The state of Massachusetts has laid out a plan to switch all its workers away from Microsoft's Word, Excel and other desktop software applications, delivering what would be one of the most significant setbacks to the software company's battle against open source software in its home market.
About three months ago, I was hired by an 80-person manufacturing company as director of IT, primarily because of my experience with Linux. Job number one, they said, was to ditch as much Microsoft software as possible.
Beowulf Project founder Donald Becker sounds off on some of the confusing legal issues associated with open source and explains the status of grid and virtualization technologies.
The report of a meeting between OSDL and Microsoft has raised a few eyebrows this week. The eWeek report notes that OSDL had only confirmed discussing the idea with Taylor, but not a final response from OSDL. On Friday, I had a chance to have a short talk with Cohen, and got a definitive answer.
Since the beginning of the software industry, nearly every software company in the world has followed the same business model. Today, however, that model is being challenged by a new paradigm: open source.
"The bottom line is this: Microsoft has constantly created studies showing Windows cheaper to use than Linux. The problem here is that it is possible to skew a study to a known end by manipulating the variables so some factors are downplayed, while others are increased."
I spoke with a number of people who asked if I knew of any VP of Marketing types to join their open source company. The truth is I came up pretty much blank. Word on the street is that no less then six open source related companies are looking to fill that role.
How much is this going to cost me? The question may be the lifeblood of business, but the answer is all too often an alchemy of knowns and unknowns, hard figures, and soft projections. Occupying the gap is a cottage industry of studies, surveys, analysts, and pundits weighing in on the big, bad, broad comparison of total cost of ownership (TCO) between commercial and open source software.
The goals of the OSI's license proliferation committee were thrown into question when the creator of the organization's manifesto was recently denied entrance.
What do Microsoft's offer to do a joint, independent research project to analyze the benefits of Linux versus Windows, Miro fighting with Mambo's developers over Mambo management and Sun's Common Development and Distribution License all have in common? They're all about control.
60% of companies surveyed believe open source will either increase its presence in some business areas, or will be a fundamental component in their core IT systems in the next five years.
The Linux operating system, when combined with available personal productivity software, packaged application software, and development tools, has reached a level of capability that arguably positions it to be an acceptable alternative client operating environment solution for many users of personal computers.
Linux Australia will organise the country's first Software Freedom Day on September 10, the organisation's president, Jonathan Oxer, said today.
Nathaniel Brown, an Open Source evangelist in Canada, caught up with Perens and asked him about how Open Source can improve security, as well as other areas to keep enterprise managers interested in the Open Source option.
Bob Gatewood needed more control. The chief technology officer at Athena Healthcare was sick of multiple databases that contained the same customer record. He wanted to tightly integrate the company's customer data into its Web portal, its financial accounting system and its call center software.
Those not invited to the exclusive geekfest Foo Camp set for this weekend may attend Bar Camp, a techie alternative campout.
Chinese developers of open-source software should play a more prominent role in the development of Linux and other open-source software, senior industry executives said at a conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
There was some discussion at the LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition about how Linux and open source are already in the enterprise, and that new growth opportunities need to be identified now that the foothold is becoming a base of operations.
It may have been the worst conference presentation I've ever seen. Behind it, however, was one of the most compelling trends in the IT industry today.
New research suggests that more than two thirds of the senior IT professionals questioned expect their companies to develop an Open Source strategy in the next five years, despite ongoing caution about the adoption of Open Source in the UK.