Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

Open Source Strategy is Working

Can Sun make money on Open Source software? Will the billion dollar bet on MySQL pay off? Tuesday's announcement was very encouraging.

On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Sun announced that Belgian-based ERP software vendor Stésud adopted and deployed Sun's open source MySQL database and GlassFish application server software.

Benoit Lemaire, CEO of Stésud stated, "Java-based GlassFish was the first piece of the puzzle we identified to meet our stringent new infrastructure requirements. As soon as Sun acquired MySQL, we decided to employ it as our new database rather than Oracle. With Sun behind both GlassFish and MySQL, it was the best open source infrastructure combination for our needs and for our customers' operations."

Yes, it does appear that Sun's open source software strategy is working, particularly when multiple products are in play. This gives customers the benefit of open source innovation and open access at a significant cost advantage over the competition, while delivering very significant license and support services revenue to Sun. Win-win is a sustainable business model.

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Friday Aug 08, 2008

Project SocialSite Source Code Available Today

Sun announced today that source code is now available for Project SocialSite (under a CDDL/GPL license) and the project is now operating as an open source project within the umbrella Glassfish community:

"Project SocialSite is a set of Widgets and Web Services that you can use to add Social Networking features to your existing web sites and applications. It includes a Java web application that manages a comprehensive Social Graph repository and exposes that data via an OpenSocial-based REST API. SocialSite also includes a set of Widgets that can be used to create an end-to-end UI for Social Networking, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets within the pages of your existing sites."

Some Project SocialSite resources include:

Project SocialSite homepage on Java.net, with mailing lists and more:
https://socialsite.dev.java.net/

Screencast that illustrates the project concept:
https://socialsite.dev.java.net/screencasts/mediawiki_demo.html

Project blog with news and announcements:
http://blogs.sun.com/socialsite/

I'm looking forward to including some SocialSite-powered features on this blog in the near furture. Stay tuned.

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