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Daily Dose: OpenStack's Cactus Debuts

04.18.2011
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'Cactus', the third release of OpenStack's open source cloud operating system brings over 40 new features to OpenStack Compute, Object Storage, and Image Service.  New features for each of the three major components of the OpenStack project are as follows:


OpenStack Compute:

  • Migration support for users who want to move virtual machines from one host to another.  (In other words, KVM support.)
  • Support for virtualization/hypervisor technologies.
  • OpenStack API 1.1
  • Flat networking support provided by IPv6.

OpenStack Object Storage:
Thanks to a variety of enhancements, Object Storage can now collect and serve data, enabling integration of internal chargebacks.
OpenStack Image Service:

Formerly the Glance subproject, the OpenStack Image Service discovers, registers, and delivers virtual disk images. Image verification is included for enhanced security, along with a new command line tool to enhance the overall user experience.

The next major OpenStack release, 'Diablo', is slated for July, 2011.

OpenOffice.org to Become a Community Project

A recent announcement on Oracle's blog confirms that Oracle will no longer produce a commercial version of Open Office.  Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect for Oracle, states that Open Office will become a "purely community-based open source project."  Only time will tell whether Oracle will continue to support the community-driven Open Office project.  Some have even speculated that LibreOffice, a community-based fork of OpenOffice, will take over the OpenOffice project.
 

Beta 1 of jQuery 1.6 Ready for Download

The jQuery development team has announced that the beta version of jQuery, jQuery 1.6, is ready for testing/download.  Numerous bug fixes have been added to the beta, including an exception error in Firefox, and an issue with the order of live event callbacks in the event liveHandler function.  Other bug fixes and changes can be found on the jQuery 1.6 Beta 1 change log.  You can download the beta here.

Spring Roo 1.1.3 Released

With over 120 improvements since the 1.1.2 release, Spring Roo 1.1.3 has a host of new features to offer developers.  The SpringSource Community blog announcement states that the new version of Spring Roo "focuses on extensive support for Cloud Foundry, VMware's open source PaaS service and platform."

The Spring Source Community announcement also contains a list of the most significant improvements made in version 1.1.3.  Here are the highlights:

  •  Productivity in the cloud: As mentioned above, Roo now provides broad Cloud Foundry integration. With Cloud Foundry and Roo you can build normal Java-based applications (complete with normal MySql persistence etc) and have these hosted in our groundbreaking new developer cloud. The Roo integration allows you to build, deploy and manage Cloud Foundry applications directly from Roo shell. Learn more in the separate announcement post.
  • Shell usability: There have been many usability improvements made in this new release. Apple Terminal users now have the full Roo shell experience, including “flash” message support. We’ve also improved code-assist improved code assist in this release.
  • Primary key enhancements: You can now use composite primary keys with the Data-on-Demand and Integration Test features, allowing automatic testing of a wider range of application entities (this will of particular benefit to those using Roo’s incremental database reverse engineering).
  • Process improvements: The Roo project now operates a continuous integration build server so that you can enjoy the latest snapshot builds of both Roo and its major add-ons. This allows the community to more easily try out new fixes and features.


JSR107 (Java Caching API) Update - Lots Happening

Thanks to Greg Luck for the great review of JSR107, a Java Temporary Caching API. 

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