Episode 68 – It takes a billion…

Episode 65 – We want some Pi and Cotton Candy..

Running Time:
1) Introduction

Box.net giving away accounts not at the normal 5GB size but at 50GB of storage for life, theirs not yours, for new android app users until March 23, 2012.  Someone figured out how to use that space as a mount point/drive on your machine.  It’s a pretty cool way to get some cloud storage.

2) News
SLES 11 SP2 is out and what are they doing now?  Why is Linus so made at them?
The Consumerization of IT
What really happened with OpenStack and Microsoft?
Canonical’s Ticking Time Clock
Wags really wants a Raspberry PI or 10

3) Conclusion

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Can Kubuntu survive a loss in funding?

According to a post by Jonathan Riddle over on the KDE Blog, Canonical is going to be pulling it’s finical support of the KDE inspired version of Ubuntu after the release of 12.04.  Jonathan does a great job explaining the business reasons behind the decision to pull the support after seven years.  He goes on to ponder the future of Kubuntu.  He is looking for both support and feedback about the direction he should take.  Since he has to eat and live without the support he was getting he will need to work on other things as the majority of his day.  So can he find enough people to help him offset that loss of time?  Should he re-focus on helping another KDE based Distro?  Could he find another company to provide Financial assistance so that he can continue?

Leave a comment here or click on the link above to let Jonathan know how you feel and what direction you would like to see him take.  If you are in or know a company that loves KDE why not see if you can help to support his efforts.  Let’s show him where the community can take him and Kubuntu.

Will the addition of proprietary software in distros hurt free software?

I found an interesting article today on the Linux Magazine site.  Christopher Smart talks about proprietary software being offered by Canonical, and utilizing it within Ubuntu.  This article point brings to light some very good questions and I am sure can be seen by both sides.  Those who are die hard, free software evangelists will not care for what Canonical is trying to accomplish.  While those who feel that proprietary software does have a place in Linux, will be opening their wallets to install software like Photoshop right into their distros.

Give the article a read and let us know how you feel.  Are you on the side of keeping all software within your distro open and free, or will you be installing some proprietary applications into your distro?

Shuttleworth to step down but not leave Ubuntu…

Mark Shuttleworth the founder and the voice behind Ubuntu will step down as the CEO of Canonical turning over the reigns to Jane Silber the current COO.  Mr. Shuttleworth will not be leaving the company but moving to focus on his passions and let Jane Silber focus on the commercial enterprise.  The article found here explains that he will be linux Linus is for the Kernel.  He will focus on being technical and design issues.  This should allow the company to become more commercial and still maintain the community focus as it has in the past.  So I now expect to see more stuff about using Ubuntu on corporate front. This has been an area they haven’t been able to make significant strides into against the incumbents of Red Hat and Novell.  Should be interesting to watch.