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Open Source Could Clean Up US Elections

It's obvious from the latest U.S. election that our voting system could use some improvement in terms of both enabling and supporting voters and efficiently tallying and verifying a trusted result. Open source offers the technology, as well as the culture and community, to address these challenges, and it may be among the best solutions. ...


Open Source Lives in Polyglot Programming

The prominence and pervasiveness of open source software in cloud computing is something I'veresearched and written about quite a bit. I've also discussed how open source software is a key component and catalyst for the devops trend that blends application development and deployment via IT operations. Now I'm seeing the same effect from open source software yet again in a disruptive trend: polyglot programming...

The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse

"Overall, Oracle's support of the many open source software projects it inherited with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems has been lackluster," Jay Lyman, Senior Analyst for Enterprise Software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider. "How the company is perceived, as well as its opportunity among open source software developers and users, will continue to depend on Oracle's approach to open source software projects and communities."


Like FOSS Fog, Cloud Confusion May Not Matter

The general public knows little about the true technology fundamentals of cloud computing, suggests a recent survey commissioned by IT vendor Citrix. Almost a third of the roughly 1,000 U.S. adults polled thought cloud computing was related to weather. ...


Open Source Still Draws Proprietary Vendors Into the Fold

VMware continued its embrace of open source software with its recent acquisition of open sourceand virtual network provider Nicira. The move continued VMware's aggressive M&A strategy and its effort to transition from proprietary software and virtualization to a broadermarket and cloud computing, largely through open source software ...


Microsoft Loves Linux – as Long as It’s Not Red Hat

Just when you thought it couldn't top itself -- having contributed Linux kernel code under the GPL, broadly supported Linux alongside Windows with its systems management and other software, and spun off a new subsidiary dedicated to openness, Microsoft showed yet more Linux and open source love recently, adding an impressive Linux lineup to supported software on its Azure cloud.

Google Gets Motorola’s Patents – and Problems

"Ever since Google announced its intention to acquire Motorola, there has been a question of how deeply it would integrate its own technology and business, Android in particular, and how much Google would still work with other major handset makers," said Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at 451 Research.


Mixed Signals in IT’s Great IP War

Recent news that Microsoft and Barnes & Noble agreed to partner on the Nook e-reader line rather than keep fighting over intellectual property suggests the prospect of more settlement and fewer IP suits in the industry. However, the deal further obscures the blurry IP and patent landscape currently impacting both enterprise IT and consumer technology...


Reading Between the Linux Contributor List’s Lines

The recently released Who Writes Linux kernel contributor listreveals that some of the usual supporters of Linux -- Red Hat, SUSE, IBM, Intel, Oracle -- remain firmly behind the open source OS. ...


Open Source Coopetition Fueled by LF Growth

The Linux Foundation has come a long way since initiated in 2007 as the fusion of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) and Free Standards Group. At its start, I wondered why there was no membership or representation from Canonical, which was the hottest thing in Linux at the time. ...


Open APIs Are the New Open Source

We've seen the rise of open source software in the enterprise and also beyond the IT industry, but the real keys to openness and its advantages in today's technology world -- where efficient use of cloud computing and supporting services are paramount -- exist in open application programming interfaces, or APIs. ...


Open Source: Not Just for Tech Anymore

Amid the many predictions for 2012 regarding Linux and open source software, including my own forecast of Linux domination, there is a larger, wider embrace of open source software taking place not only in the technology and other industries, not only in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America -- but all over the globe in new corners and facets of our society...

Can WebOS Rise Above Clouds of Skepticism?

Indeed, "I have a pretty mixed reaction," agreed Jay Lyman, a senior analyst with 451 Research. There are several downsides to the move, Lyman told LinuxInsider. First is that "similar to Symbian, which was open sourced and then later reverted, webOS is facing a big question...


Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012

Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software. Looking at the coming year for Linux, these are the key areas to watch: cloud computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Android, the automobile industry -- and not the desktop. ...


Linux, Open Source Still ‘Money’ in Financial Services

Linux and open source software are spreading out -- cloud computing, mobile computing, supercomputing -- and an increasing number of use cases large and small. One area where Linux and open source have history and continue to remain strong is banking and financial services, highlighted by the latest open source messaging technology in the space: the new OpenMAMA middleware messaging project and the AMQP messaging standard, recently released in version 1.0.

Ubuntu Linux to Hit Tablets, Phones, TVs in the Nick of Time?

While it faces large, entrenched competitors in Apple, Android and Windows, Ubuntu "does benefit from popularity among developers and in cloud computing," Jay Lyman, a senior analyst with the 451 Group, told LinuxInsider "Ubuntu may benefit in these new areas based on connec...

How Linuxy Is Android?

"The fact that we're talking about the fragmentation of Android means that we are recognizing its success, given how quickly and how far it has spread. The bottom line is that fragmentation is certainly a challenge. But with so many different case uses, the fragmentation is necessary. It's what the market kind of needs right now," Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider.


Tizen Could Be a Giant Step Back for Mobile Linux

Amid continued traction for Android, there have been a number of other developments for mobile operating systems based on Linux. Given my support for and belief in Linux and open source software, you might expect me to be bullish on the prospects for all of this mobile and device Linux. However, based on what I've seen in the past in terms of mergers, reshuffles and strategic restarts, I believe the introduction of the Tizen Linux-based OS is reminiscent of a time when mobile Linux wasn't really moving ahead...


Heeding the Lessons of SCO, or Not

We recently saw what is being described as the ending of the seven-year-old SCO contract and intellectual property dispute that dragged Linux through the mud before it propelled the open source OS into much broader enterprise use and credibility. ...


Commercial Gains Mean Growing Pains for Open Source Community

Recent conversations at OSCON, which I've attended since 2004, as well as observations through talks with vendors, users and developers in open source all indicate a common theme: With commercial successes for open source software come some community growing pains. ...

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