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The Future of Enterprise Software

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| Open source and SaaS are both revolutionary architecture changes that affect 
| every business. The following figure gives a summary of my view of the world. 
| But just as the client/server computing revolution eclipsed, but did not 
| demolish the mainframe, I see the enterprise software model refocused into 
| serving primarily the very largest organizations' competitive-edge 
| application requirements and essentially removed from both the SMB and 
| utility markets as well as the internal custom development markets by SaaS 
| and open source, respectively.       


JumpBox Enables Open Source Web Application Deployment Without Hardware;
Releases 38 JumpBox Virtual Appliances for Amazon EC2

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| JumpBox, publisher of virtual appliances which provide the easiest way to 
| trial, develop, and deploy applications, today announced the release of 38 
| Open Source applications to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. 
| The release enables server application deployment, configuration, and 
| management almost completely independent of any user hardware.    



Funambol's CEO sees AGPL as essential for FOSS in cloud computing's future

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| "The future of software is in cloud computing," says Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO
| of Funambol, a company that provides mobile services. And if free and open
| source software (FOSS) is going to survive in that emerging market, he says,
| then the community needs to adjust by promoting greater use of the GNU Affero
| General Public License (AGPL), a license specifically crafted for software as
| a service.


Do we need GPLv3?

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| Regardless of opinion on the merits of the new GPL, the fact is it's
| here--and likely here to stay.
| In essence, copyleft is a complete reversal of traditional copyright values
| where the law sees software as a literary work under the Copyright, Designs
| and Patents Act 1988.
| [...]
| The result is a new version of the license that is much clearer in its scope
| and application. It also takes greater account of software patents. To
| prevent software owners using patents to impose additional terms on users,
| the license includes the use of any patents owned by copyright holders that
| fall within the scope of the software. The termination provisions are also
| made clearer and are now automatic instead of requiring a notice from a
| copyright holder.
| [...]
| Conversion from GPL version 2 to version 3 is increasing as existing open
| source applications seek to benefit from the improved certainty afforded by
| the new terms. That's not to say that version 2 is unenforceable, it will
| continue to exist and be used by those who prefer it, but version 2 and
| version 3 are incompatible. Thus a decision needs to be made by those
| organizations 'going open' as to how they would prefer their software to be
| made available--and soon.


GPLv3/AGPLv3 Adoption: If It Happened Too Fast, I'd Be Worried

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| Since the release of GPLv3, technology pundits have been opining about how
| adoption is unlikely, usually citing Linux's still-GPLv2 status as (often
| their only) example. Even though I'm a pro-GPLv3 (and, specifically,
| pro-AGPLv3) advocate, I have never been troubled by slow adoption, as long as
| it remained on a linear upswing from release day onward (which it has).


AGPLv3 Keeps Open Source Vibrant in Age of SaaS

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| For all practical purposes, the AGPLv3 is a key advance for everyone involved
| in open source, regardless of if you are a software developer, Internet end
| user or enterprise end user. The AGPLv3 closes the ASP loophole and keeps the
| freedom of open source software alive, in the age of SaaS and hosted
| applications.

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