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Jim Zemlin about the Linux Foundation and the Future of the Linux Platform

Jim Zemlin talks about the the Linux Foundation, its members, the participation in Europe and new projects involving (GNU)Linux as an operating system and platform.

The Linux Foundation (LF) is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007 by the merger of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG), it sponsors the work Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux kernel, and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux "by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms." (Version, 10 May 2008, 17:55, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Foundation)

Interview: Mario Behling // Camera: Stefan Koehler
Direct Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1023750676842833246

Jim: The Linux Foundation ... it is made of all of the largest backers of Linux in the world. Many thousands of individuals in the world as well. Some of our prominent members include NEC, IBM, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, AMD, Intell, Novell, redhat. It is kind of everybody than Microsoft... And what we do is we provide services to help grow the Linux platform. Some of which include employing and paying people like Linus Torvalds to work on the Linux kernel. We provide a program to standardize the Linux operating system... We promote advance that help the community collaborate on Linux, such as Kernel Summit, a collaboration summit. And we work on all kinds of different collaborative development projects to enhance the Linux platform.

Linux Foundation LogoMario: How big is the involvement in Europe?

Jim: It started in the US and we got a limited participation in Europe, which is ironic considering Linux really was born in Europe, but we are a young organization and we wanna extend over here.

Mario: How do you see the future of Linux?

Jim: ... I think what we are seeing is Linux is growing in three different categories. One in embedded and mobile, you are seeing Motorola ships their cell phones based on Linux platform. Google announced two months ago a reference platform for mobile devices based on Linux, Android. ... And you are seeing ... companies like Samsung, Lenovo and others with interesting new mobile devices. So there is tremendous amount of growth there. We are also seeing growth in the desktop world, not only we are seeing Linux being used in large corporations, in fact Peugeot in Europe uses Linux on their desktops and saves quite a bit of money in doing so, more importantly we are seeing pc manufacturers for the first time ship their computers to the market with Linux preinstalled. ... This is a break through. ... And finally we are seeing a ton of growth in the server side of the market. Linux has a about 35 percent market share now and that is growing, and we have trends like virtualization, where Linux is strong. ... in high performance computing, in super computing...

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000. Widely quoted in the press on open source and commercial software trends, Zemlin has also been a keynote speaker at industry and financial conferences including Gartner's Open Source Conference, Linux World and OSCON. Zemlin is an adviser on open source strategy to various companies and governmental groups including Hyperic, Zmanda and the Chinese Open Source Promotion Union. (May 26, 2008, http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/Staff)

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LiMux: Interview mit Florian Schießl über das Linuxprojekt der Stadt München

Ein Vorzeigeprojekt der Freien Software-Gemeinschaft ist das Projekt LiMux der Stadt München. Bei dem Projekt werden die Computerarbeitsplätze und Server der Stadt München nach und nach auf freie Software-Alternativen umgestellt, weg von einer Microsoft-abhängigen Monopolstruktur. Auf der Open Source Meets Business hatte ich die Chance mit Florian Schießl über das Projekt zu sprechen.

Producer: Mario Behling // Kamera: Stefan Koehler
Direkter Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1615580599839632999

LiMux – Die IT-Evolution ist ein Linuxprojekt der Stadtverwaltung München, das freie Software auf den derzeit ca. 14.000 Arbeitsplatzrechnern der städtischen Mitarbeiter etablieren wird; aufgrund der für die öffentliche Hand in punkto Software-Beschaffung neuartigen Ausrichtung auf Open Source ist LiMux weltweit in den Medien präsent und wird von der proprietären Softwareindustrie und den Befürwortern freier Software gleichermaßen beobachtet. Das Kofferwort LiMux setzt sich aus Linux und München zusammen. Der Zusatz „Die IT-Evolution“ steht im Gegensatz zur „Revolution“, die versucht, durch einen scharfen Schnitt die aktuelle Situation zu ändern. „LiMux – Die IT-Evolution” wird eine langsame, aber kontinuierliche Entwicklung sein, die als Ziel eine modernere, den Anforderungen auf dem Arbeitsplatzrechner besser angepasste IT-Landschaft hat. (Version 23. März 2008, 16:30 Uhr, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiMux)

Hintergrund zu Florian Schießl, der das Limux-Projekt von der Seite der Stadt München betreut und Stefan Koehler, der von Seiten von Gonicus an dem Projekt arbeitet:

Biographie: Florian Schießl
Florian Schießl (29) ist seit 2003 bei der LiMux-Projektleitung und stellt als stellvertretender Leiter des Linux Client Teams die Ablauffähigkeit des Basisclients und die Koordinierung der Officeumstellung sicher. Linux ist sein ständiger Begleiter seit 1998.

Biographie: Stefan Koehler
Stefan Koehler wurde 1971 geboren. Nach einem Musikstudium wandte er sich der Informatik zu und vertritt aus Überzeugung den Einsatz von Freier Software in Unternehmen und Behörden. Derzeit begleitet er als Berater der GONICUS GmbH die Linuxmigration der Landeshauptstadt München.
(http://www.heise.de/fastbin/eventmanager/event_js/2/?event_id=124)

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Jean Gondé, CTO of Lagardère Active about the Reorganisation of its Media Business with Open Source Software

Interview with Jean Gondé CTO of Lagadère at Open Source Meets Business 2008 about the introduction of Open Source Software at Lagadère Active and the chances the switch created.

Producer: Mario Behling // Camera: Stefan Koehler

Direct Link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1730416742196198243

Self Description of Lagadère at Open Source Meets Business:

The french conglomerate Lagardère is active in media (Paris Match, Elle, Virgin Megastore, Sportfive etc.) and high tech (EADS). The CTO of the Lagardère Active arm describes why and how the content of multiple Lagardère websites worldwide is being managed with an Open Source System (by EZ Systems).

Jean Gondé: "Jean Gondé joined Lagardère Group on January 2007 as Lagardère Active Chief Technology Officer for France and International; Lagardère Active is the Lagardère group division dedicated to all Media activities (TV, Radio, Press and Digital). He had previously accumulated considerable expertise as a consultant in organization and integration of information systems around Enterprise Resource Planning, customer relationship and business intelligence for US companies, and later as head of Bull Consulting, a subsidiary of the Bull group and then, spent several years in the Telecom and Internet industries within the Vivendi Universal Group, lately as Deputy General Manager at 118 218, the US owned multimedia directory services company which he set up and is No. 1 today in France. (http://www.heise.de/fastbin/eventmanager/event_js/2/?event_id=62)

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German Wikipedia:

Lagardère SCA ist eine große französische Unternehmensgruppe, die im Verlagswesen und in der Flugzeug- und Raumfahrtbranche engagiert ist. Sie war früher unter dem Namen des Rüstungs- und Flugzeugkonzerns Matra bekannt. (Version, 19. März 2008, 07:40 Uhr, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupe_Lagardère)

English Wikipedia:

Lagardère SCA is a French conglomerate formerly known as Matra, with holdings in publishing, retail, media, and aerospace. (Version, 14 March 2008, 18:29, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagardère_Group)

eZ Publish (pronounced "easy publish")

... is an open source enterprise content management system developed by the Norwegian company eZ Systems. eZ Publish is available for free download under the GPL licence, as well as under proprietary licences with commercial support. (Version 4 April 2008, 07:47, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EZ_publish)

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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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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


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„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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