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My philosophy about adopting Open Source software is to give realistic advice for IT directors faced with the prospect of sorting out this new wave of technologies and business models. It can certainly be a daunting task. It's one thing for a home enthusiast to try out the latest cutting-edge software on a machine that doesn't really have to do much more than collect e-mail, but it's another thing entirely to commit to a production system. Part of the problem is that there's so much Open Source software to choose from, and it's all in varying stages of development. Literally hundreds of applications (or more) can be found on Sourceforge, a repository of Open Source code. I've heard people advise IT directors to browse Sourceforge for replacement software, but honestly, that's a mistake. Sourceforge is like an incubator for Open Source projects, and it's simply not pr... (more)

Maria Winslow's Practical Open Source Blog - Does Open Source Java Matter?

Maria Winslow's Practical Open Source Blog There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss and Geronimo (open source app servers) to MyFaces (an open source web application framework - think Struts but better) to Spring (an open source application framework). And now Harmony, an open source Java implementation, is in incubator status at the Apache Software Foundation. IBM and Intel have both made contributions toward the project. The Harmony project mission (from the website): -  Create a compatible, independent implementation of J2SE 5 under the Apa... (more)

Promoting Open Source Solutions

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 different? 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)

The Rapid Development of SugarCRM with LAMP

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)

Linux.SYS-CON.com Q&A with Lead Developer of Joomla!, Andrew Eddie

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 fork Mambo? 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)