An open source version of the Linux Skype client has been
confirmed and is currently under development. A Skype blog
says that the open sourcing of the UI will speed up development and
allow the use of any GUI toolkit. Skype says this initial open
source offering is part of a "larger offering," but they haven't said what
this larger offering will be.
A recent nonpublic draft of the European Interoperability Framework for European Public Services (EIF) has undergone major changes. The 2.0 version of the EIF draft had mandated open standards for European public services, but the recent draft allows creators of a specification decide how open they want that specification to be. The new draft also says that public administrators may choose "less open specifications." The 2.0 version was intended to create a level playing field, but with the new EIF draft, those intentions are in jeopardy.
The service life for Java 5 has officially ended. Users can migrate to Java SE, use Java SE Support for Business, or just keep using Java 5. A DZone poll shows that many developers no longer use Java 5, but some will still keep using it after the EOSL. Be aware Java users: Java 6 is set to reach the end of service life in 2010.
The "plays almost every codec" VLC Media Player now works properly on Windows 7. The latest update, VLC 1.0.3, was recently announced and it fixes an issue concerning lowered video quality on Windows 7. VLC now qualifies for the official "Compatable with Windows 7" seal. More info on the release can be found in VLC's change log.
Marco Peereboom shares his recent experience with the Open SSL library in "OpenSSL is written by monkeys." You should find it amusing that he compares OpenSSL to an ape flinging feces.