Gartner: 85 percent of companies using open source

November 19, 2008

The analysts at Gartner say that 85 percent of 274 companies surveyed are already using open-source software, with the remaining 15 percent expected to do so by next year. The companies surveyed are end-user organizations from around the world; cost is consistently identified as the primary motivator for switching to open source (so much for the freedom of choice, though to be fair, some did mention OSS as a balance against vendor lock-in).

More revealing from the survey though, is the revelation that very few organizations have formal policies in place to protect against intellectual property violations, inadvertent or otherwise. As a result, Gartner says that the biggest barrier preventing the adoption of OSS has to do with area of governance. This includes issues like deciding which applications will be supported by OSS, as well as identifying risks in terms of supportability of OSS. This is important, as an increasing number of companies such as Google to Nokia are releasing open-source software.

To read more about this story:
– check out this article at ZDNet

Nokia intercepts iPhone with high-end handset

August 20, 2008

Nokia, the country’s dominant handset player, is plotting to steal Apple’s thunder. The company is set to launch its latest high-end phone-the N96-which calls a ‘killer product’ on Tuesday in India, three days before the much-awaited 3G-enabled iPhone’s debut here. The N96 was tipped to be launched globally in October and this may perhaps be the handset maker’s first global launch in India.

Industry experts say Nokia is rushing the N96 to India to counter the hype associated with the 3G iPhone, which will be offered by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar. While Nokia is expected to launch the product in Delhi on Tuesday, the handset is likely to be available in the market from the first week of September.

Nokia’s N96 is expected to be priced around Rs 35,000. In comparison, the iPhone is likely to cost about Rs 31,000 for the 8 GB version and between Rs 35,000-37,000 for the 16 GB one. Till date, Bharti, Vodafone and Apple have remained tight-lipped on iPhone’s pricing strategy in India. But if the iPhone is bundled with a carrier’s service, the price could be half this amount.