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Three Open Source Startups Named ''Ones to Watch'' at Recent Open Source Business Conference; Successful Boston Event Completed; OSBC San Francisco Scheduled for February 2006
[November 10, 2005]

Three Open Source Startups Named ''Ones to Watch'' at Recent Open Source Business Conference; Successful Boston Event Completed; OSBC San Francisco Scheduled for February 2006


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Nov. 10, 2005 -- Open Source Business Conference, LLC announced the successful completion of Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), which took place November 1-2, 2005 at the Boston Marriott Newton. It also announced three emerging Open Source companies as "Ones to Watch." The next OSBC event is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, February 14-15, 2006 at the Argent Hotel.



The three emerging open source startup companies selected as "Ones to Watch" at last week's event include:

Alfresco (http://www.alfresco.org)


Centeris (http://www.centeris.com)

EnterpriseDB (http://www.enterprisedb.com)

Bryce Roberts of OSBC led the judging, and he received input from a sampling of over 20 OSBC participants. The three companies were chosen from a list of 18 companies that participated in the OSBC "Emerging Elite" showcase. The showcase participants were chosen from a list of over 100 open source startups.

"These companies were selected based on their respective positions on the open source adoption curve," said Bryce Roberts, OSBC. "The criteria used were that each of the companies picked is at a key inflection point in their development which should make for some interesting developments over the course of the year until the next Boston event. It's an exciting time for them and now we will all be watching."

Keynotes and conference sessions at OSBC were well received. Jason Matusow of Microsoft described the closing of open source through its increased commercialization, and pointed to Microsoft's increasing participation in the open source community. Eben Moglen, Chair, Software Freedom Law Center described the GPL and open source licensing generally as much safer and less prone to litigation than commercial software licensing. Hal Stern, CTO, Software, Sun Microsystems detailed the rise of the next generation of open source development and declared that the perpetual beta, popularized by Google, is here to stay. Dirk Hohndel, Linux and Open Source Strategy, Intel identified $1.7 billion Intel has saved by moving to open source since 1997, and highlighted ways for other enterprises to similarly save through open source.

"Any time you do a show for the first time, you worry whether people will come and, more importantly, that the conference content will equal what attendees have come to expect," said Matt Asay, conference director, OSBC. "This was OSBC's first time in Boston, but you wouldn't have known it from the healthy crowds, the hallway networking, and the exceptional speakers. The event was a huge success."

For more information about OSBC, please visit http://www.osbc.com.

About OSBC

The Open Source Business Conference(TM) is the only event that provides an educational forum for business leaders (both IT buyers and vendors), lawyers and venture capitalists focusing on the opportunities and challenges that open source technology presents. Attend this exceptional conference program led by well known thought leaders and industry executives and become part of the event where important issues are discussed and the future will be determined.

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