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Oracle Donates Open-Source Project to Apache

Posted by sroestam pada Juni 7, 2011

The open-source office-productivity suite OpenOffice has a surprising new home: Apache. There was some speculation Oracle might donate the project to the The Document Foundation, the group of developers that split from OpenOffice to launch LibreOffice last fall.

OpenOffice will join Apache Software Foundation as an “incubator” project, Oracle said June 1. As an incubator project, OpenOffice must mature and prove its viability and sustainability before graduating to full project status. Oracle has assigned the trademark to Apache, as well.

“The Apache Software foundation’s model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open-source product development,” Oracle said.

Oracle had promised that it would fully relinquish control over the open-source project and donate it to the community April 15. The company also appears to be trying to silence its critics who claim the database giant is anti-open source. Donating the code to venerable Apache, home of the popular Apache Web Server, proves that Oracle is committed to the developer and open-source communities, the company said.

“Donating to Apache gives this popular consumer software a mature, open and well-established infrastructure to continue well into the future,” said Luke Kowalski, the vice-president of Oracle’s corporate architecture group.

The move was surprising, as Oracle and Apache have had a contentious relationship over another open-source project, Java. Oracle subpoenaed Apache as part of its lawsuit against Google for violating Java patents in the Android mobile operating system. Oracle also blocked Apache’s Project Harmony from getting a Java license, which resulted in Apache quitting the Java Community Process in protest.

IBM relies heavily on OpenOffice and the ODF (Open Document Format) for its own Lotus Symphony office suite. The company, which had been lobbying for Oracle to spin off Open Office in the first place, immediately welcomed Oracle’s decision.

“We look forward to engaging with other community members to advance the technology beginning with our strong support of the incubation process for OpenOffice at Apache,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of collaboration solutions at IBM.

It is unclear what will happen to LibreOffice’s cadre of supporters as OpenOffice moves into Apache’s fold. Red Hat, Novell, Canonical, the Open Source Initiative, the Free Software Foundation and Google backed The Document Foundation and LibreOffice.

LibreOffice was launched by core OpenOffice community members who were frustrated by Oracle’s tight control over the project, which the company had inherited as part of its Sun Microsystems acquisition.

Another point of contention between LibreOffice and OpenOffice will be over licensing. OpenOffice, as an Apache project, will now be released under the Apache Software License. Previously, OpenOffice was licensed under GPL (GNU Public License), GNU LGPLv3 (Lesser General Public License version 3) and MPL (Mozilla Public License). Under GPL, LGPL and MPL, developers who modify and reuse code are required to give it back to the community. Under Apache’s license, developers don’t have to give back the modified code.

By donating OpenOffice to Apache, Oracle missed the opportunity to reunite the OpenOffice community, according to Italio Vignoli, a member of the Document Foundation’s steering committee. The differences between the Apache License and the LGPLv3+/MPL mean none of the “rich innovation” from LibreOffice’s contributors could be incorporated back into OpenOffice, Vignoli said. OpenOffice also has “many pieces of code” that are “not compatible” with Apache’s license, and will have to be “dropped or rewritten,” said Vignoli.

The spell checker, cryptography support and many file filters are among the numerous features that Oracle does not own the rights to in OpenOffice, as they belong to the individual developers now working on LibreOffice. Those features, licensed under LGPL/MPL, can’t be moved to Apache at this time.

However, any features that are included in OpenOffice can be rolled into LibreOffice, The Document Foundation noted in a blog post.

“We regret the missed opportunity but are committed to working with all remaining community members to devise the best possible future for LibreOffice and,” Vignoli said. (source:

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Kerjasama CISCO-Open Source akan membuatnya makin Kompetitif

Posted by sroestam pada Januari 13, 2009

CISCO Group adalah sebuah perusahaan Networking Service yang terbesar didunia dengan berbagai produk layanan jaringan yang canggih dan andal, seperti layanan email yang sangat aman (Iron Port), EMC Networked Storage System, LINKSYS Connected Office Products, IP Phone, Server, Router, Unified Communication System, dan lain-lainnya.

CISCO sudah lama menjalin kerjasama dengan berbagai Vendor Software Proprietary, seperti Microsoft, Oracle, SAP dan lain-lainnya. Dengan rencana CISCO untuk mengembangkan Produk Blade Server maka akan terbuka lebat kerjasamanya dengan berbagai Vendor Operating Systems, Application Providers, dan Middleware Developers.

Bila kerjasama CISCO dijalin dengan produk-produk Open Source seperti Red Hat, MySQL, Apache, Novell, dan aplikasi-aplikasi Open Source seperti Alfresco, JasperSoft, Openbrave, Pentaho, Liferay, SugarCRM dan lainnya, maka hasilnya akan membuat Raksasa Jaringan CISCO menjadi sangat kompetitif di Dunia Telematika. Terlebih lagi bilamana CISCO memilih untuk bekerjasama dengan Asterik, sebuah produk Open Source untuk komunikasi VoIP yang sangat populer.

Artikel lengkap tentang rencana CISCO menggebrak dunia layanan jaringan terlampir dibawah ini:

Cisco Serving Up Open Source?
by: Joe Panettieri
January 06, 2009
Most folks are focusing on Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) consumer electronics push this week. But I’m keeping one eye
on the data center — where Cisco apparently is preparing to launch blade servers. If true, I wonder: How soon will
Cisco speed dial Red Hat (RHT), MySQL, Novell (NOVL), SugarCRM and other open source application providers?
Sure, Cisco already has relationships with a range of software companies. But pushing into the fast-growing blade
server market will force Cisco to strengthen partnerships with operating system vendors, application providers,
middleware developers and so on.

The ties between top server makers and massive application providers are notoriously strong. Consider this: Dell
(DELL) is Oracle’s (ORCL) biggest reseller (or so Dell claimed at an even I attended in 2006). Certainly, Cisco can
develop similar relationships with the usual software suspects (Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle, SAP, etc.).
Changing the Rules of the Server Game

But if Cisco truly wants to disrupt the server market — and capture the next generation of application systems — the
networking giant should also ink relationships with Alfresco, JasperSoft, Openbravo, Pentaho, SugarCRM and other
open source companies.

Somewhere within the blade server strategy, Cisco must figure out how to work even more closely with SaaS
(software as a service) application providers and hosting firms that serve up Exchange Server, SharePoint and other
popular SaaS applications. At the same time, Cisco can potentially create links between its servers and the
company’s Wide Area Application Services strategy.

Parting Shot
The smartest, most disruptive move of all: Cisco should quietly test Asterisk (an open source phone system) on its
servers, and prepare to potentially cannibalize Cisco’s own unified communications business.

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