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I Hate to Say It Takes a Village, But.....

Is the open source community too clubbish for its own good? Several thought pieces Iメve seen recently got me to thinking that this might be the case, at least in terms of relevance to businesses. Dominic Sartorio makes a good case that open sourcers are increasingly balkanizing, instead of pursuing multilateral approaches that could increase adoption and help the growth of commercial open source efforts. Meanwhile, recent comments from Obsidian Systemsメ director Anton de Wet suggest that open source needs a whole new breed of business matchmakers to speed adoption from reluctant companies. Is the whole business outreach program in need of an overhaul?

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Word is expected Wednesday on whether Microsoft's OOXML will be approved as an international standard, but there are charges of voting irregularities.....Mac OS X and Windows Vista fell easily in a money-backed hacking contest but Ubuntu was unscathed.....Adobe has released an alpha version of its AIR application for Linux, and is joining the Linux Foundation.....Does the world of open source need a new breed of business matchmakers to spread adoption?.....

Cloudsmith: A Hint of the Future

What user of open source has not wrestled with software installation at one time or another? If you're not tracking down conflicts or hunting for the download site for the current version of something, you're chasing dependencies in a seemingly-endless chain. Perhaps this is a symptom of the decentralized and rapidly-moving nature of open source - or perhaps not. Cloudsmith (in seemingly-eternal beta) suggests that there might be a way to get past at least some of the installation pain points.

eWeek Names Top 15 Open Source Business Influencers

eWeek recently took at look at the top 15 open source business influencers, which includes the usual suspects like Linus Torvalds and Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin. It also named some people that typically get overlooked, like Bank of America's Tim Golden who worked exclusively with Linux and open-source software in several multimillion-dollar enterprise initiatives. While there's no way a list of only 15 people can be all-inclusive, a few readers were bothered that some big names were left off the list entirely, prompting Ziff Davis Enterprise's Editor at Large Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols to explain why.

WordPress 2.5 Puts Usability First

If you're like millions of people who don't mind getting their hands a bit dirty with software configuration, you can download and install a blogging package. One of the most sophisticated such packages is WordPress, which is distributed under the GNU Public License. Version 2.5 of WordPress was released at the end of last week, and it is a significant improvement over an already impressive piece of software.

The latest release of WordPress includes many new features. But the biggest and most important feature of all is the user interface, which has been overhauled and improved to make blogging even easier. Learn more.

Book Review: The Rails Way

Want a complete, printed reference for Rails that dedicates a separate chapter to each topic? Look no further than The Rails Way, a new book by Obie Fernandez.

Ruby on Rails is one of the best-known open-source Web frameworks currently in use. It combines the Ruby language with an MVC (model-view-controller) architecture, a powerful object-relational mapper known as ActiveRecord.


Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up in Canada

Last week the Canadian public media service, the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) became the first major North American broadcaster to distribute a DRM-free download of a primetime television show via BitTorrent. The download was not only DRM free, it didn?t contain any commercials or license based copy restrictions. In fact the CBC website proclaimed ?You are free to download, share and burn this video?. This is how I like my media served.

Branding Open Source Projects

Greg Bell's post on open source logos over on the OpenLogic site prompted me to think about open source branding in general.

Greg asks whether open source companies should approach logo design differently from proprietary software companies. Specifically, he wonders whether or not open source companies should be looking at open submission of logos and so forth.

Rockin' Times for Red Hat--But Who Will Come Knocking?

Red Hat, a titan among Linux software companies, is out with strong quarterly numbers along with some commentary from new chief executive Jim Whitehurst. The New York Times referred to the positive financial performance as a welcome present for Whitehurst, but I really see it as proof of the efficacy of Red Hat's open source business model: Deliver strong products and get revenues from support.

Red Hat's quarterly sales rose 27 percent and earnings were above analysts' conencus estimates. The company is forecasting growth of 30 percent for the fiscal year that it just begun. How is the company putting all this together, and can it stay independent?

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SearchEnterpriseLinux has a good interview with Sun Microsystems' Barton George about Sun's plans for open source and MySQL integration.....

The EU is contributing more than 12 million dollars to a project called PrimeLife, designed to deliver open source tools for personal privacy protection.....

eWeek has an interesting story on best practices for mitigating risks associated with open source code.....

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