Geeks on the Way pour SugarCRM into Asterisk

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| Using both open source CRM software and a telephony platform, Geeks said it's
| able to speed up its sales and customer support departments in responding to
| customer problems.

Compiere launches 3.0 version of ERP offering

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| Open-source ERP vendor Compiere released version 3.0 of its platform on
| Tuesday, touting a flashy new Web interface and various performance
| improvements.

Gartner underhypes open source

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| I'm not sure who Gartner talks to when it puts together its famous "Hype
| Cycle" reports, but I'm finding it hard to believe that it talks with
| enterprises. I was reading through its "Hype Cycle for Open-Source Software,
| 2007" report, and was astounded to find out that I've been tricked by paying
| customers into believing that they were, well, paying.


Open source to hit $22 billion by 2010. What this means for Red Hat and Novell

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| Interestingly, this number jumps to $41 billion if you add in the $19 billion
| that enterprises will invest in internal open-source development instead of
| wasting it on proprietary software licenses, according to Morgan Stanley... *

European spend on open source software hits 22bn Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.

Open source funding: the complete picture

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| In addition to VC funding, we also took a look at the amounts raised
| by open source vendors via initial public offerings. These figures
| are not included in the totals of $1.89bn or $2.02bn, but for those
| that are interested, between them Red Hat, VA, Caldera, Mandriva,
| Turbolinux and Trolltech raised $319.9m via their IPOs.

Why do vendors invest in open source?

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| The Harvard Business School has published the preliminary draft
| an interesting report that confirms one thing we probably could
| have guessed - that vendors invest in open source for economic,
| rather than altruistic, reasons - and calculates a number of
| things we probably couldn't - such as the fact that vendors
| invested $2bn in open source software between 1995 and 2005.

Source of the revolution

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| According to Ghosh, the notional value of Europe's investment in
| free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) today is e22bn,
| representing 20.5pc of the region's total software investment.
| Spending on OSS stands at e36bn and accounts for 20pc of software
| expenditure in the US.