This new index also constitutes part of a growing trend in the technology realm that strives to make sense of the open source world. Just last week, OpenLogic launched an upgraded tool it calls Stack Builder, which helps enterprises choose the right open source software. And earlier this year, Openbase emerged out of the ether to serve as a sort of Yelp for open source software packages.
Organizers of the Open Core Summit – which took part this month at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco – announced the COSS (Commercial Open-Source Software) Platform.
The goal of this initiative is to help commercial open-source organizations develop viable business models. “We want to educate, grow, fund and connect leaders of COSS companies,” as explained to IBL News by Joseph Jacks, founder of OSS Capital, a venture-capital firm who put together the Open Core Summit.
Phi Beta Iota: Open Source has lost momentum as a result of those pulling their code to attack legitimate US Government functions such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Joseph Jacks is on to something hugely important — he needs to ensure that his contracts include non-volatility associated with attempts to impose individual biases on national agencies.
“If you’re trying to overcome a technology like relational databases, which have been developed over decades and had gestation from every major university in the world that does computer science research, it takes a long time to climb that hill,” Kreps says. “What’s very different for us is there hasn’t really been this incredibly well-developed infrastructure layer in the space we’re entering. We get to kind of make it up as we go along, which is a huge advantage. “
This perhaps is the reason why — despite the availability of MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL RDBMs, the advent of modern NoSQL and NewSQL solutions, and scalable Hadoop and object-storage alternatives — proprietary RDBMs continue to drive the lion’s share of enterprise spending in the data management space.
Phi Beta Iota: The time has come for a clean-sheet fresh start. The Internet was designed for machine to machine communication, it was never designed for humans or content. We process less than 1% of the Big Data we have in hand and that in turn is less than 1% of what is known. A post-Amazon post-Google Internet will be distributed and encrypted, including the 50% of humanity not on the Internet today, and enable paragraph level linking and weighting.