Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Open Source Update #40

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


After compiling 40 issues of The Open Source Update for Enterprise Open Source Journal (EOSJ), I am stepping down from this role. I have joined The 451 Group, a technology industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. In this new role as Senior Analyst and the Open Source Practice Head, I will be responsible for The 451 Group's ongoing coverage of open source and the creation of a new open source adoption research service, called CAOS (Commercial Adoption of Open Source).

This newsletter will continue, under the direction of TCI Publishing, the publishers of Enterprise Open Source Journal (EOSJ). As an EOSJ subscriber, you will continue to receive this newsletter on a regular basis.

To further focus on my new role at The 451 Group, I have also resigned my duties as Senior Technical Editor for Enterprise Open Source Journal (EOSJ), but will remain on in an advisory capacity. The team at TCI Publishing is doing a fantastic job with the magazine, and I look forward working with them in this new role.

Take care, and thank you for your continued support. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

Raven Zachary


ORACLE ACQUIRES OPEN SOURCE DATABASE COMPANY. Oracle acquires Sleepycat, an open source embedded database company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but estimates suggest it was worth close to $60 million US.

MYSQL OBTAINS $18.5 MILLION US FUNDING ROUND. MySQL, an open source database company, obtains $18.5 million US in its Series C investment round from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, and Presidio STX.

ALFRESCO OBTAINS $8 MILLION US FOUNDING ROUND. Alfresco, an open source document management company, obtains $8 million US in its Series B investment round from Mayfield and Accel.

COLLAX OBTAINS ADDITIONAL FUNDING. Collax, a small business Linux company, obtains additional Series A funding from Intel Capital, bringing the total for this round to $8.4 million US. Previous Series A investors include Atlas Venture Partners and Wellington Partners.

ICS ACQUIRES PROJECT.NET, PLANS TO RELEASE AS OPEN SOURCE. Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), a software development tools company, announces the acquisition of, a web-based enterprise project management application. ICS intends to release as open source within the next few months.

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

BEA found JBoss acquisition too expensive
Stephen Shankland

OSBC West Redux
Zack Urlocker

All open source is doomed (yadda yadda yadda)
Dana Blankenhorn

Oracle's 'All You Can Eat' Software
Stephanie Stahl

Survey Shows Linux Is the Better Server Choice
Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Fixing Patents, Open-Source Style
Bryan Sims

Absolutely no truth to the rumour...
Mark Shuttleworth

Musing on Margin Migration
Bernard Golden

OSBC Day 1 Notes
Stephen O'Grady

OSBC Town Hall Meeting
Raven Zachary

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

The 451 Group
The 451 Group Taps Technology Industry Veterans to Lead Growth and Expansion of Key Innovation-Focused Service Lines

Alfresco receives $8 million in VC backing

Black Duck Software
Black Duck Launches New Program for Enhanced Due Diligence; Improves Technology Assessments in Software M&A and Financing

EnterpriseDB Releases Advanced Server 8.1

Fusion Technololgies
Fusion Technologies to Announce Branded Service Offerings at the Open Source Business Conference

Freescale Simplifies Embedded Interface Design with Open Source Tool Suite

GroundWork Unveils Open Source and Professional Editions of GroundWork Monitor

HP Simplifies Open Source License Process with Novell

Tech Titans Contribute Browser-Boosting Ajax Technologies to Open Source Community

ICS Acquires, Launches First Commercial Open Source Initiative for Project Management

NetBSD Operating System to Add Elements of the POSIX Standard

Intalio Brings Web 2.0 to BPM

JasperSoft Announces One Million Downloads of JasperReports Open Source Reporting Solution

Krugle rolls out source code search engine to software developers at Evans Data Developer Relations Conference

Mayfield Fund
Mayfield Fund Expands into Growth Markets with Fund XII Investments; Sectors Include Open Source, Consumer Internet, and China

MySQL AB Secures $18.5 Million in Series C Funding

Industry Leaders to Jointly Develop RDMA over Ethernet Open Source Software for Linux Applications

Net Integration Technologies
Net Integration Technologies Launches New Offering Designed for Small and Medium Businesses

Novell Raises the Bar for the Linux Desktop

Progress and GemStone join ODBMS.ORG as Sponsors

OpenMFG Community Powers Fourth Major Upgrade

Oracle Buys Open Source Software Company Sleepycat

Palamida CEO, Legal Experts Address Software License Integrity at OSBC West

Progress Software
Progress Software Announces Availability of OpenEdge 10.1 Platform for Developing SOA Business Applications

Qlusters Expands Executive Team

Red Hat
Red Hat Makes Strides in Platform Security

rPath Launches rBuilder platform for enabling Software as a Service for On-Premise Applications

Linux Email Leader Scalix Launches Scalix 10 With Advanced Enterprise Functionality

Former Red Hat VP James Prasad Hooks up with 'Open Source DNA' Company Specifix

SourceLabs Extends SASH Stack for Java to Support Oracle Fusion Middleware

SugarCRM to Resell SpikeSource Spike Net

Storage Revolution Sets Sail; Open Source Initiative Takes a New Tack on an Old Problem: The Management of Data and Storage

Microsoft and SugarCRM Announce Technical Collaboration

Sun Microsystems Opens Door for Open Sourcing SPARC Technology - Raises the Temperature on Competition with "Coolest" Chip in Town

Turbolinux to Open an Affiliate in India

Trolltech's Qtopia Strengthens Design and Flexibility of Latest Linux-based Mobile Phones

Virtuas President and Founder to Offer Insight at OSBC West

Voltaire Releases Industry's First Commercial InfiniBand Linux Stack Based on OpenIB

XenSource Names Peter Levine President and CEO


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