by March 1, 2008 0 comments



The world of Open Source and free software has seen some exciting times
lately. Some of this excitement stems from the growing variety of software
that’s available. Today, Open Source and free software is not just restricted to
Internet gateways, web servers, and security and management tools anymore.
Rather, there’s something available for everyone, be it desktop users, mission
critical servers in a data center, embedded systems, or even for specialized
applications like High Performance Clustering, unified communication, document
and content management, and even for those with disabilities. So much so that
many research agencies have predicted that commercial software license costs
will fall because of this growing interest in Open Source and free software
amongst enterprises!

Now that’s a lot of excitement to look forward to. At the same time, it also
raises a lot of questions. The most obvious one is the confusion over the very
definition of Open Source and free software and the differences between the two.
Then the remaining stream of questions starts pouring in, about the plethora of
licenses, reliability, availability of software, selection process, support and
implementation issues, killer technologies and trends, etc.

That’s why, apart from creating and bundling a free Linux distribution (like
we do every year), this time, we’ve extended the story to answer most of these
queries on the subject. So not only will you get a really useful Linux
distribution, PCQ Linux 2008 with this issue, but also get all your other
queries answered on Open Source and free software.

Contents

Tech, Trends & Ideas


Understanding open-source and free software



Dual Licensing in Open Source


Killer Open Source Ideas of the Past


Open Source Trends for the Future

Strategy

Embracing Open Source and Free Software
Implementation

What’s New in PCQ Linux 2008



Installation & Implementation


Installing Your Favorite Apps


ERP and CRM Appliance


Messaging & Collaboration Appliance


Web Meeting Server Appliance


Content Management Appliance


Directory Services Appliance


Network Security and Monitoring


Developer Appliance

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