BBC’s blogger Rory Cellan-Jones took Ubuntu Karmic Koala for 24 hours test drive and predicated that – “… Ubuntu will remain a very niche product – but it’s Google’s Android which could bring open-source to the mass consumer market…“.
Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) wins “Best Identity Management Solution” at “SIIA’s 2008 Codie” awards. RHDS is based upon the Fedora Directory Server (FDS), which is an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) server developed by Red Hat, as part of Red Hat’s community-supported Fedora Project. Fedora Directory Server is identical to the Red Hat Directory Server (rebranded version).
There is no native Linux and Mac versions of Chromium available but codeweavers released version for Mac OS X and Linux.
InfoWeek has an interesting article about the open-source future – What Linux Will Look Like In 2012.
Many of these problems are not specific to Free Software in particular, but to volunteer software. Hobbyist proprietary programs often have poor designs for many of the same reasons. But the easiest way of getting volunteers to contribute to a program is to make it open source.