February 13, 2007 12:40 PM PST

Start-up SpikeSource bulks up, warms to Ubuntu

Start-up SpikeSource plans to expand its portfolio of open-source products that it certifies and distributes.

The company on Wednesday is expected to announce that it will add Hyperic's network management software and Jive Software's Wildfire Enteprise instant-messaging software to its list of supported products. On Monday, SpikeSource said it will certify and support products to run on the Linux distribution Ubuntu.

Started in 2004, SpikeSource creates certified "stacks" of open-source software components. It tests that products work well together and provides automated updates and support. It sells through distributors and value-added resellers.

Support for the open-source software from Hyperic and Jive Software is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year, company executives said. Certifications of product stacks on Ubuntu, which is sponsored by the company Canonical, are due in the second quarter.

"This is about filling out, adding more business-ready capabilities to applications, and integration between applications and the underlying infrastructure," said SpikeSource CEO Kim Polese.

The company is also looking at certifying and supporting open-source integration servers as well as open-source portals, said Joaquin Ruiz, SpikeSource's vice president of marketing.

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Selling support- the way forward!
Hey, I love the idea. Admittedly, I kept my windows installation, but now I can do almost everything in Ubuntu. If someone starts building packages with support and selling them, then it opens up the market to all the desktop users, especially if there's more press about Ubuntu, which, with Canonical, is certainly possible. And people think Linux will fall easily!
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Selling support- the way forward!
Hey, I love the idea. Admittedly, I kept my windows installation, but now I can do almost everything in Ubuntu. If someone starts building packages with support and selling them, then it opens up the market to all the desktop users, especially if there's more press about Ubuntu, which, with Canonical, is certainly possible. And people think Linux will fall easily!
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Stacks For VMWare
VMWare showcases a number of stacks or "virtual appliances" that run out of the box under VMWare from various partners. This includes CRM applicastions like Sugar, databases, PBXs, etc. Slick stuff.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.vmware.com/appliances/partners.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.vmware.com/appliances/partners.html</a>
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Stacks For VMWare
VMWare showcases a number of stacks or "virtual appliances" that run out of the box under VMWare from various partners. This includes CRM applicastions like Sugar, databases, PBXs, etc. Slick stuff.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.vmware.com/appliances/partners.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.vmware.com/appliances/partners.html</a>
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Better drop everything and do this
The Linux crowd are at a golden moment of opportunity--unhappiness with Microsoft is high and people are looking at the alternatives to Vista--but that golden opportunity will slip away if the Ubuntu folks don't do something asap, like now, to get their dual-boot Windows Installshield installer completed. I'm one of the too many Windows users who fried my system not knowing that the "install" button on Ubuntu is a deadly trap because it isn't going to look out for other OS partitions. Spikesource can do itself and Ubuntu and Linux a big favor by dropping everything else and getting that Windows installer program under development at Ubuntu finished before a tide of angry Windows users starts to bad-mouth Ubuntu when it kills their machine...
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Better drop everything and do this
The Linux crowd are at a golden moment of opportunity--unhappiness with Microsoft is high and people are looking at the alternatives to Vista--but that golden opportunity will slip away if the Ubuntu folks don't do something asap, like now, to get their dual-boot Windows Installshield installer completed. I'm one of the too many Windows users who fried my system not knowing that the "install" button on Ubuntu is a deadly trap because it isn't going to look out for other OS partitions. Spikesource can do itself and Ubuntu and Linux a big favor by dropping everything else and getting that Windows installer program under development at Ubuntu finished before a tide of angry Windows users starts to bad-mouth Ubuntu when it kills their machine...
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