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ANALYSIS

The FOSS Effect on the Mobile OS Landscape in 2013

The year is starting out with what may turn out to be significant changes in the mobile operating system market, with open source software playing a significant role just as it has in enterprise software, virtualization and cloud computing ...

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FOSS and the Enemy Within

"Overall, Oracle's support of the many open source software projects it inherited with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems has been lackluster," Jay Lyman, Senior Analyst for Enterprise Software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider. "How the company is perceived, as well as its opportunity among open source software developers and users, will continue to depend on Oracle's approach to open source software projects and communities."

ANALYSIS

Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2013

As 2012 draws to an end, it's an opportune time to look ahead and consider what we can expect in theLinux OS community and market for 2013. ...

Why Cadence Is Canon at Canonical

One of the big attractions of the Linux OS is its ability to play nicely with diametric user groups. The dual audience for Linux distributions pits the unpaid, community versions as a complement to the paid, subscription Linux users, according to Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at The 451 Group.

OPINION

Open Source Could Clean Up US Elections

It's obvious from the latest U.S. election that our voting system could use some improvement in terms of both enabling and supporting voters and efficiently tallying and verifying a trusted result. Open source offers the technology, as well as the culture and community, to address these challenges, and it may be among the best solutions. ...

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Open Source Lives in Polyglot Programming

The prominence and pervasiveness of open source software in cloud computing is something I'veresearched and written about quite a bit. I've also discussed how open source software is a key component and catalyst for the devops trend that blends application development and deployment via IT operations. Now I'm seeing the same effect from open source software yet again in a disruptive trend: polyglot programming...

The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse

"Overall, Oracle's support of the many open source software projects it inherited with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems has been lackluster," Jay Lyman, Senior Analyst for Enterprise Software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider. "How the company is perceived, as well as its opportunity among open source software developers and users, will continue to depend on Oracle's approach to open source software projects and communities."

OPINION

Like FOSS Fog, Cloud Confusion May Not Matter

The general public knows little about the true technology fundamentals of cloud computing, suggests a recent survey commissioned by IT vendor Citrix. Almost a third of the roughly 1,000 U.S. adults polled thought cloud computing was related to weather. ...

OPINION

Open Source Still Draws Proprietary Vendors Into the Fold

VMware continued its embrace of open source software with its recent acquisition of open sourceand virtual network provider Nicira. The move continued VMware's aggressive M&A strategy and its effort to transition from proprietary software and virtualization to a broadermarket and cloud computing, largely through open source software ...

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Sussing Out Who the Real Linux Contributors Are

This story was originally published on April 17, 2012, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series. ...

OPINION

Microsoft Loves Linux – as Long as It’s Not Red Hat

Just when you thought it couldn't top itself -- having contributed Linux kernel code under the GPL, broadly supported Linux alongside Windows with its systems management and other software, and spun off a new subsidiary dedicated to openness, Microsoft showed yet more Linux and open source love recently, adding an impressive Linux lineup to supported software on its Azure cloud.

Google Gets Motorola’s Patents – and Problems

"Ever since Google announced its intention to acquire Motorola, there has been a question of how deeply it would integrate its own technology and business, Android in particular, and how much Google would still work with other major handset makers," said Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at 451 Research.

OPINION

Mixed Signals in IT’s Great IP War

Recent news that Microsoft and Barnes & Noble agreed to partner on the Nook e-reader line rather than keep fighting over intellectual property suggests the prospect of more settlement and fewer IP suits in the industry. However, the deal further obscures the blurry IP and patent landscape currently impacting both enterprise IT and consumer technology...

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Reading Between the Linux Contributor List’s Lines

The recently released Who Writes Linux kernel contributor listreveals that some of the usual supporters of Linux -- Red Hat, SUSE, IBM, Intel, Oracle -- remain firmly behind the open source OS. ...

OPINION

Open Source Coopetition Fueled by LF Growth

The Linux Foundation has come a long way since initiated in 2007 as the fusion of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) and Free Standards Group. At its start, I wondered why there was no membership or representation from Canonical, which was the hottest thing in Linux at the time. ...

OPINION

Open APIs Are the New Open Source

We've seen the rise of open source software in the enterprise and also beyond the IT industry, but the real keys to openness and its advantages in today's technology world -- where efficient use of cloud computing and supporting services are paramount -- exist in open application programming interfaces, or APIs. ...

OPINION

Open Source: Not Just for Tech Anymore

Amid the many predictions for 2012 regarding Linux and open source software, including my own forecast of Linux domination, there is a larger, wider embrace of open source software taking place not only in the technology and other industries, not only in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America -- but all over the globe in new corners and facets of our society...

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How Deep Are Android’s Linux Roots?

"The fact that we're talking about the fragmentation of Android means that we are recognizing its success, given how quickly and how far it has spread. The bottom line is that fragmentation is certainly a challenge. But with so many different case uses, the fragmentation is necessary. It's what the market kind of needs right now," Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at The 451 Group, told LinuxInsider.

Can WebOS Rise Above Clouds of Skepticism?

Indeed, "I have a pretty mixed reaction," agreed Jay Lyman, a senior analyst with 451 Research. There are several downsides to the move, Lyman told LinuxInsider. First is that "similar to Symbian, which was open sourced and then later reverted, webOS is facing a big question...

OPINION

Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012

Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software. Looking at the coming year for Linux, these are the key areas to watch: cloud computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Android, the automobile industry -- and not the desktop. ...

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