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Daily Dose: The Voices in Torvalds' head say "Jump to Linux 3.0 "

05.24.2011
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The Linux kernel developer mailing list featured a message from Linus Torvalds which suggested that he will most likely complete merging major changes for the next version of Linux derived from the main development tree on Sunday.

Torvalds got people talking with a short postscript in his email:

PS. The voices in my head also tell me that the numbers are getting too big. I may just call the thing 2.8.0. And I almost guarantee that this PS is going to result in more discussion than the rest, but when the voices tell me to do things, I listen.


Later on in the discussion thread, Torvalds confirmed he was considering the jump to Linux 3.0, which would be called 3.0, NOT 3.0.0, so the stable team would use the third (instead of the fourth) place in the version number, which has been the case previously.

Throughout the discussion, Torvalds sounded like he may, in fact, be headed in the direction of a 3.0 move. If this is true, we could see a Linux 3.0 release as soon as July. [via The H]

Windows Phone Mango Tools SDK premieres in beta today

The first group of developer tools compatible with "Mango", the new Windows Phone operating system, are now available for download in beta format. This SDK release promises a big step forward in the style of applications that can be created for Windows Phones. New features include simpler ways to employ Windows Phone Live Tiles, multi-tasking, and access to sensors.  

Microsoft also supplied a graphic that showcases all the goodies that are at developers' disposal in the way of frameworks, API's and live agents.

Developers: To begin building for Mango, click here to register at AppHub- which is required before downloading the beta tools that are available here.

Amazon RDS and Oracle Database Compatibility Announced


Today, Amazon.com announced new compatibility between Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

This service is built to handle common database administration tasks, such as backups, monitoring, hardware scaling, and provisioning.
Oracle Database is now the second supported database engine for Amazon, which is already compatible with managed MySQL deployments.

 

The service can run under two separate licensing models:

• License Included: This does not require separately purchased Oracle licenses, and runs 16 cents per hour.

• BYOL (Bring Your Own License): This option is targeted towards those who already own Oracle Database licenses, and runs 11 cents an hour.

Click here for more about the announcement and pricing structures.

Opera Mini 6 Launched for iPad, iPad2, and Iphone 4

Opera Mini 6, the newest version of the Opera Mini browser, has been launched for iPad, iPad2 and iPhone 4. In addition to faster panning and zooming capabilities, the new features include a customizable home page and social sharing features that enable immediate posting to Facebook and Twitter.

Opera's press release for the Mini 6 promises a "different kind of browsing experience" for iOS users:

"It features up to 90% compression of data traffic for speed and cost savings, making both your patience and wallet happy on slower connections or when roaming."

Here's Opera's video announcement for the new browser.

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