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  • Linux Foundation chief spins to justify keeping community out

    Linux Foundation chief executive Jim Zemlin has made a disappointing response to the reports about changes in the by-laws of the Foundation designed to prevent community representation.

    Confronted by facts that show clearly that the Foundation has made changes to block out the community, Zemlin (seen above) has tried to spin and talked about irrelevant aspects of the debate around the issue.

    iTWire could not have made it more plain when pointing out the changes in the by-laws; they were marked in bold. Zemlin ignored everything and instead created a few straw men and then addressed them.

    His statement began with a straw man: "The same individuals remain as directors, and the same ratio of corporate to community directors continues as well."

    Nobody has said anything about a change of directors, but the latter part of Zemlin's statement is just plain wrong. How can the ratio be the same when the community was earlier allowed to have two directors and now cannot have any?

  • ​Linux Foundation leadership controversy erupts

    Linux is no stranger to controversy. Top developers, such as Sarah Sharpe, have either left the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), home of the Linux development community or, like Matthew Garrett, left to follow their own programming path. And Linus Torvalds has never been afraid to tell programmers who didn't measure up in his opinion exactly what he thought about their code.

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    I hope Sandler, who is a strong, brilliant open-source leader, not only is allowed to run for office, but wins a place on the board. I also hope the Foundation restores the right for individuals to vote and run for office on the board. This is not asking for much, and it would restore faith that the Foundation still has room left for the little people and not just the big companies.

  • PulseAudio 8.0 Brings Systemd Journal Logging, OS X / NetBSD Improvements

    PulseAudio 8.0 has been released as the latest version of this open-source sound server.

    PulseAudio 8.0 brings automatic routing changes, OS X and NetBSD support improvements, systemd journal logging for clients, new LFE balance programming interface, moore flexible configuration file handling, and various other bug fixes and improvements.

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