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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 516

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Linux

Welcome to this year's 28th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! For Red Hat, the recent release of Fedora 19 represented a very important milestone. Not only would this version form the basis of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, it was also the second stable Fedora release featuring the drastically revamped Anaconda system installer that received so much bashing when it was first unveiled in version 18. So how did the new release fare in our test? Read Jesse Smith's review below to find out.

In the news section, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth gives several strong arguments in favour of switching to the distribution's own display server, Fedora loses a well-known and prominent developer in a tragic bicycle accident, and FOSS Force presents a beginners' guide to Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 that should help anyone install and configure this popular distribution. Also in this issue, an overview of the lightweight and simplistic CrunchBang Linux, a first-look review of Kingsoft Office productivity suite for Linux, and information about the annual update of the packages tracked on this site's distribution pages. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the recipient of the June 2013 DistroWatch.com donation is awesome, a configurable and extensible window manager for developers and power users.

Happy reading!




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Intel and Clear Linux Project

  • Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally
    Intel reckons that's harder to do with Linux containers as “underlying kernel still can be attacked from within the container.” That's bad because it means “all containers on the same host can be compromised, regardless of the intended isolation between them,” making multitennacy risky and therefore unlikely.
  • Docker Drives Interest in App Containerization Technologies
    The biggest example is CoreOS, a heavily venture-backed startup based in San Francisco that has already gained some early attention as a potential alternative to Docker. The company’s open source project dubbed Rocket has won backing from powerhouses like Google and Intel and others like Red Hat and VMware.
  • Intel offers hardware-level answer to container security challenges
    Intel has become the latest vendor to throw its weight behind the push to solve the security woes of containers with the launch of a new technology that promises to address the risks currently standing in the way of widespread production use from the hardware level up. It’s the latest fruit of the internal Clear Linux Project.
  • Intel wants data containers alone again
    The downside is that it does not work well with Linux containers as underlying kernel still can be attacked from within the container and all containers on the same host can be compromised.
  • What are containers and why do you need them?
    Containers are a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another. This could be from a developer's laptop to a test environment, from a staging environment into production and perhaps from a physical machine in a data center to a virtual machine in a private or public cloud.

Cinnamon 2.6 Is Coming Very Soon, Here's How to Install It in Linux Mint Right Now

While we are eagerly waiting for the final release of the Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment to become available in the main software repositories of our favorite Linux distributions, Clement Lefebvre has announced that we can install it in a Beta form in Linux Mint. Read more

OpenWrt 15.05 RC1 Gets Linux Kernel 3.18, Supports Raspberry Pi 2, New 3G/4G Modems

It's been more than six months since the OpenWrt developers announced the release of the OpenWrt "Barrier Breaker" 14.07 custom firmware for routers, but today they've just informed us of the immediate availability for download of the first Release Candidate version of the upcoming OpenWrt "Chaos Calmer" 15.05 update. Read more

Vatican library: open source for long-term preservation

The combination of open source and open standards ensures long-term preservation of electronic records and prevents IT vendor lock-in, says Luciano Ammenti, head of the IT department at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) in Vatican City. Read more