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Free Software/Open Source

  • Company-led Projects: Liferay

    Having been writing about commercial open source for years, I finally decided to start a new blog category at SourceForge blog to cover the business side of open source. I’ll be posting on SourceForge blog interviews to people who can tell us stories about how they combine open source and business at SourceForge blog, and I’ll comment on them here.

    Bryan Cheung, Liferay’s cofounder and actual CEO, while sharing his experience about how Liferay grew its project into a product provided me with additional information.

  • The future’s bright, the future’s open source Orange

    France Telecom-Orange’s development center in San Francisco has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) with the aim of to benefitting from its community.

    The Open Compute Project Foundation is a community of engineers whose openly stated mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and datacentre hardware designs for scalable computing.

    NOTE: The OCP says that it believes that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to “maximising innovation and reducing operational complexity” in the scalable computing space.

  • Open Source: where does the money go?

    It seems we are not alone in being curious about how the growing number of open source businesses are making revenue.

    Kirk Wylie, of OpenGamma, has written this blog post to answer a question that he probably gets asked several times a day. In a nutshell, it seems that commercial clients of OpenGamma need a range of services to tailor OS software to their needs, services that sometimes, an open community cannot provide (Kirk will be speaking at CEO Tales: Open Source Business Models on the 6th February if you want to ask him more detailed questions).

  • Events

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Minion: Mozilla’s New Community-Driven Security Testing Framework

        This week, we reported on Mozilla’s plans, in upcoming versions of Firefox, to launch Firefox Health Report (FHR) — a prototype Firefox feature that enables users to optimize their Firefox configurations and get reports on Firefox’s status similar to the kinds of diagnostic information that many cars provide. At the same time, these reports will help Mozilla tune Firefox based on information culled from the reports about causes for performance problems and more.

      • Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich Gets an Expanded Role (and it’s about time!)

        I’ve had the good fortune to talk to many CTOs as part of my day-to-day job as a tech journalist over the last decade here at InternetNews. One thing that I can say for certain is that the role of CTO is a varied one and the definition of what a CTO is or does is not definite.

        At some organizations, the CTO is a technical cheerleader and a product evangelist. In other organizations, the CTO is the person that actually leads and directs development. In the case of Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich, he is now set to combine the best of all CTO worlds.

  • SaaS/Big Data

    • Toxic Cloud Computing, and How Open Source Can Help

      There are so many parts to the institutions running the European Union that it’s easy to lose sight of them all and their varied activities. For example, one of the lesser-known European Parliament bodies is the Directorate-General for Internal Policies. You might expect the studies that it commissions to be deadly dull, but some turn out to be not just highly interesting but hugely important.

    • OpenStack Cloud Training: Here Comes Generation Y
  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • Oracle Linux 5.9 Is Out, Carries Unbreakable Kernel 2

      Version 5.9 of Oracle Linux, the company’s incarnation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, is now available. This release also ships with Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2.

    • LibreOffice 4 call hails new branding artwork

      The members of the Document Foundation, the organisation behind LibreOffice called to the larger open source community to submit artwork to be used as the new branding with the release of LibreOffice 4, which is due early in February 2013. LibreOffice itself was forked from OpenOffice back in January 2011 and the latest release candidate of version 4 was released on 10 January 2013. Early adopters can test the release candidate by downloading the package from the LibreOffice website.

    • OpenOffice Writer English Grammar Checkers
  • CMS

  • Business

    • Semi-Open Source

      • True Cost Of Open Source Storage Software

        Open-source storage software is software that is available for download, typically at no cost, that can provide valuable data services to traditional storage hardware. These services include features we have grown accustomed to, such as thin provisioning, snapshots and cloning. Prior to open-storage software, these services typically came with the storage array that you purchased and were specific to that vendor’s products. Open-source storage software offers the advantage of letting you use commodity storage hardware.


    • Linux founder talks open-source

      He doesn’t buy DVDs, doesn’t use Windows or Mac OS laptops and doesn’t use closed-source commercial software. He is not on Facebook and has never owned a car.

      But he isn’t a Luddite or computer illiterate. In fact, he loves technology and the Internet. At one point, he hoped the Internet would stop censorship around the world.

  • Project Releases

  • Public Services/Government

  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

    • GitHub passes 3 million users milestone

      GitHub, the code sharing site based around Linus Torvald’s distributed version control system Git, has announced that the service now has over three million registered users. The commercial service, which was founded in 2008, reached the one million user milestone in September 2011 and, less than a year later, in August 2012, the company reported reaching two million users. That GitHub has reached this third milestone in under half a year shows both its, and Git’s, rapidly rising popularity with developers.

    • jQuery Plugin Registry launched
  • Standards/Consortia

    • Open standards drive needed in risk-averse public sector says govt Digital Director

      Public sector organisations need to quicken adoption of open source and open standards software in order to meet government aims for digitising services, Cabinet Office Director for Digital Mike Bracken has said.

      Speaking at the Government ICT conference in London this week, Bracken warned that a bigger push is needed in order to introduce a wave of digital services during this parliament, including digitising hundreds of thousands of transactions across government.

      Last November departments were told they must comply with Open Standards Principles (OSPs) in order to enable interoperability and reduce costs. However Bracken said more needs to be done to open the doors to innovative technologies that will enable a swift IT transformation.

    • Open standards drive needed in risk-averse public sector says govt Digital Director

      Public sector organisations need to quicken adoption of open source and open standards software in order to meet government aims for digitising services, Cabinet Office Director for Digital Mike Bracken has said.


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