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open source software

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Open Source Software


Free, open source software is a trend that makes for-profit software companies shake in their boots.  The concept is simple...a bunch of computer geeks get together and offer for free what other companies are trying to charge for.  and, by the power of the masses, they can offer better software, with more timely updates, and by getting a mass of users, they guarantee market share. 

But where are the profits, you might ask?  How about going public?  One of the most-anticipated tech IPOs of the year has been that of open-source database company MySQL.  Investors, including Benchmark, Index, IVP, Intel, and SAP, have put in more than $39 million to date.  mySQL claims a 25 percent share of the database market.  If its IPO does well (assuming it ever happens), that would open the door eventually for other open-source startups such as Openads (open-source ad server) and Automattic (which has built a business on top of the open-source blogging platform, Wordpress), among others.



OpenSocial:  for web application development



Many sites, one API:  A common API means you have less to learn to build for multiple websites. OpenSocial is currently being developed by a broad set of members of the web community. The ultimate goal is for any social website to be able to implement the API and host 3rd party social applications. There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.



Open source Coding:


TopCoder:  An interesting company that gets coders to compete against eachother to work on paying projects (prize competition, with incentive of reputation + chance find jobs)...is http://www.topcoder.com/


make your own site Open-source:


GitHub was written for public, open source projects and private, proprietary codes — if you use Git, GitHub is for you.







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Open Source Drivers


Proprietary Software Companies Offering Open Source Support

Companies like Oracle are trying to win back customers they lost to open source software by offering support services for Linux as well as selling their proprietary software. Microsoft's recent deal with Novell also points to feeling among proprietary software vendors that they can't beat the open source movement, so they might as well enter the competition for support and training revenue. Now that proprietary software vendors are supporting open source software, enterprise adoption should grow at a faster rate.


Trust in Open Source Reliability Among Enterprise Sector

Because the source code for open source software is transparent and built in part by volunteers, enterprise IT planners are often hesitant to use it fearing security issues and a lack of support if the software experiences problems. Thus, companies with large IT departments and in-house developers that can fix internal problems on their own are generally the early adopters of open-source. Companies like Red Hat (RHT) and Novell (NOVL), because they guarantee support for their Linux solutions, are slowly but surely convincing wary enterprises to take the open source plunge.


Patent Infringement Lawsuits

Microsoft (MSFT) and other large proprietary software vendors have sued open source software companies for patent infringement in the past, and while Microsoft has recently agreed not to sue Novell for for patent infringement for the time being, the risk is still out there and affects open-source adoption among companies wary of being involved in future law suits.


Government policies in favor of Open Source software

There is a trend towards governments around the world encouraging the use of free or Open Source software (so called 'FOSS policies'). These either mandate the consideration or use of Free / Open Source software, or the use of open standards for document file formats, in preference to closed proprietory standards. See: FOSS Government Policy





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