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OS Hot Trends: Collaboration, SaaS and Overseas Expansion

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| In our first annual survey of our membership and other open source software
| and services companies, the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) found much optimism
| despite a murky economy, and a surprisingly high level of collaboration by
| open source software and services companies.
| The survey was conducted among 46 companies - both OSA members and companies
| that we like to think of as future OSA members.


Essentia Joins Open Solutions Alliance, Provides Platform for Collaboration
Among Member Communities

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| The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium
| dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open
| solutions, today announced that Essentia has joined as its newest member and
| will provide a new platform for member collaboration. Essentia is a leader in
| providing next-generation platforms and services for online communities and
| commerce.



The Open Solutions Alliance Enters Its Second Year

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| Anyone who’s ever been involved in the beginning of a nonprofit consortium
| will tell you that the first year is the hardest.


Open Solutions Alliance Marks End of First Year with New Members, New Momentum

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| The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), marked its one-year anniversary with three
| new members, a global focus, and advances toward seamless interoperability
| between commercial open-source applications.


Barry Klawans of the Open Solutions Alliance talks up interoperability

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| We're advocates in general, and we encourage other companies to join us. We
| think right now that where the world is, it's a lot more important for
| nonmembers and members to collaborate than it is to try to kill each other.


Open Solutions Alliance Debuts New Showcase At LinuxWorld

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| Open Solutions Alliance was formed in February 2007 to drive the adoption
| and interoperability of enterprise class open business solutions.


Open Solutions Alliance Looking for Momentum Boost

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| Politics of a familiar sort has reared its head as well, according to
| Sartorio. While many companies want to integrate open-source elements with
| the Microsoft stack, that reality has clashed somewhat within the OSA's
| ranks, he said. "They say, 'Look, be careful what you do with Microsoft. ...
| I don't want to be part of an open-source movement that is working closely
| with Microsoft.'" * *
| "The challenge at Microsoft is the old guard is trying to keep Wall Street
| happy and their revenues flowing in a predictable way," he said, but the
| company is on the whole "not monolithic" in its thinking regarding open
| source. *
| "There aren't any specific plans between OSA and Microsoft," he added. "It's
| a matter of ongoing dialogue."


No Justification Need

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| What's at the forefront of my crabbiness is the almost-complete capture of
| the Open Source Business Conference's news cycle by Brad Smith's presence at
| that conference left me wondering who else was even there this week, other
| than Smith, Matt Asay, and a few pundits and luminaries. In a nicely done
| spin for the media, OSBC suddenly became about how Microsoft braved the
| lion's den, instead of the real progress a lot of companies are making in
| open source development and business. * * *


All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder

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| The best response I've seen was from Jonathan Corbet at a panel at the Open
| Source Business Conference in San Francisco last May. Corbet is a Linux
| kernel developer himself and executive editor of the Linux Weekly News. *
| "I feel I've been called a thief," he said levelly during a panel at the
| event, and pointed out that Microsoft was one of the companies that had
| patented "thousands of trivial functions ... There's no way to write a
| nontrivial program that can't be claimed to infringe on someone's patents." *


Brad Smith continues its FUD spreading, wants to tax RedHat

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| Brad Smith continues its FUD spreading, wants to tax RedHat. The only
| solution for Microsoft to tax linux is software patents. Microsoft wants to
| render GPL free software non-free. The message is clear. *
| [...]
| Microsoft needs to be sued more often, because in their current position they
| still believe too much in a patent system where no software developer has
| ever used a patent to write a computer program. *


Microsoft's dilemma: The importance of the downstream

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| To work within the open-source community, which Microsoft will absolutely
| have to do if it wants to remain relevant in the 21st century of the Web,
| Microsoft must stop polluting the downstream with patent encumbrances.
| Period. Full stop. Microsoft is not alone in being threatened by open source.
| Everyone is to a greater or lesser extent, including open-source companies.
| MySQL's biggest competitor is not Oracle. It is fee-free use of MySQL. Ditto
| for other open-source companies. * * *


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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