October promises to be hot month for Drupal, Mono, OpenOffice, Ubuntu

October is promising to be a big month for open source releases.As the page on the calendar turned, Acquia launched of its commercially supported version of the popular Drupal open source social publishing system.

October is promising to be a big month for open source releases.

As the page on the calendar turned, Acquia launched of its commercially supported version of the popular Drupal open source social publishing system.

And over the weekend, Novell-sponsored Mono project announced the availability of Mono 2.0, an upgrade of the open source cross platform network that allows developers and customers to run .NET apps on Linux. The upgraded version is now compatible with both the desktop and server components of Microsoft's .NET 2.0 framework.

Looking ahead: On October 13, OpenOffice.org will celebrate the launch of its much anticipated OpenOffice.org 3.0 upgrade.  The third release candidate is available now. Version 2.4 was released in March.

Later this month, the popular Ubuntu project is expected to release an update of its Linux distribution, code named Intrepid Ibex.  Ubuntu 8.10, slated to ship on october 30, will feature support for GNOME 2.24, the Linux kernel 2.6. 27 and feature an encrypted private directory, guest session, Samba 3.2 and a "last successful boot" recovery entry.