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Open source news this week: March 29 - April 4, 2014
Crowdfunding an open source laptop, a new Apache project, and more
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March 29 - April 4, 2014
In this week's edition of the open source news roundup, we look at the end of Ubuntu One, a totally-open laptop, Microsoft's recent steps toward openness, and more.
Microsoft open sources Windows...
Crowdfunding an open source laptop
Most computers running Linux are only open source to a certain depth; almost always the underlying hardware is full of proprietary designs which are protected by encumbering legal restrictions at worst and little to no documentation at best. Meet the laptop which is trying to change all of that: the Novena. Already shown to be workable with a functioning prototype, the Novena is now trying to raise funds in order to enter mass production. Though with the plans for PCBs freely available, if you had the right tools and skills you could build one yourself.
Saying goodbye to Ubuntu One
Canonical has pulled the plug on Ubuntu One, the cloud storage and music streaming service which had been closely integrated with the popular Linux distribution. Citing increased competition from other cloud storage providers, Ubuntu One will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 release, and existing users have until July 31 to retrieve their files and move them to another hosting solution of their choice.
Apache adds a new top-level project
Ever wanted to build your own homebrew version of SourceForge? We might just have the software you've been looking for. Apache Allura has graduated from incubation status to become a full top-level project at the Apache Foundation. Allura is a tool for creating web sites that manage "source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs, and more" for multiple projects. This may be of particular interest to organizations wishing to bring additional control and customization to the software development projects they manage.
OpenStack User Survey wrapping up soon
Are you an OpenStack user? We know some folks who would love to hear about it. The third annual OpenStack User Survey runs through April 11, and it will help the OpenStack community to better understand their user's needs and the types of problems they are using OpenStack to solve. The results will be made available at the OpenStack Summit, coming up May 12-16 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hat tip to Opensource.com moderator Robin Muilwijk for sharing some of these news articles with me this week.