Austin Ventures to be one of three tech incubator sites Austin Business Journal (blog) Austin Ventures LP is one of three U.S. venture capital firms teaming up for a business incubator program specializing in open-source technology.
Gail M. Roper's insight:
This is great opportunity for open-source technology to expand and impact the bottom line. We would welcome this opportunity in Raleigh. Right?
The review of responses has just begun, but the backers seeking to create a Google Fiber-like high-speed network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad are certainly pleased with what they have seen so far.
North Carolina's Next Generation Network request for proposals drew responses from eight different entities, including Time Warner Cable. That's more than the NC NGN planning group expected.
Only TW Cable chose to publicized the fact that it had responded to the RFP, so information about who the others are and what they have proposed is only sketchy at best.
However, John Hodges-Copple, director of regional planning for the Triangle J Council of Governments which is helping coordinate the process, did offer some insight.
"We received eight submissions," Hodges-Copple told The Skinny.
However, he said RFP information is being treated as confidential.
"As you note in the case of TimeWarner Cable, submitters are free to disclose if they have submitted," he explained.
Major software manufacturers, including Adobe and Microsoft, are increasingly moving toward selling online subscriptions to their applications rather than one-time sales of licenses for discs that can then be passed on or resold. The new model may make sense for business users, but it presents problems for individual users who may only need to use an application occasionally.
Unless they live in Kansas City, the site of Google’s first gigabit-speed fiber broadband network.
With the help of the Mozilla Ignite Challenge – which was funded by the National Science Foundation for the development of applications that take advantage of gigabit-per-second Internet speeds – the Kansas City Public Library is developing a high-speed Software Lending Library that will allow users to “check out” applications hosted by the library.
The library hopes to offer high end (and often expensive) productivity software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier.
The Software Lending Library plans to use an existing remote desktop solution to deliver software applications from library servers to patrons across the service area. Using the high-speed connection to deliver the applications will allow library patrons to access brand-name business software from gigabit-wired locations even using typically low-performing or older computers and devices.
According to the Kansas City library’s proposal, the project would not be possible without gigabit fiber connectivity. Because the city’s Google Fiber network is low-latency, off-the-shelf remote desktop software will be responsive enough for remote users to manipulate images in software like Adobe Photoshop. That kind of response time will also make it possible for the library to “mediate the effects of unequal access to productivity tools in the community,” the proposal stated.
High speed fiber disrupts the business model. The extra library connectivity was used years ago to light up the community near by, now it is taken to the next level by using high speed connectivity to share applications. It really does break down barriers. Sharing open source and other applications via . . .where else. . . the library!
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