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SerNet survey shows: All DAX-30 companies use OSS

Open source software (OSS) is crucial for the German industry - with many sustainable business models and high efficiency for providers and users. But there is still uncertainty, ignorance and difficulty in purchasing or procurement. The easiest way to learn is by example of others - and that is why the SerNet GmbH has launched a survey that examines the spread of open source software in DAX companies. DAX (Deutscher Aktienindex) is the German blue chip stock market index consisting of the 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The result: All companies represented here are using open-source software. "We have expected this. But the proof is exciting," says Dr. Johannes Loxen, CEO of SerNet.

Loxen explains how SerNet arrived at the conclusion: "We had three ways to find out whether OSS is used. First, many of the DAX companies are our customers and we know that they use OSS." Secondly, some of the companies are advocates for open source. They provide their own software under an OSS license, are members of initiatives or initiate contests and awards. Loxen: "In the third case we had a close look at the visible OSS use."

The Dax 30: OSS promoters and users

Chen-Yu Lin, PhD (SerNet) conducted the investigation systematically. She divided the companies into three resulting groups: "Active promoters, active users and silent users." SAP, for example, has already contributed many million lines of code to the Eclipse platform and supports numerous Apache projects. "But sponsoring is not expressed solely in code or money," says Lin. The Deutsche Telekom AG e.g. created an publicly accessible Open Source License Compendium (OSLiC) published under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0). "The compendium is a useful in-house tool for knowledge sharing, and shines a light on what to consider in various usage scenarios with different open source licenses," says Lin. "The compendiums availability and license will help others using OSS and thus the spread of open source software." Even German automotive industries are investing in OSS according to Lin: BMW runs several OSS projects and is among the active supporters; Daimler announces on its website to have OSS in use and published a 'License Declaration'.

Loxen adds:"When it comes to enterprises open source always plays a more decisive role – without being visible at first sight or boards even being conscious about it. Open source software is a motor for increased efficiency. Nobody gets along without it." License fees are a still valid, but an old argument. "Anybody inquiring safety, continuous improvement and open sources without backdoors as criteria, automatically comes to the conclusion that open source software is the answer."

Consistent, innovative thinking required

Given this central role Loxen calls for more consistency in politics and business: "Open source software has long since been transformed into an economic factor in Germany and Europe. It is time to represent this in procurement and purchasing as well." Existing barriers should be eliminated. "Equal opportunities - that would be a start!"

Further Information and Press Contact: 
Claudia Krell
Mail presse@sernet.de
Tel. +49 551 37 0000 0

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SerNet joins TeleTrusT

SerNet is a new member of TeleTrusT - the German Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e.V. TeleTrusT is a network for IT security comprising members from industry, administration, consultancy and research as well as national and international partner organizations with similar objectives.

According to TeleTrusT it embodies the largest competence network for IT security in Germany and Europe. 

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EnterpriseSAMBA 4.2.5 packages available

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SerNet's Samba 4.2.5 has just been released. Packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are available at the <link https: portal.enterprisesamba.com>EnterpriseSAMBA portal.

These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the <link https: www.samba.org samba history samba-4.2.5.html _blank release>release history for Samba 4.2.5.

Please note that SerNet's 4.2 packages and older versions will still be maintained as EnterpriseSAMBA and distributed via <link https: portal.enterprisesamba.com>portal.enterprisesamba.com for free. Users don't even have to register anymore to be able to access the packages, but instead can use a public user. Starting with Samba 4.3 SerNet's packages are published as SAMBA+, available as software subscription. They can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop. Detailed information and prices are listed at the <link https: shop.samba.plus>SAMBA+ Shop.

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New SAMBA+ version: SerNet releases 4.3.1 packages

SAMBA+ 4.3.1 has just been released. Packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are available now.

These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the <link https: www.samba.org samba history samba-4.3.1.html _blank external-link-new-window release>Samba release history.

SAMBA+ packages now include the Snapper VFS module. And additionally SerNet's packages fix another bug (bug 11327):"Running an AD member server based on Samba 4.2 or 4.3 is unstable if the domain is hosted by a Samba 4.0 or 4.1 based AD DC.

SAMBA+ 4.3 packages and all later versions are available as software subscription. They can be purchased at the <link https: shop.samba.plus _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ shop, where you will find detailed information and prices. The subscriptions bought at the SAMBA+ shop are managed at our platform <link https: oposso.samba.plus _blank external-link-new-window subscription>OPOSSO. Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials. The new SAMBA+ 4.3.1 packages are included in existing subscriptions.

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EnterpriseSAMBA 4.1.21 released

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SerNet's EnterpriseSAMBA 4.1.21 has just been released. Packages for various SUSE
and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are
available at <link https: portal.enterprisesamba.com _blank external-link-new-window>portal.enterprisesamba.com. See details at <link http: www.samba.plus news _blank external-link-new-window auf>http:/samba.plus/.

This is the last regular bug-fix release of the Samba 4.1 release series. From now on there will be security releases only. Samba 4.2 will be continued in maintenance mode. Samba 4.3 is the current stable release series.

Please note that SerNet's 4.2 packages and older versions will still be maintained as EnterpriseSAMBA and distributed via portal.enterprisesamba.org for free. Users don't even have to register anymore to be able to access the packages, but instead can use a public user. Starting with Samba 4.3 SerNet's packages are published as SAMBA+, available as software subscription. They can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop. Detailed information and prices are listed at the <link https: shop.samba.plus _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ shop.

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