Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk has launched a new Podcast called Hark. In his second episode, he and Agile programming guru Kent Beck have a thoughtful discussion around the ideas in O'Grady's book "The Software Paradox." Even though software is "eating the world" and become more widespread and strategic, its economic value appears to be declining rapidly. Certainly, we've seen a shift in the …[Read more]
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The wild and crazy guys over at S&T Geotronics, James Sanderson and Marc Tessier, have decided to go full tilt with a Kickstarter version of their DIY Open Enigma Project. For those who missed the fanfare last year, they were featured on Instructables showing how to build an Arduino-based encryption machine that works exactly like a WWII era Enigma. You know, the thing that Alan friggin' Turing and his team at …[Read more]
There is a good article over at Re-Code by ex-Microsoft VP Steven Sinofsky called "The Four Stages of Disruption". It describes the evolution of products and markets through disruption, drawing from Sinofsky's own insights and also building on the work of Everett Rogers ("The Diffusion of Innovations") and Clayton Christensen ("The …[Read more]
Jive goes public. webOS goes open source. Cloud Foundry goes .NET. And more.
# Jive Software started IPO at $12 a share, closing the day up nearly 30%.
# HP announced that it plans to release webOS under an open source license. Details are thin on the ground, although Fedora is reportedly an inspiration. Joel West’s post pretty much summed up my thoughts.
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Red Hat’s $136m acquisition of open source storage vendor Gluster marks Red Hat’s biggest buy since JBoss and starts the fourth quarter with a very intersting deal. The acquisition is definitely good for Red Hat since it bolsters its Cloud Forms IaaS and OpenShift PaaS technology and strategy with storage, which is often the starting point for enterprise and service provider cloud computing deployments. The acquisition also gives Red Hat another weapon in its fight against VMware, Microsoft and others, including OpenStack, of which Gluster is a member (more on that further down). The deal is also good for Gluster given the sizeable price Red Hat is paying for the provider of open source, software-based, scale-out storage for unstructured data and also as validation of both open source and software in today’s IT and cloud computing storage.
A blog post on how to deploy a sample JBoss application on
OpenShift Flex - using a highly available, scalable backend that
leverages MySQL Cluster
The Severalnines team has been busy during the summer months and as result, we have included OpenShift Flex support to our Severalnines Configurator (amongst other things). OpenShift, a Platform-as-a-Service operated by Red Hat, allows developers to develop and manage applications in the cloud. It is now possible to configure a clustered MySQL database for cloud services running on OpenShift. This brings high-availability and scalability at both the application and database layers.
As a guest contributor on …
The future of Java. Google releases Gingerbread. And more.
# Stephen Colebourne provided more details on the results of the vote on Java 7 and Java 8.
# Google introduced the Nexus-S with Android Gingerbread. …[Read more]
Alfresco launches Activiti project. Funding for NorthScale and Zend. And more.
# Alfresco launched the Apache-licensed Activiti BPM project, led by Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez.
# NorthScale announced $10m in series B funding, led by the Mayfield Fund, and a new CEO.
# Zend Technologies raised $9m led by Greylock Partners with participation its existing investors.
# Stephen Walli joined the CodePlex Foundation as its technical director. …[Read more]
If the recent debate about open core licensing has proven one thing, it is that the issue of combining proprietary and open source code continues to be a controversial one.
It ought to be simple: either the software meets the Open Source Definition or it does not. But it is not always easy to tell what license is being used, and in the case of software being delivered as a service, does it matter anyway?
The ability to deliver software as a hosted service enables some companies that are claimed to be 100% open source to offer customers software for which the source code is not available. Coincidentally, James Dixon has this week highlighted one …[Read more]
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