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Index Bets on Open Source

Index Venture Partners, backer of blowout-success Skype, added an open-source company to its stable Thursday with a $5-million investment in business-intelligence software maker Pentaho.

This isn’t the first open-source startup in the European venture firm’s portfolio. It is a backer of MySQL, a Red Herring 100 Europe company. The database startup has gained significant traction internationally, with some $20 million in sales in 2004 (see RH-100 Europe: The Ikea of Databases).

Microsoft happy to kill off other ISVs' code businesses, but not it's own

Based on a smidgen of new detail on how Microsoft will proceed into the business services market, it appears that Redmond will be happy to add services that augment its core Windows, messaging, and Office applications — and thus stab in the back those ISVs that have created the third-party safety net for Microsoft users. But when it comes to building out services that may in any way replace the functions of its core code products — the equivalent of "Business Live," if you will — Microsoft appears to want no part of it.

Is Firefox the new target for hackers?

This year will almost certainly go down in Web history as the Year of the Firefox. The open-source browser ended up the greatest beneficiary of the barrage of bad press aimed at Microsoft Internet Explorer and its various security vulnerabilities. With the ever-present threat of spyware, it's little surprise that so many users have made the switch to what is now widely considered to be the "safe" Web browser, at least compared with IE.

[ED: For a PC Mag. quite balanced - flaw that entered via Firefox that lands only in IE (open or closed) is not seen by the author as a Firefox flaw, blames Active X and Java plus users going to the wrong sites-HC]

The (Open) Source of the Problem

  • Destination CRM; By Coreen Bailor (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 8:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software vendors, enterprise IT managers, and investors face challenges as the market evolves, including quality of software and confusion about license models.

Blueglue open-source application stack aims for the enterprise

The latest version of OpenLogic Inc.'s BlueGlue Open Source Infrastructure Management Suite, unveiled yesterday, adds enterprise-centric features designed to make it easier for corporate users to select and deploy a custom-tailored stack of compatible, preconfigured, precertified open-source applications.

Blast from the Past: Microsoft Dips Into Slush Fund To Fight Off Linux

According to reports published in the Thursday edition of the "International Herald Tribune," Microsoft is prepared to draw on an internal slush fund to sell its products at deep discounts, or at last resort, give them away, when it runs up against Linux in contests for big government and institutional contracts.

In internal memos written last summer and obtained by the paper, then top Gregg Leizer wrote: Microsoft sales executive Orlando Ayala -- who has recently gone on to oversee sales to small- and mid-sized businesses, and to expand the company's Business Solutions partnering channel -- outlined the strategy to keep Microsoft in its leading position as the purveyor of desktop system software.

"Under NO circumstances lose against Linux," Ayala said in the July memo.

[Ed: Evidently it did not work with South Korea -tadelste]

Economics Researchers Meet OpenDocument

A FOSS supporter recently spoke to a group of Italian economic researchers about the future--and costs--of information exchange and archiving and the possibilities offered by open formats.

Ecma Does What it is Told to Do (by (Microsoft)

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 8, 2005 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There was a time when people talked about Latin American "Banana Republics" that would do what the US told them to do. Does Microsoft have a Banana Standards body now?

Debian Alliance Eyes The Enterprise

The effort to put a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution into the enterprise consciousness may have picked up some steam this week. The DCC Alliance of Debian based GNU/Linux distributions released their DCC 3.0 core as part of an effort to further adoption and standardization and potentially offer an alternative to Red Hat and Novell/SUSE.

The DCC, which originally stood for Debian Common Core, now just stands for DCC Common Core due to trademark issues with the use of the term "Debian."

Mozilla Thunderbird Tabbed Message Browsing Test Builds

Test builds of Mozilla Thunderbird with an updated patch for tabbed message browsing are available.

Yahoo RSS Mail Is Not RSS Mail

  • Email Battles; By Unattributed (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 8, 2005 2:41 PM EDT)
With all the hoopla surrounding Yahoo RSS Mail, you can be forgiven if you were under the impression that a great technical barricade has been breached. By mating webail with an RSS news reader, Yahoo made a webmail client that also presents RSS news feeds. That's a long, long way from an RSS messaging system.

[ED: This is one perspective on the Yahoo RSS announcement. I think the most important part is that I had not heard about the Yahoo announcement. I think the Yahoo RSS addition to their email system will be useful for lots of people. - ralph}

Review: Tale of a Black Dog

What is a Black Dog? It's a complete USB-powered Linux server which fits easily in the palm of your hand. Powered by a 400-MHz PowerPC processor, 64 MB of RAM, and either 256 MB or 512 MB of flash, this pint-sized pet packs quite a bite (or is that "byte"?). Russell Pavlicek finds out in this product review.

DCC Alliance Leads Way to Linux Standard Base 3.0 Compliance

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by ralph on Dec 8, 2005 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
The DCC Alliance formally released its first standards-based Debian core to serve as the foundation to its members Linux distributions this week.. DCC Alliance members hope to gain the benefits of LSB 3.0 by making it easier for ISVs and IHVs to support their Linux distributions.

Finding lights under bushels

HP has more news than it thinks

LISA '05 Conference: Day 1

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 8, 2005 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SAN DIEGO -- My first day at the 19th Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference in sunny San Diego was kind of like Disneyland for geeks. There are no rides, but there are plenty of attractions, and far too much to do in one visit.

Intel notebooks for needy developers in developing countries

Intel is so generous to provide Debian with ten notebooks (besides some server hardware), which we would like to give to developers in developing countries who

US defends Microsoft in Korea (Friends in high places)

What's the US Government doing in S. Korea defending an abusive monopolist? Interfering in another country's system of justice, that's what. Instead of prosecuting Microsoft ourselves, our current administration is backing them. -Ed.

Comment of the Day - December 8, 2005 - Why I choose Ubuntu

gardion writes: Well here is why I choose ubuntu. Some of these things Mepis may have but it is the combination of these things that really impressed me with Ubuntu.

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Open Source databases rounded up and rodeod

  • Inquirer; By Andrew Hudson (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
You could be forgiven for not knowing about the storm of activity in the database market this season. You would have to have read several dozen articles, press releases, and have followed the right bloggers to track all the strategic acquisitions, new releases, and defensive posturing . And even so you might still be wondering what it all means. But help is here in the form of a guide to open source database companies and what they've been up to.

Managing your mobile phone with floAt's Mobile Agent

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 8, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The modern mobile phone is a powerful device that you can use to store contacts, manage calendars, check email, and even browse the Web. But that's not all: install floAt's Mobile Agent (FMA) on your laptop or PC, connect it to your handset, and you can use the combo as a versatile communication tool. This article introduces you to FMA's features and shows you how to get started with the application.

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