Ian Howells, Alfresco's Chief Marketing Officer, just shared with me some intriguing data that I thought would be useful for more than just Alfresco. I've long suspected that documentation was a key driver of purchases in open source, and here's some data that confirms this view:… Read more
I was very fortunate tonight to keynote the inaugural Utah Open Source Conference (UTOSC). Fortunate because I'm a Utahn and it was great to see so many open-source developers in my home state. Fortunate because it pushed me to think once again about the location question in open source. (Btw, Phil Windley blogged my presentation, and did a great job of capturing some of my major points.)
Location may matter in some industries. It may even matter in proprietary software. It doesn't matter in open source, because open-source software is developed, sold and supported over the Internet. Open source is geography agnostic.
I talked about how Utah can grow its open-source ecosystem, but the same principles apply to any geography:… Read more
I spent some time today talking with Cosimo Sperais, CEO of Zipidy. Zipidy provides an interesting mobile solution that currently helps end-users find and pay for parking (the technology, however, has uses well beyond parking). Funny enough, the company was born from Cosimo's problem one day in finding parking in San Francisco.
While Zipidy's platform will allow the deployment of any service for the mobile customers, in this first phase Zipidy is focusing only to support and deploy services that are categorized as "info mobility," and specifically a wireless closed loop parking solution that is designed to provide substantial incremental value to all core parking participants: End-Users, municipalities (making it a lot cheaper to collect parking fees, rather than sending out parking fee collection agents), and merchants. The solution supports all forms of parking mechanisms, including On/Off street meters, gated garages, permit driven spaces and parking lots.
While I find the parking solution interesting (and, yes, I've had the same problem finding parking in San Francisco), I wanted to hear how open source helps a company like Zipidy, which is not in itself an open-source company. The answer was interesting:… Read more
We recently spoke with Maskim Rogov, president of Nullriver Software. His development team created the software -- Installer.app -- that represents a tipping point of sorts for native, binary applications that run on the iPhone. The program installs itself on iPhones via a graphical Mac OS X program that deprecates previously necessary, multi-step Terminal routines. It can then find, install, uninstall, and update native iPhone applications from the device itself over a Wi-Fi or EDGE connection: a veritable sea change that made third-party iPhone binaries feasible for the userbase at large. [See our guide for Installer.app usage instructions] … Read more
Open-source hardware hasn't really taken off...yet. But Dave Rosenberg today alerted me to a new player in the space from BugLabs, which hopes to develop in much the same way that open-source software does. Here's BUG's premise:BUG is a collection of easy-to-use, open source hardware modules, each capable of producing one or more Web services. These modules snap together physically and the services connect together logically to enable users to easily build, program and share innovative devices and applications. With BUG, we don't define the final products - you do.
Apple's iPhone Tech Talks -- an event for Web developers that features Apple employees speaking on ensuring Safari on iPhone compatibility, creating Web 2.0 applications for iPhone, and managing content and synched data on iPhone -- have already hit LA, San Francisco and Chicago, wrapping up tomorrow and Friday in New York.
Mike Brophy of RIActant.com has posted some thorough notes from the event, which largely focused on best practices for designing Web content for the iPhone. Among the salient points:Safari 3.0 beta for Windows, Safari 3.0 beta for Tiger, and Safari 3.0 … Read more
Baseline Magazine has a great case study of why one company elected to buy an open-source application (in this case, Compiere's open-source ERP solution). Years ago, if anyone opted for open source it was purely a cost-driven decision.
Today, however, while cost is a driving factor in open-source purchasing decisions, it's just one of many, as the article notes:… Read more
Robert Galoppini and colleagues set out to get a good estimate of how many active, stable open-source projects there are. While Sourceforge shows well over 100,000 projects, and other source-code repositories add tens of thousands more, the number of projects that are actively being developed globally is actually a relatively small number:… Read more
Marketcircle has released a new version of its Mac OS X application that simulates the size of the iPhone's screen, offering a built-in WebKit-based browser. Dubbed "iPhoney," (the new release is version 1.2) the application can simulate the iPhone user agent, rotate to display pages vertically or horizontally, and show or hide the location bar. You can zoom out to see how your current pages might look while zoomed out on iPhone, and turn off plug-ins (including Flash).
Sites are rendered in a 320 by 480-pixel (vertical) or 480 by 320-pixel (horizontal) window, with a stylized … Read more
Cost savings are nice - and open source delivers them in spades - but price is just one benefit of open source. According to Bill Welty, CIO of California's Air Resource Board, price isn't even the most important factor.
"Increased agility, responsiveness to internal clients, and team-building" are the real value drivers of open source, Welty insists:… Read more