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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/11/18

Microsoft released version 4.0 of its .Net Micro framework under the Apache 2.0 licence.  That's right, the .Net Micro development framework is now open source.  The TCP/IP stack and cryptography stack are still closed, however, because a third-party owns the software.  The .Net Micro framework is a development and execution environment for small devices.  

The Linux-based Grid operating system, XtreemOS, has just released its 2.0 version.  The Grid OS is open source and can run on a wide range of platforms with support for virtual organizations.  XtreemOS 2.0 allows Grid administrators to quickly deploy XtreemOS nodes on Grids, test beds, and virtual machines.  The XtreemOS motto is simple: "Making Grid Computing Easier." 

Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 is now available.  The Phoronix Test Suite is an open source Linux benchmarking tool  that features GUI improvements, anonymous usage reporting, and statistical significance verification in its new 2.2 version.  The update also includes 120 test profiles and 50 test suites.  Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 also has "early-look" support for OpenSolaris 2010.02.  The next major release scheduled for 2010.

Motorola sold about 250,000 Droid smartphones in its first week.  That's better than HTC's MyTouch and Palm Pre.  However, Droid didn't beat the iPhone 3G's 1.6 million sales in its first week.  In fact, the iPhone sold about 600,000 phones in the week that Droid came out.  Motorola may not have expected to make a big dent in the iPhone's market share, but they might be concerned with other Android phones that will compete with the Droid when they arrive.

The top link on DZone in 24 hours, "NASA Adopts the NetBeans Platform", is an interview with Sun Engineer Tim Boudreau, who recently showed engineers at NASA how to use the NetBeans Platform.  It's good to try open source when you're strapped for cash like NASA.
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