They say – there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But, Linux and FOSS software can be used to start, run and grow your business for, you guessed it, free. February survey of IT managers by IDC indicated that hard times are accelerating the adoption of Linux. The open source operating system will emerge from the recession in a stronger data center position than before, concluded an IDC white paper.
According to wikipedia – “An economy which grows over a period of time tends to slow down the growth as a part of the normal economic cycle. An economy typically expands for 6-10 years and tends to go into a recession for about six months to 2 years”. The current defaults on homeloan have led to a major crisis in the US. Once recession started consumers lose confidence in the growth of the economy and spend less including technology and software. Is free and open source software (FOSS) a way to cut business costs? As concern about recession – even depression – deepens, more and more companies are asking this question. However, many have trouble knowing how to begin to find an answer.
New Delhi resident Raj Mathur is living proof that a Free and Open Source Software advocate can earn a decent living working with clients who are using or planning to use FOSS. Raj has also been a member of the Open Source Initiative board of directors and is a leading member of his local Linux users group.
(Video: FOSS consultant Raj Mathur )
=> Indian GNU/Linux advocate and independent FOSS consultant Raj Mathur (video).
A new study report – free open source software is costing vendors $60 billion per annum; so FOSS Saved Customers $60 Billion dollars.
Hewlett-Packard has launched the FOSSology Project, a tool for tracking and monitoring the use of free and open-source software within an IT environment. The FOSSology Project is a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) project built around an open and modular architecture for analyzing software. Existing modules include license analysis, meta data extraction, and MIME type identification. This open source software tool analyzes a given set of software packages, and reports items such as the software licenses used by these packages.
More than simply reporting, “Package X uses license Y,” the FOSSology tool attempts to analyze every file within the package to determine its license. The license report is thus an aggregate of all of the different licenses found to be in use by a package. A single package may be labeled as “GPL” but contain files that use other licenses (BSD, OSL, or any of the hundreds of other licenses). Even if an exact license is unknown, the license may be identifiable by common license phrases.
The availability of free open-source usage data “will help people make much better– and affordable– decisions about what open source to use and not use,” Cote said.
=> More information available at – FOSSology Project home page.
Webi has published a very comprehensive list of alternative “open source” applications to mainstream applications. It includes office applications, multimedia, graphics, networking and security applications.
=> Free and Open Source Software Directory (FLOSS/FOSS) [webi.org]