liraz writes: "In a surprise move that will no doubt raise many eyebrows in the open
source community, the project formerly known as TurnKey Linux has
announced today it was relaunching as TurnKey Windows, following a
collaboration agreement with Microsoft to develop a new generation of
software appliances based on the software giant's highly anticipated
Windows 7 operating system. At this time details of the financial terms
between Microsoft and the former open source project remain undisclosed.
"Too often open source projects ask monopolistic proprietary vendors to
adapt and embrace open source ideals. Today we are adapting our ideals
to a very generous monopolistic proprietary vendor" said Alon Swartz,
co-founder and CEO of TurnKey Windows."
Liraz writes: "Earlier today I spent an hour watching one of the Rackspace founders deliver a training video intended for new hires in 1999. In the video they go through the complexity of ensuring hardware works properly together, that the OS is installed properly, and that DNS is configured properly. Now just 10 years later much of this is significantly simplified. Now as we move to cloud computing with pre-defined virtual machine images the "OS is installed properly" piece is going away. Projects like TurnKey Linux will lead to one-click application stacks on top of an OS. For much of the IT community their career has been performing these tasks..."
liraz writes: "TurnKey Linux is a new open source project developing truly free open
source virtual software appliances that can run on real hardware in
addition to most types of virtual machines. The ultimate goal is to
eventually enable the community to take full advantage of open source on
cloud deployments and avoid lock-in with proprietary vendors. The
project just announced its most ambitious batch of releases including 12
new virtual software appliances, all featuring extensive improvements to
usability, security and stability. "We've done a terrific amount of
quality assurance on our end and blocked the release until we had
resolved every single bug and issue we found.""
turnkeylinux writes: "Python 3.0 has been released! "Python 3.0 (a.k.a. 'Python 3000' or 'Py3k') represents a major milestone in Python's history, and was nearly three years in the making. This is a new version of the language that is incompatible with the 2.x line of releases, while remaining true to BDFL Guido van Rossum's vision." See Guido's what's new in 3.0 document for an overview of the major changes."