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  • Linux Foundation Sells Out, Brave New Browser & More…

    “The by-laws were amended to drop the clause that permitted individual members to elect any directors,” Garrett wrote in his blog. “Section 3.3(a) now says that no affiliate members may be involved in the election of directors, and section 5.3(d) still permits at-large directors but does not require them.”

    So what happened to spark this move by the big money guys behind the foundation? Garrett offered an answer: “These changes all happened shortly after Karen Sandler announced that she planned to stand for the Linux Foundation board during a presentation last September,” he wrote. “A short time later, the ‘Individual membership’ program was quietly renamed to the ‘Individual supporter’ program and the promised benefit of being allowed to stand for and participate in board elections was dropped….”

    The problem with Sandler, as the corporate bigwigs see it, is that she is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that’s highly focused on enforcement of the GPL, and which is currently funding a lawsuit against Linux Foundation member VMware in a GPL noncompliance case.

    “The timing may be coincidental,” Garrett continued, “but it certainly looks like the Linux Foundation was willing to throw out any semblance of community representation just to ensure that there was no risk of someone in favor of GPL enforcement ending up on their board.”

    Today, Linux Foundation president, Jim Zemlin, addressed the issue in a blog post on the foundation’s website. He was tardy weighing in, he said, because he “had been engaged in meetings on behalf of The Linux Foundation in China, with limited access to email and/or Internet.” Upon his return to the wired world, he was shocked to discover the brouhaha that’s developed “in social media.”

    “The Linux Foundation Board structure has not changed,” he wrote.

    “[T}he Board voted to keep Larry Augustin and Bdale Garbee as individual At-Large Directors in recognition of their longstanding service to the community and individual commitment to helping advance The Linux Foundation.” His post fails to point out that at-large directors serve one-year terms, meaning they’ll be gone soon enough.

  • Linux Foundation Partners With Linux Academy to Provide Subscription-Based Training for SysAdmins
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Rockstor 3.8-11 Linux-Based Free NAS Solution Has Rock-Ons and UI Improvements

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Suman Chakravartula informs us today about the immediate availability for download of the Rockstor 3.8-11 free and open-source NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution based on GNU/Linux technologies.

Rockstor 3.8-11 is the third stable update in the 3.8 series, bringing all sorts of improvements to make the software more reliable and secure. Among the most important changes, we can mention multiple enhancements to the Rock-Ons system, which has just received support for third-party Rock-Ons.

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  • Linux Foundation chief spins to justify keeping community out

    Linux Foundation chief executive Jim Zemlin has made a disappointing response to the reports about changes in the by-laws of the Foundation designed to prevent community representation.

    Confronted by facts that show clearly that the Foundation has made changes to block out the community, Zemlin (seen above) has tried to spin and talked about irrelevant aspects of the debate around the issue.

    iTWire could not have made it more plain when pointing out the changes in the by-laws; they were marked in bold. Zemlin ignored everything and instead created a few straw men and then addressed them.

    His statement began with a straw man: "The same individuals remain as directors, and the same ratio of corporate to community directors continues as well."

    Nobody has said anything about a change of directors, but the latter part of Zemlin's statement is just plain wrong. How can the ratio be the same when the community was earlier allowed to have two directors and now cannot have any?

  • ​Linux Foundation leadership controversy erupts

    Linux is no stranger to controversy. Top developers, such as Sarah Sharpe, have either left the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), home of the Linux development community or, like Matthew Garrett, left to follow their own programming path. And Linus Torvalds has never been afraid to tell programmers who didn't measure up in his opinion exactly what he thought about their code.

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    I hope Sandler, who is a strong, brilliant open-source leader, not only is allowed to run for office, but wins a place on the board. I also hope the Foundation restores the right for individuals to vote and run for office on the board. This is not asking for much, and it would restore faith that the Foundation still has room left for the little people and not just the big companies.

  • PulseAudio 8.0 Brings Systemd Journal Logging, OS X / NetBSD Improvements

    PulseAudio 8.0 has been released as the latest version of this open-source sound server.

    PulseAudio 8.0 brings automatic routing changes, OS X and NetBSD support improvements, systemd journal logging for clients, new LFE balance programming interface, moore flexible configuration file handling, and various other bug fixes and improvements.

Birdie Will Be the Best Linux Twitter App for elementary OS

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Today, January 23, 2016, the developers of the Birdie project have announced that their application will continue to be developed only for the elementary OS Linux distribution.

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SCALE 14X

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  • SCaLE 14x, day 1: Shuttleworth delivers the grand vision for Ubuntu

    Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) 14x in kicked off yesterday, January 21. The highlight of the was a keynote by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth at UbuCon Summit, a co-hosted event at SCaLE 14x.

    Some technical issues with the projector at the beginning of Shuttleworth's presentation led him to quip that Ubuntu is "moving so fast that we have warped the colors on the screen.”

  • SCALE 14X: Making the Mark and Getting Ready for Doctorow

    One of the drawbacks of having to work a show like SCALE is that I don’t get to go to enough sessions while I’m here. As the traffic cop at the intersection of old and new media, it’s my job to marshal the publicity team’s forces into taking the information happening at the show and then processing it for the wider public consumption.

Linux 3.5 Through Linux 4.4 Kernel Benchmarks: A 19-Way Kernel Showdown Shows Some Regressions

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What better way to spend a cold Friday morning than looking at some kernel benchmarks, so up for your viewing pleasure today are benchmarks of every kernel major release going from the Linux 3.5 kernel up through the latest Linux 4.4 stable kernel release. All the tests were done on the same system and there are actually some interesting performance changes to note with these Linux kernel tests going back to the summer of 2012.

The system I used this week for carrying out this Linux 3.5 to Linux 4.4 kernel comparison was the Xeon E5-2687W v3 Haswell processor (10 cores plus Hyper Threading), MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a PNY CS121 120GB solid-state drive, and AMD FirePro V7900 (Cayman) graphics card. All of the hardware was maintained the same throughout testing and each kernel was tested with its defaults as obtained from the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA archive; so you can fetch from there if you are curious about any of the Kconfig and other defaults.

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PulseAudio 8.0 Officially Released

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PulseAudio, a sound server capable of running on pretty much all operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solari, and even Windows, has just received a big update and is now ready for download.

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Development kit runs Linux on Renesas Cortex-A15 SoC

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iWave has announced an industrial temperature Qseven module that runs Linux on the dual-core, Cortex-A15 Renesas RZ/G1-M SoC, along with a development kit.

Bangalore, India based iWave Systems is typically associated here with SODIMM-style computer-on-modules based on Freescale SoCs, such as the iW-RainboW-G18M-SODIMM i.MX6UL. For its new “RZ/G1M Qseven Module,” iWave is branching out with a Qseven form factor COM built around the recently announced Renesas RZ/G series of ARM SoCs. Specifically, the RZ/G1M Qseven Module runs Linux on the dual-core, 1.5GHz RZ/G1M, which uses Cortex-A15 architecture, as opposed to the dual-core Cortex-A7 based RZ/G1-E.

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Linux Foundation News

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  • Why did Linux Foundation cut independent board seats?

    One of the most powerful organizations in the open-source world faces questions over why it quietly did away with two seats on its board designated for non-corporate members.

    As of Jan. 15, the Linux Foundation’s bylaws were changed to remove a provision that allowed for the election of two board members by the group’s individual affiliates. The entirety of the board’s membership is now selected by the Linux Foundation’s corporate members.

  • Linux Foundation Issues Statement Concerning Community Directors

    A few days ago it was pointed out that The Linux Foundation updated their by-laws and no longer allows individual members to elect directors. That news obviously caused a fair bit of controversy in the online community for several reasons.

    Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, has now issued a brief statement concerning this controversy.

  • Open Source Blockchain Technology Moves from Theory to Practice

    As we've reported, if you ask some people, they'll tell you that the concept of the Blockchain is as dramatic as the creation of the Internet. Recently, I covered the news that a group of top technology and finance companies including IBM, Wells Fargo and the London Stock Exchange Group, are partnering and working with The Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, which is central to how many businesses process transactions.

    The Linux Foundation announced that the project will develop an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and developers wil be invited to focus on building industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support business transactions. This has major implications for financial institutions and even the PayPals and Apple Pays of the world, but it could also lead to a wave of new startups, healthcare transformation, and more. Now, banks and other financial institutions are completing real world tests of blockchain technology.

  • Major Banks Complete ‘Modest’ Blockchain Test

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