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As the open-source search project Lucene grows in credibility and commercialization, it poses a clear and present danger to the proprietary search businesses of Microsoft, Google, Autonomy, and more.
Developers are reporting that the version contains bugs that could cause a Java Virtual Machines to crash or affect applications. SE7 is the first milestone since Oracle bought Java's creator, Sun.
Lucene is the latest open-source project to become popular with Web developers.
In a world awash in open-source software, the market leaders will be those that can integrate and present it best.
Big Blue's new analytics software project will help extract, annotate, and visually analyze terabytes of Web information. Among its early adopters: the British Library.
Many in the open-source community have been waiting for the "Linux desktop" to arrive for years, but they appear to have missed obvious signs that we're beyond it.
Microsoft is getting set to phase out its FAST enterprise search offerings for Linux and Unix. Will customers move to cloud-based search or move to Windows?
The open-source Apache Solr, rather than Google's own search technology, is powering the All for Good site, which says as much about Google as it does about Solr.
The open-source crowd prides itself on diversity, but Linux "desktop" users' search behavior reveals anything but diversity, given its 94 percent "vote" for Google.
The market research suggests that commercialization of open source will make it expensive compared to proprietary solutions, but the facts don't bear out this assertion.