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  • HP is killing off webOS and many of the developers are looking to Microsoft as their possible new home.
  • After news of HP getting out of the tablet and smartphone market, many webOS developers are wondering about their future. Microsoft wasted no time in trying to recruit these developers to join their Windows Phone team. But even Microsoft’s Brandon Watson was surprised and overwhelmed with the response. They got over 500 responses to the offer to join the Windows Phone team. Needless to say Microsoft is more than happy to have them on board and looks forward to see what their imagination can do on the Windows Phone platform.
  • Selling out to Microsoft, however, makes one wonder how committed to open source these developers really were.

Ubuntu Linux Bets on the ARM Server

  • Ubuntu is positioning itself to be the choice of server software on ARM processors.
  • Red Hat is pretty much the giant in the x86 business server space. Ubuntu has done little to really impact that server market. So Ubuntu is taking aim at the ARM business server space, which right now is open. By doing this Ubuntu hopes to become the dominate player on the ARM architecture.  With this in mind, the October 2011 Ubuntu Server edition 11.10 will include the ability to run on both the x86 and ARM systems. The base system will be the same for both, but will be trailered to run on the different architectures.
  • It appears that this might be just the move to position Ubuntu to become the server distribution of choice on ARM machines.
Is Internet Explorer Really the Safest Browser?

  • Some are questioning the results of a resent test saying the Internet Explorer is the safest browser.
  • Last week we heard all over the net that NSS Labs’ tested different browsers to detect socially engineered malware. The result is that they determined Internet Explorer was far superior to all others. Internet Explorer detected 99.2%, while Google Chrome detected 13.2%, Firefox and Safari detected 7.6%, and Opera detected 6.1%. The problem is that there is not even one study to support the results. In fact, most studies previous to this one put Internet Explorer last, not first.
  • The gap between Internet Explorer and the other browsers really makes some people question the credibility of the results.

Is Red Hat Interested in the Database Market?

  • Even though the database space seems hot, Red Hat doesn’t seem that interested in moving into it.
  • With Red Hat gearing up for the next era of growth, some are suggesting that Red Hat consider moving into the database market. There can be no doubt that Red Hat has some tools that would help them break into the database market. One such tool is their Global File System which allows a cluster of Linux servers to share data in a common pool of storage. The fact is that they already do some degree of data federation with their data service layer. But it appears that Red Hat’s CEO Jim Whitehurst is not fond of the idea.
  • Without the support of the CEO it is doubtful that Red Hat will enter the database market anytime soon.

More Unity Desktop Confusion Coming in Ubuntu 11.10

  • Now that the next release of Ubuntu is in feature freeze, Mark Shuttleworth has released screen shots of the proposed new Unity dash.
  • Although some of it looks nice, it appears like they will be adding more confusion to the already controversial desktop. Mark Shuttleworth says that they are doing do away with places. Instead they are replacing it with “Scopes and Lenses”. His explaination that “Scopes are data sources… [and] Lenses are various ways to present the data that come from Scopes.” That does little to clear things up. Although we are told that this “richer” than places, it is also more unclear.  And although it may be fertile ground for innovation, it also seems to be fertile ground for confusion.
  • Is Canonical pushing innovation to far? The real test will be when Ubuntu 11.10 is released next month.

Android Continues to Dominate U.S. Market

  • Google’s Android OS not only leads the smartphone market in the United States, but it continues to grow.
  • The latest figures are in for the second quarter with Android rising to 52% of all units sold. The Apple iPhone took a distant second with a slight gain to reach 29%. In third place, the BlackBerry had a mere 11% market share. Coming in with under 5% market share was Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile and HP’s WebOS. What’s surprising it that is that Motorola’s influence as an Android customer has decreased. That, however, is bound to chance with the purchase of Motorola by Google.
  • One can only speculate on the possible growth of Android in the near future.

Android Developers May Run into Licencing Issues

  • Android developers may run into future problem because of the Apache and GPL licences.
  • The confusion arises because the Android operating system has components referencing 19 open source licences. These licenses do not apply to Google alone, but also apply to the various developers as well. This includes the obligation to share any enhancements and modifications of the code with the community.  This applies to both device manufacturers and independent developers. There is concern that there may be violations and that compliance challenges are not being met.
  • Some of these issues may be resolved by better educating manufacturers and developers.

Android Developers Can Start Writing Google TV Apps

  • On Monday Google release a preview version of their new Android programming tool plug-in.
  • Google TV devices will be Android compatible with the upcoming update to Honeycomb. This means that Android developers can write or even port their applications over to Google TV.  These apps will be available to the Google TV viewer through the Android Market. This means that developers can create apps that will work on phones, tablets, and TVs. There is, however, some question as to how popular this will be. So far Google TV has had a hard time becoming popular. Initially it is expected that the number of apps on TV will be small.
  • One wonders if the availability of apps might help Google TV catch on?

Chrome Gets New Bookmark Manager

  • Google is looking to redesign its bookmark manager and make it more touch screen compatible.
  • It seems like many companies are moving to become more touch screen compatible, and Google is no exception. In the most recent developer builds of the browser, we are seeing a new bookmark page with larger icons. This new bookmark page is part of the new tab structure in Chrome. Eventually the plan is to replace the existing bookmark manager with this new one. But it is still under development and may still undergo some changes before then. Since this user interface only makes sense on touch screen, there is speculation on whether Android might be getting a Chrome based browser soon or whether ChromeOS might be release for tablets.
  • Either way it looks like Chrome is going to be competing for the touch screen devices in the near future.

EnterpriseDB Sets Sights on Oracle’s MySQL

  • Oracle’s lack of enthusiasm for MySQL may open the door for EnterpriseDB, the company that sells and supports commercial versions of the open source PostgreSQL database .
  • Oracle has not been very enthusiastic about growing their MySQL business. This doesn’t make sense until you realize that MySQL intrudes on one of their big money makers, Oracle RDBMS. Unfortunately this lack of enthusiasm for MySQL has disappointed many of its customers and partners. This has left open a space for  EnterpriseDB to enter in and appeal to the customers behind some 12 million active MySQL installations.
  • Events like this continue to demonstrate Oracle’s appearant indifference to the open source philosophy.

Indiana University Goes Open Source

  • Indiana University is moving to open source software solution known as Kuali, which was created by a consortium of universities
  • Kuali Mobility Enterprise software is the product of the Kuali Foundation open source project. The software was developed by a partnership of investors, which includes Indiana University, University of Cambridge, Cornell University, University of Michigan, HTC Global Services, Inc., and VivanTech, Inc. The program is already live on all the Indiana University campuses and ready for arriving students to use. Each campus can customize their information channels to meet their needs. The service includes such things as athletics scores, class schedules, course content, bus routes, and more.
  • It is great to hear that Indiana University is going Open Source,

Linux Journal Goes 100% Digital

  • The Linux Journal will no longer be available in print edition.
  • Linux Journal was the first magazine to be published about the Linux operating system. The first issue was published in March of 1994 and featured an interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. But with the costs of printing and distribution continuing to go up, they finally decided to go all digital. Starting with their next edition. issue #209, the Linux Journal will only be available through email and on the web. Print subscribers will automatically receive the digital version in their email.
  • The removal of the Linux Journal from newsstand will be a great loss to many.

The latest distro releases include….

  • PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5
  • IPFire 2.9 Core 51
  • Scientific Linux 5.7 Beta 1
  • Arch Linux 2011.08.19
  • Zorin OS 3.1
  • Linux 3.1-rc3

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August 23rd, 2011 at 5:06 am