Spending on open source support services in Canada to soar

The market for open source support services is going to boom over the next five years, according to a recent Gartner survey. The study of organizations in geographies around the world – including Canada and the U.S. – predict that spending in this country will likely see a compound annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent between 2006 and 2010. That's marginally below the expectation in the U.S. and almost three per cent more than the global average.

Mindquarry Forms Up With an Open Source Team Software

Mindquarry offers the first Open Source alternative to Microsoft's Sharepoint Server or IBM's Lotus Connections. The free download is available at mindquarry.com. Mindquarry eases especially teams in small and mid-sized companies, freelancers or home workers to use distributed workplaces in an efficient way. It streamlines knowledge and file exchange and the management for teams and tasks.

The Emerging Dell-Linux-Apple War

While we spend a lot of time talking about Linux vs. Windows and Windows vs. the MacOS, the real battle for the Windows desktop alternative may be the preliminary round between the MacOS and Linux. That battle really kicks off this year with Apple stepping up their effort sharply with the Leopard, and Dell becoming aggressive (with others likely to follow) with SUSE Linux (though this choice may change).

Novell Reports Preliminary Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2007

Novell announced preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2007. These financial results are preliminary because Novell, during the third fiscal quarter of 2006, began a self-initiated, voluntary review of the company's historical stock-based compensation practices and related potential accounting impact.

Dell censors IdeaStorm Linux dissent

It seems pointless seeking ideas and feedback if you’re going to ignore and delete the ones you don’t like. That’s exactly what Dell is doing with its IdeaStorm web site, which has been set up by the company to solicit ideas and feedback.

Announcing Fedora 7 Test 2 (6.91)

The Fedora team is please to announce the second test release for Fedora 7. Download links within.

Eric Raymond: Yes, "open source" is still meaningful

Writing in O'Reilly's Radar, Nat Torkington argues that the term "open source" is becoming meaningless. He points to SugarCRM's badgeware, through which, he claims, only two-thirds of their code is downloadable, and rPath and MontaVista, which "sell software that works on Linux but the software itself isn't actually open source."

Who wrote 2.6.20?

"LWN.net did some data mining through the kernel source repository and put together an analysis of where the patches came from. It turns out that most kernel code is contributed by people paid to do the work — but the list of companies sponsoring kernel development has a surprise or two."