Ubuntu backs off dumping Oracles Version of Java...

In a not to surprising move Canonical has backed off it's earlier stance to drop the Oracle version of Java from it's distrobution Ubuntu.  They were attempting to do the free and opensource thing and use OpenJDK instead.  The problem with that is that not all of the Java Application servers support it let alone small Java apps. The differences aren't that commonly found but when they are they are extremely hard to trouble shoot.  We are glad to see them choose the practical approach rather than a hard line stance that would have hurt functionality of the platform.

Episode 61 - 2012 begins will this be the end of the world?

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It's Official Apache now controls Open Office..

That's right it's finally offical.  The Apache Foundation are now the proud maintainers of OpenOffice.  The question we are asking is whether there are really enough developers to maintain two complete but office suites?  Since the LibreOffice group split off their copy of Open Office they have been strong and viberant.  They have released no les than 4 versions since the split.  OpenOffice by comparison has not had a release since the split.  Only time will tell if the Apache Foundation can revieve what was the strongest competitor to MS Office.  For more details check out the write up here at thevarguy.com.