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Could closed core prove a more robust model than open core?

By Andy Oram
December 1, 2011

The closed core model requires businesses to determine where their unique value lies and to be generous in offering the public extra code that supports their infrastructure but does not drive revenue. This model may prove more robust and lasting than open core, which attracts companies occupying minor positions in their industries.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

VoIP Drupal reaches out to the developing world

By Andy Oram
November 21, 2011

The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.

FLOSS Manuals books published after three-day sprint

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.

Wrap-up from FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.

Day one of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2011

Four teams at Google launched into endeavors that will lead, less than 72 hours from now, to complete books on four open source projects.

FLOSS Manuals sprint starts at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 18, 2011

Four free software projects have each sent three to five volunteers to write books about the projects this week. Along the way we'll all learn about the group writing process and the particular use of book sprints to make documentation for free software.

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.
By Andy Oram
October 16, 2011

BioCurious has officially opened its first lab, with a mission of involving ordinary people off the street in biological experiments, using hands-on learning, and promoting open source hardware and software.

OpenStack Foundation requires further definition

By Andy Oram
October 7, 2011

The thinness of detail about the Foundation is probably a good sign, because it means that Rackspace and its partners are seeking input from the community about important parameters.

How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

By Andy Oram
August 26, 2011

In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.

App outreach and sustainability: lessons learned by Portland, Oregon

By Andy Oram
July 31, 2011

The big problems faced by contests and challenges in government apps are encouraging developers to turn their cool apps into sustainable products, and getting the public to use them.

Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011

By Andy Oram
July 30, 2011

OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.

popHealth open source software permits viewing and reporting of quality measures in health care

By Andy Oram
July 11, 2011

popHealth culls quality measures from electronic health records and formats them either for convenient display--so providers can review their quality measures on the Web--or for submission to regulators who require reports on these measures.

OSCon preview: Shahid N. Shah on medical devices and open source

By Andy Oram
July 6, 2011

Connecting medical devices to electronic health record systems, and the roles of open source software, regulation, and clinical improvement.

Open source personal health record: no need to open Google Health

By Andy Oram
June 28, 2011

Calls to "make Google Health open source" miss the point. Here are some bona fide open source projects in personal health records and electronic health records.

Feeding the community fuels advances at Red Hat and JBoss

By Andy Oram
May 8, 2011

Red Hat's usual modus operandi is the precise inverse of most companies based on open source. This drives what I heard at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, solid progress along the lines laid out by Red Hat and JBoss in previous years.

Collaborative genetics, part 5: Next steps for genetic commons

By Andy Oram
May 6, 2011

The final installment of this series, about a Sage Commons Congress on the open-source sharing of genetic research, looks at what Sage Bionetworks and its friends need to do.

Collaborative genetics, part 4: Private practice, how to respect the patient

By Andy Oram
May 5, 2011

The fourth installment of this series, about a Sage Commons Congress on the open-source sharing of genetic research, focuses in on the rights of patients and how they want researchers to treat their data.

Collaborative genetics, part 3: Dividing the pie, from research to patents

By Andy Oram
May 4, 2011

The third installment of this series, about a Sage Commons Congress on the open-source sharing of genetic research, explores the barriers that keep private companies and researchers from sharing their work.

Collaborative genetics, part 2: Five Easy Pieces, Sage's Federation

By Andy Oram
May 3, 2011

The second installment of this series, about a Sage Commons Congress on the open-source sharing of genetic research, looks at the reasons collaborative research is critical to finding new treatments.

Collaborative genetics, Part 1: The ambitious goals of Sage Commons Congress

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2011

The opening installment of this series, about a Sage Commons Congress on the open-source sharing of genetic research, explains the elements of modern research and how collaboration facilitates progress.

Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference - Key themes from MySQL 2011. Plus, what you sacrifice when you use a NoSQL solution.

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two dominant themes emerged at MySQL 2011: Mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

What VMware's Cloud Foundry announcement is about

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2011

By now, the popular APIs for IaaS have been satisfactorily emulated so that you can move your application fairly easily from one vendor to another. But until now, the PaaS situation was much more closed.

SMART challenge and P4: open source projects look toward the broader use of health records

By Andy Oram
March 23, 2011

Many of the building blocks have recently fallen into place for seamless data exchange between a patient and multiple care organizations to support such things as real-time interventions in patient behavior and better clinical decision support.

Health care at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention -- Call for Proposals is open

By Andy Oram
January 4, 2011

We're planning to build on our coverage of last year's topics as well as add some topics that got short shrift last year.

Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds - Part 5 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 22, 2010

The merger of free software with cloud and web services is a win-win. The transition will take a buy-in from cloud and SaaS providers, a change in the software development process, a stronger link between computational and data clouds, and new conventions to be learned by clients of the services. (Part 5 of a 5-part series.)

Why web services should be released as free software - Part 4 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 20, 2010

Let's put together a pitch for cloud and web service providers. We have two hurdles to leap: one persuading them how they'll benefit by releasing the source code to their software, and one addressing their fear of releasing the source code.

Why clouds and web services will continue to take over computing - Part 3 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 17, 2010

My long-term view convinces me we all will be in the cloud. The advantages are just too compelling. But what can we do to preserve freedom in the cloud? (Part 3 of a 5-part series.)

Defining clouds, web services, and other remote computing - Part 2 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 15, 2010

Technology commentators are a bit trapped by the term "cloud," which has been kicked and slapped around enough to become truly shapeless. So in this section I'll offer a history of services that have led up to our cloud-obsessed era, hoping to help readers distinguish the impacts and trade-offs created by all the trends that lie in the "cloud."

Resolving the contradictions between web services, clouds, and open source - Part 1 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 13, 2010

A "free software cloud" may seem to be an oxymoron. But I believe that free software and remote computing were made for each other; their future lies together and the sooner they converge, the faster they will evolve and gain adoption. (Part 1 of a 5-part series.)

Nationwide Health Information Network hackathon: Direct Project reaches milestone

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2010

The basic goal of this network is to allow health care providers to exchange data on patients who move from one institution to another. The hackathon will take place on October 27 and 28 and can benefit from the participation of any programmers using Java and C#.

Mongo Boston: fast progress, with hitches in the cloud, Map/Reduce

By Andy Oram
September 21, 2010

Microsoft's Azure design interfere with running multiple MongoDB servers. Map/Reduce works, but not as fast as it should. MongoDB continues to grow in features and popularity.

CouchDB and MongoDB announce new products involving replication

CouchDB and MongoDB announce new products involving replication
By Andy Oram
August 10, 2010

In different ways, CouchDB and MongoDB are both using replication for some valuable enhancements to their open source products. I'll describe the new feature for each in this blog entry. CouchDB announced an Android app that downloads a CouchDB database to the device, while MongoDB adds auto-sharding and replication sets.

Report from Debian Conference

By Andy Oram
August 6, 2010

DebConf 2010 was held in New York City. This blog covers several interesting presentations and some general observations about the Debian community.

VistA scenarios, and other controversies at the Open Source health care track

By Andy Oram
July 23, 2010

The history and accomplishments attributed to VistA, the Veterans Administration's core administrative software, mark it as one of the most impressive software projects in history. Still, lots of smart people in the health care field deprecate VistA and cast doubt that it could ever be widely adopted.

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud
By Andy Oram
July 20, 2010

When Rackspace and NASA announced OpenStack, I thought of it as either a PR or yet another attempt to impose some pet project on the world as a standard. But it may actually a newsworthy intervention into the furiously evolving cloud industry.

Report from 2010 Community Leadership Summit

By Andy Oram
July 19, 2010

The topics we covered were deep and serious: how to prod established community members to leave room for new ones and encourage their growth, how to involve women and minorities in technical projects, how to raise funds and whom to accept funds from. The conference could also get personal. By the second day of CLS we turned the center into our lounge.

Red Hat Overhauls the Enterprise Software Stack

By Andy Oram
June 24, 2010

Red Hat is openly badgering large, IT-driven organizations to move away from comfortable patterns and to adopt what they believe to be the best virtualization platform, the best cloud API, the best data storage mechanism, and so on.

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems
By Andy Oram
June 22, 2010

Mickos responds to such questions as whether private clouds are needed, whether they are too hard to manage, and whether the Amazon API is the best foundation for Eucalyptus.


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