Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. The current stable edition, Linux Deepin 2013, brought some really cool features and apps to this Ubuntu-based distribution, but the next stable release is shaping up to be even better.
Debian's decision to move to systemd as the default init system was a famously contentious (and rather public) debate. Once all the chaos regarding the decision itself had died down, however, it was left to project members to implement the change. At DebConf 2015 in Heidelberg, Martin Pitt and Michael Biebl gave a down-to-earth talk about how that implementation work had gone and what was still ahead.
Pitt and Biebl are the current maintainers of the systemd package in Debian, with Pitt also maintaining the corresponding Ubuntu package. The pair began with a brief recap of the init-replacement story, albeit one that steered mercifully clear of the quarrels and stuck to the technical side. Initial discussions for replacing the System V init system began as far back as 2007, but pressure grew in recent years, included considerable demand from system administrators and upstream projects (typically wanting specific features like support for logind or journald). Once the Technical Committee had made its decision to adopt systemd as the default, Pitt said, "the real work" began.
You all know the drill by now. It's Sunday, and there is a new release
candidate out there.
Things look fairly normal. We have noticeably fewer commits than rc3
(which was fairly big), and I don't see anything unusually alarming.
The statistics look pretty normal too: just under half of the patch is
drivers (drm continues to be noticeable, but there's infiniband, mmc,
input layer etc). About a quarter is arch updates (m68k, MIPS, x86)
and the final quarter is solidly "misc" (doc updates, tools, scripts,
The appended shortlog gives a flavor of the details.
Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ is actually making routers more secure
We seem to have a vigilante white hat hacker on our hands, as newly discovered ‘malware’ aimed at Internet of Things devices and certain routers appears to be making these devices more secure. The Linux.Wifatch virus is doing the exact opposite of what most viruses would, rather than stealing user information or holding systems for ransom, it is actually improving security.