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Links 13/7/2012: Android Grows Massive in Spain, City of Helsinki Hides Proprietary Dealings

Posted in News Roundup at 8:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Free Software/Open Source

  • The Big Data and Cloud Computing Trends Depend on Open Source

    Reuven Cohen has an interesting post up on Forbes’ site, which asks, “Free Versus Open: Does Open Source Software Matter in the Cloud Era?” He writes: “I like open source as much as the next guy but, from a value proposition standpoint, just being ‘open source’ doesn’t sound all that compelling to me. This has become especially true in the emerging cloud computing landscape where APIs and Big Data have become some of the most valuable currencies.” In fact, though, as the transition to the cloud and Big Data continue, open source software is playing an absolutely critical role.

    Cohen notes that Big Data has become one of the “most valuable currencies,” but isn’t the open source Hadoop platform–used to sift insights from extremely large data sets–one of the flagship pieces of software driving the Big Data trend? Hadoop has given rise to promising startup companies such as Hortonworks, focused on training and services surrounding it.

  • Free Versus Open: Does Open Source Software Matter In The Cloud Era?

    There is an increasingly common refrain I keep hearing from startups. These young companies, with their generally un-original software products, claim that its solution is just like (insert the market leader) except open source. Don’t get me wrong. I like open source as much as the next guy but, from a value proposition standpoint, just being “open source” doesn’t sound all that compelling to me. This has become especially true in the emerging cloud computing landscape where APIs and Big Data have become some of the most valuable currencies.

  • Do Self-Service and Open Source Co-Exist?

    The business intelligence landscape is changing to accommodate broader interactivity and ease of use. This is nothing new; one of the key trends is the increase in data discovery though self-service BI models.

  • New Open Source Software Available for Download on AXTSoftware.com
  • Open Source Opens the Door to Women

    Get everyone who works on open-source software together and put them in a little room in your brain. Now take a look around at what you just created. They’re smart. They come from all different countries and educational backgrounds, but it’s a stag party in there. They’re almost all men.

    Now imagine arriving as a woman.

    “It’s like going to a party where you know no one. That’s not a party you want to be at,” says Maírín Duffy, a blogger and senior interaction designer at Red Hat in Boston. Duffy is one of the few women who have shrugged off intimidation and walked right into the open-source community. Not many others have followed.

  • Developer Break: Node.js, Apaches and Celery
  • Web Browsers

  • SaaS

  • Business

    • Semi-Open Source

      • Atlassian JIRA 5.1 lifts 200,000 issue limit

        The latest release of the commercial bug tracking system, JIRA 5.1, is the “fastest JIRA yet” according to its creators, Atlassian. The release notes explains that the previous “soft limit” of 200,000 issues has been removed thanks to a 40% improvement in performance; a new scaling guide provides more information.

  • Funding

  • Public Services/Government

    • City of Helsinki Wants To Keep Software Costs Secret

      The IT department of the city of Helsinki claimed in a report to the city board that migrating to OpenOffice would cost is over 21 million euros. On 10th of April 2012, FSFE filed a Freedom of Information request, asking the city how it had arrived at a surprisingly high cost estimates for running OpenOffice (now LibreOffice) on the city’s workstations. The city of Helsinki has now denied this request and has stated that it will not release any details about the calculations.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • How to survive in an open world

      According to Don Tapscott’s “Four Principles of an Open World” TED talk, we are experiencing one of the most significant times in human history. Through the Internet and other innovations, we are able to collaborate like never before, and that change is having a profound effect on society.


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