This week, the main talking point in the world of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is Oracle giving OpenOffice.org to the Apache foundation. There has been interesting developments for Ubuntu as well. Let us take a look at some of the most the important FOSS news of the week.
Oracle Gives OpenOffice.org To Apache; The Document Foundation Not Happy About It
After alienating all the contributors in the OpenOffice.org community, Oracle has finally decided to call it a day and have ceded control of the OpenOffice.org codebase to the Apache Software Foundation. OpenOffice.org will now be developed as an Apache Incubator Project. You can read more about this story here.
Meanwhile, The Document Foundation is not happy with Oracle’s decision to ignore them and give control of OpenOffice.org to the Apache Foundation. Since the beginning, TDF has been asking Oracle to join them and donate OpenOffice.org to them. Read more about it here.
Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 1 Released
The first alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 was released a few days back. Being the first development release, not much has changed from Ubuntu 11.04 which was released around a month back. The GNOME stack has been updated to GNOME 3, though. Find out more about it here.
Asus To Release Eee PC Netbooks with Ubuntu Pre-installed
Asus has announced that they are planning to release three Eee PC netbook models with Ubuntu installed. They also said that they plan to make more models available with Ubuntu by the end of the year. The Asus Eee PC will come with Ubuntu 10.10 and with Flash and other media codecs installed. More here.
Linus Torvalds Released Linux 3.0 RC
Ending the speculation as to whether the version number will be 2.8 or 3.0, Linus Torvalds has released the first release candidate of Linux 3.0. Despite the major bump in the version number, there are no big changes in Linux 3.0. Linus said that he does not want to break anything and that development will go ahead in the same manner they have been doing for Linux 2.6.x. Read more here.
Debian Wheezy, which is currently in development, has already decided to switch to Linux 3.0.