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[News] Free/Open Source Software Development is Fast

  • Subject: [News] Free/Open Source Software Development is Fast
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 11:32:18 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
How open source speeds development...the Zipidy example

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| 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.    


SugarCRM 5 Pulling Against Closed Source CRM

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| A beta community preview release of Sugar 5.0 is expected to be available 
| this week with full general availability expected by the end of Septetember. 
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JasperSoft revs up Salesforce reporting

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| Open source business intelligence firm JasperSoft has finally rolled out the 
| Summer 07 release of its Salesforce.com sales analysis software. 



Change and development with open source

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| Innovation goes hand in hand with open source software. Open source software 
| builds on the innovative nature of people; it comes from people's desire to 
| make something better. It also gives people the skills and resources to 
| become innovative with software.   
| This is not abstract speculation; a recent report from a group of corporate 
| CIOs states, 'faster product cycles are seen as a big advantage for open 
| source - CIOs believe that product innovation is faster in open source'.   


Apple's Annual Developer's Conference Disappoints For Its Lack of Innovation

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| Apple shares fell 3.45% yesterday on general investor disappointment 
| with what was perceived as a lack of innovation at Apple's annual 
| software developer's conference [WWDC].


Novell Hack Week: an experiment in innovation

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| According to legendary scientist Albert Einstein, "everything that is really 
| great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." 
| Perhaps that is why open-source software is such fertile ground for 
| innovation.    
| [...]
| Are there plans to do another Hack Week in the future? If Novell does another 
| Hack Week, is there something that you would like to see done differently? 
| Absolutely. We're looking at doing it again in 6 months or so. No date is set 
| yet, but in the future we hope to involve more participants from the 
| community.   


Innovation: The REAL Killer App

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| There is no true innovation in Windows Vista. Microsoft has spent
| years developing a product that nobody cared about or wanted. All
| Microsoft was developing was the operating system they needed to
| perpetuate their Windows franchise. After long hold ups in
| development, this has left their Windows revenues at a trickle.
| The sad thing is the GNU/Linux camp has done little to combat
| this deficiency in innovation. They have been more concerned
| with creating an equivalent product at a better price rather than
| a better product at a better price. Sure GNU/Linux is a better
| product due to its inherent stability, performance and security,
| but these aren't the features that home consumers migrate
| platforms for. True innovation, such as improvements in usability,
| is the only way one can convince consumers to choose your product
| over a stagnant entrenched one like Windows. It is simple free
| market economics, the better product at the best price will win. 


Balancing open source risk and the total innovation opportunity

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| This week I have been banging on and on about the total
| innovation opportunity of using open source software as an
| enterprise development platform.


Interview: author and ex-Microsoft manager Scott Berkun

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| Do you think that being able to see and modify a program's source code is a 
| good method of innovation? 
| SB: Sure. Understanding how things work is the fastest way to learn and gives 
| people who come later reusable, proven methods for doing things. But at the 
| same time, it provides sets of assumptions that are more efficient to follow 
| than to reconsider or reinvent. So depending on what level of innovation 
| we're talking about (a feature? a product? a line of products? a paradigm?)  
| access to source code has different levels of value. And there's also the 
| value of mystery -- sometimes a locked box forces people to be more creative 
| since they have to invent their own approach. Being angry at that locked box 
| and wanting to figure it out can drive people to innovate who'd be bored if 
| they had permission to take it apart and see the source (as the legions of 
| hackers and reverse-engineers out there can attest).         


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