Open Source / GPL
The European Computer Driving Licence, the most popular training course for basic IT literacy, which has for so long been a Microsoft stranglehold, is to offer a non-Microsoft course for the first time.
Aims to Bring Telco Capability to Popular Enterprise Applications, and Interoperability to Telecom ISV Solutions
OpenClovis, Inc. today announced it will launch several new open source projects that aim to provide high availability and carrier grade capabilities, which are required by the telecommunications industry, to popular open source telephony and enterprise applications. At the same time, the company will also promote additional open source projects to accelerate the pre-integration of open source telecom Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions with its own commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), open source, high availability service application platform.
As VCs continue to demonstrate their willingness to fund young open source companies, many closed source companies are trying to adopt an open source-type business model just to be more appealing to those with the cash. "A lot of the startups recognize the fact that it's difficult to get into the software business if you don't have an open source angle," said Bernard Dalle, general partner with Index Ventures.
As in business, free and open source software (FOSS) is spreading rapidly in educational systems. Yet, despite the growing acceptance, experienced advocates are unanimous in observing that significant barriers remain. FOSS advocates in schools in Canada and the United States not only need to face the innate conservatism of those around them, but also need to plan their campaigns carefully, choosing tactics that will work and avoiding counterproductive ones. Success is more likely to come slowly, and from starting small, than from any overnight success.
Which do you like best: the satisfying, rich taste of principle in free software? Or do you prefer the less morally filling and pragmatic goodness of open source? Do you wish people would stop endlessly rehashing the whole question of "free" versus "open source?" Or do you enjoy the chance to talk about goals and philosophy? As you might suspect, since I'm bringing it up...
Suppose there was a software category so ubiquitous that virtually everyone used it and anyone could get the software for free. Suppose, also, that the software was highly standards-based, so much so that it did not require any patented or proprietary technologies to work. That software would be a perfect candidate for open source, right?
HP claims it has started to make higher margins from open source than proprietary software in some instances, due to the support costs associated with migration.
The world's largest retail has relaunched Walmart.com after a 13-month overhaul.
Complete with features built on open source OpenLazlo and Flash, interactive functions in the toy section aim to entertain kids, as well as help adults find detail product information and reviews to make the correct buying decisions, said Debbie Kristofferson, Brisbane, Calif.-based Walmart.com vice president of user experience.