Posts Tagged ‘open source’

Oracle buying Sun: What it means for Open Source Community

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Sun under the leadership of Jonathan Schwartz had been investing all its resources in open sourcing the whole organization. Sun was one of the biggest recent converts to Open Sourcing. When IBM was in talks to buy Sun the threat to open source community was not much. IBM had also invested heavily in open source and could have kept up the open source efforts of Sun alive and ticking.

Now that Oracle is in talks to buy Sun what is in store for open source community. What will happen to all the open source projects initiated by Sun? The most interesting of them for Oracle is MySQL. MySQL was getting positioned to provide stiff competition to Oracle in near future. What will be its fate under Larry Ellison’s leadership?

It would be actually in best interest of Oracle to expand the reach of MySQL. If MySQL gets killed there will be other open source database taking birth and it will be a big headache for Oracle to keep fending off these open source initiatives. Oracle is in a great position now that it is acquiring the leading open source database and it can really use this opportunity to be at the center of the Open Source action. Of course Java  brand  has tremendous value and Larry Ellison might find ways to monetize it, which Sun had miserably failed to do so. What happens to the rest of the open source initiatives? It is anybody’s guess. It will be interesting to see what happens to OpenSolaris, Glassfish, Netbeans etc.

The only thing that does not fit well in this acquisition is the hardware aspect of Sun. Oracle has always been a software company but with this acquisition it suddenly has to have a hardware strategy. One possible scenario is that Oracle will just absorb the software products of Sun and sell off the hardware business. It is difficult to envision Oracle putting itself into the center of an already overcrowded server market.

Is this a acquisition a big blow to Open Source Community? I doubt so. It might just be an hiccup and probably the open source community will keep chugging along and getting people on board. What ever happens it will surely be very interesting to see how this acquisition plays out.

Open Source Performance Testing

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Open Source has taken a center stage in the development world. It is a community effort which can not stopped. Either you ride it or get run over by it.

One area where open source has not yet made a big dent is in test automation and performance testing.
This area is still dominated by commercial tools. Most of the commercial tools available for automation and performance testing are extremely expensive. The leading tools from HP (QTP, Loadrunner) and Borland ( Silk Performer, Silk Test) come with a huge price tag.

I used to be a developer before I jumped into Performance Testing back in 1998. That time I was still not able to let go of my development skills. For the first Performance Testing assignment I had built a load testing tool using MS VC++ ( are we not talking of open source here?), the GUI for it is shown below. This was perfect for me. It suited all my needs for driving the load on the server. I had other scripts to automate monitoring, logging and analyzing the results ( see the tool image below).  Well right around then the company I used to work for, decided on standardizing the tool set and we settled on Silk Performer ( then a product of Segue). Using the tool was good for my resume value and it did have lots more bells and whistles.
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