Tag : Open Source

Adlibre TMS - a free Timesheet & Expense tracking system for Saasu

Finally after far too much development, and bouts of bitrot we've released our Adlibre TMS - timesheet and expense tracking system as open source software.

Adlibre TMS is an easy to use timesheet and expense tracking system with web service API interfaces to Saasu online accounting. With Adlibre TMS it is trivial to bill clients to time and expenses.

This tool has been designed with contractors and consultants in mind, yet it is flexible enough to bend to fit almost any business.

We wrote this application for our own needs and are now making it 100% freely available. The source ...

— Andrew


In search of an Open Source Dropbox alternative - SparkleShare

We're a big fan online file storage and replication services such as Dropbox, SpiderOak, or Ubuntu One. They enable mobile workers to collaborate, share files, work on the go and generally be more productive.

Due to security considerations (or data sovereignty laws) many of these services are not suitable for storing confidential or commercially sensitive material. Many of these services previously thought to be secure have now been shown to be insecure by design. (Hey Dropbox, almost a year ago, we noticed that you're using global dedupe across your customers files! When we added a common .iso file ...

— Andrew


How autocracies are moving Open Source into the mainstream

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting followup commentary on the news that the Russians are planning to move to GNU/Linux and on how this is shaping the trajectory of Open Source:

...his real fear is that Russia's growing dependence on proprietary software, especially programs sold by foreign vendors, has immense implications for the country's national security. Free open-source software, by its nature, is unlikely to feature secret back doors that lead directly to Langley, Va.

Continue reading at the Wall Street Journal

— Andrew


Producing Open Source Software

How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

I came across the book How to Run a Successful Free Software Project the other day, and cannot recommend it more highly for anyone developing or considering starting an Open Source technology product. It's well written, concise and succinct.

This book is meant for software developers and managers who are considering starting an open source project, or who have started one and are wondering what to do now. It should also be helpful for people who just want to participate in an open source project but have never done so before ...

— Andrew


OSI Refers Novell Acquisition To Competition Authorities

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has taken the unprecedented step of referring the proposed sale of Novell's patents to the CPTN consortium (led by Microsoft) to the German competition authorities.

The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell’s patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction. We found that the German Federal Cartel Office ...

— Andrew


Russians Move to GNU/Linux

This could be the biggest single government push for free / open source software we've seen yet.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today signed a document that describes the timetable for the transition of power structures on free software (OSS):

The document is ... called a "transition plan of the federal authorities and federal budgetary institutions on the use of free software, and covers the period from 2011 to 2015

This policy will be enacted 2nd quarter 2012. Could 2012 be the 'year of Linux' for Russians, of at least those in Government service?

— Andrew


2010 - The year open source went invisible

The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible.

It's taken a while, but now it seems main stream media have realised that OSS (Open Source Software) is not the secret sauce for technology startups and online juggernauts: it is an unavoidable necessity.

in 2010 we saw open source pervade every area of software, and it became particularly evident in the strategies of web giants like Facebook and Google. For such companies, open source wasn't a business model, per se. Instead, it became an essential element of a great variety of business models ...

— Andrew


London Stock Exchange move to Open Source confirmed

In a move that is sure to ruffle some feathers in Redmond, LSE are set to dump their Windows based trading system, TradElect:

— Andrew


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