On the line of my latest post about Linagora, a European data researcher recently published the results of a study concluding in that the European Community is saving 450 billion euros per year thanks to Open Source software. In the same orientation, the APRIL (French Association for digital freedom) published a study reporting the substantial savings of the French Government thanks to Open
This year has taken a good start for us at BeezNest worldwide, and between writing around 3 times more offers than usually and launching new projects, we have been busy on a series of important missions that I'd like to take the opportunity to mention.
Gallery 2 and slow disk accessesFirst of all, we've been busy trying to debunk a really well hidden flaw in an install of Gallery 2, whereby the "Comments" feature was so quickly getting spammed that the server could just not handle the number of requests sent by the application and a lot of other applications were slowing down.
Note: I'm talking about free, public, open-source software here, not that hacked open-source stuff that you just provide to your customers. Mostly, the difficulty of managing an open-source business is that there are even less good management people that know what free open-source software is than there are good management people at all. And then when an open-source business in launched, it's most probably because the initial entrepreneur knew what open-source software was and thought he had a good idea on how to make business with it.
To be a startup, a company has to be a product business, not a service business. By which I mean not that it has to make something physical, but that it has to have one thing it sells to many people, rather than doing custom work for individual clients. Custom work doesn't scale.
This article is incomplete and was first written in January 2007 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/354).This article is a list of interesting articles for FLOSS solutions marketing in general European Commission pushes FLOSS solutions forward as economic in the long run, despite major investment in terms of initial training: http://www.zdnet.fr/actualites/informatique/0,39040745,39366267,00.htm?xtor=1