Times appear to be tough for the development team behind Apache OpenOffice, the open source office productivity suite that is popular on Linux, and runs on Windows and OS X as well. They're so tough, in fact, that some observers are questioning whether the project will soon fold.
The latest version of GNU HURD is out. If you're asking, "What is GNU HURD?" you're probably in good company. But as the open source kernel that was supposed to do what Linux ended up doing—provide the core for a cross-platform, Unix-like operating system whose code would be freely shared—the HURD is important. That it is still being actively developed three decades after its launch is worth remarking.
Open source is all about sharing, keeping code open and providing universal access. That, at least, is the received wisdom that has helped guide open source programmers and companies for the last two decades. But a look at the history of open source projects such as Linux suggests that sharing and openness were not actually the primary motives of their founders. Here's why.
Linux 4.0 made its official debut this week. Spoiler alert: The version number in this newest latest iteration of the open source operating system kernel doesn't mean it's actually four times better than version 1.0—or, for that matter, twice as good as the 2.x series, which was the longest-running in Linux's history. But it is a tight, stable release, according to developer Linus Torvalds.
The folding of private cloud vendor Nebula a couple of weeks ago seemed to suggest that OpenStack is becoming the exclusive domain of large, established open source companies that can package and integrate the cloud-computing platform for easy deployment.
The Linux Foundation is moving to place open source at the fore of Web security by taking the Internet Security Research Group under its wing, along with Let's Encrypt, the group's open certificate authority platform.
In a sign that OpenStack clouds are becoming the purview of only the high and mighty—not to mention wealthy—companies that can fund their own distributions of the open source platform, OpenStack-based private cloud vendor Nebula announced its closing this week.
Ubuntu Linux, Canonical's open source operating system, has been making its biggest headlines lately in the smartphone, NFV and telecom worlds. But it remains central to the desktop Linux ecosystem, too—as the dispelling of recent rumors regarding Linux Mint developers' intention to drop Ubuntu shows.
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has scored a major partnership with Ericsson that promises to help propel the open source company in the open source network-functions virtualization (NFV) and telecom space.
Private cloud hosting provider SingleHop has added disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to its platform with the introduction of a new data backup and recovery option designed for VMware (VMW) and Hyper-V environments.
Microsoft Windows 10—which, incidentally, is apparently at least 3.22 times better than Windows 3.1, the OS we knew and loved circa 1992—sooner or later will be upon us. And that could be bad news for open source fans, since the jury is out on whether the new Windows platform's UEFI Secure Boot feature will play nicely with third-party operating systems, such as Linux, that users want to install on their computers.
Red Hat (RHT) took yet another big step toward commercializing Docker containers with the launch of a new partner program, Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners, that the open source giant said will help coordinate containerized app development and delivery across the ecosystem.
SingleHop is hedging its bets—or, at least, balancing its portfolio—on Microsoft Hyper-V as the up-and-coming virtualization platform of the future. This week, the company announced its acquisition of Server Intellect, which it said will help its expand beyond its current strengths in VMware-based cloud hosting.
Enhanced Active Directory integration and updated support for Docker containers are the headline features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.1, the first sub-point release to the company's flagship open source operating system—which forms the basis for several additional enterprise computing platforms that the company has now introduced for containerization, real-time computing and POWER8 systems.
Red Hat has taken a major step toward carving out its slice of the containerization pie with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, an open source operating system tailored for running Docker and other container-based app platforms.