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Motorola Releases Open Source Middleware

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Motorola (Quote, Chart) announced Thursday that it has released version 1 of an open source project aimed at providing a standard for high-availability middleware for telecommunications hardware manufacturers and ISVs. The company also disclosed it has taken the first steps toward turning the code over to a consortium of interested parties.

Dubbed OpenSAF for the Service Availability Forum (SAF), which developed the initial specification, the software supports the SAF’s Application Interface Specification, or AIS.

While the OpenSAF software was originally designed to provide high-availability technology for use in telecommunications products, Motorola sees other applications including in networks of clustered computers inside enterprise computing environments.

Additionally, the software is operating system “agnostic,” although initial implementations are likely to be built on Linux.

“The big telecommunications vendors all have multiple versions of [their own] high-availability middleware,” John Fryer, director of technology marketing for embedded communications computing at Motorola, told “The objective is to get people to move away from building proprietary platforms,” he added.

Read more: InternetNews


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Sat, 30 Jun 2007 at 12:12:49 +0800

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India’s Kerala state goes open source

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India’s Kerala state government is counting on open-source software to boost its IT literacy rate.

According to a statement, the Kerala government has identified free and open-source software as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society.

“Kerala has always been a leader in literacy, and now we want to make Kerala a leader in e-literacy,” said Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achutanandan. “We believe that free and open-source software is an essential component in our drive to democratize information technology and bring its benefits to all sections of society.”

The Indian state, located on the country’s southwest coast, is partnering with Red Hat to train the technical staff of various government organizations and school teachers on desktop Linux and other open-source applications. The Linux vendor will also work with the state government to promote Kerala as a global destination for developing open-source software.

Commenting on Kerala’s move toward open source, Nandkumar Pradhan, president and managing director of Red Hat India, said: “The freedom, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of open source helps governments maximize their IT budgets.”

Read more: ZDNet

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Sat, 30 Jun 2007 at 12:11:39 +0800

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GPLv3 Emerges After Long Debate, Opposition Muted

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One of the early adopters of GPL 3 will be the Samba Server project, which supplies file translation code between Linux and Windows.

Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation launched GPL Version 3 on Friday from its Boston headquarters, with an eye toward restricting patent actions against free software. GPL 3’s impact will only slowly be felt as it is adopted as the license of choice on various open source projects. But its adoption is practically assured as developers close ranks in the face of Microsoft charges that Linux and other open source code projects violate 235 of its patents. The GPL 2 and its predecessors have been the license of choice on the majority of open source code projects. The GPL revolutionized the way software is written and distributed. Instead of setting fees and license limitations, the GPL granted developers a broad writ to use code freely and modify it, but it required those modifications to be given back to the developer community.

One of the early adopters of GPL 3 will be the Samba Server project, which supplies file translation code between Linux and Windows. Jeremy Allison, leader of the project, said Version 3 “a necessary update to deal with the new threats to free software that have emerged since version 2 of the GPL.”

Allison left Novell in protest and moved to a job at Google shortly after the Microsoft-Novell deal was announced last November. That agreement supplied protection to Novell SuSE Linux customers but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in follow up statements said no such protections were offered to other Linux users.

In an e-mail exchange with InformationWeek, he said the Samba team “will be discussing a move to GPLv3 now that the license is available” but he couldn’t predict how soon it will be adopted. Allison said the provisions of GPLv3 “will provide greater protection for the freedoms of individual contributors. In the long term, it will provide greater incentive for them to contribute code.”

Read more: InformationWeek

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Sat, 30 Jun 2007 at 12:03:07 +0800

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Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise Voted Best Linux Database for Third Consecutive Year

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NEW YORK, June 26 PRNewswire-FirstCall — Enterprise Open Source Conference — Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, today announced that Sybase(R) Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise (ASE), the company’s enterprise-class relational database system, won Enterprise Open Source Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third year running. Sybase ASE was voted “Best Linux Database” by members of the open source community. The winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards were revealed today by SYS-CON, the parent publishing company for Enterprise Open Source Magazine, at the second annual Enterprise Open Source Conference in New York, NY, where Sybase is a silver sponsor. This year the Enterprise Open Source Conference has been co-located with the SOA World Conference & Expo 2007.

“Sybase’s ASE database offering continually impresses our readers, as evidenced by sweeping the ‘Best Linux Database’ category since its inception,” said Roger Strukhoff, group publisher, editorial director & online editor, Enterprise Open Source Magazine. “The company continues to be recognized for its innovative technology.”

“Sybase is honored that ASE is recognized by the open source community as a leading solution for Linux data management,” said

Brian Vink, VP product marketing, Sybase. “This award further reflects Sybase leadership in offering a comprehensive set of data management solutions on Linux, including mission critical enterprise systems, data analytics and mobile and embedded solutions, demonstrating that our commitment of enabling the Unwired Enterprise has resonated with real world users.”Read more: Digital50

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 at 12:00:28 +0800

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Trolltech starts grant program for Open Source mobile development

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Trolltech has announced a Qtopia Greenphone Grant Program, providing approved open source developers who wish to experiment creating or enhancing applications for mobile devices with access to a complimentary Qtopia Greenphone and Qtopia SDK.

Qtopia Greenphone is a Linux mobile development device aiming to bring to mobile phones the customisation and choice usually found on PCs.

A limited number of devices have been set aside for the Qtopia Greenphone Grant Program. In order to select applicants from the pool of expected entries, Trolltech asks entrants to describe the application they would like to develop. Entries will be considered based on the functionality, practical uses and originality of the described application.

Entries are being accepted now until 7th August 2007 or until the devices set aside for the Grant Program are fully distributed.

“Qtopia Greenphone is the first open mobile phone of its kind,” commented David Bialer, Trolltech’s ecosystem director. “We really encourage open source developers to experiment and use their talents to create innovative applications by participating in the Grant Program.”

Source: Geekzone

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 at 11:57:43 +0800

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OpenLogic to Host Webinar on Open Source Governance and Policies in Enterprise Organizations

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 26 /PRNewswire/ — OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software solutions encompassing hundreds of open source packages, today announced a June 28th webinar entitled “Open Source Governance and Policies in Enterprise Organizations” that will feature Brian Fan, partner at Olliance Group, Philip Robb, an R&D Section Manager in the Open Source & Linux Organization of Hewlett Packard, and Mark A. Bunch, Sr. Front-End Architect of Great American Insurance Group.

As more and more large enterprises consider adopting open source software to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase ROI, there is a growing concern with how to effectively govern open source software and manage risk.

This panel of open source experts will discuss best practices for managing and leveraging open source software in the enterprise. The panel will also respond to questions from the moderator about some of the stumbling blocks that organizations may encounter along the way.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 at 11:47:17 +0800

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Welcome to Open Source 2.0

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There is no doubt that 3 February 1998 was a historic day. For it was then, at a meeting in Mountain View, that a small group led by Eric Raymond came up with the term “open source” as an alternative to the description “free software”. The question is, will history count 21 June 2007 as another such pivotal moment – the day that Open Source 2.0 was born?

The meeting in Mountain View was held because some believed it was time to move on from Richard Stallman’s crusade for freedom through free software, and to adopt a more pragmatic approach. Doing so, the argument went, would make free software/open source more attractive to business users who were more interested in efficiency than ideology.

For Stallman, of course, this re-branding exercise was little less than a betrayal of everything he had fought for. He had called his movement “free software” precisely so that freedom would be foregrounded; open source turned that idea on its head, making what had been the means – better software – into the end itself.

Whatever your position in that debate, there is no denying that free software/open source has now well and truly entered the mainstream. Alongside traditional success stories such as Apache and GNU/Linux, projects like Firefox and have shown that it is possible for free software to take on market leaders and steadily gain market share.

Read more: Linux Journal

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Sat, 23 Jun 2007 at 11:46:36 +0800

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