Mar 282013


This required more time if compared to Libreoffice versus Open Office, but it seem that the critical mass of users of another piece of open source software is moving away from Oracle, I’m talking about Mysql versus MariaDB.

Mysql is probably the most used open source database, it’s used in most of the more successful LAMP applications, such as WordPress, Drupal or Magento, after all the M of LAMP was an acronim for Mysql until today.

All started back in February 2013 when two large open source projects, Fedora and openSUSE, announced their intention to abandon the venerable MySQL database, now a property of Oracle, and adopt instead MariaDB.

In short MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL, as opposed to any uncertainty of MySQL license status under its current ownership by Oracle. The contributors are required to share their copyright with Monty Program AB more information on this project on Wikipedia

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Jul 172012

Linux Tycoon is a management game set in the world of the Linux distributions. We will have to create our distribution with the goal of making it the most used and famous in the world.

An interesting thing of this game is the economical plan that its author Bryan Lunduke is “testing”, getting paid by the community for working on open source projects, the goal is to get 4.000 $ in donations every month. In the first month (June 2012) he reached the goal in just 1 week, and so he released this game and other projects he’s working on as GPL software, but sadly just the following month he made a sad post on his blog “Open Source Funded By Donations? Not So Much” where in short he wrote ;

Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out.

, in my point of view this is not a big surprise, I think that a model of recurring donations is not working at the moment, people prefer to spend a bit more just 1 time for a specific goal, than a bit every month.
So perhaps putting a higher goal, like 10/15K $ to release the game under the terms of GPL would be successful and the community would have gained the game as GPL forever, Blender did this and reached the target of 100K $.

So now the game is released as closed source, the good news is that you can have it for just 4 $, but now let’s take a look at the game.

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Nov 082011

I received two emails, from two project managers of open source projects that I’m following, both gave me the good news of an update of the product and so i’m glad to present you in this post the update of two excellent software which I have already spoken Xplico and Ububox SalentOS
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