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Open source news roundup

By   |  April 7, 2008

Open source will take over – Gartner
Famously conservative, IT analyst Gartner has finally revised its predictions on open source software and now says that by “2012, more than 90 percent of enterprises will use open source in direct or embedded forms”. In a report, The State of Open Source 2008, Gartner says that even “users who reject open source for technical, legal or business reasons might find themselves unintentionally using open source despite their opposition”. (PDF download). In February Gartner predicted that 80 percent of software would be built on open source.

Mandriva, SuSE near end of life
Two versions of the popular Linux distributions Mandriva and SUSE will reach the end of life this month and in May, respectively. Mandriva 2007.0 will no longer be supported after April 13, and will be removed from actively-supported mirror directories. SUSE Linux 10.1 will receive updates and bugfixes until May 30, 2008. (Softpedia)

Yahoo wants more from Microsoft
Yahoo, responding to a three-week deadline issued by Microsoft to accept its $42 billion takeover bid, yesterday again rejected the deal for undervaluing the company. In a defiant open letter to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Monday, Yahoo said the software giant’s threat of a proxy battle was counterproductive and Yahoo would only be open to a better deal. “Our board’s view of your proposal has not changed,” said the letter, signed by Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock and chief executive Jerry Yang. “We continue to believe that your proposal is not in the best interests of Yahoo and our stockholders.” (Reuters)


5 Responses to “Open source news roundup”

  1. Tom
    April 8th, 2008 @ 8:55 am

    “Open source will take over” headline reminds me of “and cows will fly” I have been involved in open source and every year is Linux desktop year according to headlines. Reality is that software patents are killing free software and immature claims by immature people are being laugh at the corporates. Interest in Linux is down…

  2. Alastair Otter
    April 8th, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    I think the distinction here is that Gartner is not saying open source will take over the desktop. But Gartner is saying that more and more enterprises will use open source … and here’s the point … even if they don’t know it. Most will probably buy a solution sold to them as web services, or security etc which will in fact be built on open source.

    As for interest in Linucx being down. I’m not sure that that is exactly true. There is significantly more talk about Linux now than there was five or more years ago when I (and you) became involved in open source. Clearly there is something to talk about.

  3. Tom
    April 8th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    here is a nice graph that shows interested in Linux is down and going this way.

  4. Alastair Otter
    April 8th, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

    Nice graph Tom. Here’s another comparing searches for Windows and Linux:,windows&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

    Although coming off a higher base, Windows searches have declined by even more than Linux searches.

    What you have to consider is that the popularity of open source and Linux means people are not just searching for ‘linux’ but rather for Ubuntu Linux, or Suse, or ‘open source CMS’. Just as most Windows users are probably searching for ‘Windows Vista’ or ‘how to secure a Windows box’ 😉

  5. We have an open source future - or do we? at OSS Watch team blog
    November 17th, 2008 @ 9:27 am

    […] of all commercial software will include elements of open-source technology.” This figure was revised, within two months to 90%, whilst IDC believes that open source will eventually play a role in the […]

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