Linux in Business

The Business Case for Open Source Software

For all the hype regarding Open Source Software (OSS), we sometimes forget logic in the excitement of trying to get on board with this latest trend. What we really care about (or should care about) is making a sound business decision regarding software. Think everyone is hopping on the OSS bandwagon because the software doesn't cost anything? Think again. There's a lot more to making a business decision for OSS than just the up front cost. As the Open Source zealots like to say, "Free as in freedom, not as in beer."

Open Source US Federal Income Tax Software

"There is finally a usable US federal income tax program for Linux users who don't wish to file online. TaxGeek is a Mozilla-based US income tax program that includes Form 1040, Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, K-1 (1065), SE (Short and Long), W2, Forms 8880, 8853, 8863, 8812, 5695, 4952,3903, 2106, 2106ez, 2441 with access to most other files as PDFs. It is intended to be extensible so that developers can easily add other forms that are needed without affecting the existing file formats and stored data. TaxGeek will also create PDFs of all the supported forms so that you can print them and send them in to the IRS. (PDF creation support requires the installation of Perl PDF::Reuse.) At this point, e-filing is not supported."

SNORT prepares for IPO

Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in network intrusion prevention, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share (before underwriting discounts and commissions). Of those shares, Sourcefire is selling 5,320,000 shares and selling stockholders are selling 450,000 shares. The estimated net proceeds to Sourcefire are $71.8 million. Sourcefire will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. In addition, Sourcefire has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 865,500 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "FIRE".

Linux Pro Magazine opens North American office downtown

A publisher of magazines focusing on the Linux computer operating system has launched its North American headquarters in downtown Lawrence.

$1.89 billion in open source funding

While some of us were skiing or eating during the Christmas holidays, Matthew Aslett was crunching the numbers on total open source investments since 2000. The answer? A whopping $1.89 billion. The numbers just keep getting bigger, too, with $475.2 million raised in 2006, up 61.6% from $294. million in 2005.

Money for nothing? Open source VC funding

Matthew Aslett assesses the growth of venture funding for open source vendors and wonders where the payback will come from.

"The VC community is trying to predict where the market is going, the whole job is trying to predict where the [hockey] puck is going to be," says Robin Vasan, managing director at venture capital firm Mayfield.

How Novell Saved Millions With Open Source

How much money can a large enterprise save by migrating to open source from proprietary? In Novell's case, it's millions of dollars.

During an address at the recent Linuxworld OpenSolutions Summit here, Debra Anderson CIO of Novell, detailed how Novell has transitioned to open source from proprietary for its own operations. It's an effort that is still ongoing.

Linux Ecosystem Worth $40 Billion by 2010

Sizing the Linux market ecosystem is no easy task. Downloads of Linux operating systems and applications are not an accurate measure. Analyst firm IDC, however, has a handle on the market and its size, and it's large.

At the Linuxworld Open Solutions Summit, which kicked off in New York, IDC analysts detailed where they see the Linux ecosystem today and where it is headed by 2010.