Oracle Cloud Office

Oracle just joined the cloud, when it recently announced it will start Oracle Cloud Office, which allows users to create and edit documents without the need for desktop software. The Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 application can be viewed on smartphones, but lack the editing features. It’s also compatible with Microsoft Office and Open Office and is based on the open ODF format. It’s unclear whether Oracle plans to charge customers.

On a side note, Open Office which is also managed by Oracle, will release Open Office 3.3 which integrates well with Cloud Office. The Cloud Office can also connect with Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Microsoft Sharepoint making it well positioned for enterprise use. From the looks of it, Oracle’s vision for the cloud just got clearer.

Now, it has two office suites. One is open-source that resides on the desktop. The other resides in the cloud and geared more towards the enterprise.

Document Foundation LibreOffice

Key developers of the OpenOffice suite are bracing for change. Based on what happened to OpenSolaris, the likelihood of OpenOffice having the same fate as OpenSolaris is quite real. As you recall, OpenSolaris was recently abandoned by Oracle.

This week, a community of developers created the Document Foundation LibreOffice in an effort to create independence from Oracle. Although LibreOffice is not a fork, it may happen if Oracle doesn’t change its tune.

As you already know, I have been a proponent of open-source and particularly OpenOffice for years. I’ve used OpenOffice not only in Linux, but on Windows as well. To me, OpenOffice is a great and the only alternative to MS Office.

Based on Oracle’s track record with open-source, I don’t see Oracle jumping in the fray. I don’t see Oracle making contributions to the Document Foundation. The likelihood of LibreOffice forking is probably more real than we think.

What about MySQL?

MS Office vs OpenOffice

If you are curious about MS Office and OpenOffice, and how they stack up against each other, here’s a good article  comparing the two Office suites. We already know OpenOffice is free. Microsoft could not get any better than offering MS Office for less than $50, which we know will never happen.

Most users will gravitate to MS Office, a suite they already are familiar with. OpenOffice offers an intriguing prospect because it’s free and almost compatible. I say almost because most of the functions work, but not all. There are other criteria worth checking out. Here’s the article.

MySQL 5.5. Will Be 200 Percent Faster

Oracle promises that MySQL 5.5 will be 200% faster than its predecessor. From H-Online:

Oracle presented a beta of what it called a “much faster” MySQL at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference and insists it will be continuing to invest in the open source database. Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven, presented the beta version of MySQL 5.5 which will now use InnoDB as its default storage engine, saying that the switch offers a 200% performance improvement and over ten times faster recovery times. He assured the audience that despite the switch to Oracle’s InnoDB, Oracle will be maintaining the pluggable storage engine architecture and that the company would continue to ship the same code base in the community and enterprise editions.

Screven said Oracle’s plan for MySQL was to keep it as a slim, easy-to-administer database and that it would be investing to make MySQL compete more effectively with Microsoft’s SQL Server. He noted that more customers deploy MySQL on Windows than on any other platform. In an interview with eWeek before the presentation, Screven also confirmed that MySQL’s Falcon storage engine was no longer being developed. “Falcon was Sun’s, or actually really MySQL AB’s…response to Oracle buying InnoDB” he said, “Now that we’ve brought the teams together, Falcon doesn’t have a place in the world”. Oracle’s future plans include making it easier to migrate data between MySQL and Oracle databases and adding Oracle features such as Secure Backup, Enterprise Manager and Audit Vault to MySQL.

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10 Best Open Source ERP Systems

Enterprise Resource Planning is a software package that manages business functions. LinuxLinks.com provides 10 of the best open-source ERP systems that are available for free. None in the list are going to make SAP or Oracle shake in their boots, but here is the top 10 list:

  1. Openbravo – Designed with broad business functionality.
  2. Compiere – ERP & CRM solution for small and medium-sized enterprises.
  3. Apache OFBiz – Enterprise software framework.
  4. ADempiere – Business solution offering ERP, CRM & SCM functionality.
  5. opentaps – Based on Apache OFBiz.
  6. Dolibarr – Compact ERP & CRM
  7. OpenERP – A complete ERP and CRM modular system
  8. ERP5 – Mission critical software for industrial organisations and government agencies
  9. webERP – Complete web based accounting & ERP system for SMEs.
  10. PostBooks – Full-featured, fully-integrated accounting, ERP, and CRM system

So What Happens to MySQL

mysqlWe all woke up Monday morning and heard the news. Oracle just bought Sun Microsystems for 7.4 billion. Oracle produces business software and databases. By acquiring Sun, Oracle becomes a hardware vendor with Sun’s family of servers and workstations. Oracle also inherits Java and its assortment of programs. It also gains an operating system called Solaris. And most importantly, Oracle is now the proud owner of the widely popular open-source database called MySQL.

At first, the acquisition makes a lot of sense. But, some think that this buyout is a mistake. Does Oracle really want to become a hardware vendor? Can it sell servers and workstations better than Sun ever did? Can it make Solaris more popular than Linux? Or was Oracle only after MySQL? We will never know the answers to these questions. At least, not in the immediate future. So, what happens to MySQL?

No one knows for sure. Will Oracle make money from it? No one has done it before. Not even MySQL. So, will Oracle simply kill it or charge existing and future users? One thing is for sure, some people will bail out. There are other options out there. One thing about open-source, you can’t really kill it. You can buy it, but you can’t stop it from forking.

Michael “Monty” Widenius, the founder of MySQL and Monty Program Ab has already left Sun a few months back and has forked MySQL with a database called MariaDB. Another option is to go with PostgreSQL, another open-source database that has played second fiddle to MySQL all these years.

It will be interesting to see which direction will MySQL go to under the direction of Oracle.

Oracle Linux

This is big. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison hinted that he may start a new Linux version. What will they call it? O’Linux. That sounds too close to be an Irish name. Ellison calls it the “bundled stack” with application and O/S rolled into one product. It’s going to be an interesting development in the coming months if this play will come to fruition. In the meantime, Redhat, Novell, Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems are probably scratching their heads how this move will potentially affect their business.

Linux World 2005

I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.

I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.

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