Rituparna Chatterjee from San Francisco tells us how making your software products free can possibly help you earn more profits despite all the bugs and challenges. Imagine what would happen if Coca Cola shared its secret formula, or a popular restaurant shared its secret sauce recipe. When source codes of software are shared beyond the secret society of their proprietors, a whole new world with unimaginable technical possibilities is opened. Contrary to popular belief that the proprietors of the secret sauce would lose their pie, they actually get a slice of a much, much larger pie, which makes better business sense. After all, many of today's tech rock stars like Google and Facebook follow the open source paradigm. These firms had implemented their ideas using open source technologies when they had started. And today, they allow free distribution of software developed by them for their internal use. Such open-sourcing enables newer startups to take advantage, yet again. Like … [Read more...] about Making an open source software can be more profitable in the long term
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Open source is changing the way businesses, both large and small, function. Online communities are coming together like never before to promote the use of open source. It is in fact become a mass movement of sorts. Economic Times speaks to Viral Shah, CEO, Julia to understand why Open Source has become so popular. Economic Times: What really is Open Source software and other than the fact that it is free, why is it so popular? Viral Shah: By strict definition, open source software is basically a software wherein a copyright holder provides the right to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. But, open source is really not about getting a great software for free, its true power lies in the philosophy behind it- collaboration. More minds can enhance a product than one mind or one company. Open source collaboration has been around from decades, but due to the ever growing number of startups and their budget constraints, it is becoming more mainstream … [Read more...] about Why is Open Source software so popular?
Engineering students in Telangana will soon be offered training and certification programs by a joint collaboration of Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) and Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, announced a senior government official. As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), all TASK partner colleges will receive no-cost instructor training and support, Red Hat Technology for use in the lab environments at the colleges and printed, digital or online textbooks. Sujiv Nair, chief executive officer, TASK , said that the collaboration aims to reach 1,500 students in the next two years to provide expertise in open source skills and certification on emerging technologies like DevOps, Cloud, IT automation and more. As part of the program, TASK member institutions Red Hat Academy's core curriculum consists of the Red Hat System Administration-I and II courses followed by the Red Hat Certified System Administration (RHCSA) exam and certification. Upon … [Read more...] about TASK-Red Hat to train TS engineering students on open source
BENGALURU: Amid rising fuel prices, a Bengaluru-based startup is planning to launch an all-electric shared mobility service, which will operate on a business-to-consumer (B2C) model like Ola and Uber. While electric cabs are not new to the city, operators have been running them as business-to-business services, mainly catering to corporates.Envi, a service by Malbork Technologies Pvt Ltd, is set to hit the road by July-end. “We recently obtained licence from the transport department to operate environmental friendly cabs in the city. Our vision is to help reduce harmful greenhouse gases that are mainly released by generating electricity and running vehicles that burn fossil fuels. We want to attempt to reverse the impact of both, by powering our offices and cars with sustainable power,” said Sanjeev Kumar, founder of Malbork.He said they are planning a two-phase rollout — a soft launch of 25-30 cars by July and the big launch by October. On people reluctant to use cab … [Read more...] about Bengaluru: Not just officegoers, e-cabs open door for all from July
In a bid to support the fledging open-source ecosystem in India, Mozilla has started its Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) programme under which it will promote free software and open-source projects in India. Mozilla has set aside a total of around Rs 1.4 crore to fund India-based projects or programmes supporting open source in the current year. Jochai Ben-Avie, Senior Global Policy Manager of Mozilla Corporation, told ET that Mozilla was born out of the free software and open source movement. As a result, the programme started with the effort to give back to those communities, along with supporting other free software and open-source projects and helping advance those projects around the world. “India has always been a really important country for development, and also for Mozilla. As part of the opensource ecosystem, we have a lot of volunteer contributors around 30,000 of them out of which close to 10,000-20,000 are in India. So India is by far our largest community,” … [Read more...] about MOSS is Mozilla’s helping hand to the open-source ecosystem in India