If we can accept for the sake of argument that this is not a unique adjustment of Oracle’s, but a pattern replicating itself across a wide range of businesses and industries, there are many questions to be answered about what the impacts will be to the industry around it. Of all of these questions, however, none is perhaps as important as the one I have discussed with members of the Eclipse and Linux Foundations over the past few weeks: what does the shift towards as-a-service businesses mean for open source? Is it good or bad for open source software in general?
Once a piece of software is installed on a user's system, how do you keep it updated? While Linux users typically have a package management system to pull latest versions from a repository of their choice, users of other systems aren't so lucky. We have developed an open source tool to assist in this process, based on an open source protocol from Google know as Omaha.
Several years ago Google released an open source protocol called Omaha (otherwise known as Google Update) as a part of its Chromium project. The protocol is intended to make the updating process of complicated desktop software easier.
In business today there is an emphasis on leveraging big data analytics in order to improve customer service. There is much to derive about consumer behavior and market trends that can all be found in the stacks of incoming data received by customer service industries such as contact centers, for example. So, how is open source software relevant to the customer service industry? As of late, many organizations are opting for open source solutions, rather than proprietary software, to augment customer service data analysis.
The vision behind the open source and big data initiatives underway in the federal government is far more ambitious than just a series of technology projects, but aims to further transparency, citizen engagement and achieve a major shift in agency culture.
So argues Chris Rasmussen, who heads up open source development at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), an organization that has been a pioneer within the intelligence sector in developing crowd-sourced applications and pushing out data to the development community.
The Greens in the German parliament want the Foreign Ministry to revert back to open source software solutions on its workstations. The ministry in 2010 abandoned its open source desktop strategy, pressured by staffers struggling with interoperability problems. The Greens are now asking the ministry to justify the proprietary licence costs it has made since then.
Google officially announced the coming of Android 5.1 Lollipop earlier this afternoon, followed by a statement in the same blog post that they would be pushing it out to devices today. T-Mobile confirmed soon after that they would be pushing out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 2013 models on their network beginning today as well. While the updates may begin today(even though there is not much day time left)Google had yet to start pushing the Android 5.1 Lollipop source code up to AOSP, which is where developers can go to grab all the necessary files and use the code to work with and create awesome custom ROM experiences based off of the latest Android version of software, as well as use the code to make any changes or updates to their apps.