[News] Support as Business Model; Free Software Host (SourceForge) Marks Business

[News] Support as Business Model; Free Software Host (SourceForge) Marks Business

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 15 Feb 2009 09:44:15

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What does it take to support Opensource and Linux

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| Let's walk on the support side of the software world for a moment.
| There is a lot of talk, postulating and plain old FUD about what support is
| and should be in the FOSS world.
| Of course, we can break the topic into separate areas of discussion.


SourceForge Sets Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results Release Date

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| SourceForge, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNUX), the leader in community-driven content and
| media, today announced that it will report its second quarter fiscal 2009
| results for the period ended January 31, 2009 on Thursday, February 26, 2009,
| after the close of market. A conference call will be held that day at 2:00pm
| PT or 5:00pm ET.



SourceForge Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results

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| Up 17 Percent Year-Over-Year Record Media Revenue -- Up 23 Percent
| Year-Over-Year and 14 Percent Sequentially



How The GPL Can Save Your Ass

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| If you are the multi-billion dollar IT industry you stick you head in the
| sand and just keep making cars. It is after all, not your problem. That seems
| to be the attitude of almost every company with a vested interest in the
| computing market. There was a recent announcement indicating Intel and
| Microsoft have put up $10 million to fund research in parallel software. Hah!
| I'm going to laugh harder this time HAH, HAH! Ever here the phase pissing in
| the ocean, well this is more like throwing a match into the sun. We need
| more -- much more.
| [...]
| Second, the entire in industry must co-operate and be involved. We need
| everyone working on this problem. The best minds in high performance
| computing have been at it for quite a while and it is time to turn up the
| volume. Fantasies of telling your R&D guys to get on it are not enough.
| Trying to corral your Intellectual Property (IP) with trade secrets and
| patents is wishful thinking. The rocket scientists (and plenty of other smart
| people) have been working on this issue for a long time. You don't have the
| time to waste trying to expand your IP fiefdom. Instead start thinking about
| what happens when the next generation of products is of absolutely no
| interest to your customers.
| Third we need to respond quickly. There is no time for IP agreements,
| posturing, and NIH ego trips (Not Invented Here). We need leaders to
| recognize the scope and magnitude of this challenge and act. Before too long,
| it will not be unreasonable to have four or even eight cores in a desktop. A
| workstation or server may have double this amount. It would sure be nice if
| my software could effectively use all these cores.
| [...]
| Using the GPL will immediately remove issues that would normally choke such
| an important undertaking. First, the any IP barriers get pushed aside and
| everyone can cooperate openly

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