Open Source

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.



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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.“


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.

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.”


Fully Automatic Installation (fai) - Interview mit Hauptentwickler Thomas Lange

Alexander Graf im Gespräch mit Thomas Lange, dem Main-Entwickler von FAI auf der Konferenz Open Source Meets Business 2008. Thomas: "FAI heisst Fully Automatic Installation. Es geht darum Linux zu installieren und und das automatisch, weil ich bin so richtig faul und möchte das nicht per Hand machen. Dafür haben wir Computer, dass die uns die Arbeit abnehmen." Thomas fährt fort und präsentiert verschiedene Beispiele für den Einsatz von FAI. Dazu gehören Rechenzentren, Computertrainingsräume und sogar kleine Roboter. Thomas: "Jeder kennt das von zu Hause. Du hast einen PC. Du hast deine CD oder DVD und musst da viele Fragen beantworten? Ich möchte das nicht machen." Thomas möchte gerne, dass das automatisch läuft. Das universell anwendbare Installationsprogramm wurde unter anderem bereits von IBM, dem Max-Planck-Institut, Electricité de France, der Stanford University und im Limux-Projekt der Stadt München eingesetzt.

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Interview with André and Benjamin from the FFII at the 24c3

Jan and me had the chance to talk to André and Benjamin Henrion from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) at the 24c3 Chaos Communication Congress. Besides some general talk about the activities of the FFII in Brussels we get a few insights into the current campaign against the Microsoft standard ooxml.

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I followed a lightning talk of Georg Jähnig on at the 24c3 Chaos Communication Congress. The video is available now in the torrent network. I uploaded it to Google Video (please post alternatives as comments). Last year I already published an interview with Georg in German. He put quite a lot of work in improving the website and making it more international since then. Hope his ideas takes off even more in the upcoming year. Would be great to have him at the SuMa-eV congress this year as well.


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All layers must be free in a a free civilization

Countless working examples of people creating free layers show the huge potential of free and open systems. However interior and exterior difficulties and problems in communities that are engaged in projects like in the free software world cannot always be overcome.

Successful as well as failed ideas and projects can teach invaluable lessons. To learn about the way people work together, their common ideas, differences and their culture as well as about the opposition to these ideas does not only teach us a lot about the successful organization of free layered projects, it could indeed teach us some basic lessons how a free society could work.

I believe a civilization where all layers are free, a civilization with a culture of free exchange and collaboration can guarantee a truly free society.

To know what difficulties lie ahead in the creation of a free civilization, or rather free societies, and what strategies and solutions are available, we should look for answers in the communities engaged in free layered projects that are already successful today as well as to projects that encountered problems, splitted up or even stopped working completely.

What are free layers?

Some questions should be answered that could help to understand what free layers actually are.

1. What is the common idea behind free culture, free content, free software, free hardware, free infrastructures and a free economy?

2. What are working examples of free layered projects and why do they work and others did not?

3. Who are the people engaged in communities building free layers?
a) What do the people in these communities identify as the basis for their project? Political changes, technological changes, cultural changes?
b) What do people engaged in projects have in common, what not? - ideas, organizational structures, background.
c) What is the motivation of people to take part in these projects?
d) What are the difficulties of people engaged in projects and how do they solve problems?
e) What communication technologies do they use primarily?
f) What common cultural particularities can be identified?
g) Where do the people involved meet, work and communicate?

4. What difficulties a systems of free layers face in regards to international treaties, patents and copyright laws and censorship?


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