Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Open Source Update #29

Compiled weekly by Raven Zachary for Enterprise Open Source Journal (EOSJ)

THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS

ORACLE ACQUIRES OPEN SOURCE DATABASE COMPANY. Oracle acquires open source database company, Innobase, for an undisclosed amount. Innobase's database technology, InnoDB, is distributed as part of MySQL.

CHECK POINT SOFTWARE ACQUIRES OPEN SOURCE SECURITY COMPANY. Check Point Software, an Internet security company, acquires open source security company, Sourcefire for $225 million US. Sourcefire is responsible for the development of Snort, a popular open source security project.

OPEN SOURCE RULES ENGINE PROJECT JOINS JBOSS. Drools, an open source rules engine project, joins JBoss as the rule engine for JBoss' SOA offering. The lead developer of Drools, Mark Proctor, has joined JBoss as an employee.

IBM CONTRIBUTES SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TO OPEN SOURCE. IBM contributes a subset of the Rational Unified Process (RUP), a software process platform, to the open source community.

OPEN SOURCE PROJECT TO BECOME CLOSED SOURCE. Nessus, an open source security project managed by Tenable Network Security, announces its plans to become closed source, due to competitive pressures.

PERSPECTIVES
A collection of open source editorials, opinions, and blog entries from around the world.

"The Lure of Open Source Software: Why Consider It for Your Business?" by David Chisnall

"Open Source Versus Commercial Software: Why Proprietary Software is Here to Stay" by Shawn Shell

"The ROI of open source" by Bernard Golden

"OSS in the enterprise? Show me the money" by Darryl LeCount

"Open source for the enterprise" by Dan Woods and Gautam Guliani

"The Changing Face of Open Source: What It Means For IT Managers" by Darren Massel

"Open source could use a face-lift" by Neil McAllister

"Nessus creator challenging the community" by Dana Blankenhorn

"To the Snort community" by Martin Roesch

"OSBC director: Linux, open source profitable, stable and on the minds of CIOs" by Jack Loftus

ANNOUNCEMENTS
News, press releases, and announcements from open source vendors, organizations, and projects. Submit your news to update@eosj.com.

Active Endpoints
Active Endpoints Names Leslie S. Trachtman as CEO

Actuate
39% of financial services companies using open source software

Aculab
Aculab Announces Support for Digium Asterisk Business Edition

Alfresco
Alfresco Enterprise Network Release Candidate Announced at JBoss World Barcelona

ApacheCon
ApacheCon US 2005 - Leading the Wave of Open Source

Astaro
Astaro Introduces First Unified Threat Management Solution with Dual Virus Scanning

Cenzic
Cenzic Releases Breakthrough Nessus Plug-Ins for Application Vulnerabilities to Open Source

Check Point
Check Point Software Technologies to Acquire Sourcefire

Cignex
Cignex Responds to Customer Demand; Re-Launches with Open Source Focus

ClearNova
ClearNova Launches Partner Program to Accelerate Delivery and Adoption of Rich Internet Applications

Coalescent
Open Source Asterisk Management Portal Project Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Compuware
Compuware Announces Strategic Commitment to Eclipse Foundation at OJ.X Conference

Canonical
Canonical Launches Ubuntu 5.10 - Possibly the World's Favourite Linux

Covalent
Covalent Technologies, Leader in Apache Open Source Solutions for the Enterprise Joins Open Source Software Institute

DataSynapse
DataSynapse Announces Certification on JBoss Application Server

Digium
Digium Announces Partner Program for Growing Asterisk Ecosystem

Exadel
Exadel a Natural Choice for Sierra Club

eZ Systems
eZ publish 3.7 Released

Free Software Foundation
Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit

IBM
IBM to Contribute Software Development Blueprints to Open Source Community

IOSESC
International Open Source Embedded Software Competition

iRadeon
iRadeon Launches Affiliate Program for On-Demand Open Source Business Applications

iZeno
iZeno BV (Powered by Compiere) goes open source

JasperSoft
JasperSoft Unveils New JBoss Reporting Portal at JBoss World Barcelona

JBoss
JBoss Further Builds Out JEMS as the Industry's Only Open Source Platform for SOA

Linspire
Educators Make the Move to Desktop Linux in Classrooms

Linux Professional Institute
Linux Professional Institute offers reduced pricing on Certification Exams at the LinuxWorld Utrecht, Netherlands

Mandriva
Mandriva releases 2006 convergence products, extends innovation

Medsphere
Medsphere Plays Key Role in Healthcare Emerging Technology Discussion at HP Worldwide IT Symposium 2005

Mozilla
Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 Now Available

MySQL
MySQL AB Welcomes Oracle's Endorsement of Open Source Database Technology

National Center for Open Source Policy and Research
Introducing the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

Novell
Novell Launches the Better Desktop Initiative

OpenOffice
Five Years of OpenOffice.org, More To Come

OpenSUSE
Released SUSE Linux 10.0 available from today!

Oracle
Oracle Announces the Acquisition of Open Source Software Company, Innobase

Rackspace Managed Hosting Europe
Rackspace Managed Hosting Europe wins Best Linux/Open Source ISP/Host award at Linux Expo 2005

Red Hat
Red Hat Announces First Performance-Based Security Certification

RoundCube
RoundCube Webmail Project Announced

Sourcefire
Sourcefire Named One of Maryland's Fastest Growing Companies for Second Consecutive Year

SugarCRM
100th Project Posted on SugarForge and Announcing Developer Contest

Symbian
Symbian joins Eclipse Foundation to support free Open Source development tools for Symbian OS

Tango Project
Announcing the Tango Project: Making Open-Source Software Beautiful

Xara
Xara announces Xtreme Open Source

Xcalia
Xcalia Announces the Availability of the Xcalia Intermediation Platform 4.0

Zend
Oracle and Zend announce general availability of Zend Core for Oracle

UPCOMING EVENTS

O'Reilly European Open Source Convention 2005
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 17-20, 2005

Zend/PHP Conference & Expo 2005
San Francisco, CA, USA
October 18-21, 2005

OSBC East
Newton, MA, USA
November 1-2, 2005

Open Source Database Conference 2005
Frankfurt, Germany
November 8-9, 2005

Gartner Open Source Summit
Orlando, FL, USA
December 7-9, 2005

ApacheCon US 2005
San Diego, CA, USA
December 10-14, 2005

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