The Ubuntu kernel team is pleased to announce that we will be
providing extended stable support for the Linux 3.16 kernel until
April 2016 as a third party effort maintained on our infrastructure.
The team will pick up stable maintenance where Greg KH left off with
v3.16.7 . Thank you, Greg.
In addition to the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" release, the Debian 8
"Jessie" release will also be based on this kernel . Since the
regular support for "Jessie" will go beyond April 2016, after this
date Ben Hutchings (or myself) will continue the Linux 3.16 kernel
Linux accessory adds web access to dumb cameras
Lumera Labs is aiming to Kickstarter an open source Linux camera attachment for one-click transfers to the cloud via WiFi, plus GPS tagging, HDR, and 3D.
We’ve seen a number of pricey, Internet-ready smart cameras, such as the $1,200, Android-based Samsung Galaxy NX, but what if you’re rather fond of your high-quality dumb camera, but wish it was instantly connected to the web? Montreal startup Lumera Labs aims to fill this need with an open source camera attachment called the Lumera that can “support and hold any kind of camera with any type of lens,” thereby providing one-click uploads to web services.
Meet systemd, the controversial project taking over a Linux distro near you
If Linus Torvalds doesn’t have any big issues with the design of systemd, perhaps it’s not all bad. If you’d like a calm look at why a Linux distribution might want to go with systemd, Debian’s systemd discussion document is good reading.
GNOME development continues apace; here is the first snapshot
of the GNOME 3.15 development cycle, the 3.15.1 release.
To compile GNOME 3.15.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).
The release notes that describe the changes between 3.14.1 and 3.15.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:
core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS
The GNOME 3.15.1 release is available here:
core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1