[News] Web Giant LinkedIn Uses Free Software Stack
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LinkedIn Clicks With Sun Microsystems and MySQL to Power Over 25 Million
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| Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced that the largest
| professional networking site, LinkedIn has selected Sun's MySQL Enterprise™
| database subscription to support the company's rapid growth. With a network
| of more than 25 million professionals in more than 170 industries from around
| the globe and many more joining daily, LinkedIn turned to Sun when it
| recognized the need to increase the speed and performance of the open source
| database that powers its public Web site.
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
| 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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