The open source model at its core is all about freedom. The freedom for users to choose and the freedom of not being locked in. That freedom also can be a lifeline for projects that otherwise wouldn't survive. Just ask the Kubuntu project, which found new life this past week after Canonical decided it wouldn't support it anymore.
1) Kubuntu Gets New Sponsorship
Canonical has been a strong supporter of KDE in recent years, but that support is now ending. Canonical recently announced that they would no longer support the Kubuntu KDE version of Ubuntu after the upcoming 12.04 release. Canonical had been sponsoring Jonathan Riddell the lead developer of Kubuntu.
Riddell noted in his own blog that when the news broke that Canonical was abandoning Kubuntu he got lots of email from people that rely on the operating system.
"It turns out Kubuntu is very popular and important, people really use this KDE stuff I've been working on for the last decade," Riddell blogged.
So even though Canonical no longer sees value in sponsoring Kubuntu others do. One of those groups is Blue Systems.
"Blue Systems took the plunge first and said they'd sponsor the project so Kubuntu will continue as a community led, KDE focused Ubuntu flavour and will branch out into new areas like the tablet and ARM," Riddell said.
According to the Kubuntu project, Blue Systems already sponsors a number of KDE projects and will encourage Kubuntu to follow the same successful formula as it has always had.
2) Debian Project Leader Threepeat
For the first time ever, Debian has three term project leader. Stefano Zacchiroli was re-elected as the Debian Project Leader (DPL) last week with 80 percent of Debian voters giving him the thumbs up.
Zacchiroli was first elected DPL in 2010 and was re-elected in 2011.
3) Chrome OS Aura
Google's Chrome OS is a Linux based browser operating system that hasn't made had nearly the success of Google's other mobile OS, Android. To help push Chrome OS forward, Google is now testing a new desktop window manager called Aura.
"The goal is to produce a new desktop window manager and shell environment with modern capabilities," Google's Aura page states. "The UI must offer rich visuals, large-scale animated transitions and effects that can be produced only with the assistance of hardware acceleration."