There must have been a whole lot of good boys and girls in Open Source as we were on the receiving end of a lot of really great presents this week - nary a lump of coal in sight! So, without further ado, let's get on with the Christmas cheer.
"I really think 2006 is going to be the year of the Linux desktop," Russell Nelson, vice president of the Open Source Initiative predicted. "That's when people are going to start taking it seriously. You may not see too many installs," he continued, "but you're going to start to see people thinking about it."
CIO Peter Quinn's story tells us that if you go up against Microsoft, you can expect everything and the kitchen sink to be thrown at you.
In the past few years, there has been significant interest in using open platforms for building communication devices. Linux and open source platforms are being used in various devices on the network - end systems such as mobile phones and client devices, and access and edge routers for forwarding data packets and server platforms.
In 2005, the software movement finally gained traction in Corporate America and saw a new influx of VC cash. How will 2006 shape up?
The recent licensing changes affect a broad spectrum of users, including corporations, the open-source community, and even businesses using services that use Nessus. So what exactly does this mean for open source? Is it the end of the age of innocence? What options do interested parties have going forward?
Those who hope Sun Microsystems Inc. will open-source all of its software products anytime soon are in for a big disappointment.
From giants such as Sun and Computer Associates (CA) to start-ups such as Sourcefire and GroundWorks, companies are now stepping in to the open source market from a variety of directions and perspectives, as evidenced at last week's Interop show in New York City.
Following a year that bore witness to the proliferation of open source business applications and increased adoption of Linux across the board, experts predict that 2006 will be another big year for open source.
Four information technology companies, seven American universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced that they are adopting new guidelines for open source software.
Analysts and users alike saw victories for open source software (OSS) in 2005 in the areas of personal productivity applications, customer relationship management (CRM) and databases, where open source vendors such as MySQL gained some ground on proprietary stalwarts like Oracle Corp.
Open source seeped into nearly every software product category in 2005, leaving an indelible mark on how software is bought and sold.
The purpose of this article is to outline some ways to make business sense of open source software. Open source has joined the main stream. Studies, surveys and experience have shown that majority of IT managers of global corporations are using open source software.
More and more countries are embracing the collaborative model of open source on a national level to fend off caged IT models. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) Technology Group has positioned Linux as a medium term technology bet, which means one to three years to mass adoption.
Richard Stallman is one of the founders of the Free Software Movement and lead developer of the GNU Operating System. His book is 'Free Software, Free Society'. I caught up with him by phone on December 1/05.
As December draws to a close, it's customary for all of us columnists to regale our readers with our predictions for the New Year. And who am I to break with tradition?
There is a recent thread on LKML that I think is interesting enough, I wanted to highlight it for you, in case you hadn't seen it. Linus' comments, part of which were also posted by Matt Asay on Infoworld, stand on their own, but the general topic is design choice. What matters most? Design focus or user configurability? Can you have both?
Something that has become really noticeable is the prominence of Asterisk (the open source PBX) in the telecoms media and at telephony shows. It is not just the high profile presence of Asterisk, but it is the growing number of other companies who have products based on Asterisk that is truly staggering.
People want to be able to store their information for the long term without having to continually pay to upgrade their document software to maintain this or be forced to accept the alternative.
IBM Corp has begun licensing its General Parallel File System, GPFS, to third parties, with Linux supercomputing specialist Linux Networx Inc the first to use the high-performance file system technology.