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June 28, 2011  2:54 PM

Dr. Seuss, Yahoo! and Apache Hadoop data intensive apps

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
data-intensive, Distributed applications, Hadoop, Open source, Yahoo

Writing on IT news website GigaOM, cloud and infrastructure journalist Derrick Harris has cited a source which has allowed him to confirm that Yahoo! will this week be spinning off a separate company focused on the development and commercialisation...

June 24, 2011  3:38 PM

Acquia: “Social software is now a business imperative”

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Acquia, Drupal, Open source, publishing, social media

The "suits" behind Acquia, the company that provides "commercial services" for the open-source social publishing platform Drupal, has this week released its Commons 2.0 social business software solution. Every aspect of software application development appears to be getting "social media...


June 22, 2011  2:26 PM

Pentaho pushes business intelligence outward to business users

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Business Intelligence, Open source, Pentaho

Pentaho is aiming for a bigger slice of the global Business Intelligence (BI) pie with the release of its new "user-driven" Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition. There's a lot of BI about these days, so how do we cut through the BI BS and identify new products for their true worth? Open source at its...


June 19, 2011  1:38 PM

Import PDFs with Open Office extensions and more

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
extensions, Open source, OpenOffice

So I bought a new machine last week to add to my Ubuntu Linux, Windows 7, Apple OS X plus mobile devices cross-platform collection. It was a 27-inch iMac if you have an interest.

The interesting part of this tale is not my new machine, but what I put on it. Being fresh out of spending...


June 15, 2011  9:51 AM

Has open source content management come of age?

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
CMS, Drupal, Open source

I posted a news blog earlier this month concerning some high profile adoption of the Drupal open source Content Management System (CMS) -- or to use Drupal's...


June 13, 2011  9:16 AM

Does a commercial open source release = success?

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
CMS, commercialisation, Open source

I have a question for you. To what extent does the "commercial release" of a piece of open source software represent its "success"..? After Googling: "commercial release of open source equal success" -- all I got was Wikipedia, so no joy there. So I guess there will always be some software that...


June 10, 2011  8:37 AM

uberSVN: Facebook and Twitter social comms for developers

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source, social media

There's a lot of chatter right now over a subject that seems to be called the "consumerization of IT". I leave the Z in, as I don't think this is a real word in the Queen's English. The "consumerization of IT" is in fact a neologism (or a newly coined term if you prefer), to describe the current...


June 5, 2011  11:19 AM

Big media brands using open source Drupal to publish

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Drupal, media, Open source, publishing

Rumour has it that several well known publishing brands have moved from their traditional print versions into online-only entities in recent times. For these reasons I ended up surfing for open source publishing topics this week. Maverick new players in this space might be interested in checking...


June 2, 2011  11:52 AM

IBM to contribute to OpenOffice.org

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
IBM, Open source, OpenOffice

Continuing what it likes to describe as its "long-standing commitment to open source," IBM has this week confirmed that it will now take an active role in the new OpenOffice.org code base submitted to The Apache Software Foundation Incubator. IBM and open source you say? Should that be...


May 27, 2011  12:01 PM

What’s new in Fedora 15?

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Fedora, Open source

The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Project to produce a community-supported open source free open source operating system distribution has reached its version 15 release.

Notable feature enhancements in Fedora 15 include:

• The GNOME 3 Desktop - there's a fresh look and...


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