Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner
Kernel News: Mat
Release Canidate Kernel
There was no rc kernel this week as 3.2 was released to mainline.
Linus officiallly released Kernel 3.2 on 1/4 so now the 3.3 merge window is officially open.
Kernel 3.2 was delayed for a few days due to the holidays and people still sorting out some regressions. Which that there were some last minute reversions and small fixes. There werre not a lot of changes from the -rc7 release. And in linu’s words “almost all of them are *tiny*.”
the stable releases this week are 3.1.7 and 188.8.131.52
Both Kernels contain only one update and that is the same for both Kernels. It is a bugfix for resume issues.
Distro News: Tony
- 1-7 – IPFire 2.11 Core 55 – a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls
- 1-6 – Incognito Live System 0.10 – Debian-based live CD with strong privacy-preserving features
- 1-4 – FreeNAS 8.0.3 – FreeBSD-based system designed to provide free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services
- 1-2 – BackBox Linux 2.01 – an Ubuntu-based distribution and live DVD tailored to penetration testing and security assessment tasks
- 1-2 – Gentoo Linux 12.0 –
- 1-1 – Dreamlinux 5 – a Debian-based desktop distribution featuring the latest Xfce desktop, a Mac OS X-like user interface, the SoftMaker office suite and a recent Linux kernel from the 3.1 series
Distro of the Week: Tony
- Gentoo – 1520
- Ubuntu – 1779
- OpenSUSE – 1850
- DreamLinux – 2831
- Mint – 3949
Is This The Final Nail In Mandriva’s Coffin?
Official details are mostly nonexistent as the official Mandriva pages has nothing to say. However if you can believe the gossip on forums then Mandriva will close its doors on 1/16. Mandiva has always had financial problems and this looks like it could be the final nail, but they have pulled the phoenix act off a couple of times in the past.
Raphaël Jadot made this announcement on the Mandriva forums:
“everything was fine, but there is a big problem: a minor shareholder (Linlux) refuses the capital injection required for Mandriva to continue, even though the Russian investor had offered to bear it alone. Except turnaround Mandriva should cease activity Jan. 16.”
I think what he means to say when he says “Except turnaround” is that Unless there is a turn around.
He then posted a letter from Dominique Loucougain (CEO) to the shareholders, excerpted below:
“The company LinLux SARL, a shareholder holding 42% stake in the company has again voted against each of the schemes proposed recapitalization.”
Basicaly what all of this boils down to is that even though a funding plan was put forward where the Russian company Rosa would bear the brunt of the financing LinLux SARL continued its veto of the financing scheme.
If this does prove to be the end of Mandriva their will still have Mageia. Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux, supported by a not-for-profit organization. Their web page can be found at http://www.mageia.org/en/.
New Lenovo Laptop Switches Between Linux And Windows
Even though Lenovo is not the first manufacturer to offer Linux along with Windows on the same machine this does appear to be the most fully realized attempt. They are going to show it at this weeks CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The X1 Hybrid has a 13.3-inch (1366 by 768 pixel LED display) with your choice of Intel core i3, i5 or i7 CPU and up to 8GB of memory. It lets you switch over to Linux with the press of a button so you can max out battery life, Lenovo’s calling this feature Instant Media Mode (IMM). In IMM you will be able to watch videos, view photos, listen to music, browse the web and even work on documents. IMM utilizes a Qualcomm dual core processor in order to reduce battery drain. The laptop starts at $1,599 and Lenovo claims that it can offer users up to 10 hours of battery life if they use Linux. You will get all of that in a 0.6-inch thin chassis with your choice of 320GB or 160GB solid state drive for storage. I think this is a fantastic thing that is going to introduce a ton of people to Linux who otherwise would never have been exposed to Linux.
NASA Gives Back To Open Source
NASA has used Open Source software from its inception, Open Source not NASA, however they never really gave anything back into the community. Nasa announced on their website http://open.nasa.gov/that they launched http://code.nasa.gov/ on 1/04.
William Eshagh (pronounced “S”-Hawk), who works on Open Government and the Nebula Cloud Computing Platform out of the NASA Ames Research Center, had this to say:
“In our initial release, we are focusing on providing a home for the current state of open source at the Agency. This includes guidance on how to engage the open source process, points of contact, and a directory of existing projects. By elucidating the process, we hope to lower the barriers to building open technology in partnership with the public.”
You may be saying what is the ultimate goal for NASA here? Well here is the answer according Eshagh:
“Ultimately, our goal is to create a highly visible community hub that will imbue open concepts into the formulation stages of new hardware and software projects, and help existing projects transition to open modes of development and operation,”
So go check out these site from NASA I took a quick look around and there was interesting stuff over there.
http://forge.mil/ – DOD Open Source Community.
The Courts Needs To Catch Up With Technology
If you watch Television in the US at all you have probably seen the T-Mobile commercial with everybody caring around everything piled up in a wheelbarrow. Then they say hey instead of that wheelbarrow why not just use this nifty phone. Well one reason to stick with the wheelborrow would be that if the cops want to search your wheelbarrow they will most likely need a warrant. Well not so with that nifty phone. Also now they can attach a GPS tracking device to your wheelbarrow with out a warrant.
OK now before I go into my rant here let’s have a look at the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
That seems pretty clear to me. If they want to search my stuff then they need a warrant issued by a judge who has been shown probable cause. Then not only does the warrant have to specify where they are going to search but what exactly they are looking for. Well according to a ruling by a Missouri Federal Judge attaching a GPS tracking device to your car does not constitute a search as reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Supreme Court heard a case on this exact subject in November. During arguments Justice John Roberts expressed incredulity at the Governments case with questions like this, “You could tomorrow decide that you put a GPS device on every one of our cars, follow us for a month. No problem under the Constitution?.” Well for now that is exactly the case until the Supreme court rules on that case and then hopefully they will set this right.
Jerry Brown Governor of California recently vetoed legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching a persons cell phone at the time of arrest. In many states officers can also look into a persons cell phone during a routine “Terry Stop”. If you are unfamiliar with a “Terry Stop” see the legal definition here (http://definitions.uslegal.com/t/terry-stop/). This gives law enforcement personnel egregious access to private information such as contacts, calls made, and texts messages. In a modest victory federal Judge Lynn N. Hughes ruled that officials must acquire a warrant in order to review cellphone call records from a service provider. This however does not preclude them just looking at your recent calls from the phone itself.
You would probably think that these are recent laws stemming from 9/11. You however would be wrong, that vast majority of these cases are based upon the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a 1986 law (whose title has got to be the biggest misnomer of all time) that allows for warrant-less searches of certain electronic communications. The huge problem here is that this law was written way before there was a World Wide Web let alone E-Mail and cellphones. The solution to these kinds of things going on is to force the judiciary and our elected officials into the 21st century. We need to start asking these questions of people who are running for office whether that office is judicial or any where else in government.
Was 20011 Really The Year Of The Linux Desktop
According to Net Market Share the Linux desktop market grew by 50% in 2011. They arrive at this by analyzing over 160 million unique page hits from diffrent web browsers to more than 40,000 websites world wide. If you look at this data from 2010 it is flat showing no growth at all. However in 2011 you can see at the begining of the year Linux was showing a market share 0.96% and then ended up at 1.41%. Not a huge portion of the market but it does show significant growth. This growth could possibly be atributed to Windows users migrating to Linux as Windows share went from 93.61% to 92.23%. With the Mac market share going from 5.42 to 6.36. I believe this can be atributed to the increasing use of smart phones both Andriod and the I-Phone. Not necesarily people switching from Windows to Linux on their desktops. What do you all think?
http://oss-institute.org/ – At the Tipping Point
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