Even though news has been slow the entire week due to the fact that it’s summer and people are more interested in vacation than in technology news, we still had a lot of interesting stuff this week. Google obviously captured the headlines with its Chrome OS, but we also talked about Mono, Richard Stallman, and many other things.
Google obviously took the main stage when it announced its Chrome OS, an operating system that currently doesn’t exist beyond an announcement (outside of Google HQ, I mean). It’s supposed to have a heavy focus on web applications, it’s based on the Linux kernel, and it’s geared for netbooks (for now, at least). The first machines with Chrome OS could arrive as early as this year.
Richard Stallman took centre stage on OSNews as well, with a heavily debated article on possible sexist remarks made by the Free software head honcho during a speech at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. Several attendees of the speech felt awkward and offended by several remarks made by RMS, and made their complaints known on the internet. OSNews readers were torn.
The third big thing this week was the announcement that the parts of .Net covered by ECMA/ISO standards will now fall under the legally binding Community Promise, meaning that anyone can implement and ship implementations of said standards without the fear of patent infringement allegations from Microsoft. Good news for the Mono community.
We also discussed Gazelle, Microsoft’s research project into what could possibly be the future of web browsing. Gazelle treats every part of a website as a potentially dangerous element, and gives each of them its own process and protected space. This way, dangerous code in an advertisement – for instance – poses little threat to the rest of the browser or even the machine.
We also saw a number of project releases this week, such as ReactOS 0.3.10, VLC Media Player 1.0.0, Silverlight 3, and FreeNOS 0.0.3.
We also had two original reviews. Eugenia covered KdenLive video editor, and was quite positive about the project. Jordan reviewed Linux Mint, and was also very positive. Lastly, Eugenia took the Nokia E75 through its paces. Speaking of reviews, the review of AmigaOS 4.1 and the sam440ep will finally go live next week.
I am actually still waiting for the “fight” over mono to finish… as a .NET AND Java developer I would really like to see one of these be the default RAD-environment for some desktop-OS; and at the moment we only got Windows For now I just stick to Windows as my default OS until the fight is settled.
Since .NET imho is superior to Java I am cheering for Mono in GNOME. Lets just hope they also manage to make their own standardized framework to _replace_ the forbidden fruit like ADO.NET (one API per database engine kinda sucks).
Edited 2009-07-12 22:24 UTC