Linux on the Desktop
Regarding Linux and open-source adoption on the desktop, Drisko said he sees "some tremendous adoption about to happen," noting that Novell has seen proposals calling for "250,000 or more desktops." "There is also great adoption in Europe. Were on the cusp of widespread adoption by customers, including governments and corporate entities like call centers." "Middleware and database is where we think the action really is today," Peter Fenton, a partner at Accel Partners, a Palo Alto, Calif., venture capital firm that was an initial investor in JBoss, said at TheServerSide Java Symposium last month in Las Vegas. "In middleware, if youre not open source, youd have to come up with a good reason youre not."In his presentation, aimed at potential entrepreneurs and startups, Fenton said Accel invested in JBoss "because they had critical mass. They were number one with developers, they were number one with ISVs before venture capital, and theyre now number one in production. And they were attacking a large, high-growth area." Fenton also said Accel viewed JBoss as competitive in that the company appeared to be on a path to capture 50 percent market share or more, a factor Accel looks for in the companies it invests in. Other elements Accel considers in signing up entrepreneurs include "unbounded passion, paranoia and persistence, real value for customers, diversity in the DNA, risk management and irreverence." Of which he added, "Marc Fleury [CEO of JBoss] has this in spades." Meanwhile, Novells Allison said he will help to evangelize Novells open-source story along with Miguel de Icaza, co-founder and former chief technology officer at Ximian and now vice president of developer platforms at Novell. "Well share the load on evangelizing," Allison said. He added that he will start work at Novell on Thursday without a title that he knows of. "I have not a clue," Allison said when asked his new title at Novell. "Ive managed without a title at HP for over three years now, so I dont think itll be a problem." Meanwhile, at the Linux on Wall Street conference, Drisko also highlighted Novells effort to deliver an open-source collaboration server called Hula. The company announced the initiative in February at LinuxWorld in Boston. Novell contributed more than 200,000 lines of code from its NetMail server to the project, which will deliver e-mail, calendaring and address-book functionality. "We figured it would move much faster with others helping to do development around it," Drisko said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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