It's Halloween week, and the big names in Linux are determined not to disappoint the trick-or-treaters. No less than three mainline distributions have released new versions this week, led by perennially-loved-and-hated crowd favourite Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 14.10, better-known by its nom de womb "Utopic Unicorn", hit the streets last Thursday. It appears to be a mostly update release, with more of the release announcement's ink devoted to parent-company Canonical's "Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu Openstack" than to Utopic's "latest and greatest open source technologies". Among those, the v3.16 kernel has been included, as well as updated versions of GTK, Qt, Firefox, LibreOffice, Juju, Docker, MAAS, and of course, Unity. Full details can be found in the official release notes.
Hi, folks. Instead of relval (for a change) I spent some of my non-work time today working on ownCloud packaging (I’m the owner/’primary contact’/whatever for the ownCloud package, these days).
I’ve been in touch with ownCloud’s awesome security folk, Lukas Reschke, recently, and he confirmed that the ownCloud version currently in Fedora 19 and EPEL 6 – 4.5.13 – is known to have some security vulnerabilities. It’s also unmaintained and is very unlikely to be upgradable directly to ownCloud 7, so I really needed to Do Something for folks on those releases.
Many new features, even more bugfixes!
CHANGES WITH 217:
* journalctl gained the new options -t/--identifier= to match
on the syslog identifier (aka "tag"), as well as --utc to
show log timestamps in the UTC timezone. journalctl now also
accepts -n/--lines=all to disable line capping in a pager.
* Services can notify the manager before they start a reload
(by sending RELOADING=1) or shutdown (by sending
STOPPING=1). This allows the manager to track and show the
internal state of daemons and closes a race condition when
the process is still running but has closed its D-Bus
* Services with Type=oneshot do not have to have any ExecStart
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-6.6 and
install media for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. Release Notes for 6.6
are available at http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS6.6 -
we recommend everyone review these release notes.
CentOS-6.6 is based on source code released by Red Hat, Inc. for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux. All upstream variants have been placed into one combined
repository to make it easier for end users. Workstation, server, and
installs can all be done from our combined repository.
The Fedora 21 Beta release, originally slated for 28 October, has slipped by one week. It is now targeted for the first week of November.
The decision was made at the last go/no-go meeting, due to several accepted blockers against the beta release. You can see the buglist with proposed and accepted blockers for the beta.
The next go/no-go meeting is scheduled for 30 October at 17:00 UTC in the #fedora-meeting-2 channel on Freenode.
All milestones and tasks are pushed back by one week, including the final release. The schedule is available on the Fedora wiki. If the schedule does not slip farther, the final freeze will be on 25 November, with the final release scheduled for 9 December.
Bob Young, who've I've known for 20 years, is not a technology guy. The "Linux" part of Red Hat Linux came from Marc Ewing. Still, if it hadn't been for Young, Red Hat (named after Ewing's grandfather's Cornell University lacrosse cap), might have just been another long forgotten Linux company.
Young's rise to success was an unlikely one. He admitted that "I became an entrepreneur because no one would hire me. So I went to Kinkos and printed business cards saying Bob Young, President. It made my mom proud."