10 open source projects that are leading innovation | TechRepublic

10 open source projects that are leading innovation | TechRepublic harkens back to IVIS-7, Innovation through Open Source.  Along with fairly well known initiatives such as OpenStack (note no CloudStack in this list) and Android (allowing Google to surpass Apple), there are other lesser know names worth investigating.

I especially like Ubuntu Unity – “Ubuntu Unity may not be everyone’s desktop of choice, but there’s no denying that it has seriously challenged the way users think about and use the desktop interface. In fact, the Unity Dash search feature is already starting to find its way into Windows 8. The whole of Unity itself is also helping drive a sort of melding between desktops and mobile devices. The need to have one interface to rule them all will eventually extend its reach onto more and more platforms.

ForgeRock is very interesting, although the concept of open-source for security will probably take a while for the G5000.  With Microsoft AD well-entrenched, and the ability to easily utilize AD from Azure, this is another area Microsoft could position themselves as a cloud “middleware.”  Will they “seize the opportunity?”

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