WYWO: Open Source
While you were out over Christmas, things kept happening in the open source community of communities. Here's a round-up of some of the stories that caught my eye.
Published 09:02, 10 January 13
Your Christmas WYWO catch-up:
- Canonical announced Ubuntu Phone, a new distribution of Ubuntu aimed at mobile devices. It allows both native Linux applications and HTML 5 web-apps to be used on touch-screen devices. The visual design is as "gorgeous" as Canonical say it is and it could be a strong contended in mobile - as long as Canonical get lucky at CES in Las Vegas this week. Here's an interview I conducted with a Canonical product manager:
- Data on open source cloud community growth was published. While some are concerned that this data may not tell the whole story, there's no doubt that the Apache CloudStack project is growing fast and trying to play catch-up to the strong growth of the OpenStack project.
An FSFE member accused Google of taking the Android SDK proprietary, but others asserted nothing has changed. (Google did not reply to my request for comment)
In France, Mandriva announced that the OpenMandriva project as incorporated as a non-profit foundation, finally making concrete the peace-making with the community that was promised when Mandriva's new management took over.
Following on from my story revealing that a quarter of Github projects have no copyright license at all, Silicon Valley lawyer Mark Radcliffe pointed out that having no open source license means having no liability waiver either - is it worth the risk?
Can an algorithm understand governance? One academic thinks it's possible and has built a proof-of-concept that analyses the governance of five well-known open source projects.