When people hear that open source software is often free and overall cheaper
than proprietary solutions, they're intrigued. But how much cheaper is
another question. What other costs are involved? This article examines the
budgetary impact of migrating corporate desktops to open source solutions.
This is one of many areas where open source can positively impact IT budgets.
The first step in evaluating the license savings on the desktop is to
determine which desktops in your organization are candidates for migrating to
Linux, OpenOffice, or both.
Step One: Inventory and Distribution
Do a complete inventory of desktop applications in your organization. Be sure
to interview users directly, since some may be dependent on Windows-specific
applications that the IT department neither knows about nor supports. Once
you have an accurate inventory of deskto... (more)
In September, core developers of Mambo, the popular open source content
management system, announced a fork of the project, called Joomla!, with
virtually all active participants following the fork.
I caught up with Andrew Eddie, lead developer of the new Joomla!, to find out
more about the decision to fork the Mambo project, and to find out how things
are going so far.
LWM: I'll start with the hard question first: What led you to the decision to
Andrew Eddie: Forking is a very serious decision to make and one that I and
the team did not take lightly. In the words of... (more)
The Open Source Software Institute is an advocacy group with a mission to
promote Open Source software in government. We caught up with executive
director John Weathersby to tell us more.
LWM: There are several advocacy groups for Open Source - how is your mission
John Weathersby: There are many really strong organizational groups at work
in the Open Source Community. Each of which targets various segments and
factions of the overall marketplace, such as standards, policy, licensing,
education, desktop, lobbying, etc.
Our mission at the Open Source Software Institute ... (more)
After all the buzz about SugarCRM at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this
year in Boston, we caught up with the company's co-founder and VP of Open
Source, Clint Oram, to find out more about his hot new project.
How did you get started with SugarCRM?
The three of us who co-founded SugarCRM, Inc., and the SugarCRM Open Source
Project worked together in the CRM industry for several years and saw that
the time was right for a commercial Open Source CRM application. With my
previous company, I encountered Open Source software and quickly realized how
powerful a software development... (more)
Open Source Java Application Servers
Activity around open source projects related to Java is building. You
probably already know about JBoss, an open source Java application server,
but there are other options as well. Geronimo, an open source Java
application server under the Apache umbrella, has come a long way towards
becoming a potential replacement for proprietary servers like IBM's
WebSphere. IBM even employs a majority of the committers on Geronimo, an
indication that they see the writing on the wall. And the high status of
being a part of the Apache Software Foundation ... (more)