Droplets is on the road this week, visiting the nation's capitol to find out how in touch US lawmakers are with cloud computing, virtualization, and IT monitoring. Or to see the cherry blossoms. Whichever is more likely.
IT had an interesting week... if you could filter out the chaff of April Fool's Day.
First off, Tuesday brought very welcome news to Linux fans: Novell won the lawsuit brought against them by SCO, ending seven years of legal tussling when SCO tried to assert copyright rights over Linux based on its supposed ownership of UNIX. Too bad for them Novell actually owned the UNIX copyrights, which a jury just verified.
Meanwhile, another legal fiasco continues with the OOXML debacle. According to Andy Updegrove, "OOXML is an XML-based document format standard created by Microsoft and initially approved by the Ecma standards body, while ODF is the OpenDocument Format developed by standards developer OASIS."
Apparently, Alex Brown, the Convener of the controversial Ballot Resolution Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland in early 2008, has had some second thoughts about how the vote went. It seems Microsoft made some promises as it moved forward with the OOXML, and it looks like they aren't keeping them.
Really? Pull the other one.
Microsoft mas made some hesitant steps towards really open practices, and every once in a while, they fall backwards as they maintain their old habits. This is definitely one of those times. Let's see if Microsoft will follow through.
If you're a Chef fan, you'll be happy this week, with the release of Chef 0.8.10. According to Opcode's Jesse Robbins, "The big news for this release is we updated the version dependencies, so that Merb 1.0.15 is installed. As we upgrade the Chef Server to support Merb 1.1.0, we’ll be updating this version dependency as well (there is a great reason – Ruby 1.9 support!)"
Check out the release announcement for more info on the new version of Chef.