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I recently blogged about making open source software, and the high level steps for how to think about the process. We started with the need for software to seed the discussion, the need for clear motivation as to why to publish as open source software, and then the structural requirements to build a community (license choice, collaboration platform or forge, and governance considerations). Contributions are the life blood of any community, so lastly we talked about the need to build an onramp to encourage users that will hopefully become contributors, and the additional onramp needed to make it easy to contribute. Rory MacDonald (@technocreative) challenged in the comments that there are substantial commercial motivations for a company to develop open source projects that go beyond a desire for collaboration, and provided a number of examples.  I completely agree, ... (more)

The Evolution In Enterprise Communications Continues

The VoiceCon 2010 event, now called, “Enterprise Connect!” is underway this week from Orlando, Florida; broadcasting keynotes from Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Siemens, which you can watch for free on VoiceCon TV. As I mentioned previously, in my last unified communications blog post, “Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud“, the 2010 UC dance gets more interesting (and complicated) with each passing day.  As businesses continue to seek out ways to cut costs, and gain efficiencies, unified communications, and cloud computing, continue to provide alternatives for enterprises of all sizes to reduce their costs, and become more efficient in the process. Some of the leading news stories this week are: HP partnering with Polycom (you didn’t expect them to partner with Cisco did you?), Siemens partnering with VMWare for virtualized real-time enterprise unified communicati... (more)

Mozilla Chief to Quit

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down sometime later this year he told employees Thursday. Mozilla will be looking for a new chief executive and Kovacs will stay there until that person is found. He wants "something more commercial" to entertain him and will stay on the board. Under his watch Mozilla, oddly both a for-profit and non-profit, which is like serving the biblical two masters, went mobile and created the open HTML5-based - none of this fragmented native to a particular operating system business - Firefox OS, which has been adopted by some carriers in emerging markets like Brazil's Telefónica for their entry-level phones. Its carrier partners include Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Etisalat. All Things D says Kovacs also struck a commercial software deal with Samsung to "build a new browser engine for Android and the ... (more)

Oracle Slaps a Microsoft Tax on ODF

Oracle has started charging 90 buck a throw for a plug-in that lets users of Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs read, edit and save in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) of the OpenOffice productivity suite and lets Office users and OpenOffice users share files. A kinder, gentler, more improvident Sun used to give the widgetry away for free. The plug-in works with the standalone versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Office 2007 (Service Pack 1 or higher), 2003 and 2000 (Service Pack 4 or higher), and XP, Vista or Windows 7. Oracle wants $9,000 for a minimum of 100 users and $1,980 for a year's support, which is the only way to get upgrades. It's available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Arabic, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. ... (more)

opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Quarterly Update

In this edition of the quarterly update, I’m happy to tell you about the: opentaps 1.4 Release New opentaps.org website, forum, and training video store opentaps-Magento integration Development goals for opentaps 1.5 A proof of concept for opentaps 2.0 based on OSGi, Spring dynamic modules, and maven Amicon Technologies and IntegratingWeb join opentaps as opentaps Partners opentaps in China opentaps 1.4 is Released opentaps 1.4 was officially released in March 2010. This release features many new features in CRM, manufacturing, supply chain management, and financial accounting; improved user interface thanks to the Google Web Toolkit; hibernate keyword search; VOIP integration with Asterisk; improved Web security; the opentaps Domain Driven Architecture with Spring framework and hibernate; and upgraded versions of the Apache Tomcat and OFBiz. For more details, see o... (more)

Buying Proprietary Software?

Open source software has probably been the biggest driver of complex software solutions in the last decade. Access to a large variety of quality, peer-reviewed software has accelerated product development, reduced product introduction intervals and lowered the costs for producers of software and for those of us who leverage third-party software in our projects. Many of us have heard about the trouble that organizations have come across when using open source improperly... remember Cisco/Linksys, Katzer, and the BusyBox chronicles? You may think that your organization is safe because you are buying proprietary software. However, if your software supplier unknowingly incorporated open source into its product, your organization may face unexpected legal and financial consequences arising from open source licensing obligations and the resulting intellectual property infr... (more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Standardize & Save

Click Here to Download This eBook Now! Are you really saving as much as you think you are with non-paid community Linux? Every organization is looking for more ways to be efficient. How can you provide better service to your organization and eliminate the things that drain productivity and efficiency? Red Hat can help. Click Here to Download This eBook Now! ... (more)

Opening the Way for Software Vendors

Open-source provider Talend has received a favorable advisory ruling from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency concerning the government's ability to purchase open-source software, opening the way for all software vendors to increase their share of business with US federal agencies. The CBP has determined that software products comply with the Trade Agreement Act (TAA) when that software is manufactured in what is known as a "designated country," even if the majority of its source code was created in a non-designated country. [Disclosure: Talend is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] Many software vendors -- whether they are open-source based or not -- will benefit from the ruling. The US TAA says that government agencies may acquire only products or services produced in certain countries -- known as designated countries. This has sometimes hampe... (more)

The Science and Art of Open Source Software License Management

The industrial revolution continues - starting with the steam engines of the 18th century, continuing with large-scale steel production, oil exploitation, electrical and photographic innovations of the 19th century, and moving on to the transportation, communications, computation and electronics of the 20th century. It is still early in the 21st century, but we can safely say software has become the engine that feeds the industrial, economic, medical, and gradually the political issues of our existence. The only way to satisfy the demand for the volume and complexity of the software that is needed to keep our world moving is to maximally share and reuse code within and across application domains. Open Source Software (OSS) is the epitome of code reuse, enabling complex applications to be realized rapidly, economically and safely. Probably the largest collaborative ... (more)

The Math of FOSS Freeloaders

Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're providing a service or product around a FOSS project should in return garner some sort of quid pro quo. In reality, freeloaders are desirable. I think we need to look through the other end of the telescope. The people most often concerned about freeloaders and the free ride are actually the ones with the motivation problem - they expect free work (or "free" customers).  I recently wrote about "Making Open Source." One of the first things required is a motivation to share.  One of the next requirements is an ability to collaborate. I believe the people most likely to express concerns about free... (more)

Red Hat To Present Enterprise "Internet of Things" At @ThingsExpo

@ThingsExpo billboard is viewed by more than 1.3 million motorists per week on Highway 101, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Evolution of the Internet Of Things Session by Chris Gray The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, will discuss the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data and analysis are providing the pull to meet customer expectations of a widely co... (more)