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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

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Android-based G1 mobile phone


The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that features a native parser for JavaScript Object Notation, a data exchange format often used in Web applications, and several Web content enhancement features such as support for the HTML 5 video element. Forthcoming releases in the mobile software space include the Linux-based Maemo software platform, Wikipedia Mobile, and Google's Android software platform which powers the T-Mobile G1 phone (pictured).

The Samba 4.0 administration tool promises active directory support, an internal Kerberos server, and full NTFS semantics for sharing back ends. Meanwhile, version 2.4 of Zenoss Core, Zenoss' open source monitoring and systems management suite, is expected in April. Zenoss Core 2.4 will come with a new dynamic Web-based user interface and with agent-less Linux and Unix command-line collection via SSH to augment system-level monitoring.

Microsoft and Novell have been working on Moonlight, an open source deployment of Microsoft's Silverlight browser plug-in for streaming video and Internet applications, chiefly for Linux and other Unix/X11-based operating systems. Also coming is MindTouchDeki, an open source enterprise collaboration application with a wiki-like interface that users can employ to structure raw data into actionable information and which guarantees that it is dynamically updated from disparate, unlinked data sources.

Other projects include the EveryBlock microlocal news Web site, whose publishing system will be open sourced in June so that any news organization, government, or citizen can produce an EveryBlock-ish site for its own town; open source schematics for SparkFun Electronics microcontrollers to be released for experimentation by hobbyists; and an open source digital audio player and recorder designed by Literacy Bridge for use by impoverished people with a long-term goal of spreading literacy.

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