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Posted in News Roundup at 5:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Free Software/Open Source Software

  • DevOps amplifies your open source credentials

    Can you really do DevOps without sharing scripts or code? DevOps manifesto proponents value cross-functional teams, symbiotic relationships, and continual feedback loops. Effective DevOps initiatives create engaged communities where team interactions amplify personal actions. When technology teams find adopting a DevOps culture is more difficult than using DevOps tools, suggest the open source way as a path forward.

  • Open source software a solid alternative to costly brands

    WANT to save money on software? While it’s hard to beat premium industry products with all of their bells and whistles, many small firms could be using free (or almost-free) open source rivals that can do the job just as well for a fraction of the cost. Here’s a look at popular alternatives to the best known premium design and editing tools: Photoshop and InDesign.

  • Gear Threads – Open Source Machine Embroidery

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  • OSI Board Changes 2014

    The new OSI Board will be meeting soon in Boston to make plans for the coming year. During this meeting we’ll welcome the new Directors, select a President for 2014…

  • Leveraging Open Source

    Going forward, having open source skills will be imperative for partners. For partners to evolve an open source practice they will need to come out of the comfort zones of the vendor brands. Many open source practitioners opine that to embrace open source the management of a partner organization needs service-centric mindset.


  • Pivotal Brings PaaS to the Enterprise Through Community Collaboration

    Open source in the enterprise has changed dramatically since Pivotal Software’s Head of Product James Watters worked on the OpenSolaris operating system for Sun at the start of the new millenium. Back then companies used open source software mainly for the cost savings and didn’t see much benefit to participating in the open source community, he said in his ApacheCon keynote in Denver this week.

  • Open source conference at OSU April 12

    Beaver Bar Camp 14, an informal conference where participants can explore anything from science to art, technology, food, culture or other topics is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at Oregon State University.

  • LGM 2014

    I have just returned home from this year’s Libre Graphics Meeting, which was held in Leipzig, Germany. As always, it was a great event, which is somewhat unique in bringing together art and design practitioners with programmers and engineers.

  • Hilary Mason’s ApacheCon Keynote: 3 Ways to Improve Data Science

    Hilary Mason at ApacheCon in DenverData science still has a long way to go in developing systems that solve real-world, human problems, said Hilary Mason, data scientist in residence at Accel Partners, in her keynote at ApacheCon in Denver today. The open source community will be key to helping big data evolve into a more accessible technology, she said.



SaaS/Big Data




  • A “Perfect Storm” Moment for Multibillion-Dollar Open Source Companies

    At Index Ventures, we have been investing in open source for 12 years, and we’ve never seen such a “perfect storm” moment for open source companies to make the jump from scrappy-and-free to large-and-profitable. With today’s news that Hortonworks, one of our investments, has raised another $100 million in funding, it’s clear that the industry is finally ready to accept and value open source startups as real businesses poised for long-term growth.

  • Hortonworks’ $100 Million Infusion Heralds Big Open Source Opportunities

    Hortonworks, the company focused on the open source Big Data crunching platform Hadoop, has been making waves for some time now, and now the company has announced that it has raised a whopping $100 million in an investment round led by BlackRock and Passport Capital managed funds. The company was formed in 2011, and previously got a hefty $120 million round of financing. Even more notably, this level of funding for Hortonworks, along with a number of other cash infusions for companies focused on open source, is being heralded as a “perfect storm” moment for commercial open source.

  • Hortonworks Eyes Wide-Open Market With Update
  • Big Data is Drawing Big Investments, with Hadoop at the Center


  • Cloudera Raises Staggering $900 Million, Cozies Up to Intel

    Everyone heralded a new era for commercial efforts surrounding open source when Red Hat became the first open source company to hit $1 billion in revenue. Now it’s time to mark another milestone as Cloudera, the pioneering startup focused on enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, has announced a staggering $900 million round of financing with participation by top tier institutional and strategic investors. You read it right: $900 million.

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