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Open-source startups need to be first in order to succeed: Intel

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Back in the 1990s, the technology world seemed alive with companies that had chosen to monetise an open-source project and get behind it. However, for Intel Capital vice president and managing director of services, open source, and machine to machine Lisa Lambert, the startup landscape today is quite barren, despite the number of open-source projects being higher than ever.

Lambert told ZDNet at the Intel Capital Global Summit that any startup looking to succeed with open source needs to break new ground and be the first to claim it.

"You've got to be on the leading edge, and out there, and right," she said. "I think [the successful startup] is going to be the first that disrupts. You're not going to see a whole bunch of companies win, and honestly, in the LAMP stack era in the '90s, that was probably the case too."

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The Second Enterprise Open Source Revolution

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One of the key moments in the rise of GNU/Linux was when software companies producing their own variant of Unix realised that it made no sense for them all to work on something that was no longer providing any competitive advantage - it was simply part of the digital plumbing that had to be provided in some form. That meant they could usefully collaborate on a common platform, and differentiate themselves in other ways - higher up the software stack, or through services, for example.

Then the question became: whose Unix should they all standardise on? To choose any one of the available commercial Unixes would naturally give the company offering it a big advantage; what was needed was a neutral middle-ground. That middle-ground was GNU/Linux. Not only did it have all the advantages of traditional Unix, but its openness meant that it could be easily customised without requiring complicated licensing agreements.

Commoditisation has now spread to many other areas, notably in the smartphone and embedded sectors, as companies realise that it makes sense to collaborate on the common elements, which saves money and time, and frees up resources to work on more specialised aspects which might produce bigger paybacks.

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Adobe launches Brackets v1.0, an open-source text editor for Web designers

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Adobe has just released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free open-source text editor that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, for coding HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Brackets is aimed at Web designers and developers, with focused features like Live Preview to easily jump between browser view and source code for quick edits, inline editors to work on specific bits of code without pop-ups or additional tabs, and preprocessor support baked in. Users can also download and use extensions to add functionality to aid their workflow, such as Git integration and JSHint support.

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Obsidian supports OSSSA in driving open source

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Open source software specialist Obsidian Systems has been listed as an official supporter of the Open Source Software for South Africa (OSSSA) organisation, and has joined a growing network of supporters and collaborators championing the value of OS in trade, industry and government.

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OpenStack Event

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An open source tool to share data from Europe’s libraries and museums

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The treasures of Europe’s rich history are carefully documented and stored in our many libraries, archives and museums. However, although our history is intricately interconnected, our repositories don’t necessarily have the technology to effectively link and share their content. Museums and libraries often have their own data codification and representation methods which means that the information may not accessible to web search engines and to other institutions.

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DOD Considering Open Source EHR System

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Last month, PwC announced it intended to offer a bid for the Department of Defense (DOD) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) EHR contract. The DOD is searching for a contractor to replace the existing Military Health System (MHS) which currently has more than 9.7 million active duty, retired, and dependent beneficiaries./p>

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‘Albania hospitals should switch to open source’

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The government of Albania should benefit from using free and open source for managing the country’s hospitals and health clinics, says Gjergj Sheldija. The ICT consultant is implementing Care2x, an open source Hospital Information System (HIS) for the Mother Teresa Hospital in Tirana.

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Free software groups hopeful for new Commission

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Free software advocacy groups are hopeful that the incoming European Commission will advance the use and development of this type of software solution in public administration.

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Can Open Source Help Solve Unemployment?

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Put simply, getting involved in an open source project is a great way for anyone to show that they can contribute in a meaningful way, work well with others, and develop skills and experience that can be directly transferred to a work environment.

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