When compared with the previous maintenance releases, Linux kernel 3.12.8 is a small update that adds some arch updates (ARM, PA-RISC, x86), a couple of networking fixes (IPv4 and IPv6), and several updated drivers, especially for networking.
The first batch of Steam OS powered machines were announced at CES 2014. These machines will serve two purposes – they will redefine the gaming industry by bringing new players, better hardware to break the trinity of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo which locks everyone else out of the game console market.
Today was another interesting day in the newfeeds, so much so I can't pick just one. There were several headlines focusing on Fedora or CentOS today. Linux.com has posted a top seven distro list for 2014 and Jack Wallen says CESG recommends Linux for security. That's not all either.
Mentor Graphics has said it is possible to add user interfaces or HMIs, similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices to in-vehicle dashboards.
Now that linux.conf.au is over, there has been a bunch of information running around about the status of kdbus and the integration of it with systemd. So, here’s a short summary of what’s going on at the moment.
In the 10 years since the CentOS project was launched there has been no board of directors, or legal team, or commercial backing. The developers who labored to build the community-led version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) worked largely unpaid (though some took a few consulting gigs on the side.) They had a few hundred dollars in their bank account to pay for event t-shirts and that was it. And the project's direction was decided based on the developers' immediate needs, not a grand vision of future technology.
Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center blogged on Wednesday about the major changes queued up for the Linux 3.14 kernel as it concerns their DRM kernel graphics driver. The main changes for Intel DRM in Linux 3.14 include runtime D3 support, wwatermark computation / frame-buffer compression fixes, a rewrite of the low-level backlight code, work on full PPGTT support, Bay Trail Atom improvements, and a kernel option to disable legacy fbdev support.
Recently I've been experimenting with a Raspberry Pi (revision running different GNU/Linux distributions.
Since the Pi is a basically a mini-computer, I decided to take it for a spin and see what I could throw at it, and I have been pleasantly surprised. In fact, it's been so successful that I've decided to try setting it up as a mini server with various services. In doing so, I've come up with a list of advantages that I feel are very compelling.
CentOS is a very interesting and different choice for a desktop distribution. I haven't heard of many people using it that way. Whenever somebody brings it up it's usually within the context of running a server.
I can understand the desire of the writer for longer term support, and also his disenchantment with GNOME 3. Both things can be a problem for certain kinds of users. GNOME 3 has caused quite a bit of controversy and...er...robust debate among many Linux users.
But I think Linux Mint Debian might have been a better bet for him. The Linux Mint developers provide some useful tools for desktop users that improve the overall experience, and Debian works extremely well as the base for LMDE. Plus, it is a rolling distribution so you don't need to reinstall the system to upgrade it.