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[News] Thoughts on Free/Open Source Advantages Through Cooperation

  • Subject: [News] Thoughts on Free/Open Source Advantages Through Cooperation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 04:11:38 +0000
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January 22: No More End Users: OSS Enables New Ways of Cooperating, Carlo Daffara

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| One of the most fascinating thing about 
| open source is that it allows the 
| collaboration between entities that are in 
| many ways anomalous. One of my favorite 
| examples of this are the Sakai and Kuali 
| consortia, created by large universities 
| dissatisfied by their proprietary software 
| systems. They found it more economical to 
| pull their efforts together and create 
| something new instead rather than simply 
| continuing to pay for something that 
| delivered less than expected. The process 
| ended up creating something of value to 
| themselves and to other universities and 
| groups; it also provided the basis for a 
| profitable business for those companies 
| selling consulting services. 


Open Source Exchanges: Can VARs Profit?

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| When OpenBravo â an open source ERP company 
| â launched an open source exchange earlier 
| today, The VAR Guy had a case of deja vu. 
| From Digium to Red Hat to xTuple, numerous 
| open source companies have launched online 
| marketplaces for their customers and VARs. 
| But can open source exchanges really stir 
| application sales? Here are some thoughts.


JBoss and SpringSource

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| Both are owned by corporate parents that 
| have large market shares in their 
| respective product categories: Linux 
| servers for Red Hat, and corporate data 
| center virtualization for VMWare, 
| respectively, which allows the two 
| subsidiaries of the parents to exert some 
| sort of free-wheeling and experimentation 
| with messaging, such as JBoss' new non-Java 
| EE push through other languages, and 
| SpringSource's anti-Java EE push through 
| their own language, of sorts....but make no 
| mistake about the competition, it boils 
| down to a heavily intensive fight for the 
| mindshare of Java developers worldwide, 
| with the eventual victor controlling what 
| is left of the corporate IT spend that does 
| not go to Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle...this 
| is major terrain for the once-small start-
| ups to undertake....



Gnutiken - International GNU Cooperative Sweden

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| Since I ended my internship with the FSFE in May, my main priority has been
| the establishing of a Free Software cooperative in GÃteborg. The result is
| about to unfold itself, and itâs name is Gnutiken, or âthe Gnutiqueâ if you
| want to be English about it. Together with two of my favourite hackers,
| Jeremiah Foster and Patrik Willard, I have been able to establish a
| for-profit NGO (ekonomisk fÃrening), and spent a lot of time wading through
| all the bureaucratic windings needed to start a business. I am now happy to
| say that we are about to launch. We have found a nice shop in central
| GÃteborg and are awaiting the last formal answers to some of our
| applications.

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