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Why Python is perfect for startups

Python for startup and small businesses

So you have a great business idea for a wonderful IT product or service, and you want to build your high tech startup around it. Having the idea is a great start, but you will have to build an IT solution/service to get your business off the ground; be it a website, software solution, social network, or mobile app. Which programming language to choose to write these IT products is always the question to get the startup going on a reasonable budget.

The truth is, you can write a great product in any language, if you know what you are doing. And when users are looking at a great product they really don’t know which language was used to create it, or how much code it took, nor do they care. But when it comes to time and budgets, there are unique situations, like getting a startup off the ground, where the choice of a programming language can make a difference between success or failure. » Read more

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What's keeping you from using open source software?

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Open source software (OSS), unlike proprietary software, is software that keeps the code open so IT professionals can alter, improve, and distribute it. Although it has been around since relatively early in the history of computers, in the past several years OSS has truly taken off, in what some might see as a surprising example of a successful communal collaboration.

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How to make the brave move from commercial to open source

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I work for a private ISV and consultancy company focused on delivering software products for financial institutions. Three years ago my company decided to share our achievements and knowledge by publishing our application, FinTP, for processing financial transactions under an open source license.

Here, I will explore the changes a company has to undertake when embarking on the transition from a traditional business model to a business model that supports open source. This is based on nine years of experience with a once commercially-available solution. The motivation for a transition like this comes from our company's ambition to be in a position of leadership in this changing and challenging industry.

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Interview with Adobe's open web standards guru

Interview with Vincent Hardy of Adobe

Vincent Hardy is Adobe's Director of Engineering for the Web Platform. He uses CSS to power projects that improve open standards for the web. He says there's nothing he hates about CSS—though the lack of variables and scoping bugged him for a long time—and is particularly enamored with the way CSS has organically developed into a robust technology.

Sun Microsystems is where Vincent Hardy got his start in web standards and open source. In this interview, he tells me what lessons he learned there and how open standards are growing at Adobe. » Read more

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Beautiful design can drive user adoption of open source software

Design matters in software

Nowadays we see beautiful design everywhere in our daily life. The digital world is no exception. Many of the websites we visit and the desktop and mobile apps that we use started to be so beautifully designed, that user perceptions on design started to change. As a result, everybody is becoming more design savvy. Users who didn’t care about contrast, button color or responsiveness in the past now critique companies whenever they make a user interface or experience update.

Do you remember the user reaction after several Digg re-designs? Why don’t you use GIMP over Photoshop even though as an average user you won’t need most the extras Photoshop has? There are hundreds of other examples where you will see design and user experience having a great impact on product adoption rates and continuity.

Open source software always has the advantage of offering a free alternative to mainstream solutions, but it doesn’t guarantee user adoption. » Read more

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How OpenStack differs from Amazon and must rise to the occasion

OpenStack innovates in the open

This is a condensed version of the blog post: A tale of two expanding clouds: Amazon and OpenStack. Read more there about the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. Comments welcome. » Read more

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Enter the 2013 open source holiday giveaway, win a 3D printer and much more

2013 Open Source Holiday Gift Giveaway

UPDATE: The contest has closed and winners are in the process of being notified and shipped their gifts. We will have an update about the winners in early 2014.

Enter our 2013 open source holiday gift giveaway by filling out this entry form by December 11. Read the official rules for more details.

See what you could win and find out more about the contest below.


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An open source, infinitely scalable Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)

Open wires

InfiniSQL is a massively scalable relational database system (RDBMS), composed entirely from scratch (not built upon some other technology). There is reproducible benchmark data described on InfiniSQL's blog proving that it can perform over 500,000 complex, multi-node transactions per second with over 100,000 simultaneous transactions—all on only 12 small server nodes.

The limitation of 12 nodes was budgetary: this is an open source project entirely funded out of pocket, and not part of an institution. If I had access to more servers, I'm positive that scalability would grow much higher. But those kinds of details are on the blog. The bottomline is that this is a very high performance system, and in its infancy. » Read more

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SuiteCRM challenges current commerical open source model

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Greg Soper, CEO of SalesAgility, believes there's a substantial gap in the market that SuiteCRM can fill and has a public commitment to SuiteCRM being a collaborative, community driven open source project. He says, "We've been developing SugarCRM Community Edition for seven years and we know there's an appetite for great open source applications. But there's no fully functional open source CRM application. Once you go beyond a certain function point you come across the "Commercial Open Source" model where you need to pay to access the functionality and the code is proprietary. That's SuiteCRM's opportunity. We've busted that apart. We're saying: here's all the functionality you need and it's all open source."

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Which office suite do you use?

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Office software suites offer a host of tools to help you get things done: email, a word processor, notepads, spreadsheets, as well as, presentation, finance, and publisher applications.

Which office suite was your first? Do you love or hate the one you're using now? From your experierce, how would you compare and contrast a proprietary suite to a free and open source one?

If you don't use a suite of office apps, all packaged nicely together, what tools to do you use in tandem to get work done? Would you say it's just as nice or better?

 

 

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