FOSS Friday: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Available, Oracle Says OpenSolaris Will Live And Lots More
By on March 19th, 2010

Welcome to another edition of FOSS Friday, where we wrap up the week’s news and tips on FOSS.

News

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 now available

After a delay of a day due to certain critical issues, Canonical has announced the availability of first beta Ubuntu 10.04. Apart from being a Long Term Support (LTS) release the 10.04 version gets a visual facelift, dropping its traditional brown colour scheme for a much lighter colour scheme.

  • OpenSolaris will live

OpenSolaris users have been apprehensive about the long term availability of the OS, especially considering the fact that Oracle now owns Solaris due to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Adding to the uncertainty, there was barely any mention about OpenSolaris when Oracle executives discussed their plans for Solaris in the near future. To dispell these fears, Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle stated “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community”.

  • Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger

A study conducted by Infoworld concludes that Linus Torvalds is the most influential open source blogger, and that his opinions are considered as highly regarded in the Open Source world. Joining him in the list are other promineent open source voices, including Tim O’Reilly, Google’s Chris Messina, and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza.

Tips And Features

  • Ubuntu 10.04′s five best new features

Popular Linux blogger and evangelist SJVN talks about the new Ubuntu 10.04′s best new features – which include a manual(!), extensive integration with popular social networking sites and the fantastic new theme.

  • Some FOSS Financial and Accounting software

Tech Source has a compilation of some awesome FOSS financial and accounting software including Grisbi, jGnash and KMyMoney. If you ask me however, GnuCash is my preferred utility.

  • Two note taking applications compared

LinuxInsider compares two note taking applications, XPad and Tomboy. If you use Tomboy across several machines, Clif Sipe has a neat tip to keep all your notes the same across several machines using Dropbox.

That’s it for this edition of FOSS Friday. Do post a comment if you would like to add a tip or two or have any suggestions!

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Author: Sathya Bhat Google Profile for Sathya Bhat
Sathyajith aka "Sathya" or "cpg" loves working on computers, and actively participates in many online communities. Sathya is a Community Moderator on Super User, a collaboratively maintained Q&A site which is part of the Stack Exchange network. Sathya also contributes to and is a Super Moderator at Chip India Forums. While not writing SQL queries or coding in PL/SQL, Sathya is also a gamer, a Linux enthusiast, and maintains a blog on Linux & OpenSource. You can reach Sathya on twitter.

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