• Red Hat links up with Sirius

    Linux distributor Red Hat has announced a partnership tie-up with open source deployment specialist Sirius.

    Sirius will join Red Hat’s advanced partner scheme in a move that boosts the Linux distributor’s links with open source implementation specialists. Sirius has been involved in a number of large and complex open source technology deployments in the UK.

  • School computers slammed as 'massive energy sink'

    School computers are overpowered for the applications for which they are used and as a result have a massive environmental impact, new research has claimed.

    A report from Open Source consultancy Sirius Corporation revealed that school computers in the UK generate a staggering one million tones of carbon dioxide and cost over £100 million a year in electricity to run.

  • Open source projects: Why it pays to keep quiet

    Large companies and analysts that work with open source are fond of talking about vendor "sensitivity" when they are explaining why some customers are reluctant to go public about migrations away from proprietary software.

    Speaking at an OASIS conference in London, Erwin Tenhumberg, a product marketing manager at Sun's Client Systems Group said that organisations are reluctant to talk about migrations to open source because they "do not want to jeopardise their relationship with larger vendors."

  • British Government wants equal opportunities for free software

    The British government plans to continue to work on the equality of free software within public procurement. All authorities will be migrated to the open platform and will perform all government transactions digitally. The open source portal of the European Commission reported that the British coalition government announced in its mid-term report that it will continue to heavily rely on free software.

  • Open source in plain English

    Much of the debate about open source has been in technical terms, or increasingly in political terms. I'm not criticising either approach, but I suspect many potential open source converts are left cold by discussions that border on the religious in their fervour. What many companies really need is a direct and clear discussion about the tangible benefits of open source, without the political baggage.