Welcome to ComputerWorld UK's new Open Enterprise zone, devoted to open source and free software (and yes, I shall be using both terms, but not quite interchangeably – I've spoken to Richard Stallman too many times for that.)
A particular focus of this blog will be the use of open source and free software within the enterprise, one of the most exciting areas in computing today, but one that is presently underserved by both blogs and mainstream media.
I'll be looking at all levels of the enterprise open source stack – from GNU/Linux distros, through middleware up to the top-level apps – at web services (most of which run on free software stacks like LAMP), writing about the companies working in these sectors, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).
As well as detailed analysis of the latest goings-on, there will be longer, more speculative pieces about emerging trends or issues, including legal and social ones – vitally important aspects for free software. Another key thread will be interviews with the leading players in this sector – both coders and the corporate types, along with a sprinkling of key individuals in related areas like security and copyright.
Since free software is global, postings to this blog will naturally report on anything of note happening anywhere in the world; but it will do it from an unashamedly European viewpoint. And don't expect me to be too serious all the time: after all, this free software stuff is meant to be fun as well as useful.
Like all blogs, interaction with you, the reader, will play a crucial role: I hope that you'll join in that trendy blogospheric thing known as the “conversation” when you can. I also hope that you'll be contacting me (at [email protected]) spontaneously with ideas for posts, suggestions for companies and people I should be writing about and interviewing, and any other comments not for publication that you prefer to make privately.
Alongside this content you'll notice plenty of posts from my other blog, Opendotdotdot, popping up. This has been going for two years now, and has a couple of thousand posts about the general culture of openness, including open source and related areas like open access and open content. This new blog is designed to complement that material by concentrating on the business side of things, although inevitably there'll be some overlap between the two.
There will also be a range of other content relating to open source taken from ComputerWorld UK's sister titles, Techworld and CIO so you can expect plenty of variety when you visit each day, as I hope you will.
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