Title: Qt, or not Qt?
In this episode: Microsoft and Nokia form an alliance and the GPLv3 might not be welcome on Windows Phone. Canonical gets controversial with Banshee while openSUSE and Fedora users might have to wait for Unity. Hear our discoveries, our limited success with the challenge, and your own opinions in our Open Ballot.
What's in the show:
- Discovery of the week:
- When the Mageia project started, 600 people wanted to contribute. Now just 50 remain.
- ...and try an annoying platform game called Syobon Action.
- Google Chrome wins, thanks to the Mariah Carey theme
- Linux Mint looks too much like Windows, but this can easily be changed.
- Dramatically speed up C/C++ project building with ccache.
- Ubuntu MX is helping to spread the use of Linux through Latin America.
Nokia and Microsoft have announced a Strategic Partnership, which means Windows Phone 7 will be Nokia's smartphone OS of choice, rather than Meego. And it looks like Microsoft is not going to allow software using the GPLv3 licence on its Windows Phone and XBox platforms. Ubuntu 11.04 will use Banshee as its default music player, and its embedded Amazon music store will be disabled to avoid conflict with the Ubuntu One music Store, while Fedora and OpenSUSE community developers have given up porting Unity for their distributions.
- You Dare Us:
The results of our challenge to contribute to an open source project:
- In The Dock:
Mike tries to convince us that there are too many similar Linux distributions.
- Open Ballot: does Qt have a future?
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Presenters: Andrew Gregory, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza, Graham Morrison and Mike Saunders.
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