As I sign off from my duties at ZDNet, and more than 20 years following open source, I am struck with the realization that open source has, in many respects, really taken over the world.
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Facebook's Social Graph -- the database underlying its Graph Search engine unveiled yesterday-- is just one of many graph databases being employed for complex, connected data. Neo4j is another leading graph database that is open source and used by Cisco, Adobe, Squidoo and Intuit.
The release of Samba 4 will no doubt cut into Windows server business somewhat, but its interoperability capabilities will ease administrative and vendor support costs and preserve Windows servers and clients in the long run as open source transforms enterprise computing
Five out of six developers recently surveyed by Forrester Research say they have used or are using open source tools as part of their application development or deployment and the top five classes of software used are operating systems, web servers, databases, developer tools and configuration management tools
The first open source Active Directory server with SMB3 support, now due in mid December, is ideal for business desktop and storage needs. Samba 4 was a big beneficiary of antitrust orders forcing Microsoft to open up key protocols.
After a multi-year effort, the much anticipated Samba 4.0 platform, with new support for Microsoft Active Directory, is now slated for release on November 27
OpenOffice's graduation to a top-level project at Apache now clears he way for faster cloud innovation, especially as Microsoft Office 365's debut nears. Plans for "Cloud Apache OpenOffice" will be discussed at ApacheCon Europe in weeks
Joomla, a popular open source content management system, was recently upgraded to a 3.0 release with enhanced database integration, administrative tools and optimization for mobile devices. A 3.01 security fix went out Tuesday.
Apache OpenOffice is expecting to release its 3.5 version in the first quarter of 2013 with improved Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013 interoperability and later a 4.0 with next gen features. Meanwhile, tablet and cloud versions of LibreOffice are also underway.
At LinuxCon 2012, and CloudOpen, Canonical touted its pioneering work with OpenStack and said it intends to position its next platform - Ubuntu 12.10 in October -- with Juju and Charm technologies as the Cloud for human beings, much the way it positions its current OS as Linux for human beings. Its five-month-old Ubuntu 12.04 was the first commercial distribution to incorporate OpenStack.