Monday, November 21, 2005

The Open Source Update #34

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

THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS

SURVEY SHOWS RAPID RESPONSE TO BUGS BY OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPERS. Evans Data Corporation releases the results of a survey showing that two in five open source developers fix bugs in under eight hours. In addition, seventeen percent of open source developers find and repair severe bugs in less than four business hours.

SUPERCOMPUTER SURVEY SHOWS LINUX AS TOP OS. The Top500 Supercomputer Sites survey for November 2005 shows Linux has a 75% operating systems share for the top 500 publicly known supercomputers in the world.

OSDL LAUNCHES PATENT COMMONS REFERENCE LIBRARY. As a follow-on to their August 2005 Patent Commons project announcement, OSDL launches the Patent Commons Reference Library. The reference library includes a searchable archive of more than 500 patents pledged to the open source community.

NOVELL PRESIDENT SAYS OPEN SOURCE ADOPTION IN DATA CENTERS SLOWING. Ron Hovsepian, president and chief operating officer of Novell, says that adoption of open source technology in data centers is slowing rather than accelerating. Hovespian says that Novell has observed a "wait-and-see" attitude toward open source from IT buyers.

SUN SUPPORTS, BUNDLES POSTGRESQL WITH SOLARIS. Sun Microsystems announces the bundling and support of the open source PostgreSQL database with the Solaris 10 operating system. Sun will offer a 24x7 support option for Solaris customers needing PostgreSQL support.

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

Open Source Business Models Examined
Paul Sterne and Nicholas Herring

Proprietary Software to Open Source - Migration Approach
Murugan Pal

The GNU General Public License - An Overview
Rowan Wilson

Is Open Source Really Just as Good?
Michael Jung

Who Is Open Source?
Christopher Koch

Massachusetts, Open Document, and Accessibility
Peter Korn

Getting the Real Facts: How Industry Analyst Reports Can Trick Readers
Maria Winslow

Don't steal the open source brand
Dana Blankenhorn

SleepyCat CEO: What open source software buyers can learn from Google
Mark Brunelli

China's Linux disease
Chen Nan Yang

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

AccuRev
AccuRev's "Health Checker for CVS" Addresses Limitations of the CVS Version Control System That Can Result in Costly Release Errors and Project Delays

Alfresco
Alfresco Software Appoints Ian Howells Chief Marketing Officer

BitMover
BitMover Announces Open Source Awards Program

ChemAxon
ChemAxon Supports Open Source Chemical Inventory Application for Universities

Cluster File Systems
Cluster File Systems, Inc. releases Lustre version 1.4.5

Daffodil
Daffodil and EasySpeedy partner to promote "Daffodil CRM"

db4objects
db4objects First to Implement Native Queries

Digium
Digium Announces the Launch of Asterisk 1.2 at the IP.4.IT Conference

Echogent
Echogent Systems Unveils Open Source Remote Support System for User Support Professionals

ENLASO
ENLASO (translate.com) to Port Localization Tools to Open Source Okapi Framework

EnterpriseDB
EnterpriseDB Adds to Executive Leadership Team

Evans Data
Two In Five Open Source Developers Zap Bugs In Under Eight Hours, New Evans Data Survey

Exadel
Exadel Strenghtens Management Team

iRadeon
iRadeon Dashboard Equips Business for Open Source Future; New On Demand 'Webtop' Solution Provides One-Click Access to Web-Based CRM, Project Management, Knowledgebase and eLearning Applications

JBoss
JBoss, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Result

JasperSoft
JasperSoft Introduces JasperDecisions 3.1 With New Integration for JasperReports

Koders
Koders Introduces Early Access Program for Plug-ins with Smart Search Service and Localization Support

Linux Networx
Linux Networx Unveils the LS Series of Linux Supersystems

Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
Linux Professional Institute Certification Exams Top 100,000 Worldwide

Mandriva
Worldwide Install Party: Mandriva to rally its community of users in 65 towns across the globe, on November 19

MARVELit
MARVELit, a Leading Open Source Business Intelligence Vendor, to Integrate and Support IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

Microsoft
Security Innovation Finds Microsoft Windows Platform More Reliable Than Linux

MySQL
MySQL 5.0 Downloaded One Million Times in First Three Weeks

Net Integration Technologies
Net Integration's Nitix For Application Servers Achieves "Ready for IBM DB2 Software for Linux" Designation

OpenMFG
OpenMFG Launches Development Partner Program

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL Launches Online Patent Commons Reference Library

Open-Xchange
Germany's Green Party Selects Open-Xchange for Advanced Open Source Collaboration

O'Reilly
The First Annual O'Reilly European Open Source Convention Supports FLOSS Momentum in Europe

Pentaho
Pentaho Corporation Names Open Source Luminary to Its' Board

Red Hat
Technology Leader Joins Red Hat Board

SGI
Open|SpeedShop Now Available to Linux Developers

Scalix
Free Version of Scalix’s Award-Winning Email and Calendaring Just Got Better

Signate
Signate Announces Second Edition of VoIP Telephony with Asterisk

SpikeSource
SpikeSource Expands Partner Ecosystem With Five New Testing Partners

Sourcefire
Sourcefire and Bleeding Snort Launch Open Source Snort Rules Consortium

StillSecure
StillSecure's Chief Strategy Officer Elected to the Open Source Snort Rules Consortium (OSSRC) Board of Directors

Sun
Sun Announces Support for Postgres Database on Solaris 10

VIP Tone
VIP Tone Commercially Supports IBM Open Source Software for K-12 Education

Zimbra
Zimbra Launches Shared Calendar and Network Edition Beta

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

ObjectWebCon'06
Paris, France
January 31-february 2, 2006

OSBC West
San Francisco, CA, USA
February 14-15, 2006

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