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Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

MySQL Creator Wants War with Oracle

MySQL Session at Cloud Expo Oracle’s reaching out to customers to defend its acquisition of Sun and its MySQL open source database has spooked alienated MySQL creator Monty Widenius and his spokesman Florian Mueller, both of them enriched by Sun’s billion dollar purchase of MySQL last year, into calling for “open war” between the MySQL community and Oracle. Oracle has accused the European Commission, which is blocking its acquisition of Sun because of MySQL, of twisting the results of its antitrust investigation to suit its own MySQL bias by misrepresenting, cherry-picking or ig... (more)

Mail Box - John "maddog" Hall Writes...

To the Editor: From your article Bill Claybrook, who has not been a Unix developer for 20 years, who can not identify where the code that SCO sent him, has never attended a Linux kernel summit (held every year), is very unlikely to have ever even read the kernel developer's mailing list, and is not willing to bet his professional reputation on the fact that the code he saw was indeed copied from SCO owned code into Linux STILL thinks that the development model for Linux has to change? Well, I may actually agree with him, but in a different way. The development model for Linux h... (more)

Drugs, Sex & Unix

In an interview he gave this week, SCO CEO Darl McBride observed that the term "user" is only said of computers and drugs. ... (more)

Novell Dares SCO to Sue SUSE Customers, Offers Indemnities

Novell completed its $210 million cash purchase of SUSE Linux on Monday, and immediately announced that it would indemnify "qualified" customers of SUSE Enterprise Server if the SCO Group sues them for copyright infringement as it's threatening to do any minute now. Novell's indemnification chutzpah, shared only by HP, which says it helped Novell with its indemnification strategy, derives from its claim that it continues to own the Unix IP that was sold to SCO, a claim that must be of some comfort, legally speaking, to its buddy IBM, which SCO is suing for $3 billion. In reactio... (more)