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9 Open Source Companies to Watch

CmdrTaco posted about 8 years ago | from the but-not-very-hard dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A look at 9 open source companies to watch, focusing on everything from systems management to portals to apps servers. " Silly bits like where their names come from to less silly bits like how much VC they got and what they actually do. I haven't heard of many of these, but it's encouraging to see a growing number of businesses being built around Open Source.

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Watch my open sauce company (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995690)

I'm going to call it ketchOS, pass the mustard.

N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (3, Interesting)

network23 (802733) | about 8 years ago | (#15995696)



They missed the #1 Open Source company to watch:

N3P [n3p.se]

"N3P offers a brand new, contrasting and intrepid two-year college level training in how to become a successful Project Entrepreneur in Open Source. Our students will learn not only the technical possibilities, but also how to exploit new business opportunities, manage profitable ideas, and create flourishing businesses. The training will focus on how to generate business using open source."

N3P [n3p.se]

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (2, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | about 8 years ago | (#15995987)

intrepid two-year college level training in how to become a successful Project Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is something that, almost by definition, can't be taught, because it involves identifying how to use resources no one had before thought to identify. If you can systematize the method, it's not longer entrepreneurship, but a rote process.

If, on the other hand, they're just using the term "entrepreneur" to mean manager, and they're just going to teach you what you need to know to run a business, they're misusing it.

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (1)

russ1337 (938915) | about 8 years ago | (#15996111)

Entrepreneurship is something that, almost by definition, can't be taught
Then I have no idea what they are trying to teach here [hbs.edu]

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (3, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | about 8 years ago | (#15996253)

Browsing the site, it looks like [hbs.edu] they're doing just what I talked about. Teaching how to be a manager, how to finance something, how to get people to be creative. They're not teaching how to come up with ideas, how to identify undervalued resources, i.e. the stuff that constitutes genuine entrepreneurship.

I know, it sounds like a nitpick, but I don't like when people act like, hey, once you teach this course, you'll be a successful entrepreneur, because entrepreneurship comes precisely from not following standard thinking. Maybe I didn't say that right...

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (1)

russ1337 (938915) | about 8 years ago | (#15996658)

Yeah, I was just being a smartarse...sry...

I've actually been listening to the entrepreneur podcasts from the HBS (on itunes - free), and they are quite valuable... some good insite. The biggest thing to remember is that ideas are easy, identifying opportunities and avoiding obsticles is difficult. Some good advice on running with your idea, what the true cost of VC investment is, social engineering (ahem - advertizing), etc... Worth a listen if your even considering going into buisiness (owning your own job), or just want to hear some good vs bad stories.....

Again, your quite right, entrepreneurship comes precisely from not following standard thinking...

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (4, Interesting)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 8 years ago | (#15996306)

intrepid two-year college level training in how to become a successful Project Entrepreneur
 
Entrepreneurship is something that, almost by definition, can't be taught, because it involves identifying how to use resources no one had before thought to identify. If you can systematize the method, it's not longer entrepreneurship, but a rote process.

 
Hardly.
  • Cooking, for example, is deeply systemized - but it's hardly rote. Considerably experience and knowledge is required to routinely produce great dishes. (I can hand you a recipe - and even with that experience and knowledge you might not be able to duplicate it. My sister, who is a trained chef, cannot (yet) duplicate several of my dishes.)
  • Chess is deeply systemized - but it takes considerable skill to know how and when to apply a specific tactic, or a counter to a specific tactic (after learning how to recognize it).
  • Military tactics and doctrine are deeply systemized - but it's decidely nontrivial to apply those in real situations. When the SSBN I served on went on patrol, we carried a shelf of books nearly five feet long detailing the tactics, doctrine, and philosophy of conducting a deterrent patrol as well as general submarine operations - but it takes years to master the material and know when to follow 'the book' and when to 'punt' (go your own way).
Now, I'll agree with you that you cannot teach how to identify opportunities - but you can codify how to search for, evaluate, and exploit them.

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997128)

My sister, who is a trained chef, cannot (yet) duplicate several of my dishes.)
Showing us all once again that blood isn't as thick as beef broth!

Re:N3P - The #1 Open Source company to watch! (1)

epee1221 (873140) | about 8 years ago | (#15997569)

Looks like it depends how systemized your process gets; some can get more systemized than others. Either way, there remains plenty of stuff that cannot be taught effectively, and experience cannot be completely replaced by pedagogy.

The 9 (5, Informative)

neonprimetime (528653) | about 8 years ago | (#15995706)

1. Cleversafe - dispersed storage grid
2. Digium - open source PBX
3. Hyperic - manage heterogenous it environments
4. Optaros - consulting
5. Qlusters - open source systems management platform
7. Sahana - secure web portal
8. ws02 - open source application server
9. zenoss - network and systems-monitoring software

WHORE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995760)

You dirty whore...

Re:WHORE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995810)

karma ez ur friend in this lovely game of /.

Re:WHORE (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | about 8 years ago | (#15995981)

I prefer the term "companion", you petty thief.

Re:The 9 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995823)

you missed #6 - rPath Inc

Re:The 9 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995935)

their name is rPath ET, Inc.

Biasses: No embedded companies (4, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 8 years ago | (#15995877)

A huge %, if not most, Linux systems are embedded and mobile devices like phones etc. Mobile/embedded space is the fastest growing area and if it isn't the biggest already, it will soon be.

This list is only looking at servers etc and none of these projects/companies would be of any interest in embedded space.

Re:Biasses: No embedded companies (1, Offtopic)

cgladwin (971031) | about 8 years ago | (#15995928)

The Cleversafe client is designed to be embeddable into mobile linux devices like mobile phones, media players, cameras, cars, etc. We (I am one of the Cleversafe developers) believe that more data and more critical data will move to mobile devices over time and a dispersed storage grid to store all that data will thus become increasingly important. Chris Gladwin

Re:Biasses: No embedded companies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996085)

there's a typo in your sig

Re:The 9 (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | about 8 years ago | (#15995903)

6. rPath - platform to create preconfigured, pretested application appliances that can be downloaded and deployed by enterprise users

Re: you left out rPath (2, Interesting)

ext42fs (725734) | about 8 years ago | (#15995966)

rPath is quite interesting because what's the main hassle to get portability? Interfaces! Have a look at POSIX, glibc, M$.* and realize that those interfaces are big & fat. So, the easiest way to run an application might just be to contain it in its own virtual OS instance. And of course Cleversave is interesting (IMHO) because there is a practically infinite amount of storage out there and GByte prices are declining ever since harddisks were invented...

Missed Zmanda (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996042)

You missed Zmanda from the list as well

The Article Title is incorrect, there are 10 (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | about 8 years ago | (#15996067)

10. Zmanda - backup utility and software

Re:The 9 (1)

FractalZone (950570) | about 8 years ago | (#15996523)

I wish more people would post succinct summaries/highlights of articles that make one wade through short page after short page with only a little content but a lot of ads and other dreck on each page. Sites where one used to be able to just click on Print often don't even offer that option for those of us who want to skim an entire article on one page.

Your summary gave me just the info I was curious about: the names of the nine companies in question. Good job!

Have you considered trying to summarize U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Middle East?

Not even a particularly good list. (3, Interesting)

jd (1658) | about 8 years ago | (#15997162)

I can think of a few dozen Open Source-based companies that are offering far more innovative products, far better products and sometimes even both at the same time. I have no problem with an editor saying "these are worth watching", but I do have a problem with an editor astroturfing. I also have a problem with editors making bold claims without any actual evidence. All we're getting is the corporate handout.


A proposal I made many many years back was to run a league table, where so many points were scored for the release of an open source product, so many points were scored for updating someone else's open source product, so many for closed source products that supported or enhanced the usability of an open source product, etc. The more open source, the more points. Also, the more significant (in terms of power, flexibility, etc) the more points, and the more practical the more points.


The idea was to show who actually was doing work, versus who was merely bragging about it. The idea was also to make major Open Source figures (some of whom have never actually released a product but have contributed to many) just as prominent in the table as major corporations with Really Big Bucks to throw around. It would also show those who are working on making Open Source a key player in the computing world, even if their products are not themselves Open Source.


(Oracle would score points for having put their corporate database on Linux, for example, but it would not be as much as Computer Associates for putting their corporate database - Ingres - not only on Linux but opening up the source as well. Postgresql would score more yet, as it is not only Open Source but regularly maintained.)


Newcomers are at no disadvantage, because whatever REAL added value will show up notwithstanding the newness or the lack of awareness. If there's no added value, then there is nothing there to watch. It's merely a rebadge. If there's added value and this value is constantly added to (which is what a new company should be doing), then it will be a very obvious rapid-riser through the charts.


Proprietary vendors who are wary of opening their high-value major product lines will obviously not score as well, nor should they, but they will be represented as a function of what they have contributed - directly in terms of products, and indirectly in terms of improved usability.


Then, journalists MIGHT have a clue as to what is interesting and what is not. They might also have a clue as to what is significant, what is likely to become "big news" and what is worth the effort of covering.


As it stands, they neither know nor care. Whoever pays the piper calls the tune. Mind you, what I'm aiming for, with this idea, is not to introduce honesty, but rather to give people a copy of the songbook. Let people see for themselves if the tune is any good or is even what it's claimed to be. It would seem to me that an informed userbase will take care of the honesty issue by itself.

Re:The 9 - Crisply! (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | about 8 years ago | (#15997173)

THANK YOU!

9 Open Source (cutting edge) companies... buried in a 1997 web model where the ads take 75% of the space. I can live with a few smoothly placed ads, but that was ridiculous.

I have this list stored, and I will research it later.

print view (0)

eneville (745111) | about 8 years ago | (#15995714)

Re:print view (0)

eneville (745111) | about 8 years ago | (#15995724)

mod parent down. my bad, doesnt work.

Nope (0)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | about 8 years ago | (#15995725)

Looks like they're too clever for us. They really really want to keep the article unreadable.

Re:Nope (0)

eneville (745111) | about 8 years ago | (#15995739)

It's not too clever, it's just being a pain in the ass. They had a print view link, so I copied and submitted it without looking at it.

It's just a javascript form submit. If I could put HTML forms on here I would do that, just like they did... Anyway, my bad.

Re:Nope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995978)

Looks like they split this up into as many pages as possible to increase advertising. Soon we'll get one word per page. yay.

WORKING print view (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 years ago | (#15995835)

here [networkworld.com]

Begone, foul beast (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 8 years ago | (#15995723)

FTA, re: Zenoss:
"We are bringing the Zen of open source to IT management," says Bill Karpovich, co-founder and CEO.

Bill Karpovich, bringing vague managerial-speak to OSS since August 2005.
Future ventures to include:

Paradigmoss
Leveragoss
Top-downoss
Empoweross
Bleedingedgeoss

Really, I could go on and on... But for the sake of my own sanity, I'll stop there. Besides, companies have been named far worse [synergisticsinc.com] .

Re:Begone, foul beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996060)

Or "Synergistic Networks" [synergisticusa.com]

Re:Begone, foul beast (1)

Otter (3800) | about 8 years ago | (#15996158)

On the other hand, it beats:
The company's name originally was to have been Hyperica, but one of the founders "mysteriously left out the 'a' in the company incorporation documents and Hyperic was born," says Javier Soltero, Hyperic's CEO.

Cool topic (1)

Doctor-Optimal (975263) | about 8 years ago | (#15995763)

Shitty layout, interesting article.

Besides Red Hat (4, Interesting)

lottameez (816335) | about 8 years ago | (#15995772)

Are there any other open source based companies besides Red Hat that are actually profitable? I don't mean this to be flamebait, just wondering.

I was at a conference a few months ago sitting in an Open Source track, and the panel of Open Source vendors basically said that the best chance of success in the open source business was to be renamed Red Hat and to have come about about six years ago.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995859)

VA Software (the parent company of Slashdot) recently reported their first profitable quarter. Coincidentally, they're due to report their next quarter tomorrow after the bell, so it will be interesting to see what those numbers are.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995936)

And they make their money from a commercial version of Sourceforge, which is NOT OSS! Slashdot and VASoftware are the biggest hypocrites around. Don't believe me? Go try to download the source for Sourceforge Enterprise Edition.

Re:Besides Red Hat (2, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 years ago | (#15995951)

Hardly open source based. Sourceforge is closed source. They won't release modifications they made to mysql. SLASH is open source, that's about it.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996226)

Sourceforge helps greatly so much free software developers with cvs, hosting.. that i can't understand why you all go berserk about the closed version of sourceforge. Without sourceforge, the landscape of the free software world would be dimmer. VA Software is also OSDN.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

cdcarter (822001) | about 8 years ago | (#15996420)

There is sourceforge, and sourceforge enterprise edition. You must remember they are different.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997831)

and both of them are closed source.

OSS is a philosophy and a strategy (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15995861)

not a business model.

The OSS companies with a fighting chance of making it are ones which aggregate (RedHat et al), or ones which have huge numbers of users with some small fraction willing to pay for support (MySQL, SugarCRM, ...).

To paraphrase some sales guys I used to work with, anything you give away for free has no value. In this case value means revenue potential. If the customer is not willing to pay to support the free product, then why are you "selling" the support?

Re:Besides Red Hat (1, Informative)

AuMatar (183847) | about 8 years ago | (#15995862)

Apache. MySQL. Both of those are. I know several hosting companies that host Linux boxes that are. I also know a lot of other companies whose entire infrastructure is Linux.

Nope. Neither one. (1)

NineNine (235196) | about 8 years ago | (#15996090)

Apache is a non-profit charity that accepts donations. Not profitable.

MySQL is a privately owned German company, but they say that they've been funded by VC's since 2001.

So, no neither of those companies are profitable.

Re:Besides Red Hat (2, Informative)

savio13 (995182) | about 8 years ago | (#15996148)

Apache. MySQL. Both of those are.

Minor clarification, Apache is not a company. There are several companies that make money supporting products that are from the Apache community. This is one of the best things about Apache products, no 'company' controls them. Take Apache Tomcat or Apache Geronimo for instance, you can get support from Chariot Solutions, Covalent, IBM, Logic Blaze, Novell and Virtuas. And all of these companies have contributors to the projects, (along with guys that are not affiliated with these companies).

Re:Besides Red Hat (2, Informative)

eneville (745111) | about 8 years ago | (#15995880)

Novel/SuSE, Sun(open-ish), IBM are doing a bit for the opensores also. Don't forget companies which make their money /from/ open source, such as openadvantage.

Ubuntu is a company also, is it not, didn't M Shuttleworth make his money from selling books about open source and had enough left to form the Cannonical company?

Re:Besides Red Hat (4, Informative)

Poppler (822173) | about 8 years ago | (#15995962)

Ubuntu is a company also, is it not, didn't M Shuttleworth make his money from selling books about open source

Actually, Shuttleworth got rich selling his former company (Thawte Consulting) to VeriSign.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997731)

He is planning to be further rich by selling Ubuntu. He is dreaming the Ubuntu to be a major headache so that no company can earn money in Linux distributions arena unless somebody buy Ubuntu for couple billion dollars and shutdown.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 years ago | (#15995970)

He made his money from thawte (which was sold to verisign).

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996037)

Digium is a profitable company

Re:Besides Red Hat (2, Interesting)

2nd Post! (213333) | about 8 years ago | (#15996048)

What is "Open Source based"?

Apple, for example, relies heavily on GCC to make their applications and OS and contributes extensively to the GCC code base. The same with WebKit/Safari/KHTML, though they have been accused of being not quite cooperative in the past, they did get past that. Then their is their use of BSD in their OS, their release of the QuickTime Streaming Server, Bonjour networking protocol, their use of the CUPS print system, and a couple other examples including Apache, Javascript, etc.

Apple of course is not an OS company, since they make money off iPods, MacBooks, and iTMS, but they use OS to their advantage. You don't make money unless you can add value, and because OS is already free and out in the open, Apple does so with services(iTMS), product integration(OS X), and design(iPod).

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | about 8 years ago | (#15997437)

I don't think Apple counts. If they did, any company that runs Apache would be considered an "open source" company.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | about 8 years ago | (#15997725)

Apple counts because they actually have developers contributing to Open Source projects. That they use Apache means they aren't wasting resources reinventing the wheel nor supporting closed programs like IIS.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | about 8 years ago | (#15997757)

Apple's business model is not predicated on FOSS. They could use a different compiler, or web server, and this would not affect them in any way (except for licensing fees).

DynDNS (1)

Anitra (99093) | about 8 years ago | (#15996293)

DynDNS.com [dyndns.com] . Of course, they're not a software company, but a network services company. But they've been a profitable private company since at least 2002.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997062)

Are there any other open source based companies besides Red Hat that are actually profitable? I don't mean this to be flamebait, just wondering.

Tons actually. Mostly individuals or small groups of people many working as consultants. You don't have to work for Microsoft, IBM, HP, CA, Oracle to someone that treats you like a meet factory product. It is a growing business, software support and people who are really into the OSS support business, and are not BSers do well. BSers skid fast.

IBM realized this, this is why they have bought companies like ISS and PWC. Service based companies. Simply put, software is cheaper than beer to make open source or not. 10 people get an idea and millions might use and support it. Support is where it is at.

Today most software is sold as a product through inefficient antiquated expensive old style sales channels. Salepeople often go to the CIO/CEO to bypass technical types as they know they are flogging a dead horse and know where the suckers are. Much of the high priced "product" contains fortran, cobol and old junk code inside. Very little of this goes towards engineering and changes, if they occur takes years. They charge fat support fees for software they can't support making suckers of thosue who spend this much. But you have someone to call.

What business wants, and business should pay for is a business solution. This includes running the overly complex products and externalize it as a service. Businesses can't afford experts in every niche product they can buy. Sooner or later, ERP, HRIS, business modeling etc. will all be outsourced to service providers. And the business does not care if it is open source or not. This is also a hint of where OSS thrives.

I back this up with any successful "tech" company today like Google, Postini, Bluecoat and hundreds of others, they provide a service. Would your company pay Dell prices if it were not for the support?

Hyperic (3, Informative)

porkrind (314254) | about 8 years ago | (#15997143)

We've been profitable since day 1.

http://www.hyperic.com/ [hyperic.com]

-John Mark
Community Manager
Hyperic

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) | about 8 years ago | (#15997166)

FWIW, I'm doing contract work for a company whose name I probably shouldn't mention (I've signed NDAs) that uses open source software for most of it's infrastructure. They have a custom built WebObjects application running on FreeBSD (under Linux compatibility), Apache+SSL, MySQL and PHP plus some other tools/libraries like JBoss, JFreechart, ClamAV, Tripwire, etc. They're a startup company doing project portfolio management, have been around for about three years and are currently profitable.

Re:Besides Red Hat (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | about 8 years ago | (#15997610)

Trolltech is going gangbusters. They've had 76% growth annually since 2000, and just went public a few months ago. Of course, some won't call it an "open source" company because it sells a closed version of its products, but they're just being wet dishrags.

Re:Besides Red Hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997744)

Ya, I would hate to label any GPL software as 'open source'.

The question I'd like to see... (2, Interesting)

Trillan (597339) | about 8 years ago | (#15995779)

How do they plan to keep making money going forward?

I'm not trying to be negative or cynical, but it's surely the most interesting question as an external observer.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (1, Flamebait)

deander2 (26173) | about 8 years ago | (#15995892)

How do they plan to keep making money going forward?
I'm not trying to be negative or cynical, but it's surely the most interesting question as an external observer.


well, considering that this question has been answered here, there and virtually everywhere, repeatedly, for the last 5-6-7 years now, if you are not trying to be negative or cynical, one must suspect you of trolling.

i'm not trying to be mean, just a casual observation from an external observer.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (0, Flamebait)

NineNine (235196) | about 8 years ago | (#15996123)

well, considering that this question has been answered here, there and virtually everywhere, repeatedly, for the last 5-6-7 years now, if you are not trying to be negative or cynical, one must suspect you of trolling.

Oh wait, let me guess... "support", right? Oh, sure. That's worked out really well for... hmm... [insert company here]... Well, maybe in abother 5-6-7 years, maybe it'll be true. Until then, just saying "money comes from support" is the troll, buddy, because it's simply not true outside of Red Hat. Or maybe you're not quite trolling, but just spreading FUD...

Re:The question I'd like to see... (4, Insightful)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | about 8 years ago | (#15996498)

Why did anyone mod this up? At best it is a straw man argument. At worst it is a troll.

Oh wait, let me guess... "support", right? Oh, sure...

Allow me to translate. The previous poster said that the question was answered over and over again. This poster asserts that the previous poster must have meant that answer was "support," even though that was never mentioned anywhere, and then went on to decry (not debunk he simply makes assertions to the contrary, but does not provide any reasons).

Just in case this last poster was just ignorant and not a troll, allow me to make a quick summary of how OSS fits into the business world. Proprietary software is made by a single company and sold to multiple companies for as much as they can get. A cheaper method is for the companies that want to use software to collaborate on the development (OSS) and each only pays for what they need. In addition to that, they all get access to bug fixes and features someone else needed for free. Sometimes this is done by using internal developers who become experts in the software. Sometimes this is done by hiring outside developers to do the work you need. For projects like Apache, there is a core group of developers paid to make general improvements and to make specific customizations or improvements on commission. Developers are paid for support, customization, new features, and sometimes just given a salary to make general improvements and be an internal expert until something specific is required. The actual code is used to provide services or products to other people.

In this model, the developers have less chance of "making it big" but at the same time they can undercut the costs of the competition and provide a better product and have more widespread adoption of their product, which brings a lot of prestige and can lead to other financial opportunities. This model has only been working for a few decades and is in constant use by IBM, Apple, Cisco, and pretty much any major IT company you can think of, and I've, personally, read explanations not very different from this one a dozen times. Please stop asking this.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996973)

I have been waiting for a good answer the last 5-6-7 years now, too. Do you by chance have one? "Support" isn't adequate.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (1)

Trillan (597339) | about 8 years ago | (#15997372)

So I take that your flame bait response to mean you don't have a good answer?

Re:The question I'd like to see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997930)

redhat, ibm, hp, novell, digium, mysql, jboss, sugarcrm, OMFG how many others?
not to mention the hundreds of microISVs that spring up around them.

but really, i don't care if you believe it works or not. let the folks loose their shirt if you think they're going to. why do you folks have to poo-poo every company using open source in their business model? go back to reading "don't-worry-the-economy-is-never-going-to-shift-a way-from-your-nitch weekly".

Re:The question I'd like to see... (2, Informative)

lee1026 (876806) | about 8 years ago | (#15995920)

A fair number of them rely on support contracts to make money.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (3, Informative)

truthsearch (249536) | about 8 years ago | (#15995960)

Digium sells PBX hardware which can be used with their open source software. They have quite a large selection for their niche.

Re:The question I'd like to see... (1)

legoburner (702695) | about 8 years ago | (#15996021)

How do they plan to keep making money going forward?

A paypal button on their website of course!

Not a problem for us (1)

porkrind (314254) | about 8 years ago | (#15997169)

Hyperic has to turn down customers, although that won't be the case for long, as we bring in more people.

So far, no one bats an eye at our enterprise version pricing.

Re:Not a problem for us (1)

Trillan (597339) | about 8 years ago | (#15997394)

Thanks. I've been considering writing an open source application myself, and it's good to know enterprise pricing does work in some cases. I'm not sure it would work for me --the market I'm looking at is notoriously cheap, and has a long history of pirating our software. Since some of the features don't work when it's pirated, so we get purchases a few times a year when people need those features (and pretty much no other time). :)

How about a little-known Open Source company? (2, Insightful)

ENOENT (25325) | about 8 years ago | (#15995789)

IBM. I win.

Re:How about a little-known Open Source company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996297)

No No, not Open Purse companies, Open Source companies.

Linux File System?? (5, Funny)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 8 years ago | (#15995799)

I mean, it's not a bad idea, but that name? Sounds kind of like eFax calling themselves Windows Print Driver.

10? (1)

rk (6314) | about 8 years ago | (#15995818)

Anybody else notice there are ten companies on this list?

Re:10? (1)

w33t (978574) | about 8 years ago | (#15995893)

they must mean for us to count 0-9

Re:10? (1)

TheUnknownCoder (895032) | about 8 years ago | (#15995988)

Yes! 10 companies in the list. Only 9 are worth watching.

Re:10? (2, Informative)

savio13 (995182) | about 8 years ago | (#15996204)

It could be that Sahana isn't really a company. It's an open source project. Interestingly enough, Sanjiva Weerawarana, the CEO of WSO2, appears to have been one of the initial contributors to Sahana ( http://cvs.opensource.lk/wiki/doku.php?id=dev:team [opensource.lk] ). Maybe it was just meant to be 9 companies and 1 community effort started by the CEO of one of the 9?

PETJ (People for the ethical treatment of journalists)

excerpts (5, Informative)

Tharkban (877186) | about 8 years ago | (#15995915)

I just wanted to know what the companies did. So here it is (company name followed by "What does the company offer?")

Cleversafe

The Linux File System, which lets Linux computers store information on a dispersed storage grid called the Cleversafe Research Storage Grid. The company plans to offer commercial dispersed-data storage services and software.

Digium

Asterisk, the industry's first open source PBX, and Asterisk Business Edition, a professional grade version of the software.

Hyperic

Hyperic HQ, an open source platform for managing heterogeneous IT environments, including operating systems and Web, application, database, middleware, and virtualization technology. The company also provides subscription-based services and support, as well as advanced features.

Optaros

Consulting and systems integration services focused on open source softwar

Qlusters

OpenQRM, an open source systems management platform.

Sahana

A secure Web portal that includes applications used to coordinate and collaborate during relief efforts following disasters.

WSO2

Tungsten, an Apache-based open source application server built from the ground up to handle Web services. The company is planning to roll out a line of Web-services-focused, Apache-based middleware, with its Titanium Enterprise Service Bus due for release soon.

Zenoss

Open source network and systems-monitoring software.

Zmanda

A commercial version of the open source AMANDA (Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver) backup utility software, as well as services and support for the software.

10 companies (rPath hard to find) (1)

Tharkban (877186) | about 8 years ago | (#15995992)

If you want to read this article, just hit the print button, it's impossible any other way (two people missed rPath :P ).
Plus the author must have missed it, cus there's actually 10 companies.

rPath

rBuilder, an open source platform that includes a tailored version of Linux to create preconfigured, pretested application appliances that can be downloaded and deployed by enterprise users in minutes.

Here's a fun game (2, Funny)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | about 8 years ago | (#15995930)

See if you can figure out which company the "anonymous submitter" works for. Taking all bets!

ZManda, hmmm... (5, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | about 8 years ago | (#15996070)

I like how ZManda's web page says they offer "Two levels of world-class technical support".

      Because some worlds are just naturally classier than others. I'd hate to get their Underworld-class support.

Re:ZManda, hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997290)

Well, depends on how you parse the sentence. The other way to parse is that there are two levels of technical support but both of them are "world-class"..

A little spammy (1)

Evets (629327) | about 8 years ago | (#15996139)

I understand that people want to make money off of their websites. I understand that a lot of people are dying to get published on slashdot because of the traffic flood and the ensuing revenue that follows either because of impressions or because even the anti-advertising slashdot crowd exhibits a click through rate.

But why force me to read 8 pages? Each page has roughly 25 lines of real content and less than 250 words. That and 301 links all designed to get their 25 line articles at the top of the SE listings. What happened to content being important? Even if this is interesting, the greedy, spammy practices that have invaded all of the social networking sites have to be at least slowed down.

At the very least this site should have provided an outline of what the companies are in the intro. At best, slashdot would provide a set of basic quality guidelines that would be the minimum standards for link publication. From a small webmaster standpoint, a lot of guys are faced with "how do I compete with that?" - the answer is often to pick up similar design, structure, and promotional tactics. The lack of quality control standards in most "Web 2.0" comunities have encouraged quality-free sites to spread like wildfire. Slashdot is a closed, moderated system and because of it's age, popularity, the fact that the staff and the even the audience are a little more technically savvy than most - it should have a model that other sites should follow. I see less of this kind of a problem here than on digg or others, but I just had to rant because this FA is a prime example of something that shouldn't be published (IMO).

And really? Are there 9 articles? I only see 8 pages and of the one's I looked at, I never saw a page talking about more than one company.

How to make $1 million with OpenSource Software (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996209)

Well, start with $10 million of VC funding. Bury $1 million cash in your back yard. Then file for bankruptcy when the advertising dollars run out.

ship7? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15996409)

to this. For [goat.cx]

CardMeeting (0, Offtopic)

BeforeCoffee (519489) | about 8 years ago | (#15996499)

Don't forget about #10: CardMeeting (multiplayer collaboration and planning), and that runs on Linux too, W00T!

http://cardmeeting.com/ [cardmeeting.com]

Disclaimer: I am the author of CardMeeting, so this comment is essentially shameless. :D (I have no shame!)

Another disclaimer: CardMeeting.com is alpha quality and we're adding features, but still purdy neat, (if I may be so bold.) Anyhow, please feel free to check it out!

Re:CardMeeting (1)

BeforeCoffee (519489) | about 8 years ago | (#15996540)

Oops, my bad, we're not destined for the list at all: we aren't planning to release our code as open source.

CardMeeting is built using many open source libraries, but then again, what isn't these days?

Re:CardMeeting (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 8 years ago | (#15996906)

umm just to prevent a lynching
are you absolutely certain that you have not used any GPL libs in your stuff??

if you have then you will be releasing your complete source code

(and yes im certain that folks will be running debuggers and hexeditors to find out if you have)

Re:CardMeeting (2, Insightful)

BeforeCoffee (519489) | about 8 years ago | (#15997249)

Yeah, thanks for the concern. We're mostly using apache licensed libs, and some public domain stuff. We do not distribute LGPL or GPL licensed libraries presently, but I don't think we'd hesitate to use an LGPL'd library if one were available that we wanted to use. We try to acknowledge any libraries we use by including their notices and license files, etc in the applet jar. If we've messed up, I'm sure someone will come along and let us know so we can fix it. Most of the cherry Java libraries out there are under the Jakarta brand, and those are all apache licensed. Cheers, Dave Woldrich

Re:CardMeeting (1)

mec_cool (757885) | about 8 years ago | (#15997460)

wow this is all so hard to understand. so when do you have to release your code, all projects commercial or not have to be based on something open source (free) at some points. in fact what's the difference between public domain and GPL ?? thanks for enlighting me on the matter.

db4o (1)

Eric Falsken (919615) | about 8 years ago | (#15996519)

db4objects - www.db4o.com
Open-Source Object Database for Java and .NET

I'll never use an O/R mapping tool again.

Re:db4o (2, Interesting)

ClamIAm (926466) | about 8 years ago | (#15997451)

Open-Source Object Database for Java and .NET

With that many buzzwords in its description alone, it has to be good.

OpenSubsystems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15997495)

OpenSubsystems (www.opensubsystems.org) is another interesting open source project and company that supports it. They provide ready to use business components for building Java applications, such as security, search, inventory management. You use their components to build your Java application instead of starting from scratch. They just announced that Siemens AG licensed their software.

Re:OpenSubsystems (1)

bastafidli (820263) | about 8 years ago | (#15997521)

Hi, I am the owner of the project and architect for the development team of OpenSubsystems. Thanks for the interest in our project. We have a big release coming this week, when we will release OpenChronicle, thorough tutorial to Open Core, our middleware abstraction layer. Please check it out.

"Over 800 downloads" - so? (1)

Animats (122034) | about 8 years ago | (#15997619)

Some people will download anything. I used to have a program on one of my web sites that was a plug-in to a high-end animation package. It was totally useless unless you had that package, and knew how to run it, which few people did. Thousands of people downloaded the plug-in, despite clear statements that it was useless without the main package. They'd even fill out the registration form.

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