Saturday, January 28, 2006

Bar Camp Dallas

Photo by Alexander Muse

I just wrapped up a day at Bar Camp Dallas. The event was hosted at the Dallas InfoMart, and it was packed with interesting presentations, group discussions, networking, and food. I gave a talk on a Community Office Space initiative in Dallas I am trying to jumpstart, and another on "Project Ofo" with Chris Messina of Flock. Chris and I are working together to form a support organization for open source projects, including fundraising. More details are pending.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Open Source Update #38

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


FSF RELEASES DRAFT OF GPL3. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) releases the first draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 for public review and comment. The FSF intends to finalize the updated GPL no later than March 2007.

US GRANT TO MAKE OPEN SOURCE 'SAFER'. The United States Department of Homeland Security announces a three-year, $1M U.S. grant to Stanford University, Symantec, and Coverity to identify bugs in popular open source projects, such as Linux, Mozilla, and Apache.

OPEN SOURCE INNOVATION EFFORT ANNOUNCED. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in collaboration with four IT companies and seven American universities, announces an effort to accelerate collaborative research for open source software.

US PATENT OFFICE TO IMPROVE PATENT PROCESS FOR OPEN SOURCE. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces that it will work with IBM and the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) on improving the software patent process to take open source software into consideration.

MASSACHUSETTS REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO OPEN DOCUMENT FORMAT. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance, Thomas Trimarco, reaffirms their commitment to the Open Document Format (ODF). This news follows the recent resignation of the Massachusetts CIO, Peter Quinn.

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

A Watershed for Open Source
Sarah Lacy

Five Open Source Factors for CIOs
Paul Gillin

The open source story of the year
Dana Blankenhorn

There Is No Open Source Community
John Walker

Is LAMP growing at Java's Expense?
Zack Urlocker

IBM, Patents, and Open Source Software
Stephen Walli

25 Reasons to Convert to Linux
The Linux Information Project

Interview: Gartner's Mark Driver
Lauren Rudd

Mark Brewer CEO, Covalent Technologies
Roger Strukhoff

2006 - the year for open source
Simon Moores

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

2AB Inc. Announces Open Source Plans for jLock Scalable JAAS

AccuRev Joins Eclipse Foundation

Alfresco Announces PHP Development Interface

Demand for Open Source Fuels Growth at Allegro

Centeris Releases Likewise Management Suite 1.0; Simplifies Management of Linux Servers in Windows Networks

Comprehensive AJAX Platform Released as Open Source

Premiere Open Source ERP and CRM Company Hosts Business Roundtables in Paris and Atlanta Highlighting Partner Network; Advance Registration Open for Compiere Intensive Training Session in San Diego

Continuent Achieves Substantial Growth in 2005

Covalent Technologies Continues Open Source Momentum with Strong 2005 Finish; Sets Sights on Record 2006

Coverity Selected In Department of Homeland Security Software Initiative

VoIP Magazine Names Digium as One of the Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2006

Eclipse Foundation
Eclipse Foundation Kicks Off Seminar Series: "Eclipse In Motion"

EnterpriseDB Announces Partner Program and Strong List of Initial Participants

Free Standards Group (FSG)
Free Standards Group Opens Linux Certification Lab in China

CA To Develop Software Products for Managing Mobile Devices Utilizing Funambol Technology

GroundWork Announces 100th Subscription to GroundWork Monitor in First Full Year of Operations

HP Boosts Open Source Alliance with JBoss on Linux and HP-UX 11i Platforms

Objectweb Celtix Project Achieves Third Key Milestone

Former Oracle Executives Join Ingres

iRadeon Announces General Availability of AppPortal

JBoss Launches JBoss Authorized Training Partner Program

Lattix Joins Eclipse Foundation

Liferay "Portal Themes" Contest Attracts Diverse Entries, Demonstrates Power Of Open Source Approach

Mandriva and HP launch new computers pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006 in 37 Countries in Latin America

Marcus Evans
Open Source in the Enterprise

Medsphere Systems Corporation Acquires CIAI

Message Partners
Message Partners Announces Exclusive Distribution Partner in Poland

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 1.5 Email Client

MySQL AB Completes Record Quarter & Year

Novell Reaffirms its Commitment to the OpenDocument Format

Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)
Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF) Releases Chandler 0.6

Open Source Business Conference (OSBC)
Open Source Business Conference Shows What's Now, What's Next, What's Starting and What's Legal in Open Source

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL supports the USPTO's drive to improve the quality of software patents

Open-Xchange Hires Open Source Expert as Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy

Open Source Software Makes Inroads at Majority of Corporations According to Optaros Study

The 2006 O'Reilly Open Source Convention: "Opening Innovation"

Open Source Community Provides First Viable Alternative to Proprietary BI Suites

Red Hat
CIOs, Senior IT Executives Rank Red Hat Industry's Most Valued Vendor

Revolution Systems
Revolution Systems Announces Open Source Technology Blog

SDForum Hosts the First Ever Think Tank on the Future of Commercial Open Source

SIPfoundry releases Version 3.0 of sipxPBX

SWsoft Announces Virtuozzo for Linux 3.0 RC1 Server Virtualization Solution

Softwired Releases iBusU - Instant Messaging as Open Source

Sourcio Launches Open Source R&D Events Blog

SugarCRM Introduces Sugar Suite 4.0, Bringing Enterprise-Grade CRM to Companies of All Sizes

Sun Microsystems Incorporates Open Java DB Into Java Enterprise System

Trolltech Expands Qtopia Embedded Technology Products with Qtopia Core

Virtuas Announces IBM OEM Partnership

Zimbra Launches Network Version of its Collaboration Suite For Mac OS X

Zope Corporation Releases Zope Version 3.2


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Friday, January 06, 2006

Back Again...Soon

Happy New Year, everyone! The next Open Source Update will be out the week of January 16th and we will be moving back to a mid-week publishing schedule. Some things are in the works that will be unfolding over the month of January. I hope to share these with you by OSBC West in mid-February.