Monday, October 24, 2005

The Open Source Update #30

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

THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS

SUGARCRM OBTAINS $18.77 MILLION US FUNDING ROUND. SugarCRM, an open source CRM company, obtains $18.77 million US in its Series C investment round from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Walden International.

FIREFOX SURPASSES 100 MILLION DOWNLOADS. Firefox, the popular open source Internet browser, surpasses 100 million downloads less than one year after its official launch.

RED HAT FOUNDER RESIGNS FROM BOARD. Bob Young, the co-founder and former executive of Red Hat, resigns from the Board of Directors to pursue other opportunities.

SURVEY SHOWS GROWTH IN OPEN SOURCE DATABASE MARKET. Evans Data Corporation releases the results of a survey showing a 20% growth in open source database deployments in the past six months, and showing that proprietary databases are twice as likely to suffer from security breaches.

PERU APPROVES OPEN SOURCE BILL. Alejandro Toledo, the president of Peru, signed legislation last week allowing public institutions to consider the adoption of open source software.

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

"Open Source Software: It's Not (Only) About the Money" by Pete Loshin

"Commercialization of open source" by Martin Brown

"The Future's So Bright For Open Source I've Got to Wear Shades" by Mark Hinkle

"CIOs Explore Open Source Options" by Sarah Lourie

"Enterprise Open Source Conversion Model Explored!" by Paul Sterne

"Mozilla Foundation and Corporation" by Mitchell Baker

"Open source: Big and getting bigger" by Mike Ricciuti

"Gartner predicts, errs on open source" by David Berlind

"OpenOffice.org, AJAX and Common Sense" by Jonathan Schwartz

"IBM bemoans Joomla-Mambo split" by Stephen Shankland

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

Alfresco
Alfresco and Siennax Announce Trusted Hosted Service for Enterprise Content Management; ECM open source leader Alfresco and Sienna Announce Partnership at OSCON

Answers.com
Answers.com and Wikimedia Foundation to Form New Partnership

Black Duck
Black Duck Offers FREE Online Service To Analyze Software for Open Source License Compliance

CollabNet
CollabNet Marks 5-Years of OpenOffice.org

Command Prompt
The PostgreSQL Company, Command Prompt, Inc. Enhances Support Offerings

Covalent
BEA WebLogic Teams with Apache Tomcat; Company Blending Leading Commercial and Open Source Software

DataDirect
DataDirect Technologies to Bring Enterprise Class Data Access to JBoss Users

Eclipse Foundation
Ward Cunningham Joins the Eclipse Foundation

Evans Data
Database Developers Embrace Open Source Database Solutions, New Evans Data Survey

GroundWork
GroundWork Unveils GroundWork Monitor 4

hyperSystems
hyperSystems Provides Customization Services for Gallery Open Source Software

i-Konect
i-Konect Announces First Milestone Release of "Singularity", An Open Source RFID/Sensory Integration Platform

Logicalware
Logicalware partners with MySQL

Mergere
Mergere to Accelerate Enterprise Consumption and Management of Open Source Software

Message Partners
MPP offers new Regulatory Compliance Features for Linux Email Servers

Mozilla Foundation
Firefox Surpasses 100 Million Downloads!

National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (NCOSP)
Introducing the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

NoSoftwarePatents.com
Richard Stallman, Tim O'Reilly, Alan Cox, Rasmus Lerdorf and Monty Widenius call on worldwide community to vote against software patents

OpenOffice
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Is Here

Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA)
OPERA to release specification by the end of 2005

Open Source Business Conference (OSBC)
Open Source Business Conference Sponsors Include Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, Intel, EMC, Goodwin Procter and SugarCRM

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL Targets Next-Generation Handsets with Mobile Linux Initiative

Open Source Strategies
Free Sequoia Open Source ERP Released

PalmSource
PalmSource Joins OSDL

Pingtel
Pingtel Named a Top Technology Innovator by VARBusiness Magazine

Preventsys
Preventsys Announces Open Framework

Red Hat
Bob Young to Resign From Red Hat Board

rSmart
rSmart and IBM Partner to Offer Bundled Solution for Sakai 2.0

Solsoft
Solsoft Unveils Firewall Management Tool for netfilter

SugarCRM
SugarCRM Receives $18.77 Million in Series C

Sun
Sun Takes Bold Step in Open Source Education - Spins Off Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) as Nonprofit

Trolltech
Trolltech Expands Industry Leadership Role as Founding Member of Two New Linux Initiatives

Turbolinux
Turbolinux Introduces FUJI Desktop Linux Operating System with Enhanced Windows Compatibility

Zend
Zend Announces Industry-Wide PHP Collaboration Project At Its Inaugural PHP Conference

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Advanced Software Law & Practice (Open Source)
San Francisco, CA, USA
novdember 3-4, 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

Open Source in the Enterprise
San Francisco, CA, USA
January 23-25, 2006

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