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In what I first thought was a joke, GNU Hurd 0.6 was released yesterday. GNU Hurd is the GNU project's answer to the Linux kernel and this release brings bug fixes and enhancements. Elsewhere, Jaroslav Reznik today announced that the Fedora 22 Beta is a Go and Josh Boyer said Final will ship with Linux 4.0.
For years, the classical desktop has been the main interface for interacting with computers. Consisting of a menu, a panel, and an area to display widgets and open windows, its main virtue was originally its easy access to applications and files. It remains popular today, featured in at least five of the seven major Linux desktop environments. Increasingly, though, it is becoming inefficient -- a trend that is not helped helped by experimental designs that decrease access to resources rather than increasing it.
When the classical Linux desktop emerged years ago, it was a marked improvement over the command line for the casual user. Icons on the desktop and menu items ensured that executables were always one or two clicks away, and that users spent more time on productivity than in interacting with the desktop.
According to The Inquirer, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, has confirmed that the recently announced Linux kernel 4.0 will be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 operating system in October 2015.
Early this week, Linus released version 4.0 of the Linux Kernel. Now, this updated version of the Linux Kernel is available in the official Fedora repositories for users running the alpha release of Fedora 22.
The major version change wasn't done because of any major feature or change in process or really anything exciting at all. Linus Torvalds changed it because he felt the minor version number was getting a bit large and he liked 4.0 better. It was really a whim more than any thing contained within the kernel itself. The initial merge window builds of this kernel in Fedora were even called 3.20.0-rc0.gitX until the 4.0-rc1 release came out.
Docker has shot to prominence as a developer tool but version 1.6, available today, shows further evidence of efforts to make life easier for the ops teams that put containers into production.
The latest iteration of the open-source platform that first appeared in early 2013 also offers a rewritten, backwards-compatible registry, an improved engine, and new features for the orchestration technology launched in December at the DockerCon EU conference in Amsterdam.
The live kernel patching support was one of the big additions to what became Linux 4.0, but with Linux 4.1 there aren't many improvements to show for the past cycle.
While full DynTicks support has been part of the mainline Linux kernel for quite a while, it's now become possible to use it with KVM guest virtual machines.
Rafael Wysocki of Intel sent in the ACPI and power management updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel. As usual, there's a lot of new code part of this big pull request.
With the new GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) versioning where they're going to be bumping the major version number every year, Linux kernel developers are now re-working the way they handle the compiler's quirks/changes within the kernel.
Recon has shipped its Android-based “Jet” eyewear for $699. The sports-focused Jet integrates a WQVGA display, 720p camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, ANT+, and GPS.
Recon Instruments announced some basic specs and photos of the Recon Jet back in Nov. 2013 when it announced its $399 Snow2 heads-up display (HUD) designed to fit inside a pair of ski goggles. The much delayed sportswear computer runs essentially the same Android-based ReconOS 4 firmware as the Snow2. The Jet offers an “open platform and SDK” for app development, and uses the Snow2’s Recon Engage community site for uploading photos and videos and downloading apps.
While we've been looking forward to the new features of LibreOffice 4.5 as the leading open-source office suite, version 4.5 is no more. The next version of LO is now going to be LibreOffice 5.0.
To some surprise, this morning in Git, the version was bumped to 5.0 (220.127.116.11.alpha0+). There was no branching of LibreOffice 4.5 as it seems LibreOffice 4.5 is itself being renamed to LibreOffice 5.0.
Takashi Iwai sent in his sound driver updates for Linux 4.1, which includes major modernization with the standard bus for ALSA in the sequencer core and HD-audio code.
This sound/audio updates also include the HD-audio code now supporting regmap to replace their in-house register cache code, a split of HD-audio into a core library and "legacy" driver portions, in preparation for the upcoming ASoC HD-audio driver.
iWave unveiled a Qseven COM with 1080p support that runs Linux on TI’s DSP-enabled DaVinci DM8168 SoC. iWave also updated an i.MX6 Qseven COM with 2GB RAM.
iWave’s iW-RainboW-G12M-Q7 module runs Linux on a Texas Instruments DaVinci DM8168 system-on-chip. The SoC combines a 1.2GHz Cortex-A8 core with an Imagination PowerVR SGX530 GPU and a TI C674x DSP for enhanced HD video processing. Another Linux-based computer-on-module that supports the DM8168 is the Infochips DM816x SOM.
The government's govCMS project will make its own Drupal distribution publicly available for download, it announced today.
The distribution will be a fork of the aGov distribution, which was developed by local development shop PreviousNext and is the building block for govCMS sites.
aGov was released in 2013 after a beta period involving a number of federal and state government agencies. High profile end users include the NSW government's 'one stop shop' for services, Service NSW.