When Rackspace Managed Hosting started in 1998 to lease Internet colocated
servers to customers, they went with Linux almost everywhere in an effort to
keep costs down. In fact, heavy use of Linux was standard in the low-margin
managed hosting sector. According to IT manager Eric Evans, "people would be
surprised by how much they would save if they went with Linux." Linux Servers
and a Mix of DesktopsEvans supports a little under 200 servers for internal
company use. Evans put all of the internal services that he could on Linux
servers, including e-mail, file servers, print servers, DNS, and network
monitoring. Only the financial application server and the sales force
automation server remain on Windows, because the vendors don't have Linux
versions yet. Linux comprises about 80% of internal servers.
Of the approximately 9,000 customer servers, Evans estimates that 6... (more)
It became apparent to me recently at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that
our choice of words matters. I was standing at the Mozilla booth when two
guys came up and peered over my shoulder. "They're selling the T-shirts here,
too," one said with disappointment in his voice, "Let's go." I couldn't
believe it - access to the source code isn't enough. Getting award-winning
software at no cost isn't even enough. They expected free T-shirts too!
Anyone who has been involved in Linux for a while knows that there are two
names for the software movement that has rallied around it: open... (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)
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)
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: Inv... (more)