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Special Report: Open source means business

It was business as usual for reporters at the Open Source Business Conference. For those that missed the show, we've got you covered.

It was business as usual for reporters at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC).

We talked to CIOs about how to get the most for your open source buck, to open source vendors as they fielded tough questions from potential customers, and to experts about Microsoft's plans to try and win over the open source crowd.

This Special Report e-mail contains links to all of the news generated at OSBC. Read through it and give us your thoughts and opinions. You can reach News Editor Mark Brunelli anytime at

The art of the open source deal
Getting the best deal from open source vendors means knowing what questions to ask and how much leverage you have.

Open source software and the innovation evolution
There were dozens of open source vendors pitching service and support at the OSBC, but sometimes all a customer needs is a little innovation.

Microsoft: Open source not that open
Four years into its Shared Source Program, Microsoft is looking to cash in on what's worked for the open source community.

SleepyCat CEO: Oracle deal an attempt to disrupt MySQL
The CEO of SleepyCat Software believes Oracle Corp.'s purchase of Finnish firm Innobase is a testament to the power of open source.

SugarCRM CEO: Thank you, Larry Ellison
The CEO of open source software maker SugarCRM has a message for Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison.

EnterpriseDB CEO gunning for Oracle
At this week's Open Source Business Conference, the CEO of open source database company EnterpriseDB dismissed a free version of Oracle Corp.'s database as late to the game. (

Open source pitchmen face tough sell at OSBC
Three open source startups had no shortage of concerns to address as they pitched their products to chief information officers at this week's Open Source Business Conference.

Open source startup takes on content management market
Open source startup company Alfresco is banking on the notion that everyone has a content management problem.

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Plenty of news heading into Open Source Business Conference
A slew of announcements being made ahead of this week's Open Source Conference included word from Black Duck Software, Open Source Strategies and Emic Networks.

CIOs explore open source options
The Open Source Business Conference in Boston next month offers a CIO track for the first time -- another sign that open source popularity is climbing among C-level execs.

OSBC director: Linux, open source profitable, stable and on the minds of CIOs
Open Source Business Conference director Matt Asay weighs in on the changing face of open source and how open source software startups are asking investors to "show them the money."

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