What will become of open-source companies when they grow up? Will there be an open-source dot bomb, or is the investment going into open source leading the way for a whole new kind of software company?
They say that politics makes strange bedfellows and this weekend was certainly no exception. On Friday, progressive activists, software developers and Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) joined forces to highlight the growing open source software movement and Oregon's increasingly prominent role in it.
This software movement is branching into not just mainstream business applications but also the associated services. And VCs are eager to help.
Live from New York, it's -- three comic talents who first made a name for themselves on the internet, thanks in part to the viral popularity of video shorts they released on the net under Creative Commons licenses.
It's been a relatively quiet week in the open source community. While it's a nice break, I have a feeling everyone is simply taking a breath and preparing for the next frenzy.
Massachusetts joins the Australian Federal Government in adopting this format for long-term electronic document storage. Open Source Victoria (OSV) recently called on all remaining Australian states and government agencies to also adopt this format as a viable approach to ensuring guaranteed access to public sector documents and data in perpetuity.
Using open source software (OSS) in this manner can be very efficient. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about OSS, and the legal ramifications that can arise are not so simple.
Created in the same mold as the Wikipedia project--the open-source encyclopedia that lets anyone create or edit an article and that now has nearly 747,000 entries in English alone--Wikibooks is still in its earliest stages.
Ziff-Davis Group columnist David Coursey thinks that Massachusetts' plan to free the state from Microsoft's closed, proprietary formats is a "dumb move".
Swimming against the Microsoft tide, Peru's Congress passed legislation that would require public institutions to consider using open-source software as an alternative to proprietary, licensed rivals when evaluating bids from software vendors.
Manager of SSH Communications Security, claimed that SSH's product is better than a similar open-source product from OpenSSH. These comments raised the ire of Theo de Raadt, leader of the OpenBSD operating system and a member of the OpenSSH development team.
Auction firm Bonhams is embracing open source, the company's global CIO, Roland Whitehead, told the Triple i Convention.
OPEN-source software has been infiltrating the business world for 10 years, surfacing first as an alternative operating system for web servers and then growing into an array of tools and applications.
After a while, and a lot of hard work, the software's feature set becomes more complete and achieves a higher level of stability. At this point, the project is ready for users who lack either the willingness or ability to delve into the code. These are the users on which to build a business model. They are the market.
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular open-source software has become within big business. Here's some of what I learned while I was researching.
There's consensus, however, on one critical aspect of today's innovation landscape - and that's the shift away from the closed, internalised attitudes of the past, to a more open approach.
Open source theory and fact walked hand in hand this week. Pundits and prognosticators all came calling with their own miscellaneous and sundry opinions about how this whole open source thing works and what it really means.
For Eric Raymond, it is all about art. For Louis Suarez-Potts, the allure is intellectual challenge and inclusion in a worldwide community. Hartselle's Shawn Woods just wants cheap software that works. He thinks open-source software may be the answer.
Former president of Microsoft Korea is leading the government initiative to boost open-source programs in place of Windows.
Will profit-hungry international corporate cultures ultimately change the fundamental altruistic values of the open-source software community?