Three months after publicly starting down the road to imprint its NDA on the
cloud by establishing a large-scale open source cloud platform called
OpenStack free for anybody to use, Rackspace Hosting, its BFF NASA and a
reportedly growing OpenStack community made their first official code drop
The milestone is called Austin - they're doing this alphabetically so
presumably they have a ways to go - and it includes the all-important Amazon
EC2-challenging OpenStack Compute provisioning engine that's supposed to
blend the best of the Rackspace Cloud Servers widgetry that underlies its
public cloud offering with NASA's own home-made Nebula cloud platform.
OpenStack Compute, which has commanded most of the work these last few
months, is the engine that provisions virtual machines complements of either
Xen or KVM and basically supplies the glue that holds a clo... (more)
@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 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)
I love software. I use software as a consumer. I use software as a
businessperson. I use relatively simple software for simple needs - Outlook
for email, Salesforce for CRM, QuickBooks for accounting, WordPress and
others for publishing and content management, and so on and so forth. I also
make part of my living from advising and providing services to software
companies, and those services often include software recommendations.
Great software is irreplaceable. Most software is easily replicated, but
nonetheless irreplaceable. As a matter of fact, some types of software are so
irreplaceable that they have even made certain types of people…well,
Marketing software comes in a lot of flavors - CMS, CRM, Analytics, Marketing
Automation, PPC Management, Email Marketing - and can help you accomplish
many of your marketing goals.
Here’s what it can’t do. It... (more)
Novell Session at Cloud Expo
Novell and Ingres Corporation on Wednesday announced the Ingres database is
available within SUSE Studio as part of the SUSE Appliance Program. Both
companies have entered into a cooperative agreement to make it easier and
more cost-effective for independent software vendors (ISVs) and system
integrators (SIs) to build appliances that deliver business critical software
applications which require an enterprise-class database. As part of the
agreement, Novell and Ingres will jointly support and market the SUSE Studio
Appliance Template for Ingres Database to a large ecosystem of ISVs who are
seeking a simplified appliance infrastructure.
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The SUSE Studio Appliance Template for Ingres Database creates a single,
seamless on-ramp for ISVs to integrate their applications and quic... (more)
Garden Fresh is a company with 119 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes
restaurants operating in 15 states, offering fresh produce and salads,
made-from-scratch soups, hot-tossed pastas, freshly baked breads and more.
Since 1978, Garden Fresh has kept a commitment to delicious and healthy
dining. The very first Souplantation restaurant was the first casual eatery
brand to serve fresh, wholesome menu options, and the concept continues to
resonate with customers.
Each restaurant offers an all you can eat dining experience, where guests can
create a meal tailored to their individual needs. Patrons can always count
on fresh, high-quality ingredients and daily made-from-scratch menu items.
The secret to Garden Fresh's success lies in their approach to food and their
ability to keep costs down.
When it came to information technology, Garden Fresh had looked for a number
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)