Category Archives: Software

OSS Watch releases Open Source Options for Education

We’ve written several times recently about the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source Procurement Toolkit, and the Open Source Options document that forms part of it. The original document lists open source alternatives for common proprietary solutions that might be used in government and public sector organisations.  The types of software solutions listed are mostly generic … Read more

Are you SaaSing me?

In the final of my trio of posts deconstructing the “cloud”, I’m going to be looking at Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS. SaaS is the next layer of the “cloud” stack that sits atop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) (when it’s been built using such a platform), and/or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Software-as-a-Service is usually presented to the user as a web … 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