Open Source Wrap Up: July 25 – 31, 2015
Open Source Continues to be Valuable to Large Enterprises
Wipro recently commissioned The Open Source Era: a study from Oxford Economics to provide insight into the future of open source usage in large enterprises. The study surveyed C-level executives and people that report directly to c-level executives from a wide range of industries including financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, and government. Here are some notable findings from the study:
- 52% of respondents say open source is already supporting development of new products and services.
- 63% of respondents say open source will be critical to agility over the next three years
- 75% of respondents report problems integrating open source with existing systems.
- 56% of respondents report problems with a lack of talent for meeting technology goals.
These numbers show that despite the widespread success of open source in large enterprises, there are still notable hurdles facing adoption.
QEMU Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy
QEMU is the newest member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Members of the conservancy gain access to important financial and administration services including donation processing, asset stewardship, contract negotiation and execution, conference logistical support, and basic legal advice and services. QEMU is a generic machine emulator and virtualizer that is a critical component of software like OpenStack and Linux, and this development should help the QEMU community by providing sustainable infrastructure to continue their work. Our own Mario Smarduch is involved in the development of QEMU.
Systemd Launches its Own Conference
Lennart Poettering, the creator of systemd, has announced the inaugural systemd conference in Berlin from November 5 -7. From the conference page: “It aims to bring developers distribution packagers as well as devops professionals together to present, discuss, and work on that topics that will shape the future of the systemd project.” Systemd is a controversial replacement for the old SysV init system that expands on its functionality, and it has been adopted by a number of Linux distributions in recent years. Professional tickets for the event will run you €384 while early bird “community” tickets start at €96. Event-goers will split their time between talks and hackfests.
KDE Unveils Plasma Mobile: a Free and Open Source Linux OS for Phones
KDE has released Plasma Mobile: a new competitor in the phone OS market. The KDE community has long worked towards a converged environment that brings the mobile and traditional desktop experiences together seamlessly. The new OS was revealed at Akademy, the KDE community’s world summit in Spain, and it is built upon free and open source software. It focuses on being user friendly, protecting privacy, and providing a high level of customization and personalization. The community plans to support a wide range of apps including GTK, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, and Android.