Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The Win, Fail and Meh of Open Source in 2008

Filed under
OSS

With 2008 coming to an end, heise online UK picks what was full of win, who was waiting for the failboat, and who just made us go meh. So in no particular order, here are the Wins, the Fails and the Mehs of Open Source from 2008.

Win - Ubuntu 8.04LTS - Canonical shipping a long term support version of Ubuntu was a real win for the FOSS operating system. It gave those users who need the assurance a version of Ubuntu to deploy that has support for longer than the normal 18 months. While there have been Linux distributions with similar offerings, they are usually associated with services or subscriptions. Ubuntu has brought that level of support to a free operating system. Ubuntu has also done more to popularise Linux in 2008 than possibly any other vendor, creating an enthusiastic, inclusive community, around a Linux distribution that sets out to be easy to work with for the general user, rather than just those with a corporate cheque book to hand.

Fail - SCO - A fail for SCO, a win for open source, as another year passed and SCO continued to excavate the hole they began digging when they tried to claim Unix as theirs and threatened Linux for patent violations. What's left is a company that doesn't even have friends with big cheque books any more.

Meh - Microsoft joining the Apache Foundation -

Rest Here




More in Tux Machines

Sean Michael Kerner on OpenStack

Xubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet - Fabulous

I have to say, Xubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet shattered my expectations. Obliterated them. Overall, I was expecting a distro that would be about as good as its parent. Instead, I got this fine piece of digital machinery, which purrs and meows and growls like a turbo-charged tiger, if this silly metaphor makes any sense. Or is it an analogy? Now, one tiny software glitch, plus one big regression that affects the entire family. That's the sum of my complains. On the plus side, Xubuntu fully supports the hardware, including the tricky UEFI stuff, it's fast, robust, elegant, rich in software and features, simple and fun to use, and it works well with anything I've thrown at it. By far the best distro of this year. I don't give out 10/10 lightly, but I'm inclined to do that right now, even though the few tiny problems we've had prevent me from doing that. However, the whole package reminds me of Fuduntu, really. Pure and simple and just good. 9.99999/10. Try it, you won't be disappointed. We're done here. Read more

Akanda Pledges to Keep SDN Tech for OpenStack Open-Source

Rosendahl emphasized that Akanda was born as open-source software and will remain open-source. From a commercial perspective what Akanda provides to enterprises is support and professional services. Read more

A New Firefox OS phone

Last Monday, I bought the phone anyway. I must say that I am very pleased by its performance and very cheap price. One can swap the SIM card to use the phone with another carrier here, too. Read more