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ah, the time one could spend bouncing around from blog to blog -- co-workers, customers, competitors -- thoughts from all of them may be just a few clicks away. Co-workers, competitors, and customers? Why not? Yet while some see blogs in business as a growing trend that may become standard enterprise procedure, analysts say there are still hurdles organizations must overcome before blogs can boost productivity.

In praise of small Linux distros

Among the hundreds of Linux distributions, only a handful get much media attention, and only a small segment of those have become household words in the Linux community. At Distrowatch.com, one of the better known Linux ranking sites, you'll see the same names week after week in the top 20 -- Ubuntu, Mepis, Fedora, Slackware, etc. So who is using the bottom 80? And why?

Linux: Kernel Status Update

Andrew Morton [interview] provided an update on the current development status of the Linux kernel. As of his announcement, the latest development release is 2.6.13-git5, with 2.6.14 expected around October 7'th. At this time, Andrew is tracking 144 bugs though he notes, "I haven't culled these yet - some may be fixed." Indeed, a number of replies indicated that several of the listed bugs have been fixed.

Apps Migrate To Open Source

  • InformationWeek; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by bstadil on Sep 5, 2005 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As more companies move to open-source platforms, enterprise-application vendors adapt their software for the new environments

Microsoft Antitrust: Three US think-tanks ask to help Microsoft

Three U.S. think-tanks which campaign against government regulation have asked permission to present arguments in support of Microsoft Corp. as part of its appeal of a European Union antitrust ruling. One of the three organizations, the International Intellectual Property Institute, has a Microsoft employee on its board of directors. The other organizations are the Progress and Freedom Foundation and the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Startups make workhorse tool more accessible than ever

  • Alameda Times-Star (Posted by bstadil on Sep 5, 2005 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Silveroffice, a startup Goffice.com with a browser-based PDF tool as the first in its planned series of browser-based office products.

Room To Grow: More Vendors Choose To Use Open Source

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Companies trying to establish credibility as open-source enterprise-apps vendors include ComPiere, which installed its first deployment in 2000; OpenMFG; and CRM vendor SugarCRM.

Open source software testing

Open source software evolves and matures at a rapid pace because its users are essentially also testers and take co-ownership of the products they like. Walter Kruse looks at some of the tools and techniques that can be used by the open source community to build and test better applications.

Linux Love Spells Bad News for MS

Spearheaded by the government, South Korea is making increased use of an open-source operating system called Linux. It is bad news for Microsoft, the world’s foremost software maker that dominates the operating system market with several versions of its Windows program.

Analogue/mixed-signal tools run on 64bit Linux

  • Electronics Talk (Posted by tadelste on Sep 5, 2005 11:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mentor Graphics has announced its support for 64bit Linux platforms by declaring full operational qualification for its analogue/mixed-signal toolset. Mentor's entire line of Eldo and Advance MST analogue and mixed-signal products have been certified for operation on Opteron and EM64 processor architectures using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 platform. 'Linux on X86-64 hardware is proving to be a great performance platform for our products', said Jue-Hsien Chern, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor's Deep Submicron Division.

Munich Linux migration slips to 2006

The City of Munich will not start its migration to Linux on the desktop until 2006, a year later than planned and three years since it decided to migrate to Linux. The first department to migrate to Linux and OpenOffice.org will be that of the Lord Mayor.

Opening doors with open source

  • San Jose Business Journal (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 9:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rajesh Setty wrote his first book when he was age 9, a spy novel in the style of Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures. It never occurred to him that trying to get a book published would take a lot of work. "When we are young, we don't know what is not possible," said Mr. Setty, 35, chairman of Cignex Technologies Inc., of Santa Clara. Today, his business model sounds like something from an entrepreneur who doesn't know what's not possible because it is based on selling a product that is free -- open source software.

Novell nets takeover talk

Novell released its third-quarter financial results a couple of weeks ago (its fiscal year runs ends Oct. 31), and the picture wasn't very pretty.

Italian schools move to Linux

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An Italian province will use Linux rather than Windows XP in its schools for the next academic year

Sun puts an open source licence to bed

The Sun Industry Standards Source License has been retired, and the OSI wants more licences to follow the same path.

Retiring the SISSL means that the OpenOffice.org software will be covered by just one licence, the LGPL, according to the project's Web site. "Projects currently using the SISSL under a dual-licence scheme, such as OpenOffice.org, are dropping the SISSL and thus simplifying their licence scheme as soon as the development cycle allows," the site said.

DistroWatch Weekly: Smart package manager, SUPER SUSE, Linspire vs Freespire, Elive

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The first full week in September should be an exciting one for users and fans of Free Software - GNOME 2.12, Ubuntu 5.10 Preview, and SUSE Linux 10.0 RC1 are all expected to hit the download mirrors later this week. But before that happens we will take a brief look at the "smart" package manager in Mandriva, check out "SUPER", a performance-enhancing subproject of SUSE Linux, and revisit the Linspire versus Freespire controversy. Our featured distribution of the week is Elive, a great live CD featuring the Enlightenment window manager - a project that is also the recipient of our US$250 August 2005 donation. Happy reading!

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