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
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
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
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)
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)