On Friday, Oracle announced that the new version of Java would be using OpenJDK for its reference implementation instead of Sun's JDK. Today, voting will begin to ratify the OpenJDK Community Bylaws. The electorate is made up of contributors who have "created at least five unique nontrivial changesets in the OpenJDK Mecurial repositories in the two years preceding the start of the Ratification Vote." If the amount of Oracle employees on the Ratification Electorate is a sign of how the vote will go, the decision may already be clear. The vote to ratify the OpenJDK Community Bylaws will end 2 weeks from today.
Nearly Half of iOS Developers are on Android TooIf Piper Jaffray Companies' research is any indication, it seems as though iOS developers aren't as loyal to Apple as one might think. According to the results, 47% of iOS developers are developing Android applications too, and only 7% of iOS developers are developing Mac applications. The developers also criticized Apple's "strict limitations and the App Store Approval Process", but preferred iOS for "ease of development and monetization."
OS X Lion has Browser-Only Mode
Following the trend of browser focused, internet-based operating systems, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will have a browser-only option. Even though this may seem to be Apple's answer to Microsoft's recently revealed Windows 8 and Google's Chrome OS, the "Restart to Safari" option acts as a "way to trick doofus thieves into booting a stolen Mac into Safari-only mode and bleating that Mac's IP address." We will have to wait until Lion releases in July to see if the mode is just for security, or if it really becomes Apple's answer to their competition.
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