Web 2.0 Conference: Lots of News for Open Sourcers

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 23, 2008

The big tech conference this week is Web 2.0, going on now in San Francisco. There is a lot of meaningful news coming out of the conference, much of it directly impacting open source and some of it peripherally impacting it. Bungee Labs is looking to open source to expand its hosting options, Microsoft's Live Mesh announcement is getting lots of attention, Forrester Research is predicting big things for Web 2.0 technologies, and more. We've rounded up the news here, and we'll keep it coming from the conference this week.

Bungee Labs has announced that it is expanding its hosting options and looking into open source as a way to hook up with the developer community. Bungee Labs' main product is Bungee Connect an end-to-end, cloud-based development platform for web applications. ReadWriteWeb did a nice story on the launch of Bungee Connect.

ReadWriteWeb also has a copy of a memo from Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, concerning Microsoft's announcement of the new Live Mesh Service which sychronizes data across multiple devices and web desktops in the cloud. Find out more on Live Mesh at GigaOm and Webware.com.

In conjunction with the conference this week, Forrester Research has a report out predicting that enterprise spending on Web 2.0 technologies will reach $4.6 billion by 2013.

SnapLogic, which provides an open source data integration framework that combines dynamic programming languages with standard Web interfaces, has announced a beta release of SnapLogic 2.0.

Kapow Technologies, which harvests mashable web information, is partnering with Wavemaker, a provider of open source tools for rapid Web application development. The two companies will integrate customer information from Salesforce, LinkedIn and Technorati into a single mashup application.

Also keep your eyes peeled for news out of Mozilla chief Mitchell Baker's address at the Web 2.0 conference on Thursday morning. She is expected by many to announce whether a version of the Firefox browser will be available for Google's Android platform or not.