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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst to Deliver Keynote Address at SIIA

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PR: Red Hat, Inc. today announced that President and CEO, Jim Whitehurst, will deliver the keynote address at the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) Software Summit & CODiE Awards.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 301

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Minimal Xubuntu 9.04

  • News: Mandriva 2009.1 and beyond, why use NetBSD, updated openSUSE 11.1 install media, Ubuntu releases as social events, Arch Linux magazine, Barry Kauler on Puppy 5.0, Solaris 11, choosing a distribution
  • Released last week: Mandriva Linux 2009.1, FreeBSD 7.2, OpenBSD 4.5, NetBSD 5.0
  • Upcoming releases: Linux Mint 7 RC1, BlankOn 5.0
  • Donations: Python receives US$300
  • New additions: CAINE
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Kernel log: X.org 7.5 coming, Intel's graphics driver

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h-online.com: X.org 7.5 is scheduled to appear in summer, and could include a new Intel graphics driver. The developers have slashed its code to boost reliability and performance.

Why Users Aren't Moving to Linux

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zdnet.co.uk/blog: If you read enough blog posts, or more specifically, comments posted on blog posts, you might get the idea that there are specific structural, technological or systemic reasons why Linux has only a small slice of the desktop market.

Why Desktop Linux isn't profitable

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zerias.blogspot: One of the more popular videos making the tech news rounds is Bryan Lunduke's Linux Sucks! video from LinuxFest NW. He makes several valid points, and covers one of my biggest problems with Open-Source development, the sheer number of duplicated efforts.

Migration to Mepis 8.0 Complete

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muskratsweb.net: Mepis 8.0 is working out just fine. I finally got VLC to play my media files, although Kaffiene and mplayer still just show a blue screen. I am now using Mepis as my fulltime/main desktop on my laptop.

Arch User Magazine Issue 2

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The second issue of Arch User Magazine is read to preuse. Some highlights are Replacing the Arch Initscripts, Command Line: Grep by Paragraph, and Disaster Preparation.

Linux Gazette May 2009 Issue online

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The May issue of Linux Gazette is now online and ready to read. Some highlights include Command-Line Processing with 'process-getopt,' New Options in the World of File Compression, and TCP Wrappers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

"Linux Sucks" Talk by Bryan Lunduke

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the-gay-bar.com: I do agree with him that Linux sucks. It just sucks a lot less than the alternatives. His presentation brought me to thinking about writing more about the bad parts of Linux in the future instead of where it's good.

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FreeBSD 10.1-BETA1 Now Available

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Samsung to host first open-source conference

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Linux 3.17-rc5

So I should probably have delayed this until Wednesday for sentimental reasons: that will be 23 years since I uploaded the 0.01 source tree. But I'm not an overly sentimental person, so screw that. I'm doing my normal Sunday release. And as I mentioned in the rc4 notes, the previous rc was pretty small, possibly because neither Greg nor Davem had sent in any updates that week. Guess what? David's networking updates came in an hour after I did rc4, and sure enough Greg came in this week too, so - surprise surprise - rc5 isn't as small as rc4 was. Oh well. It was too good to last. I also got a report of an *old* performance regression in the dentry cache (since 3.10 - positively ancient), and that in turn made me look around some more, and there were a few other special cases that could cause us to not do as well as we should. I fixed some of it, and Al fixed the rest. So hopefully we not only fixed the reported regression, but are actually doing better than we used to. Anyway, the size of rc5 means that I'm certainly not cutting the release early, which means that I will have to think about exactly what I will do about the next merge window. Because it looks like it might end up conflicting with my travel around LinuxCon EU. I haven't quite decided what I'll do - I might release 3.17 normally, but then just not open the merge window due to travel. Or, if there are more issues than I think there will be, maybe I'll delay the 3.17 release. We'll see. Regardless - the rc5 changes is about half drivers (networking, gpu, usb, input, ata..) with the rest being mostly a mix of filesystem updates (the aforementioned performance thing in the core vfs layer, but also some NFS export issues found by Al and misc other stuff), architecture updates (arm, parisc, s390) and core networking. And a smattering of other. Shortlog appended. In other words, things look fairly normal, even if I'd have been happier with rc5 being smaller. But with the bump from networking and drivers, I'm not going to claim that this was either unexpected or particularly scary. I'm hoping we're done now, and that rc6 and rc7 will be noticeably calmer. Knock wood. Linus Read more

Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd

Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral. Read more