Hot new open source ISVs, projects make the grade at OSBC

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| Six hot open source startups and projects got notice at the Open Source
| Business Conference this week.
|
| Not surprisingly, many of them are in software categories deemed most
| vulnerable to open source disruption, including collaboration and
| conferencing, social publishing, sales automation, application deployment and
| developer tools.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=2192


Related:

WordPress is Open Source

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| Six Apart has recently decided that the best way to win back customers
| fleeing their platforms is to target WordPress, which is a new strategy they
| call competing. (What have they been doing the past 7 years?) A good example
| is this exchange between a commenter on Valleywag and Byrne Reese, the lead
| developer of Movable Type: * *
|
| Sundown: “@anildash: what part of Wordpress is not open source?”
|
| byrnereese: “@Sunnduwn - I think that is a question better asked of
| Automattic. Anil, and certainly not Six Apart, has never been briefed, nor
| has anyone for that matter been presented with an accounting of what is open
| and closed source at Automattic.” *
|
| Okay, here’s some accounting:
|
| WordPress is 100% open source, GPL.
|
| All plugins in the official directory are GPL or compatible, 100% open
| source.
|
| bbPress is 100% GPL.
|
| WordPress MU is 100% open source, GPL, and if you wanted you could take it
| and build your own hosted platform like WordPress.com, like edublogs.org has
| with over 100,000 blogs. *
|
| There is more GPL stuff on the way, as well.
|
| Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially
| since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as
| Metblogs found before they switched to WordPress. *
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http://ma.tt/2008/03/wordpress-is-open-source/


How The GPL Can Save Your Ass

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| If you are the multi-billion dollar IT industry you stick you head in the
| sand and just keep making cars. It is after all, not your problem. That seems
| to be the attitude of almost every company with a vested interest in the
| computing market. There was a recent announcement indicating Intel and
| Microsoft have put up $10 million to fund research in parallel software. Hah!
| I'm going to laugh harder this time HAH, HAH! Ever here the phase pissing in
| the ocean, well this is more like throwing a match into the sun. We need
| more -- much more.
|
| [...]
|
| Second, the entire in industry must co-operate and be involved. We need
| everyone working on this problem. The best minds in high performance
| computing have been at it for quite a while and it is time to turn up the
| volume. Fantasies of telling your R&D guys to get on it are not enough.
| Trying to corral your Intellectual Property (IP) with trade secrets and
| patents is wishful thinking. The rocket scientists (and plenty of other smart
| people) have been working on this issue for a long time. You don't have the
| time to waste trying to expand your IP fiefdom. Instead start thinking about
| what happens when the next generation of products is of absolutely no
| interest to your customers.
|
| Third we need to respond quickly. There is no time for IP agreements,
| posturing, and NIH ego trips (Not Invented Here). We need leaders to
| recognize the scope and magnitude of this challenge and act. Before too long,
| it will not be unreasonable to have four or even eight cores in a desktop. A
| workstation or server may have double this amount. It would sure be nice if
| my software could effectively use all these cores.
|
| [...]
|
| Using the GPL will immediately remove issues that would normally choke such
| an important undertaking. First, the any IP barriers get pushed aside and
| everyone can cooperate openly
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http://www.linux-mag.com/id/5379


Open Source Drupal Goes Commercial With Acquia

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| The open source Drupal content management system is going commercial thanks
| to a new company, called Acquia, that's led by Dries Buytaert, the founder of
| the Drupal project. The new effort is aiming to bring a commercially
| supported version of Drupal to business users and could well end up shaking
| up the entire content management marketplace.
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http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news...le.php/3731476


A Big Drop in the Bucket for Drupal

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| Apparently, the days when a computer science graduate student can invent some
| cool Web software and raise a few million dollars to build a company around
| it are not over. Brand new (less than a month old) North Andover, MA, startup
| Acquia announced yesterday that it’s raised $7 million to market software and
| services in support of the popular Web publishing system Drupal, invented by
| Dries Buytaert, a PhD candidate at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
|
| Like the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, and the MySQL
| database system, Drupal is a free, open-source program with a large community
| of volunteer developers and users. And Acquia’s CEO, Jay Batson, says it will
| remain so. Rather than creating and selling a proprietary version of Drupal—
| or “forking” the system, in geek speak—Acquia will work on specialized
| distributions of the software and help organizations deploy it on a larger
| scale. “We will be to Drupal what Red Hat is to Linux,” Batson says.
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http://www.xconomy.com/2007/12/20/a-...et-for-drupal/


Drupal developer bags $7 million

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| Announcing US$7 million in first round founding from North Bridge Venture
| Partners, Sigma Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Buytaert and Jay
| Batson, former CEO and founder of Pingtel, hope to steer their Drupal spun
| startup Acquia deeper into the enterprise.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...664640&rid=-50