This week's open source cloud headlines featured doomsday predictions about the consequences of the Oracle and Google dispute; why Rackspace's first quarter earnings have some analysts scaling down cloud computing predictions; and a crop of interesting trends including moves to abandon hypervisors and go bare metal in the cloud.
Could Oracle Blow Up the Cloud?, Wired 
An analysis of how the recent decision in the Oracle v Google case would potentially affect the cloud. If APIs are protected under copyright, open source cloud projects including OpenStack and CloudStack could wind up paying fees to Amazon Web Services.
Rackspace Earnings: Cloud Computing, Services Reality Check, Talkin Cloud Blog 
The margins on Rackspace’s cloud computing earnings are fluctuating more than investors would like, signalling that the market isn’t going as gangbusters as predicted. Growth was still very strong, however, and the company reassured investors by pumping up its plans for OpenStack.
Citrix CloudStack: 85% of VARs See Private Cloud Opportunities, Talkin Cloud Blog 
No real suprising news out of the Citrix Partner Summit in San Francisco this week. The market is young and Citrix is going after the group of VARs and cloud service providers that already partner with Citrix.
Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress, ComputerWorld 
This overview of open source cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings includes a few case studies from businesses using open source frameworks.
6fusion Goes Vendor-Agnostic with Xen, Citrix Support, Talkin Cloud Blog 
This IaaS provider is branching out from VMWare to include Citrix Xen and open source Xen support. The market is chafing against vendor lockin and this company is looking to make the hypervisor less relevant to cloud services.
Going native: The move to bare-metal cloud services, InfoWorld 
This article seems to back up 6Fusion’s assertion that hypervisors aren’t necessary for cloud services and that there’s a trend away from them in the market.
The battle to stop Amazon Web Services starts here, InfoWorld 
Expect to see more IaaS/ PaaS partnerships and acquisitions as companies align against AWS.