Novell has filled an update to it's SEC fillings stating that the DOJ has requested more documentation about the Patent Portfolio that will be sold to CPTN. CPTN is a weird mix of companies including most notably Apple and Microsoft. The DOJ is trying to determine if there is anything they should be investigating about this part of the deal. Guess we in the Tech community weren't the only ones thinking it was strange. Hopefully we will here from the DOJ about what, if anything, they find.
According to this article we found, meetings are starting to happen and people are trying to move towards a common Application Installer. So their could be the end of the "My package manager is better than yours is" debates? Well it's a bit early to tell but it does sound like the big distros are talking about settling on a common package format. If they do go forward with this we can only hope that it's adoption moves faster than LSB(Linux Standards Base). It would definitely go a long way to help adoption of Linux as a platform. For instance, only seeing one line on download pages like Windows and Mac have would help newbies or people thinking about trying linux be less afraid. When you can create app stores that only have to carry one type of package they become a lot easier to create. We here at linuxinstall.net hope that every linux install will get easier over time.
What do you think? What problems will one package format have? What hidden benefits are there? What hidden problems?
2) This is a running list of things to consider for the top news of 2010
Big Purchases in 2010:
Novell get’s purchased - the patents that went to Microsoft
Oracle buying Sun
Palm get’s bought by HP
Changes in the world of Open Source:
Android shoots for world domination - Or at least Mobile Platform domination
Google TV announced and delivered
Chrome OS Pilot Program announced Beta’s of Chrome OS on VM’s
Ubuntu abandons Xorg and Gnome for Wayland and Unity
Mandrivia struggling/passing away...
Tablet Market exploded with the introduction of IPad and Galaxy Tablet
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