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Free Software/Open Source

  • Economic impact of open source on small business

    A few months back, Tim O’Reilly and Hari Ravichandran, founder and CEO of Endurance International Group (EIG), had a discussion about the web hosting business. They talked specifically about how much of Hari’s success had been enabled by open source software. But Hari wasn’t just telling his success story to Tim, but rather was more interested in finding ways to give back to the communities that made his success possible. The two agreed that both companies would work together to produce a report making clear just how much of a role open source software plays in the hosting industry, and by extension, in enabling the web presence of millions of small businesses.

    We hope you will read this free report while thinking about all the open source projects, teams and communities that have contributed to the economic succes of small businesses or local governments, yet it’s hard to measure their true economic impact. We combed through mountains of data, built economic models, surveyed customers and had discussions with small and medium businesses (SMB) to pull together a fairly broad-reaching dataset on which to base our study. The results are what you will find in this report.

  • 5 things about FOSS Linux virtualization you may not know
  • Big Switch Networks launches OpenFlow development tool plug in
  • Apache Tika 1.2 introduces new network server

    The Apache Software Foundation has announced the release of version 1.2 of Apache Tika. The metadata and structured text content extractor started its life as a sub-project of Apache Lucene and was elevated to Top-Level Project status within the foundation in 2010.

  • Twitter’s Open Source Big Data Tool Comes to the Cloud Courtesy of Nodeable

    Usually when we think of a pivot, we think of a company that has decided to drop its core offering and market a different product or service. Obvious Corporation put ODEO up for sale and focused on Twitter. BRBN shuttered its location check-in service and became Instagram. But Nodeable‘s pivot isn’t that sort of pivot.

    Today Nodeable launched a new service called StreamReduce, a cloud-hosted real-time big data analytics product. StreamReduce is based on the same architecture as Nodeable’s existing IT operations monitoring tool. The company is keeping its current service, but is expanding its scope by marketing beyond its current base of developers and system administrators.

  • Bristol extends open source adoption to document management

    Bristol City Council is using an open source electronic document management system to overhaul its record keeping and improve staff access to documents online.

  • Foundation gathering, open sourcing ID technology

    The OpenID Foundation introduces a message bus with identity capabilities as part of plan to create venue where ID technology can be vetted, open sourced and made available to enterprises, Web site operators and others.

  • Qantas’ social travel site built on cloud, open source

    Qantas has launched social-flavoured vacation booking website Hooroo using the cloud and open-source software.

    Hooroo suggests food, hotels and activities in destinations around Australia, and lets users create profiles showing where they’ve been and want to go. Visitors can book travel and accommodation through the website. Users can opt into an e-mail newsletter with deals and suggestions, and earn Hooroo credit that can be used for booking discounts.

  • Great open source map tools for Web developers

    A long time ago, when Web 2.0 was just Web 1.0, we had to ask people for directions, copy them down, and hope we had a foldable map to help us find our way. Then along came MapQuest, followed by Google Maps in 2005. Today, it seems impossible to imagine finding our way without handheld phones and Web-based maps.

  • Events

  • Web Browsers

  • SaaS

  • Education

  • Healthcare

  • Funding

  • Project Releases

  • Licensing/Law

    • Open Source Law

      I’m hoping in the next few months (possibly weeks) to practise what I preach: I’m working with a client, Emerge Open, to release a suite of legal documents under a creative commons licence, provisionally BY-SA (attribution-share alike, which means that anyone can take the documents and use them for any purpose, provided that if they republish, they have to credit us as the authors, and also release any amendments they make under the same liberal licence).

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open Hardware

      • Make Your Own Pocketable Arduino Kit

        Make Your Own Pocketable Arduino KitArduino’s are already pretty small, but they’re still not conducive to travelling. Instructables user sath02 wanted to take his electronics tinkering on the road with him, so he built a pocket sized Arduino kit.


  • Security

    • Oracle’s July patch day brings 87 security updates

      In its planned July Critical Patch Update (CPU), Oracle has released a total of 87 security updates to fix various vulnerabilities across a number of its product families. The updates affect products including Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Database 10g and 11g, and MySQL. One of the holes was given the highest possible CVSS score of 10.0; it was closed in the JRockit Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is part of Oracle Fusion.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • ACTA

        • European democracy’s victory in a treaty’s defeat

          In an era when effective global cooperation seems to be in short supply, the failure to approve a major international treaty would hardly seem to be cause for celebration. But the European Parliament’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a milestone for European democracy. Rarely has a debate on an international treaty been so intense and engaged so many people across Europe and beyond.

          ACTA, negotiated by a group of industrialized countries to fight counterfeiting and enforce intellectual-property rights, provoked widespread criticism from civil-society organizations for the lack of transparency in the process used to formulate it. In the European Parliament, we tried to redress these shortcomings. Over the past four months, we held countless meetings, hearings, workshops and online conversations with civil-society representatives and all of the concerned parties, to make sure all opinions were properly heard.

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