Solaris Veteran Leaves Oracle
Adam Leventhal has announced that he has quit his job at Oracle as a Solaris kernel developer. Leventhal's nostalgic blog entry describes the satisfying and humbling experience of working at Sun for nine years with so many talented developers. The only possible indication of why he left came when he said, "[At Sun] I found myself surrounded by superlative engineers working on revolutionary technologies that were the products of their own experience and imagination rather than managerial fiat." Given the proximity of his departure to the leaked memo announcing the more closed model for Solaris (and the end of the OpenSolaris model), it's possible that this change was the catalyst for Leventhal's exit.
A Natty Looking Narwhal
Development for Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" is well underway, and for the next version, which should arrive in April 2011, the distro will be codenamed "Natty Narwhal." Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth says version 11.04 will be sleeker and more stylish. There is also a lot of work going on with ARM chips that may be implemented in "Narwhal."
Next Ruby Version Goes GA
The final release of Ruby 1.9.2 is now available and passes over 99% of the RubySpec tests. 1.9.2 is mostly compatible with 1.9.1 and features an IPv6-supporting socket API. The release also has new character set encodings, a random class to support multiple random number generators, and a fixed Time class.
We want a mobile DZone
For starters you can check out the iPhone version or use an iGoogle gadget that a community member created for Android. The mobile site will get an upgrade for multiple platforms soon though. Even more exciting is the work we're doing with Refcardz for the mobile platform. You won't want to miss it!