Category: "Open Source"

Enterprise Acceptance of Open Source Databases

There has been a lot of concerns regarding the readiness of Open Source databases for the enterprise. Does this article: Sun Jumps On Open-Source Database Bandwagon To Boost Solaris prove that the enterprise has finally embraced Open Source databases?

Why Open Source

The second half of our first Open Source Conversations podcast focuses on "Why Open Source", and is approximately 37 minutes long. Clarise Z. Doval Santos and Joseph A. di Paolantonio of the TeleInterActive Press, a service mark of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. discuss open source with Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Succeeding with Open Source. In "Why Open Source" we talk about why open source is important to businesses, IT shops and software developers. as well as explore the wiki(Total_cost_of_ownership,TCO) of Open Source projects.

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"Why Open Source"

What is Open Source

The TeleInterActive Press™ is pleased to present our first podcast: Open Source Conversations. The conversation was recorded on 2005 June 09 at the Uptown Café in San Carlos, so there's quite a bit of background noise, for which we apologize. We've split this first Open Source Conversations podcast into two mp3 files to reflect the two main topics discussed.

The first is approximately 35 minutes long and concentrates on "What is Open Source". Clarise Z. Doval Santos and Joseph A. di Paolantonio of the TeleInterActive Press, a service mark of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. discuss open source with Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Succeeding with Open Source. "What is Open Source" talks about licensing, platforms, and uses of Open Source software

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A Different Take

For a different take on The Leadership Forum "Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies" seminar, take a look at "Has Open Source Found a Reliable Business Model".

"One prediction has the proprietary software vendors seriously challenged to remain profitable within 5 years. This observer finds that hard to believe, since Open Source link has been around for many years and the only serious challenger observed so far appears to be around operating systems DOS vs Linux."end quotation

-- Alex Fiteni, Has Open Source Found a Reliable Business Model, 2005 June 07

I agree that wiki(Open Source) has been around for years, with operating systems like NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and other such projects starting the trend [though Netscape releasing source in 1998, and later becoming Mozilla coined the term]. I disagree that the only serious open source challenger is Linux. Open Source projects that don't involve a new flavour of Linux have been very successful. In addition to the three flavours of BSD, we have non-OS projects such as

There are also some very interesting up and coming enterprise software such as Compiere and SugarCRM, and SourceForge recently announcing that they have passed the 100,000 mark.

Alex Fiteni does conclude that

"OpenSource is here to stay. It has proven itself resilient over time."end quotation

He also refers to Bernard Golden and his Open Source Maturity Model as the help CIO's need to properly select among Open Source projects.

Oracle Accounts for 80.5 Percent of New License Sales in Linux

I had assumed that with the rise of Open Source RDBMS that Open Source RDBMS had a larger share in the Linux platform. I am wrong. :oops: According to the article, IBM, Oracle Tie For No. 1 In Database Market, "Oracle accounted for 80.5 percent of new license sales on the Linux platform". Oracle has been running in Linux for years now. I used to support Oracle on Linux during my days in Oracle Support and that was in my other life. &#59;D So, it is not that surprising to me that Oracle would dominate the Linux market. I just assumed that enterprises who use Linux are more open to Open Source Software and would use Open Source RDBMS like MySQL and Postgres.

The other interesting thing I found from the article:
"RDBMS revenues on the Unix platform declined by 0.7 percent, as Linux-based RDBMS sales increased by more than 118 percent. Revenues from new licenses on the open-source operating system, however, remained relatively small at $654.8 million."
The study classified Linux separate from Unix even if Linux is a flavor of Unix.

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