Not so long ago, Red Hat was about the only serious option for big enterprise customers seeking to make the move to Linux. Times have changed and Red Hat is no longer the only game in town. There are now three major enterprise ready Linux companies vying for corporate business: Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE -- or four if noncommercial CentOS is counted.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation today announced it has purchased the source code to RethinkDB, relicensed the code under Apache, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation.
RethinkDB is an open source, NoSQL, distributed document-oriented database that was previously licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3).
The software is already in production use today by hundreds of technology startups, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, GM, Jive, Platzi, the U.S. Department of Defense, Distractify, and Matters Media. But the AGPLv3 license was limiting the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software.
Over the last four years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has put a great deal of effort into optimizing Raspbian, its port of Debian, for Pi hardware, including creating new educational software, programming tools, and a nicer looking desktop.
In September, we released an update that introduced Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight (PIXEL), the Pi's new desktop environment. Just before Christmas, we released a version of the OS that runs on x86 PCs, so now you can install it on your PC, Mac, or laptop.
This promises to be great fun! I'm going to be combining two of my favorite things: Kali GNU/Linux software and various models of Raspberry Pi hardware. I have been looking forward to doing this since I first heard that there was a Kali Linux installation image for the Raspberry Pi.
The general information about Kali Linux for the Raspberry Pi is included in the Kali Linux Official Documentation. It describes two general concepts of putting Kali on a Pi, either using a pre-built installation image, or by creating a custom build. I will stick to the pre-built version for the time being, but I am sorely tempted to make a custom build of Kali with the i3 desktop for the Raspberry Pi.
We're back on the track, as only two days after releasing the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman now announced the availability of Linux kernel 4.9.8.
Linux kernel 4.9.8 is now considered the most advanced stable kernel build there is for GNU/Linux operating systems, and, if you're using a distribution powered by this branch, such as Arch Linux, Solus, openSUSE Tumbleweed, etc., you'll have to update as soon as it lands in the main repositories. According to the appended shortlog, the Linux 4.9.8 kernel is a small patch changing a total of 57 files, with 473 insertions and 273 deletions.
Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.9.8, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman published the forty-seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.
Some people will see my tweet as a slam on systemd, which is fair, because it is. Some people will see it as sort of praise for systemd, which is also fair, because it is that too. Just like X, systemd is a good illustration of Rob Pike's famous quote that "sometimes when you fill a vacuum, it still sucks".
Systemd didn't quite fill a vacuum, but then neither did X. Much like the aphorism that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the other forms, systemd is increasingly not particularly appealing while still being the best overall Linux init system that we have. Systemd still gets plenty of things right that other init systems mostly don't, and it's improved in some of those areas since 2012, when I wrote that entry. But at the same time systemd has increasingly picked up bad habits and gotten flabby, among other issues (eg), and it always had an air of brute force 'we will get this done somehow' about it.
4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki is informing Softpedia today about the immediate availability of the third point release of the 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux distribution.
4MLinux 20.3 is the third point release to the 4MLinux 20.x stable series of the independently-developed Linux-based operating system, bringing some of the latest security updates and a new kernel, namely Linux kernel 4.4.44 LTS.
"This is a minor maintenance release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel. The release ships with the Linux kernel 4.4.44," said Zbigniew Konojacki in the release announcement for the 4MLinux 20.3 release.
Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad
happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the
Of course, when I actually looked at my calendar, I realized that if
that actually happens, the next merge window will be awkward for me
due to travel, so it turns out that I should never have hoped for
things calming down in the first place. But I've done merge windows
during travels before, so it's not like it would necessarily be a big
And anything might happen during the next week anyway.
Anyway, rc7 is pretty small, with about half being driver fixes
(networking, GPU and HID accounts for most of it), 20% arch updates
(x86, sparc powerp, some arm64 crypto) and the rest is "misc":
filesystems, generic networking, VM, genksyms scripting etc.
It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from
me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit
another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by
it). Shortlog appended for the people who want to get an overview of
The Linux 4.10 kernel is getting close to release with this Sunday's release of Linux 4.10-rc7.
Linux 4.10-rc7 was released a short time ago. Linus Torvalds commented, "Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the last rc...It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by it)."
It's Sunday evening again, and this means Linus Torvalds is announcing the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) build of the forthcoming Linux 4.10 kernel branch, the seventh in the series.
Last week Linus Torvalds suggested Linux kernel developers should hurry up and calm things down, because he worried that version 4.10 might take longer than he wanted to complete.
And this week he's all-but recanted that request, because he thinks he may not have time to finish the job.