Several notable announcements were released today in conjunction with LinuxWorld 2007. I suspect that more are in the pipeline waiting to coincide with certain sessions throughout the week.
JasperSoft and MySQL release Business Intelligence ISV/OEM upgrade. The general availability of JasperSoft for MySQL 2.0 offers to ease the prospect of embedding B.I. functionality into products and solutions for the ISV/OEM market. JasperSoft did well to recognize the opportunity for continued growth that MySQL's developer base offers as well as the importance of (in this case) association with the increasingly strong MySQL brand. My only question is why MySQL hasn't joined the Open Solutions Alliance??? JasperSoft CTO Barry Klawans even heads the OSA's interoperability working group...maybe it has something to do with EnterpriseDB's presence? Whatever the case, it seems like a mutually beneficial move both over the short and long term.
GroundWork offers support for virtualized environments and Java applications. I'm most interested in the role GroundWork Factory played in making this happen. The press release states that the new functionality and support was "...incubated in the recently announced GroundWork Factory, a central resource for information, expertise, and reusable extensions for Groundwork’s partners, customers and the community," which sounds really good on paper, but quite challenging in reality. How does GroundWork Factory factor in throughout the life cycle of both of the aforementioned? I'm curious because it sounds like an intriguing concept which, if implemented correctly, serves to balance commercial and community-driven interests.
SpikeSource extends support for Funambol. By adding more and more support for an expanding array of open source solutions to its SpikeIgnited portfolio and scaling out a global network of distributors, SpikeSource edges closer to becoming a bona-fide delivery platform for both Windows and Linux. Especially, promising is SpikeSource's value proposition for Windows in the face of stiff competition from Novell and Red Hat on the business application end for Linux. That being said, there is significant room to create clearer messaging for each of the Spike-inspired entities (SpikeNet, SpikeIgnited, SpikeCertified, etc.) as well as their relationship to one another.
Nokia Siemens Networks joins the Linux Foundation. Carrier-grade Linux has very much flown under the radar, but remains a similarly vibrant opportunity as its desktop cousin. Standards will have to emerge as a precursor to the carrier-grade interfaces and distribution interoperability crucial to garnering more momentum for Linux in the telecom space. I wonder what the OpenClovis team has to say about this?