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Commercializing open source--make it transparent

Commercialization of open source--and Oracle's recent foray into acquiring open source components--was a major theme at the Open Source Business Conference. During a panel on the topic, Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy for servers, proclaimed that commercialization is not only beneficial but inevitable.

February 16, 2006 by Dan Farber

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SpikeSource and SugarCRM light the LAMP

During the Open Source Business Conference I sat down for a podcast interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL; Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource; and John Roberts, CEO of SugarCRM. The three open source moguls are flush with recent VC cash infusions and have partnered on Spike Stack for Sugar Professional.

February 16, 2006 by Dan Farber

Comments's new transparency

Phil Wainewright has the scoop on's newfound transparency with a publically available, real-time system performance and status page.

February 15, 2006 by Dan Farber


Marten Mickos: MySQL's undaunted leader

Prior to Stephen Shankland's scoop about Oracle's attempt to add MySQL to its portfolio, I chatted with the open source database company's CEO Marten Mickos about Oracle's open source envy, his reaction to Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, and how he plans to keep MySQL ahead of the game. Mickos had tried to acquire InnoDB, which provides online backup for MySQL, but the pastures were apparently greener at the omnivorous Oracle for InnoDB creator Heikki Tuuri.

February 15, 2006 by Dan Farber


Book excerpt: Naked Conversations

In October I blogged my one (long) sentence review of "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers" by PR pro, startup guru and author Shel Israel and Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble (Wiley, 2006).

February 15, 2006 by Dan Farber


The wild world of open source

During a session at the Open Source Business Conference, called "CXO Crossfire," several a panelists debated a number of questions related to open source. Actually it was more of a discussion, with executives representing buyers and four the sellers.

February 15, 2006 by Dan Farber


SAP: Less mature open source won't survive enterprise consolidation

Peter Graf, SAP executive vice president of solution marketing, gave his company’s point of view on open source this morning at the Open Source Business Conference. He started out with a list of open source products that SAP uses, like every other enterprise software company, and how the total price-to-performance ratio of SAP on Linux was 50 times better on Linux than on Unix.

February 15, 2006 by Dan Farber


Yes. You should outsource your e-mail

In response to yesterday's post about how Google may soon let you host your email systems (under your domain names) on its servers (powered by GMail), ZDNet reader JM James thinks I was off my rocker when I wrote:In fact, I'm willing to bet that better than 90 percent of the businesses currently in-sourcing their email can't legitimately justify the practice.Responded James via ZDNet's TalkBack:This is a joke, right?...

February 15, 2006 by David Berlind


Mitch Kapor: Why Wikipedia is the next big thing

At the close of the first day of the Open Source Business Conference, Mitch Kapor explained why he thinks Wikipedia is the next big thing. He first deconstructed the online encyclopedia, which is one of the top 20 Web sites, and punctured holes in myths, such as “someone has to be in charge of things or they don’t work.

February 14, 2006 by Dan Farber