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Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non profit organization works for the development for free software. Every year FSF awards two best open source projects. One award is for for the Advancement of Free Software and the other is for Projects of Social Benefit. IPython and OpenMRS are the two projects which won the awards for the year 2012.
Linux 3.7 has been released on 10 Dec 2012. Its new features include ARM 64-bit support, Cryptographically-signed kernel modules, Btrfs updates, Perf trace, an alternative to strace, TCP Fast Open (server side), Experimental SMB 2 protocol support, NFS v4.1 support no longer experimental, Virtual extensible LAN tunneling protocol, Intel "supervisor mode access prevention" support and lot more.
Outreach Program for Women internships, which are available with a number of Free and Open Source Software organizations from January 2 through April 2, 2013. Deltacloud, Fedora, GNOME, Tor, OpenStack, Wikimedia, JBoss and Mozilla are participating in this program. Applicants should atleast choose one project. The selected candidate will get stipend of 5000 dollars.
Lucene and Solr 4.0 is officially released. It is one of the most important milestone for the project. http://lucene.apache.org/
Lucene is one of the most widely used search engine library. It has a history of 10 years of development. Lucene architecture paper is released. http://opensearchlab.otago.ac.nz/paper_10.pdf
The JBoss Community hosts nearly 100 projects focused on integration, business rules, processes, NoSQL, cloud, mobile, polyglot, messaging, tooling, alternative development frameworks and more. We are asking you, the community, to help the JBoss AS project find a new name. The new name will be found through an election process. Naming submissions will be open between October 1 through October 14.
Java 6 SE end of life has been extended from July 2012 to November 2012. This is the policy of Java. Six months after a subsequent major release would be considered as default JRE. This is shorter period for everyone to move. The advantage of this kind of policy would make everyone to move to the latest version and Java team could only concentrate on new releases rather than supporting older ones.
IBM has announced that it will be donate IBM Lotus Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice project. Symphony was actually based on OpenOffice. Earlier in June Oracle donated the OpenOffice suite to Apache and now IBM donates its office suite. Apache will be the biggest competitor to Microsoft in office suite product.
The Lucene PMC announced the availability of Apache Lucene 3.3 and Apache Solr 3.3. This release has updates like Optimized implementation of KStem, Improvements to MMapDirectory, Spellchecker module, Near-real-time search, Merge policy and lot more. http://lucene.apache.org/