2007 was such a massive year for open source that I've had to divide it up into two posts. 2006 was relatively easy to encapsulate in one post. Not so 2007. Enterprise adoption of open source was in full bloom. The analysts were all over open source in 2007. And then there was Microsoft....
I covered January through June. This one covers July through December. It's surprising just how much happened this past year:
- Open-source investments were up 33% over Q2 2006. Interestingly, open-source startup opportunities branched out beyond CRM, ERP, and other mainstream enterprise software to things like advertising, telephony, and other disparate things.
- Windows development declined by 12% while developers targeting the Linux platform(s) was up 34.8%. Microsoft is hardly going away anytime soon, but third-party developers...maybe so. Of course, later numbers , while . Lies, damned lies, and statistics...but whose?
- Microsoft made an attempt to place itself above the open-source fray by Microsoft got roasted. Against this backdrop, , but nothing to write home about (though this does ). . Needless to say,
- Speculation abounds as to who Oracle would buy. The real question, of course, was who it would not buy....
- Microsoft starts to understand open source, albeit imperfectly, when it begins to recognize the disruptive potential of promoting piracy of its own products in China. Free distribution? 非常好!
- The commoditization of enterprise software hits its saturation point with (which does the exact same thing as its predecessor, with a new purple and pink interface). The stalling of new license revenue for the proprietary vendors provides a convenient entry point for open-source vendors.
- IBM to use its patents in standards-based software. Microsoft refuses to follow suit.
- Matthew Szulik of Red Hat for why he's leader of the free (and open source) world, suggesting a roadmap for how to build an open-source company.
- indicating its performance is nearly on par with Oracle's...at the rock-bottom price of $0.00.
- A report from open-source collaborative content management vendor Alfresco indicates that , even in mission-critical deployments. A troubling trend for the proprietary vendors.
- to corrupt innocent legal minds with notions like "freedom" at Duke Law School. It's a shame that we ever have to say goodbye to people like this.
- Despite being a closed platform, the . Who says we don't like pretty shiny things? .
- Sun continues to that demonstrate a recovery, with open source at its heart. But can it continue?
- The United States Supreme Court brings a measure of patent sanity to the world with KSR vs. Teleflex, which ruling on other patent suits in US courts' backlogs. Can it continue?
- Fake Steve Jobs . It was fun while it lasted. Dan decides to continue the blog, but the bloom is off the rose.
- The Apache web server market share appears to slip by 1.7% while Microsoft's IIS appears to gain by 1.4%, causing Microsoft to exult and industry observers to discredit the numbers.
- Microsoft seeks (and ) OSI approval for two of its licenses, prompting a chorus of boos . This also prompted some to question the relevance of OSI and, more poignantly, to of a body that plays such an important role in open source. (Disclosure: I'm an OSI board member.)
- MySQL gets lambasted .
- , perhaps one of the biggest coups ever by a startup, given that XenSource had virtually no sales and little control of the popular Xen hypervisor. This acquisition seemed to confirm . At least we had , keeping some open source in the family.
- Yahoo! aggressively . Yahoo! appears to be using open source more and more as a competitive differentiator, shedding its .
- Microsoft continues to push "Open Office" XML, and it . In fact, as Microsoft seeks to "lobby" . Ultimately, Microsoft's OOXML efforts failed... .
- created by Google Apps, but fears persist that the search giant has an all-consuming appetite for other people's data. Google's rising power leads to . Google tries to calm fears .
- Novell finally .
- American K-12 schools get smart with 800% growth in open-source adoption projected between 2006 and 2011. Glad to see my tax dollars going for something useful.
- over Sun's (err...NetApp's?) ZFS technology. The real news, however, is how this legal battle boiled over into the blogosphere with .
- Oracle ...while simultaneously parading its key technological differentiators with RHEL. A fork by any other name....
- In an effort to fool would-be customers into buying Vista, , telling the world that XP is expensive, slow, and not very secure. Just what Linux evangelists have been telling the world for years.
- A study shows that ignoring copyright (through fair use) . Now if we could just ignore those inane patents, too.
- The . Bien sur!
- Zimbra rocked the open-source world with . Zimbra had done $6 million in 2006 sales and was - excellent numbers and a clear indication that one can make a lot of money by giving things away, and that .
- In the first of its several lawsuits, BusyBox sued Monsoon Multimedia for GPL infringement. The case settled, but BusyBox and the Software Freedom Law Center would eventually sue several others.
- PayPal joins a small but growing list of companies willing to go public with the benefits they receive from open source. .
- Microsoft seeks online relevance , which investment tells us two things: 1) Microsoft has way too much cash to burn and 2) Facebook's valuation reflects a belief that it has a lot of potential that it has shown a complete inability to monetize. Perhaps Microsoft can help, but given its track record online...? Microsoft for its "deal."
- Radiohead lets fans name their price for its newest album, In Rainbows. Fans pretend to be fans and , eventually leading it to yank the promotion.
- A majority of enterprises indicate that cost is a primary driver for their decision to use open source (80%), . And to think the proprietary vendors have been telling us all these years that source code doesn't matter....
- that moves including, among many other dubious things, offshoring and . After public backlash, it repents and agrees not to do it again. Until tomorrow.
- The 451 Group finds that the pace of open-source mergers and acquisitions has accelerated recently. Will there be any of us left to buy in 2008?
- Uruguay announces that . Unfortunately for OLPC, it is one of the few, with increasing numbers of companies stepping into the fray to compete with OLPC on its turf. Good for developing nations, .
- as the consolidation frenzy reaches fever pitch, with , too, and to keep up with the Joneses.
- Google talks about . Nobody cares.
- Patent troll IP Innovation launches a patent infringement suit against Novell and Red Hat for alleged Linux desktop violations of its IP. Curiously, Microsofties join IP Innovation to sue innocent companies. Imagine that. IP Innovation by saying, "We don't despise anyone in particular. We hate everyone."
- that an open-source approach is required for innovation. No surprise there....
- Steve Ballmer indicates that . No one lines up to be acquired.
- by making peace with the Shreeves. About time.
- Red Hat Assuming the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" principle applies to Red Hat, many speculate that Red Hat must need fixing.
- . Oracle, however, is so massive that its database business is almost a rounding error. MySQL who?
- Whatever the number ( ), analysts believe open source has a rosy future.
- . The only real news is that the number isn't much higher.
- Sun and Red Hat . More LAMJ to come?
- Google announces its The media then proceeds to discuss it for the next two months while Google does nothing more with it.
- by the end of the year in a sign that the company recognizes the need to at least go through the motions of open source. This doesn't fix the fact that but hey! You can't have everything.
- Facebook demonstrates that , launching an ill-fated Beacon product and doing a terrible PR job when the industry rightly complains. Meanwhile, Google takes its own lumps on Capitol Hill as .
- as CIOs' top pick for value, four years running.
- A sign of a proprietary future?
- The industry finally starts to grok that open document formats may not matter very much .
- Microsoft beats its chest over Internet Explorer's alleged security supremacy over Firefox. The impact knocks it down... . Of course, . But Microsoft doesn't talk about that much.
- Gartner suggests that it inhabits a completely different planet by .
- The 451 Group . It's all Windows for you folks!
- Analysts suggest that . Open-source vendors rub their hands in anticipation.
- Red Hat ends the (calendar) year with an exceptional third quarter, but . Plus ca change....
- Matthew Szulik resigns as CEO of Red Hat for personal reasons, and is replaced by Delta Air Lines COO. Perhaps .
That's the year. While the proprietary world consolidates the open-source world expands its footprint and deepens its roots within enterprises across the globe. There has never been a better time to work in the open-source economy. What a fantastic year this has been.