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What's new in the world of Open Source

FirefoxOS
Mozilla Foundation is gearing up for a new mobile OS based off of their Boot-To-Gecko project. With their plans to "Launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5", and of course supporting open standards. They are gaining support from manufacturers world-wide such as, ZTE, Sprint and Telefónica to name a few. Pushing 'Snapdragon' processors and the linux kernel to power them, these phones are aiming for entry-level smartphones.


Read more about this upcoming mobile OSHere.


openSUSE 12.2 RC1
The openSUSE project has a release candidate out for their 12.2 release. After a very shaky development cycle the openSUSE team brings updates such as grub2 (2.0 final), systemd, zypper and all the other common packages you would normally see. As for Desktop Enviroment, this RC is rocking KDE 4.8.4, GNOME 3.4~, XFCE 4.10 with bug fixes in each of them.

You can grab a copy here.
You can find a list of known issues here.


Bitrig (an OpenBSD Fork.)
From their FAQ: "OpenBSD is an amazing project and has some of the best code around but some of us are of the opinion that it could use a bit of modernization. OpenBSD is a very security conscious project and, correspondingly, has to be more conservative with features. We want to be less restrictive with the codebase when it comes to experimenting with features.". This BSD fork has plans on supporting ARM processors and for a journaling filesystem. This project is just starting out so look forward to see something from them soon.

Check out their home page here.




LPI has created a new 'Linux Essentials' exam:

Created in partn
ership with a community of teachers,trainers and experts world-wide. The "Linux Essentials" program prepares the next generation to acquire the advanced skills needed to fill increasing shortages of workers in today’s mixed IT environments. It supports government and educational authorities bringing Linux and Open Source to the classroom at much younger ages. Supporting learning and fun through skills competitions like World Skills and Euroskills. Supporting international collaboration and the development of teacher-tested educational initiatives for the classroom.

Along with the LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3, LPI is continuing to build their Vendor-Neutral Linux certification portfolio.

Details here.

The Debian Administrator's Handbook

Due to a successful crowd funding campaign, Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas has finished translating their best selling book 'Cahier de l'admin Debian'. The outcome is a excellent debian administration resource accessible to English speaking users. The translation lasted from December 2011 to May 2012 and is available in PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket or print-on-demand (Lulu).
And the best part?... The book is free, as in libre and gratis.

Read More Here.