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Linux Top 3: Calligra 2.5, Ubuntu Referrals and Red Hat's OpenStack

  • August 20, 2012
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Red Hat OpenStack

In 2011, the big question for many people about the cloud was whether or not Red Hat would attempt to compete against OpenStack. In 2012, that question was answered with Red Hat jumping into the OpenStack development world with great enthusiasm.

Red Hat is now a top tier sponsor of the nascent OpenStack Foundation. Red Hat is also now officially making available its own enterprise grade OpenStack distribution. The public beta is based on the OpenStack Essex platform that debuted earlier this year. The plan moving forward is to embrace the Folsom release slated for this Fall. The full Red Hat OpenStack Enterprise distribution is set for a full release at some point in 2013.

"Red Hat frequently uses Technology Previews to introduce customers to new technologies that it intends to introduce as enterprise subscription products in the future," Red Hat stated in a blog post. "Technology Preview features provide early access to upcoming product innovations, enabling customers to test functionality, and provide feedback during the development process."

2) Ubuntu Referrals

While Red Hat is pushing forward with its OpenStack cloud strategy, rival Linux distribution Ubuntu is moving forward as well. Like Red Hat, Ubuntu has an OpenStack based cloud infrastructure offering. Unlike Red Hat, Ubuntu also has a consumer friendly cloud storage and synchronization service called Ubuntu One.

While Ubuntu One has grown organically over the last several years, this past week, Ubuntu jump started the effort with a new referral program.

"Ubuntu One referrals is a way to earn free cloud storage by simply spreading the word and inviting family and friends to join Ubuntu One," a Canonical spokesperson told LinuxPlanet

So why would any current Ubuntu One user opt into the referral program? Well for one, for each referral link sent that leads to a new sign up, users will get an extra 500MB of free cloud storage

According to Canonical, Ubuntu One users will be allowed a maximum of 40 invites, which could earn an extra 20GB of cloud storage at no cost.

3) Calligra 2.5

The Koffice fork known as Calligra is also continuing to move forward. This past week, Calligra 2.5 was formally released, marking the second official release from the project.

"Words, the word processor, has among other things improved support for editing of tables, tight run-around of text around images, manipulation of table borders, and dragging of text," the Calligra 2.5 release announcement states. "There are also a number of new features in the bibliography tools."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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