Monday, December 05, 2005

The Open Source Update #36

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


SUN RELEASES ADDITIONAL OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. Sun Microsystems announces that the Java Enterprise System, N1 Management software, and the Sun development tools are now available as open source software. Sun's open source Solaris operating system, along with a set of open source software form Sun, has been released as The Solaris Enterprise System.

IDC PREDICTS OPEN SOURCE TO HAVE GREATER IMPACT IN 2006. IDC, an IT market intelligence firm, releases its Predictions 2006 report indicating that moderate IT spending growth will accelerate the use of open source in the enterprise and encourage disruptive business models based on 'open innovation'.

FSF, SFLC RELEASE GPL REVISION GUIDELINES. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) release guidelines for revising the GNU General Public License (GPL). The FSF intends to release the first discussion draft of the new GPLv3 license in January for public discussion.

OSDL DESKTOP LINUX CLIENT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED. The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) releases the results of their October 2005 Desktop Linux Client Survey to determine the primary drivers and barriers to Linux desktop adoption. Top drivers for Linux desktop adoption include user demand, competitive pressures, and cost, while top barriers include application support, peripheral support, and end user training.

MOZILLA LAUNCHES FIREFOX 1.5. The Mozilla Foundation launches a major update to its popular open source Firefox web browser, Firefox 1.5. The update to Firefox comes one year after the debut of Firefox 1.0, which has already surpassed 100 million downloads.

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

Just what constitutes an open source company?
Matt Asay

Best Legal Practices for Open Source Software:
Ten Tips For Managing Legal Risks for Businesses Using Open Source Software

Dennis Kennedy

Is Open Source Really Just as Good?, Part II
Michael Jung

Free Grows Revenue - Just Ask Your Carrier
Jonathan Schwartz

How to get people to work for free
David Horton

Open Source CRM: The Facts
Angela Eager

The Open Source Option
Steve Apiki

Windows vs. Linux Study Author Replies
Herb Thompson

Does the market really want an open source stack from Sun?
Dana Gardner

Closing the Knowledge Gap on 'Open Source'
Gil Friend

News, press releases, and announcements from open source vendors, organizations, and projects. Submit your news to

Autodesk Contributes Web Mapping Software to Open Source Community

Business Objects
Business Objects and Red Hat Sign Global Technology Partner Agreement

Lockheed Martin selects Concurrent’s RedHawk Linux for THAAD Missile Defense Program

EnterpriseDB Announces General Availability for Sun Solaris SPARC and x86

Exadel to Sponsor Gartner Open Source Summit 2005

Free Software Foundation
FSF releases guidelines for revising the GPL

IDC Predicts That Moderate Spending Growth Will Push IT Vendors Toward Disruptive Business Models

Ingres Attracts Additional Industry Veterans to Lead Global Sales and Support for Enterprise Customers

New Perspectives for Service Oriented Architectures (SOA): Modeling Web Services Business Logic with Microsoft Excel

Language Standards for Global Business Summit
MySQL Executive, Kaj Arnö, to Deliver Keynote on Standards-based Platforms at Language Standards for Global Business Summit

Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
LPI appoints new President and CEO

Mozilla Introduces Firefox 1.5 and Ups the Ante in Web Browsing

NetManage Joins JBoss Certified Partner Program

Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Earns Top Honors

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
Desktop Linux Survey

Pervasive Software Contributing Code to PostgreSQL Community for Sun Solaris 10 DTrace Monitoring Framework

rSmart Media Advisory: rSmart Showcases New Solution for Migration from Proprietary to Open Source Learning Management Systems at the Fourth Annual Sakai Conference

Red Hat
Fujitsu and Red Hat Work to Expand Enterprise Ecosystem

Former McAfee and Computer Associates Executive Joins Sendmail as President and CEO

Sleepycat Software Releases New Version of Berkeley DB

SourceForge Launches New Site Design -- First Phase Optimizes Site Navigation and User Experience

SugarCRM Generates Business Results and a Loyal Customer Base

Sun Pioneers Shift to Free and Open Source Software; Builds on Success of Solaris by Announcing Java Enterprise System, Developer Tools and N1 Software are Available at No Cost

Trolltech Launches First Linux-based VoIP Framework for Handheld Devices

Varicent Announces Support for PostgreSQL v8.1

Venexus adopts DotNetNuke for online business environment


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

Paris, France
January 31-february 2, 2006

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


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