The Indian Supreme Court has asked about 17,000 courts to move from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This will be a big boost for Ubuntu. The E Committee has gone one step ahead and published helpful resources for adopting Ubuntu: Guidelines for Ubuntu deployment (pdf) 25 salient features of Ubuntu (pdf) Ubuntu Linux Installation and Features video, and A free SMS channel for Ubuntu tips and information (pdf) I admire that E-Committee has provided such information proactively. [Continue]
Twitter has been gradually leaning more towards JVM as their scalable platform. Their commitment is now more visible – they have joined the JCP and OpenJDK project.
It looks like Meego will soon be abandoned to move over to Tizen development. Meego is an open source OS for mobile devices. Tizen aims to be an open source OS for mobile devices. [Continue]
While radical changes in GNOME3 is still stumbling across different kinds of reactions from its users, the GNOME2 fork has arrived – Mate Desktop Environment. I personally liked some concepts in GNOME3, but overall the new version does no good for me. I still prefer Xfce or a tiling window manager for most of my work. [Continue]
Finally! The Indian ITR Form 1 is now available in Open/LibreOffice format. Although this is not the end, this is a good start. [Continue]
Toyota has joined the Linux Foundation as a Gold member to get the most out of Linux for its cars. “Linux gives us the flexibility and technology maturity we require to evolve our In-Vehicle-Infotainment and communications systems to address the expectations of our customers,” said Kenichi Murata, Project General Manager, Electronics Development Div. 1, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION. [Continue]
Ian Skerrett defends OpenOffice incubating under Apache (via Sam Ruby). Just as The Document Foundation had the freedom to start Libreoffice by forking OpenOffice, because they found it difficult to work with Oracle, Oracle had the freedom to donate the OpenOffice code to Apache instead of The Document Foundation. Open source gives this freedom to them. [Continue]
Oracle has donated OpenOffice code to Apache. LibreOffice has shown some interest in working towards uniting the two projects. I hope it does happen.
Statements like “Open source is more secure” or citing security as one of the benefits of using open source software seem to confuse people more than help them understand the open source philosophy. People counter these statements with questions like “Would a proprietary software be more secure if it was open sourced?”, and they conclude the exact opposite since the code is open for anyone to insert security holes and bugs. We cannot blame them completely for this misunderstanding, we open source advocates need to carry some blame to make such statements. [Continue]
Oracle seems to have given up its control over OpenOffice. LibreOffice has been going strong since it was forked and The Document Foundation seems to have a better governance model. OpenOffice merging into LibreOffice will be the best thing to come out of Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems.