Category Archives: Business

Is MariaDB replacing MySQL?

Over the past month there has been a steady trickle of announcements from organisations switching from MySQL to MariaDB. From next month, MariaDB will replace MySQL as the default database in Fedora.  And now RedHat has announced its doing the same. Even Wikimedia started using it. So what is MariaDB, why is the switch happening, … Read more

New Briefing Paper: “Open Source Options: Making Use Of The Cabinet Office Guidance On Open Source Software”

OSS Watch have released a new briefing paper on using the Open Source Options guidance document from the UK Cabinet Office. The briefing provides additional guidance on making use of Open Source Options for procurement in the education sector. View it here: Open Source Options: Making Use Of The Cabinet Office Guidance On Open Source … Read more

Monetising Ubuntu

Ubuntu is one of if not the most popular Linux-based operating systems aimed at the desktop market.  Ubuntu’s development is primarily sponsored by Canonical, a UK-based company founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.  Shuttleworth funded the launch of both Canonical and Ubuntu from his personal fortune, raised from the sale of his company Thawte … Read more

Clicking with the public

I am a bit of a gaming geek, on the quiet, and gaming is one the areas in which open source software has never really caught up with closed source. Development models within the gaming industry have remained largely untouched by open approaches until relatively recently, so I was interested to read the following in … Read more

Open Source Junction 3: mobile and cloud, Oxford 20-21 March 2012

Mobile technologies have become an integral part of our lives. Research indicates that by 2015 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. Mobile applications and services are changing the way we engage with the web, and to a certain extent with each other. At the same time, cloud technologies deliver … Read more