F-Spot Replacing Shotwell in Ubuntu 10.10
The Ubuntu Developer Summit hosted project developers who made some default application decisions for Ubuntu 10.10, the "Maverick Meerkat". One of the major decisions was to replace Shotwell with F-Spot. The decision could cause contention between users since F-Spot, a GTK+ application, is written in C# and Mono, whereas Shotwell was less controversial, being written in Vala. Tomboy, Rythmbox, Evolution, and OpenOffice will stay in the default lineup. Another big decision was the planned support for Chromium as a "first class citizen". It won't however, replace Firefox as the default browser; except on the Netbook edition, where Chromium will reign supreme.
Apache Libcloud 0.3.1
The Libcloud library, which is currently in Apache incubation, has reached version 0.3.1, which features new drivers for Eucalyptus, Dreamhost, Enomaly ECP, IBM Developer Cloud, and SoftLayer. The Python client library for the cloud also features new deployment and bootstrap APIs, support for EC2's Asia Pacific region, and improved test coverage for all drivers. Libcloud is designed to simplify application development between many cloud services.
SAP Buying Sybase
With a 44% premium on the pricetag of $5.8 billion, SAP plans to acquire Sybase, a company known for its legacy database platform. SAP plans to integrate Sybase's column-based analytics database with their own in-memory core. Sybase also produces the PowerBuilder development environment for .NET. We'll wait and see if SAP does anything with that. Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft could potentially make higher offers.
Java vs. C Performance... Again
Dr. Cliff Click is at it again, comparing Java performance to C performance. Thank caustic for this link.