Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Who's Who in Open Source

Filed under
OSS

We are living at crucial moments for Open Source: Oracle is suing Google for patent infringement, Apple is fighting the Android the way they can, while it boasts that it is an open source company (I'll adress it below), and Microsoft's declaring in the press its love for open source (huh? WTF?).

With all the bombardment of news, factoids and half truths, how do we stand in the middle of this whole mess?

To try to understand this mess, I'll do a brief analysis of firms working with Open Source, and comment on how is their relationship with it.

The following list is not definitive and does not cover all companies.

Pro Open Source

Red Hat: It is the company that best sums up the ideals of the Free, Libre Open Source in the world. It has its paid distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and two free distributions: CentOS, a distribution that is focused on servers, but always out of date compared to RHEL and Fedora Linux, a distribution focused more on the common desktop user.

It never did agreements that betray the Linux community and is not supportive of contamination, either the desktop or server, with alien stacks to Linux, being faithful to the four freedoms of the GPL. And even virtualization being one of the hottest topics in computing today, Red Hat released the KVM as open source, after acquiring the company Qumranet Israel. For all these, Red Hat wins the first place.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3




More in Tux Machines

LibreOffice 4.4.4 Released

The Document Foundation today announced LibreOffice 4.4.4, the latest update to the 4.4 branch. Today's release brings 74 bug fixes including several crashes and import/export bugs. The announcement today also brought news of version 5.0 as well as reminders for the LibreOffice Conference in September. Read more

Watch: Mark Shuttleworth Talks About Telco and NFV Technologies

The Movilforum website had the great pleasure of interviewing Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical and founder of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux. Read more

Linux Kernel 4.0.7 Is a Small Release with Updated Drivers, ARM Improvements

On the last days of June, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the availability of several maintenance releases for the Linux kernels 4.1, 4.0, 3.14, and 3.10. The seventh point release of Linux kernel 4.0 is a small one that brings mostly updated drivers. Read more

An Everyday Linux User Review Of Debian Jessie

I have now been using Debian for a few weeks and it is therefore time for me to write a review of my experience thus far. Debian has been around for what seems like forever now and it is the base for so many other Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Mint, SolydXK and Knoppix. I think that the general consensus amongst Linux users is that Debian is stable, dependable and a good environment on which to build upon. Does that mean it is suitable for Everyone? Read more