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+ - Gartner Issues Smackdown on Open Core->

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Sortova
Sortova writes "Those of us who are concerned about the growing prevalence of the open core (or fauxpen source) business model are often ignored when those VC-backed companies have much more to spend on marketing, as well as the few but profitable acquisitions accomplished by VCs such as Benchmark. We're often labelled as open source "zealots" and enterprises are told to ignore us.

However, enterprises tend not to ignore the advice of Gartner, one of the most respected analyst organizations out there. Today, Brian Prentice posted Open-Core: The Emperor's New Clothes which is a scathing critique of the business model, not as a road to VC riches, but as a solution that enterprises should consider.

There are way too many good quotes to pick just one, but he sums things up with "You see, when you start peeling back some of the value propositions being attached to open core business models what starts to appear is a picture of a bog standard software provider trying to use the latest phraseology to cut through the noise of a crowded marketplace".

In a similar blog post back in 2008 I wrote "The emperor is naked, folks." It is nice to see someone with influence agreeing with me."

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+ - DevOps: Sysadmin meet Developer and Vice-Versa-> 1

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socialized (1258014) writes "DevOps, also referred to as agile systems administration, is a big part of how Kris Buytaert, a Senior Linux and Open Source Consultant with the Belgian firm Inuits who, likes to create opens source apps for business. Buytaert describes himself as a developer who "then became an Op" and as such, began to see the challenges facing both sides of the application deployment process. The 451 Group also has recently noted this phenomenon as have may others (Stephen Nelson-Smith, Jake Sorofman) .There's even a series of Devops Days internationally and OpsCamp is running DevOps styleunconferences for cloud computing (Devops.Info lists even more self-organizing conferences). How many systems administrators consider themselves part developers and how many developers consider their operations knowledge a critical to their ability to create software?"
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+ - Ten years of FOSDEM-> 2

Submitted by HansF
HansF (700676) writes "FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. This year we celebrate it's tenth birthday in Brussels. Interesting talks this year will be about writing and submitting your first Linux kernel Patch by Greg Kroah-Hartman, Promoting Open Source Methods at a Large Company by Brooks Davis and Evil on the Internet by Richard Clayton. Also the event will host several devrooms on topic varying from Alt-os to X.org. No registration necessary, so feel free to drop by."
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