A new version (9.0) of [URL="http://www.postgresql.org"]PostgreSQL[/URL] is in beta and ready for public testing. If version 9.0 lives up to its proposed [URL="http://www.postgresql.org/about/featurematrix"]feature list[/URL], then it is serious competition for MySQL. PostgreSQL proponents have long suggested that PostgreSQL has always enjoyed superiority over MySQL. I beg to differ but that may be changing. I tried using PostgreSQL several times over the past few years, beginning with version 6.x. I received it on CD for review. It was OK. Nothing thrilling or special. I did think it was an ambitious project but at the time, I didn't really care much for …

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Many of the biggest forum-based online communities, including DaniWeb, are powered by vBulletin software. So it came as something of a shock when the BBC reported that a [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10714192"]vBulletin security flaw means that any hacker could "easily access the main administrator username and password for a site"[/URL]. But is the security flaw really both that simple and that serious, and are DaniWeb users at risk? [attach]16094[/attach]Let's answer the most important question first: No, DaniWeb users are not and have never been at risk from this security flaw as it only impacted upon a specific new version of vBulletin that was …

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What the hell is up with [URL="http://www.oracle.com"]Oracle[/URL] lately? First, they stopped giving away the Solaris operating system and now they have some big announcement planned for next week at the [URL="http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2010"]MySQL Conference[/URL]. Should we hide our wallets before we listen? To me, Oracle has morphed into [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] II with all of its acquisitions and now its hold on those of us who use Solaris and [URL="http://www.mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL]. I don't know how loyal I'll continue to be to MySQL, if Oracle does something crazy with it. Yes, they bought it. Yes, it's theirs. But, don't they have some sort of responsibility to …

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[URL="http://www.mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL] users listened intently Tuesday, April 13 at O'Reilly's MySQL [URL="http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2010"]Conference[/URL] to Edward Screven, [URL="http://www.oracle.com"]Oracle[/URL]'s chief corporate architect, while he announced Oracle's grand plan for MySQL. What they heard was that Oracle is interested in MySQL, will invest in it and nothing should change for the community version of MySQL. In essence, Oracle will continue on the same path with the commercial and community versions of MySQL just as MySQL AB and Sun did. Uh huh. And I have some lovely beach front property in Arizona that I'd love to sell you. It isn't that I don't believe that Oracle …

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At the risk of coming off like TV's "[url=http://www.amctv.com/originals/madmen/]Mad Men[/url]," Amazon Web Services really are New and Improved. The company today announced the addition of [url=http://aws.amazon.com/rds/]Amazon Relational Database Service[/url], giving users of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) access to a virtual instance of MySQL. That's the New part. Improvements include a family of high-memory instances and a price reduction of Linux-based EC2 compute time to 8.5 cents per hour from 10 cents. The 15 percent price drop takes effect Nov. 1. "Many customers have told us that their applications require a relational database," said Adam Selipsky, vice president of [url=http://aws.amazon.com/what-is-aws/]Amazon …

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With the release of [url=http://esd.ingres.com/] Ingres Database 9.3[/url] today, the company says it's now easier for developers to migrate their application to the open source system from MySQL, Oracle,SQL Server and Sybase. It does so, the company said, through "improved accessibility of table procedures from within the query" and support for positional parameter notations, making database procedure invocation more flexible. “As the fate of MySQL is currently in the hands of the European Commission, open source community developers and our global business customers and partners are seeking a more stable, reliable open source database,” said Deb Woods, vice president of …

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Busy this weekend? President Barack Obama and his IT staff are [URL="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/05/21/Opening/"]asking for ideas[/URL] through June 3 to help make government more open. The call for ideas first went out on May 21. So far, there's [URL="http://opengov.ideascale.com/"]1171[/URL]. People can vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the ideas. "Then on June 3rd, the most compelling ideas from the brainstorming will be fleshed out on a weblog in a discussion phase," said Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, and Beth Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, on the White House blog. "On June 15th, we will invite you to use …

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[URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow"]Jason Perlow[/URL] and I had the pleasure of interviewing [URL="http://www.kickfire.com"]Kickfire[/URL] CEO Bruce Armstrong for the May 22nd episode of [URL="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/frugalfriday"]Frugal Friday[/URL] to discuss the Kickfire appliance. The Kickfire appliance is a Linux-based, rack-mountable, database appliance tuned for Data Warehousing. Here's the real scoop: Starting at a mere $32,000 US, you get the horsepower performance of a system (actually a set of systems) costing in the $400,000 range. And it consumes very little power while saving you a bundle of cash while performing like big iron. How do they do it? Linux, [URL="http://www.mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL] Enterprise DB and a SQL chip. Read all …

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As you probably have heard, Oracle bought Sun for $7.4 billion today. I'm no Larry Ellison fan, because frankly, I think he's a few cards short of a full deck but I think in the long run, this is good for Sun. Not all of Sun but a lot of it. And Linux will get a boost out of it as the operating system of choice. My Sun Predictions/Hopes: [B]1. MySQL and InnoDB Reunite[/B] - Ah, it's good to have these two back together again. Oracle bought InnoDB in 2005--much to my surprise and disappointment--but now with Oracle's purchase of …

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Just as the excitement started to hot up, first with the news that the controversial and increasingly popular legal free streaming music service Spotify was to open up with the release of a third party developer API, and then with the actual announcement of the availability of [URL="http://developer.spotify.com/en/libspotify/overview/"]Libspotify[/URL] itself, so the reality of the situation pours cold water upon it. What the heck am I talking about? Well, Spotify is perfectly poised to cash in on the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4215.html"]potential gap[/URL] that might open up in the online music market as first Apple, and now Amazon, introduce 'variable rate' pricing for downloads. …

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Everyone from techie bloggers to technical journalists to stay-at-home moms are talking about today's big news: [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL] is trying to buy [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun Microsystems[/URL]. Big deal. What's in it for Linux? As a matter of fact, it is a big deal. And an even bigger deal for Linux. Sun owns MySQL, Java, Glassfish, VirtualBox and the Solaris Operating System. It also has its own proprietary hardware known as Sparc but is it a good buy for IBM? On the 'no' side of things, Sun is sinking in the West with no foreseeable chance of rising again in the East. Solaris and …

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Seems every time I write a piece suggesting open source as an option, I get a couple of comments warning readers about the scary complexities of open source licenses. So I decided to ask a guy who knows free and open source (FOSS) exactly what the deal was regarding FOSS licensing and whether they were really any more or less complex than their commercial counterparts. [URL="http://twitter.com/jzb"]Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier[/URL], who is Community Manager for [URL="http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.1"]openSUSE[/URL] and has been working with FOSS in one way or another since 1996, says the bottom line is that you should always check the license language …

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A few years ago, small businesses just needed a telephone line and maybe a single computer with a dial-up connection to set up shop. Now that technology has exploded, nearly every company needs a reliable phone system, a Web site, and maybe even a whole network of computers to stay competitive. All that tech comes with the need for reliable people to manage it. If you're in the market for tech workers, or already employ a team to handle your infrastructure, make sure you avoid these four things that are guaranteed to insult even the most laid-back IT worker. [B]Get …

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In a report on enterprise open source usage released this week, Gartner research director Laurie Wurster stated in rather strong language that companies could face a big intellectual property issue because they are using the software without understanding the IP implications of the licensing language. But is she exaggerating the danger and is there less complexity with open source licenses than with proprietary ones? [B]What's The Matter Here?[/B] According the [URL="http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=801412"]Gartner press release[/URL] announcing the survey results, Gartner found that 69 percent of companies surveyed still have no formal policy for evaluating and cataloguing open source software usage in their …

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If you've been clinging to the interoffice email and calendaring capabilities of Microsoft Exchange as your company's last vestige of proprietary software, it's really time to consider giving up the ghost. Open source collaboration software vendor [URL="http://www.open-xchange.com/"]Open-Xchange, Inc.[/URL] announced recently it now offers its flagship product, Open-Xchange, as an [URL="http://www.open-xchange.com/en/products/open-xchange-appliance-edition-en"]appliance edition[/URL] in addition to its server and hosting versions. Like Microsoft Exchange, it's got email, calendaring, document sharing, contact management, and a backup and recovery system. Unlike Exchange, however, it doesn't come with a hefty price tag. Most deployments cost in the area of only $70 per user, per year. …

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There's plenty of speculation that the current state of the economy will [URL="http://ostatic.com/158388-blog/recession-a-boon-for-open-sourcess"]greatly benefit open source technology[/URL], and you know an idea is taking root when mainstream IT conferences include presentations about implementing FOSS solutions in enterprise. Desmond Atkinson, with UK-based capacity planning firm [URL="http://www.metron.co.uk/"]Metron Technology Limited[/URL], plans to lead a session about open source virtualization at a [URL="http://www.cmg.org/PRNewswire20-Conference"]conference[/URL] next month sponsored by the [URL="http://www.cmg.org/"]Computer Measurement Group[/URL] (CMG). I caught up with Atkinson recently to get his thoughts onwhat CTOs need to know about green IT, where it's headed, and why the term is actually a misnomer. [B]LH:[/B] [I]Everywhere you …

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There's a kerfuffle brewing in the Sunshine State over who owns the rights to the software that powers certain alcohol breath-test machines. The outcome may mean the difference between a valid or false DUI charge on your permanent driving record. The machine in question, the Intoxilyzer 8000, contains proprietary software code that defense attorneys claim is owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Kentucky-based CMI, Inc., manufacturer of the machines, says the source code is a non-transferable trade secret and the FDLE's license covers only the Intoxilyzer 8000's hardware, not the software it contains. A judge has been …

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Microsoft announced a new program the other day called [URL="http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/BIZSPARK/Pages/At_a_Glance.aspx"] Microsoft BizSpark[/URL], where they give away a boat load of software and services to young startups and presumably lock them into Microsoft long-term. For a small start-up with little capital, this has to be a very attractive offer. Microsoft not only provides free software, it provides you with mentors and marketing help and other invaluable services. If your company is planning on building around Microsoft, say you are .net developer, this is great, but for many others it just means selling your soul for short-term gain without thinking about the …

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If the state of the economy has got you down and you're ready to stop throwing money at commercial software vendors, you might be overwhelmed at the amount of open source options that exist. Buck up, IT soldier, here are three applications that let you dip your toes in the pool without jumping in all the way. [URL="http://wiki.mindtouch.com/"]Mindtouch[/URL] - I've [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2843.html"]written before[/URL] about this dead-simple way to implement a collaborative environment in the workplace. Sure, you can always fall back on sharing files via Google Docs or keep employes connected through an in-house blog, but I don't recommend putting together …

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There's an old and tired theory that open source solutions in enterprise are risky because there's no "single throat to choke" if things go wrong. It's time to retire that worn out idea. The process goes something like this: The IT department gets into a discussion with the big bosses about how switching over to Linux will save the company thousands of dollars. They explain how easy it is to replace all the office's applications with open source software from several vendors instead of buying new licenses to upgrade the existing commercial software. The conversation goes great until someone points …

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It’s a new day for open source developers. A U.S. Federal appeals court yesterday ruled that someone releasing code under an open source license can control future use of that code using copyright law. That’s important because copyright laws carry stronger remedies—including court injunction—along with the monetary remedies available for breach of contract. The [15-page ruling](http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions/08-1001.pdf) in *Jacobsen v. Katzer* favored Robert Jacobsen, a model train hobbyist who gave away his [Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI)](http://jmri.sourceforge.net/) software under the [Artistic License](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_License) for free software. “Through the collective work of many participants,” according to the ruling, “JMRI created a computer programming …

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According to ChannelWeb a federal judge sitting in the US Court of Appeals has ruled that open source software licenses are [URL="http://www.crn.com/software/210004167"]legal under copyright law[/URL]. This is a complete u-turn on a previous ruling which had thrown the not so small matter of open source licensing into something of a legal quagmire. The case appears to have arisen out of a dispute, of all things, over the legality of an open source license for model railway control software after a developer gave another an 'artistic license' and that other then used it while developing a competing product. Earlier, a court …

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Community journalism encourages members of the community to participate in the news process, not just as passive readers, but as active producers of the news itself. This direct connection to the product is similar in many ways to the kind of community building that goes on in open source development. Perhaps that's why it's not surprising that Patrick Phillips, who is Editor of the [URL="http://vineyardvoice.org/"]Vineyard Voice[/URL], a publication based in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (an island off the coast of Cape Cod), has developed a community participation model for his publication while delivering the publication using the open source content management …

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Alfresco released [URL="http://wiki.alfresco.com/wiki/Alfresco_Labs_3"]Alfresco Labs (Beta) 3[/URL] today and with it announced a new capability that enables businesses to leverage Microsoft Sharepoint functionality without buying additional Sharepoint licenses. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and what has allowed Alfresco to do this is the 2004 EU Commission order for Microsoft to publish the Sharepoint protocol. Apparently, Alfresco is the first ECM vendor to take advantage of the Sharepoint protocol availability. I spoke to Alfresco CEO John Powell about the significance of this announcement. “I think is really a game changing announcement,” Powell says. “The core of Microsoft growth is …

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A year ago last week, Facebook released the Facebook Platform, enabling users of the social network to create their own applications. Today, 400,000 developers and 24,000 applications later, the company introduced the [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/fbopen/] Facebook Open Platform[/URL], which releases much of the Facebook Platform source code to the development community. The so-called [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/fbopen/] fbOpen[/URL] is now among [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/opensource.php/] several Facebook open source projects[/URL]. In essence, fbOpen delivers a “snapshot of the infrastructure that runs Facebook Platform,” according to a project Web page. By downloading this snapshot, developers can launch an instance of the platform and test their applications …

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Here’s a new twist on the open source craze. Fabless chip and system designer Via Technologies has released to the community OpenBook, a reference design for a low cost ultra portable laptop that runs Windows or Linux at up to 1.2 GHz and includes WiFi, BlueTooth and high-res 3D graphics capabilities, and could weigh just over two pounds. Sure, the design’s based on the company’s own chipset, but a snip here and a tweak there could turn their blueprint into a world class palmtop of you own design—at absolutely no cost to you. According to the [URL=http://www.viaopenbook.com/] OpenBook Web site[/URL], …

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The new version of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/agpl-3.0.html"]GNU Affero General Public License[/URL] has been published by the Free Software Foundation, based upon the existing GNU GPLv3 license but with one important difference: support for on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. By publishing this license, the FSF aims to foster user and development communities around network-oriented free software. The GNU Affero General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software which has been specifically designed to ensure cooperation with the community in the case of network server software. It is intended to guarantee the freedom to share and change versions of a program, ensuring …

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[URL="http://www.qualcomm.com/"]Qualcomm[/URL] is best known for two things: making mobile phone chips and owning the once hugely popular Eudora email client software. Or perhaps I should say once owning the once hugely popular Eudora email client software as Qualcomm stopped selling it back in May and handed over the codebase to the open source community. The Beta 1.0 release is now available for download under the new name of Penelope. Surprisingly this is being developed and distributed under the Mozilla Foundation wing. Surprising because just a couple of months ago the Mozilla CEO was talking up Firefox and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1562.html"]talking down[/URL] Thunderbird, …

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