May’s road trip

It is being an intense month in the marketing and business area, with lots of trips and interesting meetings. We started collaborating in a Developers Open Source Software event in Microsoft offices, and just one day later we were in Berlin for LinuxTag.

The new LinuxTag’s venue is great and it hosted two big events for three days (DroidCon and LinuxTag) and one day with the re:publica, so the atmosphere has been wonderful. Lots of interesting presentations and quality speakers. Even Bitergia has the chance to participate with a talk about how open development data benefits your project and your community.

The European Community Leadership Summit was on Friday 9th. We have been collaborating with it and we gave a talk about how to use available data from Development Community Metrics. It is the European version of the well known Community Leadership Summit hosted in Portland close the OSCON. It has been the first time that this event occurs in Europe, and the final feelings are quite positive. We are thinking about the next summit and regarding to this, we have started conversations with OpenExpo organization team to have something similar in Spain next June. So, if you are a community leadership willing to share your experiences with us, just let us know!

We have also travelled to Gothenburg for the OpenAutomotive’14, to show our services regarding Open Source projects management, development metrics and analytics to some Genivi Alliance members. It has been just two intense days, seeing how the community has grown, and the potential of embedded systems and free/libre open source software combination on automotive industry.

If haven’t seen our preliminary Genivi Alliance activity, take a look! Seeing companies like BMW or Valeo producing Open Source software, sharing ideas with Jaguar / Land Rover or Volvo about going open makes a clear picture of how important FLOSS is for automotive industry.

And the month will end with a trip to Poznan for another MARKOS plenary meeting (one of the research projects we are working on)..

Update: We have published some photos from the previous meetings:

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Microsoft openness in a simple chart

Last week I took part as master of ceremonies on an special event for FLOSS developers at .. Microsoft Spain offices! The idea for the meeting was to explore the different FLOSS technologies already supported by Microsoft Azure with speakers from different companies and communities like MongoDB, PhoneGap/Cordova, etc.

The event is part of the new openness strategy that is driving the company. But, I have thought about how open is really this movement? Of course, they are releasing a lot of code as Open Source, but is the company contributing to other FLOSS projects beyond their own ones? And by suprise, the answer has come from our own dashboards.

Chart with Microsoft contributions to OpenStack
Microsoft contributions to OpenStack

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Companies contributing to Icehouse: preliminary results

Less than two weeks for a new release of the OpenStack software. As usual, we at Bitergia keep contributing to this project through the Comunity Activity Board project as part of the openstack-infra project. A beta version of our companies analysis of the Icehouse release is already available at the OpenStack releases dashboard, where previous releases are accessible as well: Havana, Grizzly, Folsom and Essex.

Preliminary number of commits per organization in the Icehouse release
Preliminary number of commits per organization in the Icehouse release

An interesting fact: while for previous releases contributing organizations changed a lot, from Havana to Icehouse release top contributors keep stable with no big changes. Even more: no big changes in the top organizations, and no big changes in the number of commits. The only new entry in the top ten is Intel, with the rest contributing in a similar way as they were in Havana.

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Intense 2014 start

It has been an intense 2014 start. First, we have been working hard on January to update our published dashboards look & feel, to have them updated for FOSDEM 2014. Beyond the two talks we had there (A comparison between MediaWiki, TWiki and XWiki communities and Project development & community metrics for fun and profit), we have had a lot of meetings during FOSDEM due to the interest on the services we provide. So, new customers are coming (stay tunned for updates), and the current ones start to show their dashboard on public, like oVirt dashboard as part of the work we are doing for Red Hat. There aren’t too many photos from Brussels, but you can find some in our Google+ profile.

On the other hand, we have been included in two European R&D projects, and during February we have had the MARKOS project plenary meeting in Berlin. It is aimed to realize the prototype of a service and an interactive application providing an integrated view on the Open Source projects available the on web, focusing on functional, structural and licenses aspects of software code.

And this is only the start of a promising year..

LinuxCon Europe 2013

Another step in our particular Octuber’s tour. Last week we have been in Edinburgh for the LinuxCon Europe 2013. It has been a quite challenging event, with lots of meetings and interesting talks. The main difference with Open World Forum experience has been the technical profile of most of the attendees, so there were less suits and more t-shirts around the venue.

LinuxCon was hosting also the CloudOpen so there were a lot of cloud companies around like OpenStack, Apache CloudStack or CloudSoft. It seems that the cloud is clearly a great place for free / open source software and many companies are working on it, as it shows for example our latest analysis about OpenStack.

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Liferay and its growth during the last years

During the last weeks we have been presenting some of our results in the Liferay Developer conferences in Berlin and Madrid. A daily challenge in our business is to improve the knowledge of the community developers about its project and according to the good feedback we got from the developers this has been achieved.

The Liferay community is driven by a single company and based on the data we got they are doing it well. During the last months the company is hiring one engineer per week, which explains in part the huge growth of code authors during the last four years. Basically the number of developers since 2009 was multiplied by four. During the first half of 2009 the number of people contributing to the source code was 58, four years later during the first half of the current year the number of persons who have contributed to the source code has been 201.

Monthly code authors vs. code committers
Monthly code authors vs. code committers

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We got funding from NEOTEC Venture Capital programme

We have received good news this week! The Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have selected us as one of the companies to get € 250,000 under the NEOTEC Venture Capital programme.

On this ages of crisis, depression, and bad economic news everywhere, getting this support and trustfulness from such institutions (CDTI and EIF) make us more confident about our business model and the bet we have done months ago when we started this voyage in the entrepreneurship world.

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