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In this part of our series on An Open Source Business, let’s take a look at our friends in the online music space and see what we can learn from them. The Deal recently had an article about online music startups which should strike a chord with anybody who’s thinking about...
We’ve been working on an integration of the Magento e-commerce platform for opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM, and some of our long-time users have also talked about integrating opentaps with Spree. I took a quick look at both and make some notes about them. Since we’re not de...
Now that MySQL is joining the Oracle family, migration of MySQL to Oracle will be one of internal transfer. However this article written prior to recent developments describes the migration of MySQL to Oracle.

This article shows how you may use Oracle's most recent tool,...
Nice to see some initiative on a open source BPMS. Runa WFE is an OpenSource BPMS system, based on JBoss jBPM core. It is a cross-platform end user solution for business process development and execution. More information at – http://sourceforge.net/projects/runawfe
This is the time of year when people make their predictions for the next year. Building on some recent surveys and polls including: What's your take on Windows 7? Is IBM XIV still relevant? EMC and Cisco Acadia VCE, what does it mean?
I spent a few hours today getting our PowerBuilder applications to properly spell check using Wintertree’s Sentry Spell Checking Engine. This spell check engine revolves around one DLL and a few dictionaries. Now, I haven’t gotten to the point of adding spell check as you type, but the...
For the longest time, I’ve wanted to contribute something back to PowerBuilder – mostly in an OSS way. I signed up to be a developer on the codeplex hosted pfc code that Bruce Armstrong posted, but there is zero activity over there. I could fork PFC and start a new project, but what I ...
Although I haven’t seen a thoroughly researched study, I figure there must be at least 250,000 FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools available to every systems administrator on the planet (230,000 at SourceForge + 15,000 at Launchpad + 12,000 at CodePlex + 5,000 at Google Code and...
As Ubuntu seeks to become the “open platform of choice for almost all use types whether on netbook, notebook, desktop, server, embedded device or wherever people compute,” Mark Shuttleworth has decided to step down from the perch of Canonical CEO. Replacing him will be current Canonica...
A few months ago, we introduced MyGSIs (personal server images) which allow users to create custom personal GSI (GoGrid Server Images) with all of their code, applications and data. These personal server images are then compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage for use later inst...
Federal Computer Week published a great, succinct quote from Richard Schaeffer Jr., the NSA’s (National Security Agency) information assurance director, on three approaches that are effective in protecting systems from security attacks: We believe that if one institutes best practices,...
In the six months we've been using Ulitzer, the platform has definitely demonstrated its value in the delivery of true publishing synergy with new media. Through it, we have built an effective, responsive and fiscally conservative customer outreach program. Industry thought leadership,...
About 10 years ago, a quiet bunch of IT revolutionaries, tired of expensive, complicated operating systems and the resources needed to support them, created a new breed of network management software and network monitoring systems. Pioneers like Solarwinds, Groundwork, Zoho (Adventnet)...
In these difficult times are you doing enough for your business? Will you bring excuses to the next board meeting or can you justify and demonstrate that you have taken control of your business' performance. Companies with flawed pricing strategies are easy to spot: they are never the ...
An entire ecosystem is evolving around cloud computing. Interface standardization efforts, commercial products, cloud infrastructure and management services, virtual appliance providers and open-source solutions are filling niches in the cloud ecosystem. The role and position of a comp...
Since starting Enomaly almost 5 1/2 years ago we've learned a lot about the bootstrapping, building and management of an open source business. Over that time the open source model for application development and marketing has grown from a fringe approach to mainstream model being used ...
Of the many sins that Silicon Valley practices, none are more dangerous or prevalent than the sin of smugness. Savio Rodrigues has a good posting making the point that Microsoft is learning from and adapting to the open-source movement, while the open-source movement is so enamored wit...
My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-t...
These days, executives realize that there are 'new school' ways of acquiring a company with a software asset. For all of the immeasurable benefits it has brought to the development community, open source technology has added a complex variable to relevant parties calculating the M&A eq...
The Oracle move is strategically brilliant. Oracle gains an almost-instant, solid foothold in open source, which is one of the fastest-growing software market segments in the world, and which has extremely broad appeal to users in every geographical and industry market. Oracle also ga...
Open source software in 2006 was characterized by continuous, sometimes subtle advances, and also by a few key individual developments. The impact and attributes of these changes can be summed up in 10 trends.
At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year?
It has become something of a cliché that Linux has reached a critical point in its development and adoption. However, this is especially true now when we look at what events are lined up to occur in the near future, and particularly in the desktop area.
It's important not to get too carried away with 'the latest tech trend.' Technology changes more rapidly than any other sector, and this year's 'must have' technology is quickly made obsolete, or so it seems. However, every so often something significant comes along that truly changes ...
BEA and IBM, says JBoss dynamo Marc Fluery, have adopted a strategy he calls 'OSS Strip Mining.' While IBM and BEA shareholders benefit, Fleury contends, the open source community does not. 'Taking open source software built by a community and 'Bluewashing' or 'Blending' [it] within pr...
I have always enjoyed Scott McNealy's knack for analogies, and this one is really right on the money: 'Open Source is free like a puppy is free. There are long term costs and hassles, and occasional cleanup jobs.' As I have stated on previous occasions, the fact that software is open s...
We've all heard the news: JBoss has received $10 million in funding and now it's time to sit back and mull it over. Without a doubt this infusion of capital is a signal of confidence for JBoss Group. But is this investment a good thing for open source? Not an unimportant question for t...