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Episode 054 – Unnamed

Posted by Tony on October 22, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |
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Total Running Time: 1:12:56

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Summary

Kernel News: Mat
Time: 9:33
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 14:00
Mary Distro Review
Time: 25:05
Tech News:
Time: 43:13
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 59:06
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:05:35
Outtro Music
Time: 1:08:24

Intro:

Tony Bemus, Mat Enders, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 9:33
Kernel News

Release Candidate:
On Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:27:14 PDT
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.7-rc1
Here is what he had to say about it:

“the “uapi” include file cleanups. The idea is that the stuff exported to user space should now be found under include/uapi and arch/$(ARCH)/include/uapi.

Let’s hope it actually works. Because otherwise this was just a totally pointless pain in the *ss. And regardless, I’m definitely done with these kinds of “let’s do massive cleanup of the include files” forever.

– arm64 architecture inclusion. Let’s see if it takes off..

… and let’s see how many years we’ll need before the arm people do what every single other 64 bit arch has ever done: merge back with the 32-bit code. As usual, people claimed that there were tons of reasons why *this* time was different, and as usual it’s almost certainly going to be BS in the end, and a few years from now we’ll have big patches trying to merge it all back. But maybe it really *was* different this time. Snicker.”
–Linus Torvalds

On Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:41:06 PDT
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.7-rc2
Here is what he had to say about it:

“Anyway, it’s been roughly a week, and -rc2 is out. The most noticeable thing tends to be fixing various fallout issues – there’s lots of patches to finish up (and fix the fallout) from the UAPI include file reorganization, for example, but there’s also some changes to how module signing is done etc etc.

In pure lines, the uapi stuff (even with rename detection) dwarfs everything else, and the diffstat of -rc2 is very unusual. Instead of the normal “65% drivers, random everything else”, it’s “50% arch patches (largely uapi header files), 30% include (more uapi header file changes, and 20% everything else”.”
–Linus Torvalds

Mainline:
3.7-rc2

Stable Updates:
On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:06:27 BST
Ben Hutchings released kernel 3.2.32
With 141 files changed, 1812 lines inserted, and 791 lines deleted

Kernel Developer Quote:
Comes from Greg Kroah-Hartman:

“What is the proper amount of time to wait upon receiving an email containing obviously incorrect statements about Linux kernel code before sending a “you have got to be kidding” email response”
–Greg Kroah-Hartman

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 14:00

Distrowatch.com

  • 10-16 – BlankOn 8.0 “Sajadah” – an Indonesian distribution with a collection of Islamic software, based on Ubuntu.
  • 10-16 – OpenELEC 2.0 – featuring the XBMC media centre and designed for home theatre PCs
  • 10-17 – NetBSD 6.0
  • 10-18 – Ubuntu 12.10 – up-to-date Unity desktop and new cloud-related features, the latest version of Canonical’s Linux distribution for desktops and servers
  • 10-19 – Pear Linux 6 – Ubuntu-based distribution for the desktop
  • 10-19 – IPFire 2.11 Core 63 – specialist distribution for firewalls

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Debian – 1378
  2. Fedora – 1450
  3. Mageia – 2992
  4. Mint – 3666
  5. Ubuntu – 3819

Mary Distro Review

Time: 25:05
More Notes To be added Later

Tech News:

Time: 43:13

Is Windows 8 The Death Knell for Windows? Yes says Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com

Benioff has restated his position that the Windows era is over. Following his keynote at Cloudforce 2012 on Oct. 19, during a press conference he said he has heard from numerous CIOs who are not going to move to Windows 8. He even cited one CIO in particular who said Windows was the largest security concern in her organization. She went on to say that rather than move to Windows 8, that they would be looking at moving to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach. Benioff said this concerning the move to Windows 8:

“The big catalyst of the next shift in the enterprise is Windows 8, people are asking do I go to Windows 8 or not… This was not the case with Windows 7. You heard about the Windows 7 upgrade cycle; you’re not going to hear about the Windows 8 upgrade cycle. This is the end of Windows.”

At his keynote he listed the different eras of computing as the 1960s as the mainframe era, the ’70s was minicomputing, the ’80s was the era of client servers, then cloud computing in the ’90s, onto mobile computing in the 2000s and social computing in the 2010s.

He went on to say that another major point in this shift is changing IT leadership:

“The next generation of leaders has come up, and the last generation is going out… A lot of the people who made that Oracle or Microsoft [purchase] decision are no longer there. The new people in there are modern, up-to-date, and they have a new brand preference. How they view technology is different.”

Let’s hope that Benioff is right.


OSI, OSHWA Logo Controversy Put To An End

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) and the Open Source Initiative (OSI) have signed an agreement settling their dispute over OSHWA’s logo. When OSHWA launched back in June the OSI immediately filed a complaint that their logo was to similar, and if you have ever seen them side by side you can understand why.

They have now come to a mutual agreement on the use of each respective logo. Under trademark law similar logos are only a problem when there is a significant chance of confusion. To alleviate that chance of confusion the agreement between the two parties lays out very specific rules for use. What this agreement boils down to is that the OSI logo should only be used to denote software, whereas the OSHWA logo is to be used exclusivly for hardware.

Whew catastrophe averted.


Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal out now, 13.04 named
http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/ubuntu-12-10-quantal-quetzal-out-now-13-04-named

In other Ubuntu news, Marh Shuttlework has announced that the next Ubuntu will be named Raring Ringtail.


KDE Korner

Thursday, October 25, 2012: KDE SC 4.10 Soft Feature Freeze. This milestone is in anticipation of a January 23, 2012 release of KDE 4.10.

The next milestone is 4.10 dependency freeze in two weeks—November 1.

http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.10_Release_Schedule#Thursday.2C_October_25.2C_2012:_KDE_SC_4.10_Soft_Feature_Freeze

On October 14, KDE celebrated its 16th birthday (10/14/1996 Matthias Ettrich)
http://dot.kde.org/2012/10/14/kde-celebrates-ada-lovelace-day-tutorials?incap_redirect=2

Kexi 2.5.3 released

http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Kexi?content=12365

Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps

The release that wasn’t!

Fans and users of Kubuntu must have had a moment or two of confusion when the Kubuntu 12.10 release announcement was published. As it turns out, it happened to be a premature publication of the well-known KDE of the announcement.

Calligra Words generator for Okular – I have only thought of Okular as a PDF reader. Boy was I missing out. Okular opens a host of file types. For your convenience, I’ve listed them here, as found in the “Save As…” dialog box.

Is it Alive?

Time: 59:06

Is It Alive (or is it Rocket Science…)?

During this segment of the show, Mary challenges Mat and Tony to identify whether a Linux Distro is alive or dead? We twist the concept this week when I challenge Mat and Tony to decide whether the named entity is rocket science Linux distribution or a not. The items for the October 20 show are

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http://fermilinux.fnal.gov/

Fermi Linux is the generic name for linux distributions that are created and used at Fermi National Accelerator Lab. These releases have gone through different names: Fermi Linux, Fermi Linux LTS, LTS, Scientific Linux Fermi, SLF. and STS.

MAT: S
TONY: N
VERDICT: Science
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Hadron Project

Hadron is a GNU/Linux distribution.
Hadron was designed to provide advanced control and optimization over the system.

MAT: n
TONY: N
VERDICT: Science

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Fission Linux

Made up

MAT: N
TONY: S
VERDICT: Not Science
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Proton Linux

MAT: N
TONY: S
VERDICT: Not Science

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http://fusionlinux.org/
Fusion Linux is Linux distribution that has desktop usability, ease of use and latest features as top priority.
Guiding principles behind this Fedora Remix are; “Beyond Upstream” and “Multimedia Out of the Box”. You can also think of it as a “Pimp My Ride” version of Fedora!
MAT: S
TONY: S
VERDICT: Science
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Mat: 4
Tony: 1


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Time: 1:05:35


Outtro Music

Time: 1:08:24

Sad Passangers Waltz by The Freak Fandango Orchestra

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