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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 422

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A taste of Parsix
  • News: OpenBSD opens 5.0 pre-orders, openSUSE switches to beta testing, Ubuntu board leader suggests monthly release process, interview with Debian's Enrico Zini
  • Tips and tricks: Working with media files on command line
  • Released last week: ArchBang Linux 2011.09, Bodhi Linux 1.2.0, VortexBox 1.10
  • New additions: Proxmox
  • Reader comments

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What Open Means to OpenStack

In his keynote at OpenStack Summit in Australia, Jonathan Bryce (Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation) stressed on the meaning of both “Open” and “Stack” in the name of the project and focused on the importance of collaboration within the OpenStack ecosystem. OpenStack has enjoyed unprecedented success since its early days. It has excited the IT industry about applications at scale and created new ways to consume cloud. The adoption rate of OpenStack and the growth of its community exceeded even the biggest open source project on the planet, Linux. In its short life of 6 years, OpenStack has achieved more than Linux did in a similar time span. So, why does OpenStack need to redefine the meaning of the project and stress collaboration? Why now? “We have reached a point where the technology has proven itself,” said Mark Collier, the CTO of the OpenStack Foundation. “You have seen all the massive use case of OpenStack all around the globe.” Read more

I'm Brian Fox, Author of the Bash Shell, and This Is How I Work

Brian Fox is a titan of open source software. As the first employee of Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation, he wrote several core GNU components, including the GNU Bash shell. Now he’s a board member of the National Association of Voting Officials and co-founder of Orchid Labs, which delivers uncensored and private internet access to users like those behind China’s firewall. We talked to him about his career and how he works. Read more

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Hackable USB dongle offers multiple sensors including PIR motion detection

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