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Manel Sarasa CEO of Openbravo, Interview at Open Source Meets Business

I conducted an interview with the CEO of Openbravo, Manel Sarasa. Openbravo is a free and open source software for enterprise resource planning.

We are talking about the story of Openbravo, localization of the software and the business model of the company. Openbravo has currently more that 1500 downloads a day and all together more than 500.000 downloads up to know. 70 partners are acting in more than 20 countries. The download of the software is completely free of charge. Customers can also customize the software and distribute it. The company earns an income by providing services and consulting. It received 5 million Euros funding from investors in the first round.

Our clients are organisations that have chosen to be the owners of their ERP solution and to only pay for the professional support they really need, when they need it. (May 15, 2008, www.openbravo.com)

60 people are steadily employed by the company. One third in the engeneering team, one third in the operations team and one third is employed in other parts, like in corporate services and in the internal consulting unit. "About the community, we estimate that there are thousands of people contributing to the project." Emerging markets and Asia, especially India and China, is a hot topic for Openbravo. "We start to have some good contacts there." The next step in increasing userfriendlyness of Openbravo systems is the one click install with an easy option to keep clients up to date.


Interview: Mario Behling // Camera: Stefan Koehler
Direct Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3941448881089759658
Openbravo is an open source web-based ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License. The model for the program was originally based on the Compiere ERP program that is also open source, released under the GNU General Public License version 2. The company is also a member of the Open Solutions Alliance, a non-profit organization working for open-source standardization. The program is among the top ten most active projects of Sourceforge as of January 2008. Development decisions are made by Openbravo, S.L., located in Pamplona, Spain. (Version 22 March 2008, 18:31, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openbravo)

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Towards Wireless Open Hardware Routers and WLAN Servers

At the CeBIT I had the chance to talk to some fantastic folks of direct open embedded systems, a new Latvian company that is producing WLAN devices based on the GNU/Linux distributions like OpenWRT, OpenEmbedded and FlashSYS Linux.

In the video they present their devices and some show cases as well as FlashSYS, their own web based firmware for small router computers.

FlashSYS environment is a cross-operating system clent-server environment that allows developers to use existing web development skills (HTML, JavaScript, Ajax, Flash, SQLite, and Lua) to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for an embedded system with a very small footprint. (http://openrb.com)

direct open embedded systems is able to produce WLAN devices that can act as small web servers with currently up to 64 GB storage space.


Most of the free and open source companies presented their products in hall 5, which was packed with crowds of people. You can get an idea when you hear the background noise in the video. The interest in free and open source technologies is amazing and ever increasing.

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AMD wird Open Source-Engagement 2008 deutlich weiter ausbauen

Chris Schläger von AMD Advanced Micro Systems spricht mit Stefan Koehler über die Pläne von AMD sein Open Source-Engagement weiter auszubauen. Im letzten Jahr veröffentlichte AMD nach der Übernahme von ati bereits Grafikchip-Dokumentationen. Im Februar stellte AMD die Quelltexte der AMD Performance Library unter die Apache License 2.0 und benannte die Bibliothek in Framewave um. Ende Februar gab die Firma weitere Spezifikationen für Beschleunigungsfunktionen für Chips von Radeon-Karten (R5xx-GPUs, X1000-Serie) frei. Chris Schläger betont im Interview die Wichtigkeit von Open Source für AMD und verspricht weitere Announcements für das Jahr 2008.



Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3239776018660541998

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Johannes Loxen über Samba, Sernet und die Auswirkungen des EU-Urteils gegen Microsoft

 

Stefan Koehler (Gonicus) spricht mit Johannes Loxen (Geschäftsführer Sernet Göttingen) über das EU-Urteil gegen Microsoft und Auswirkungen der Offenlegung von MS-Windows-Spezifikationen für Samba.

 


Videolink: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=649115257125887071


Einige Auszüge:


„Samba ist das Produkt mit dem wir am weitesten da Draußen bekannt sind. Wir sind ein Unternehmen für Datensicherheit und Datenschutz ursprünglich. Wir haben uns 1997 gegründet und damals war Samba 5% vom Umsatz. Das war eine Open Source Software auch damals schon, die es gestattet mit Windows Clients an Linuxarbeitsplätze heranzugehen.“


„Samba ist komplett frei unter der GPL, jetzt auch unter der GPL V3 und versucht auch immer möglichst die Funktionalitäten darzustellen, die Windows hat, das heißt, wir sind Wettbewerber von Windows. Die erste Implementierung von Samba ist (aber schon) älter als Windows.“

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Europe leader in the adoption of Open Source

I conducted a short interview with Andrew Aitken at Open Source Meets Business. Andrew is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Olliance Group, which is advising large companies like IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, major banks and even the US Navy on their Open Source strategy. At the conference he gave a keynote about The state of commercial open source.


Videolink: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1399202456228324192
Camera: Stefan Koehler

Speaking about Open Source Aitken states that „there are a lot of business opportunities. There are not so many viable business models. It is a big difference.“. According to Aitken there are still opportunities in selling software and subscriptions for Open Source companies: „The successful companies today are selling subscription services, such as RedHat, such as MySQL, SugarCRM, Alfresco and others.“ He continues, „...Adaption (of Open Source) is so widespread. Virtually all major corporations in the world are using Open Source. ... And that is what driving the commerce behind it.“

Andrew gives an interesting example how the US Navy set up little supercomputers based on open source technology on their ships in order to process a whole range of sea data, such as water levels, temperatures and so on. Open Source solutions like that could also be used “for tsunami relief and the [control and observation of the] spread of infectious diseases around the world”, Aitken adds.

At end of the interview Aitken offers an insight of what is going in the Asian market in regards to Open Source Software: “The markets are a bit separate. For instance Japan is a very tough market to break into. And in order to do so you really have to have the support of one of the large companies there. And those large companies are just beginning to understand the opportunity that Open Source presents. I would say Asia is probably three years behind North America, and which is behind five years behind Europe. ... Europe is the leader in the adoption of Open Source, not necessarily commercial Open Source, but Europe is clearly the leader in the adoption of Open Source in general.”

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Linux, Open Source und die Philosophie der Free Software Foundation

Als Linus Torvalds, Student an der Universität in Helsinki, am 25.August 1991 auf der Newsgroup[1] comp.os.minix mit „I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones“[2] sein Linux-Projekt zum ersten Mal öffentlich ankündigte, gab er damit nicht nur den Startschuss zur Entwicklung des ersten freien Kernels, auf dem GNU laufen sollte, sondern begann auch das erste große Softwareprojekt, das fast ausschließlich über das Internet koordiniert werden sollte. Anders als Stallman wollte er mit diesem Projekt jedoch nicht die Welt verändern, sondern lediglich ein persönliches Bedürfnis befriedigen und das Ergebnis und die Arbeit daran mit anderen teilen.

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Freie Software: Freiheit, Zusammenarbeit und Gemeinschaft

In diesem Beitrag geht es um Richard Stallmans Vorstellungen von Freiheit in Bezug auf Software und das GNU-Projekt. Die Geschichte der Freien Software und des GNU-Projektes beginnt mit einer Anekdote, die die Veränderungen in der Welt der Software beschreibt.

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