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.
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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.
KSplice, Inc has agreed to be purchased by Oracle according to a news fact over on Market Watch. While we at linuxinstall.net aren't sure that not booting for updates is a great idea the concept was cool. Since Oracle seems to hate leaving things in the open after they buy them we can only assume that this technology will also be closed up. Don't get us wrong we are happy they entered the market to scratch an inch. They were doing very interesting research and the team at Ksplice, Inc. deserve what ever pay check they recieved.
At Oracle World this week they announced the latest benchmarks of Red Hat's kernel with their updates/changes. They claim to be 75% faster for Online Transactional Processing over the one built by Red Hat. If you haven't heard of this before maybe you have heard of their name for this packaging of Red Hat it is called Oracle Unbreakable Linux. For more information on this and other happenings at Oracle World check out this link.