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Foss Friday: OpenGL 4.0, BBC DRM on Broadcasts, Oracle’s Java Love And More

This week has seen a lot of activity in FOSS. In this post, I will present a weekly roundup of some key events that will determine the shape of things to come.


  • Oracle focuses on Java

Oracle has now become the world’s largest Open Source Company in terms of market share and enterprise solution expertise. Whatever Oracle does determines a lot of other sectors and fields. Oracle announced that Java will be focused upon by the company owing to its potential and current giant share in the development sector. Also, the JDK version 7 will sport many nifty features and easy integration with newer technologies. Read more at itWorldCanada.

  • BBC is planning on introducing DRM for its broadcast content

If this plan gets through, Open Source users of UK will not be able to watch the BBC television programs. What a shame it is to see that this feature is not present in the receivers, and this move is not made by BBC itself. BBC is being pressurized by copyright holders to do this and they threaten to withdraw the rights to air their shows. What is even more insane is that they wish to implement this throughout all devices. These devices include the Television, the Recorders, Burners, basically everything that can store the program. Follow up at OMG! UBUNTU.

  • AMD releases support for OpenGL 4.0 on Linux

AMD has released support for OpenGL 4.0, the newest Linux Graphics API. This new driver is a preview and lacks official support but promises that AMD is at least living up to the new OpenGL standards. Phoronix tells us more on this development.

Tips and Features

  • Ubiquity slideshow in Ubuntu installation

Ubuntu Linux has just released its first public beta. This beta gives a peek into the latest features and visual enhancements which will appear in the next version of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. One of them is the Ubiquity slideshow during the installation.

  • Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 on Ubuntu 9.10

OpenOffice.org is the best office suite in Ubuntu Linux. This is an easy guide on how to install OpenOffice.org in Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Karmic Koala.

Is Oracle the world’s largest Open Source Company?

No matter how much we hate to admit this, Oracle might just be the largest open Source Company in the world. It is true. Oracle has some of the biggest brands in the Open-Source world under its name now.

This happened with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The Open Source projects hosted under the banner of Sun have all come under direct handling of Oracle and include some of the most popular technologies of today like Java, MySQL, OpenOffice.org, Glassfish, Virtualbox etc.

Some of the Open Source technologies, currently being developed under Oracle are,

  • MySQL: The Open Source database powering almost every website out there.
  • OpenOffice.org: The best alternative to paid Office suites, available for free and full file format compatibility.
  • VirtualBox: The free virtualization solution from (earlier)Sun Microsystems, now managed by Oracle.
  • OpenSolaris: The Unix based OS with the best features of Solaris and compatibility with the Sparc architecture.
  • Java: The enterprise development solution, a robust and developer friendly software development platform.
  • Glassfish: The Open Source application server providing SaaS features, compatible with Java.
  • Eclipse: Oracle plays as a board member and strategic developer with Eclipse, a development tool.
  • Oracle VM: A server virtualization platform.

This list is far too small than this one, but it gives a gist of what Oracle is doing, and it looks good. It is time we start liking Oracle for what it is, and stop complaining about what it will never be.

Oracle to merge two JVM technologies: HotSpot and JRockit

Oracle has plans of merging the two JVMs available for Java, namely the Sun HotSpot and the JRockit. The news of the merge surfaced through a webcast this week. It is said that the merge will take roughly eighteen months to two years. On this development, Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s principal engineer has said that the company would continue to develop both platforms in the short term.

Although the decision is believed to have been taken some time ago, the news of such a possibility was floating from last month when Oracle mentioned this at a conference. HotSpot was Sun’s own implementation of JVM while JRockit was acquired by Oracle along with BEA systems.

On this merge, Reinhold said:

It’s not an easy problem taking the best of each, figuring out what the long-term convergence plan is. We’re not going to just stop doing one of them. Customers have things in production on both, taking advantage of specific features in both. We’re not going to cause an earthquake and make systems fall over. At some point in time, I expect there will be one VM,

While the HotSpot has a better runtime compiler, the JRockit has a better garbage collection. The merger will create a powerful virtualization with the best features of both.

[ Via : linuxworld ]

More on the Sun-Oracle Deal

A lot is already happening at the Sun-Oracle merger end. There are things Oracle is doing which can help it gain favor in some communities whereas, at other places it sure is ready to make some people frown.

Rumors were that Oracle would make huge layoffs after its acquisition of Sun but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has clearly denied these reports. Ellison Said on Wednesday,

It took a while, but Oracle and Sun are now one company.  We’re very excited. Sun has a wonderful heritage of engineering and innovation.

Not only this, Ellison also gave us an insight of the future plans of Oracle by saying,
Our vision for the year 2010 is the same as IBM’s vision for the year 1960, which is go ahead and deliver a comprehensive suite of technologies.

Against reports of Sun firing around 3000 people sometime in October, Ellison actually laid plans for more hiring shutting down all layoff claims put on Oracle. On this hiring, Ellison said,
The truth is, we’re actually hiring 2,000 people over the next few months to beef up the Sun businesses, and that’s about twice as many people as we’ll be laying off.

Clearly, with this move, Oracle is looking at a future like IBM did in the 1960s. Oracle is equally interested in hardware and software now that it has an array of options to choose from. Also, it is in Oracles best interest to keep many of Sun’s technologies like Java, MySQL and OpenOffice.org alive as their popularity is unmatched all over the world.

European Union Finally Clears the Oracle-Sun Merger

The European Union has finally approved the Oracle-Sun merger. The deal which was seen as a tough anti-trust issue got clearance after a long period of hold. The deal was examined critically and was extremely controversial. On one hand where MySQL fans were worried about its future at the hands of Oracle, Oracle was constantly assuring them with promises of support for the next five years. The deal which was initially viewed at $7 billion was proving to be a loss for both Sun and Oracle.


On success of the deal, Neelie Kroes, the European antitrust commissioner said,

I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle’s acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products,

The Sun Oracle deal was held for review by EU and many other antitrust safeguarding agencies and was a long antitrust case. Oracle executives and CEO Larry Ellison will hold a meeting next Wednesday, with Sun executives on how to join the products of both the companies and release them under one single banner of Oracle.

The reason EU gave for approving the deal was,

although MySQL and Oracle compete in certain parts of the database market, they are not close competitors in others, such as the high-end segment.

Following this deal’s approval at EU, those dependent on the EU to protect MySQL are heading for other countries like Russia and China, where there is still a chance.

The approval comes as a big blow to campaigns to protect MySQL but now that EU has approved the deal, others will simply follow suite.

Help MySQL at helpmysql.org

MySQL fans from around the world have joined forces to save the project from going into the hands of database giant Oracle, which has set out to buy Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems is the current owner of MySQL, the open source database which is extremely famous all over the world as a database server for websites.


Most of the web servers in this world are running on a LAMP server in which, M represents MySQL with L, A and P for Linux, Apache and PHP respectively. MySQL enthusiasts fear that once Oracle acquires Sun Microsystems, the MySQL project will be left at the mercy of Oracle which might as well decide to shut the project down. Speculations are, after the acquisition, Oracle will level out all competition against its primary product and will also increase costs and licensing fees. This will make the small scale businesses pay badly.

The fear has led to MySQL fans creating a campaign and a website to host their cause at helpmysql.org.

Some interesting facts at this post of the blog of the MySQL creator Michael “Monty” Widenius, are:

  • Oracle has offered to buy MySQL twice before.
  • Oracle faces losses amounting to $1 billion USD per year because of MySQL.
  • Rumors are that the recent Sun layoff were hijacked by Oracle, many of the fred were from MySQL group.
  • Oracle’s last acquisition of Open Source software, InnoDB resulted in slow-down of development.
  • One major demand of the helpmysql campaign is that MySQL be released under Apache Software License now and forever.
  • According to a poll, there is only a 0.7% of people who trust Oracle on MySQL.

With these fishy things going on, we should really go ahead and support the MySQL community. You can visit the website and offer any help you can.

MySQL Founder Pleads to Save MySQL from Oracle

mysql_oracle_sun MySQL was originally purchased by Sun Microsystems, who were in turn purchased by Oracle. This change in deal has probably got the founder of MySQL, Michael Widenius a bit emotional. In a recent blog post, he pleads with the community to save MySQL from the clutches of Oracle.

For those of you who are in the unawares, Oracle is the creator of one of the largest relational database in use today and has several products which help manages huge businesses, their closest rival in business products being SAP.

In the blog post, which you can read here, MySQL’s creator has some really strong opinions about the deal, and pleads against Sun being taken over by Oracle, who will eventually take over MySQL through the Sun Microsystems deal, which is still hanging in balance due to European Commission taking a look into the deal.

I, Michael "Monty" Widenius, the creator of MySQL, is asking you urgently to help save MySQL from Oracle’s clutches. Without your immediate help Oracle might get to own MySQL any day now. By writing to the European Commission (EC) you can support this cause and help secure the future development of the product MySQL as an Open Source project.

MySQL is the favorite database of the masses and many websites run on the small scale but hugely popular database. MySQL’s future was questioned when it sold to Sun, for one it was Open source and not many in the community were happy with the deal back then. Most WordPress based websites are powered by MySQL and so are sites running other CMS software like Joomla and Drupal.

With Oracle taking over MySQL, there is very good chance that MySQL will stop being a Open Source Product, albeit it will be very unwise for Oracle to stop giving out MySQL as a free product, and it would definitely spell disaster for them.

What is your take on this? Do you think that MySQL will survive once it goes under the Oracle banner? Let your thoughts flow through the comments.

Thanks @iMBA.

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MontaVista acquired by Cavium Netowrks for 50 Million Dollars

Acquisition of Open Source software based companies seems to be the current trend.

Sun started it with the acquisition of MySQL AB.

Oracle continued it with Sun’s acquisition.

Intel followed suit, only this time to buy one of the top Embedded Linux companies, WindRiver. Actually, it has been done before. WindRiver acquired FSM Lab’s RTLinux, the hard real-time OS, that was giving WindRiver’s VxWorks a run for their money.

Today, Cavium Networks has announced that it has signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire MontaVista for $50 million, comprising $16 million in cash and the remaining $34 million in Cavium Networks common stock.

MontaVista , a Santa Clara, California based company was the leading developer of embedded Linux software and tools in the automotive, mobile phones   and communications equipments space. MontaVista was a regular contributor to open source software especially in the kernel and PowerPC ports. Arguably, one of the most valuable contributions made by MontaVista’s Robert Love is the real-time kernel preemption patch , rendering the vanilla kernel with soft real-time capabilities.

Cavium Networks makes media, network and security processors based on the ARM and MIPS architectures. It too is a Silicon Valley based company. Interestingly enough, Cavium Networks, which is a publicly owned company was founded a couple of years after MontaVista.

Cavium Networks’ cloning of Intel’s move validates the relationship between processor companies and their attraction towards embedded Linux software companies. Another similarity in these deals is that both WindRiver Systems as well MontaVista will continue as separate operating unit retaining it’s brand name.

Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium Networks says “This acquisition will complement Cavium’s market leading processor portfolio with world-class software expertise and will enable us to deliver highly compelling and differentiated solutions to the market”.

Rusty Harris, President and CEO of MontaVista has the following explanation to offer “By becoming part of Cavium Networks, MontaVista can confidently continue to offer industry leading commercial grade embedded Linux, support and services to our customers and partners“.

The move for acquisition seems to be good news for all parties involved since the CEOs of both ARM as well as MIPS Technologies also seemed to be positive about the deal.

Any bets on what AMD might go shopping for ?