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Ubuntu Ire and Canonical IPO, Fedora 22 is a No-Go

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Mark Shuttleworth has been quoted as saying he's considering taking Canonical public. He needs to talk to "his team," but Shuttleworth thinks the time is just about right. Speaking of Canonical, Jack Wallen today said that poor little Canonical is just picked on by the Linux community and the Linux community is only hurting itself. On the other side of town, Fedora 22 is a No-Go tonight, but getting revisited tomorrow.

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Linux Rifle in Trouble and the Desktop that Never Was

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The parent company behind the Linux rifle, TrackingPoint, is having financial difficulties and is no longer accepting orders. Elsewhere, Tony Mobily said the time for Desktop Linux passed without it ever becoming a success while Bruce Byfield discusses how the design philosophy of desktop projects influences their end product. Qt and KDE celebrated 20 years of Qt development goodness and Linux.com wants to know your favorite single-board computer.

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Also: TrackingPoint in trouble—smart gun company stops orders, lays off staff [Updated]

ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 and Linux 4.0 ext4 Corruption

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Russian ROSA Company today announced the release of ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2, the newest version of their business-class operating system. Elsewhere, kernel version 4.0.2 may have introduced an ext4 corruption bug resulting in data loss affecting at least Arch, Debian and Fedora.

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Tumbleweed and Netrunner Get Upgraded with Plasma 5.3

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Over the weekend Jos Poortvliet announced that openSUSE Tumbleweed received "massive amount of changes" bringing Plasma 5.3 as the default desktop. Newly released Netrunner 16 also brought Plasma 5.3 as well as an interesting codename. Clement Lefebvre announced Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 upgrade path and said Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 packages were right around the corner.

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End of Foresight and What Makes Fedora Different

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Foresight Linux officially called it quits yesterday due to a lack of developers. The project hasn't seen a release in over two years, but it's still sad when a distribution shuts down. Across town, Pete Travis posted a passionate open letter to Fedora on why it should remain true to its philosophy and Bruce Byfield pondered the age old mystery, "Why can't Ubuntu play well with others?"

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Ubuntu Spyware and the Magnificent 7

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One of the more interesting stories today was Zack Smith's question, "Is There Spyware in Ubuntu?" Elsewhere DNF 1.0 was released triggering a blog post and a how-to. Several Linux lists caught my eye as well; which distributions would be best for Windows XP holdouts, 10 best distros for privacy, and the "magnificent seven."

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Systemd Decided, Schaller's Fedora Feedback, Mint 17.2 in June

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In a potpourri of stories today, Red Hat's Lennart Poettering spoke to an audience at CoreOS Fest on how systemd can help with containers. Bruce Byfield is "learning to live with systemd." Fedora developer Christian Schaller shared some of the response he's received to "What are we still missing for you to switch to Fedora Workstation?" Also, Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" is "planned for the end of June."

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Red Hat Breaking Records and Fighting Fragmentation

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Red Hat has been grabbing headlines the last couple of days. It started yesterday with the announcement of RHEL 6.7 Beta which brings new and updated features to those not ready to move on to RHEL 7.x. Today Red Hat took "a stand against container fragmentation" and announced their part in six record breaking Intel Xeon E7 v3 systems. SuSE lead seven to world records too and Debian Jessie reviews are still rolling in.

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Herein:

  • Taking a Stand Against Container Fragmentation...with Standards

    At Red Hat, our involvement in open source technologies does not just revolve around code commits and community stewardship; one important focus is on the creation of standards. It may sound boring, but open standards applied to emerging software technologies can go far in not only fostering adoption but also helping to further drive innovation.

    Open standards and the governance model of open source projects are closely related. The best projects create innovation and ubiquity by becoming the defacto standard for a given set of problems, absorbing and aggregating the many agendas and needs that drive their contributors. Our approach to open standards is demonstrated by the “power of code,” developed in the open, unlike abstract documents negotiated in the backroom.

  • Red Hat Delivers Leading Application Performance with the Latest Intel Xeon Processors

    With every new Intel Xeon processor generation, the benefits typically span beyond simple increases in transistor counts or the number of cores within each processor. Things like increased memory capacity per chip or larger on-chip caches are tangible and measurable, and often have a direct effect on performance, resulting in record-breaking scores on various standard benchmarks.

Next Ubuntu Codename Announced, New Laptops

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Ubuntu dominated the headlines today with its Ubuntu Online Summit for 2015 beginning today. Mark Shuttleworth gave the keynote and informed a loyal public of the new 15.10 lsb_release -a. Elsewhere, Ubuntu 15.04 gets a thumbs-up and Ebuyer.com is now selling Ubuntu laptops.

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Bodhi to Fork Enlightenment to Produce "Moksha"

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Bodhi founder and lead developer Jeff Hoogland today blogged that Enlightenment just isn't what it was back in the E17 days. So much so that Hoogland almost quit the distro business altogether. However, after his return, Hoogland decided the best way to handle Enlightenment was to fork it.
Jeff Hoogland today said that the Enlightenment desktop has changed a lot over the years. Its last couple of releases seemed to break things that users liked and introduced other bugs. He tried to work with the upstream project, but most of the developers had already moved to E20 and didn't worry too much about fixing bugs in E19, according to Hoogland. In discussions with the community, Hoogland found he wasn't the only one who felt E19 brought many regressions. He wondered what to do.
Then it hit him, "fork it."

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