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Watching OpenSolaris: What's the Story?

OpenSolarisOracle needs to start coming clean about its plans for OpenSolaris. Even after the close of the Sun deal, very little is being said about OpenSolaris and with Oracle tightening restrictions on Solaris 10, the company needs to come clean with the community.

As of last week, Oracle put the kibosh on unrestricted use of Solaris 10. According to InfoWorld's Savio Rodrigues, Oracle has added a clause to the Solaris Entitlement Document to restrict use of Solaris 10 to a 90-day trial. Previously, Sun had specified no restriction.

The Case for Cadence: Towards a Shared Release Cycle

Time-based release cycles have been extremely beneficial for free and open source software projects and the idea has caught on organically. Taking it to the next level, meta-cycles for projects and Linux distributions that consume all of the upstream projects, hasn't gone so quickly. In an effort to change that, Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has posted an update on aligning Debian and Ubuntu package freezes, and hopes to inspire further conversations with upstreams around encouraging cadence on major releases.

The basic idea put forward by Shuttleworth is to have coordination between upstream projects and distribution vendors around the major releases of Linux distributions and the best work from the upstreams. This would allow the distros and upstream projects like the Linux kernel, GNOME, KDE, Python, etc., to focus on specific releases for long-term support. The existing situation is that the different Linux distros tend to ship different releases of the kernel, Python, Perl, GCC, and so on ? which can make it a bit of a headache for the upstreams which receive bug reports and patches for a variety of releases. It also means that upstreams may not see their best work shipped and supported by the different distributions.

Elive 2.0 Brings Enlightenment to the Desktop

Elive BoxAll good things come to those who wait. For example, the Elive Linux distribution 2.0 release. It's been nearly three years since the last major release of Elive, but the project has finally gotten the 2.0 release out the door with tons of improvements and new features.

Elive is a Debian-based Linux distro that uses the Enlightenment e17 desktop environment. The distro is well-suited for older computers and netbooks, as it has minimal hardware requirements. Elive can get by on a 100MHz CPU and 64MB of RAM, though the project recommends at least 128 MB of RAM and a 300MHz CPU. No 3D card required to get the full effects of the Enlightenment GUI.

LinuxQuestions.org Announces 2009 Members Choice Awards

LinuxQuestions.org, one of the most active and popular forums for Linux users on the Net, just released the results of its annual Member's Choice Awards. Readers chose their favorites from text editor to distro, and everything in-between. According to LQ founder Jeremy Garcia, the poll drew more than 13,200 votes from the LQ community.

It should surprise no one that Ubuntu topped out the desktop distro poll, with 30% of the audience going for the big U. But that's a drop from 2008 when Ubuntu scored 35% of the vote. The surprise in this category is the insanely strong showing for Slackware Linux, with nearly 17% of the vote. Debian topped the server distro poll, with Slackware taking second place there as well. Obviously, Slackware has a strong showing on LQ.

Release Early, Release Often, Adopt Slowly

Things move pretty fast in the open source development world. A new kernel release comes out around every three months. Projects like GNOME, KDE, and PostgreSQL pop out releases every six months, as well as some major Linux distros. Open source development moves at a rapid and relentless pace. It's refreshing, then, to see an open source developer reminding people to have a little patience.

Peter Eisentraut, a software engineer at F-Secure who also works on PostgreSQL and is a Debian Developer, has some good advice for people concerned about the adoption rate of Python 3. Did you follow all that? Because the connections are important: Adoption of Python 3 is directly related to its connections to other projects like PostgreSQL and Debian. Eisentraut explains:

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Why is Google using Solr for search? The company has adopted the open source search server based on Apache Lucene for its All for Good site.

Australian defense force builds $1.7m Linux-based flight simulator. It runs on SUSE Linux-based clusters of Opteron servers, and uses an open source graphics platform.

Should open source hate Apple? The whole idea that the Free Software Foundation should go against Apple rather than Microsoft is a straw man.

7 reasons to use Debian. From stability to documentation, it's outstanding.

Four free, slick word processors. You can use these no matter what operating system you're running.

Go Back to School With Linux: Part Three


Today marks the final installment in our series that takes a look at educational versions of popular Linux distributions ideal for students returning to class in the next few weeks. We've already talked about Edubuntu and openSUSE Education, so today let's take a look at Debian Jr.

While many distros provide educational software for students all the way up to college-age, Debian Jr.'s age-specfic apps top out around the 12-year old mark. According to the project's Web site, Our goal is to make Debian an OS that children of all ages will want to use. Our initial focus will be on producing something for children up to age 8. Once we have accomplished this, our next target age range is 7 to 12. By the time children reach their teens, they should be comfortable with using Debian without any special modifications.

Linux Foundation Welcomes credativ, Strengthens Presence in Europe

The Linux Foundation welcomed its newest member today, the European-based free and open source standards consulting firm, credativ. This new partnership is a particularly exciting one, thanks to credativ's presence in the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada, and its focus on creating and implementing standards.

Naturally, credativ's business -- providing consulting and support services to businesses using free and open source software -- means it will take an active role in the Linux Standard Base workgroup. Because credativ is one of Europe's largest employers of Debian developers, the company also plans to participate in the Desktop Linux workgroup.

Debian's Lenny Gets a Release Date

The Debian team has tangled with more than its fair share of demons during the development cycle of the 5.0 Lenny release. Lenny, which was loosely scheduled for release in September 2008, was delayed due to the number of release-critical bugs that were awaiting patches. As the year came to a close, Lenny faced other challenges, including team management shake-ups and a vote on how to handle Lenny's inclusion of non-free binary blobs to best meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

On February 1st, Lenny's second release candidate was announced, as well as the release's deep freeze status. Lenny is scheduled for general release over the weekend of February 14th.

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OpenPandora will bring open source gaming to your palm. The project still needs work and the device looks a bit Soviet, but OpenPandora is developing an open source gaming handheld, reports The Open Road.

Does open source really control 18% of the PBX market? An analyst reports that it does, much of it dominated by Asterisk.

Canonical's $30 million and Microsoft's gathering storm. Linux's gains are Microsoft's losses, and both were seen this week, reports TechNewsWorld.

Debian founder Murdock is now Sun's cloud strategist. After a restructuring at Sun, Ian Murdock takes the new role of VP of Cloud Computing Strategy.

OpenChange, KDE bring Exchange compatibility to Linux. The OpenChange and KDE open source projects are set to bridge a missing link? in messaging and groupware compatibility from Microsoft's Exchange to open source clients.

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