Episode 53: News
Main Topic: News
Here is the news for this week:
- Two big stories were published on the LinuxMint blog this week. The first is the announcement that Mint 10 KDE has been approved for RC release. “Both 32-bit and 64-bit ISO images were approved. The Linux Mint 10 KDE Edition, featuring KDE 4.6, will be publicly available this week as an RC release.” We will be reviewing the Mint 10 KDE release in an upcoming episode, and will be talking with Jamie (aka Boo), the maintainer of Mint KDE. http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1653 http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1657
- The second posting on the LinuxMint blog was the announcement that Ikey Doherty will become the second full-time paid member of the LinuxMint team. Blog Post: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1655
- Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” is available for download and testing. Being a pre-release version, this download is not recommended for production systems or for anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, or even frequent breakages. The Alpha will feature the 2.6.38 kernel, LibreOffice 3.3 instead of OpenOffice, and will include Unity as the default desktop session. Development on Unity continues, so this is only a partial implementation. The link in the show notes will include links to the ISOs.
- A recent meeting was held in Nuremberg Germany among the RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, and Mageia communities has resulted in an informal agreement on an architecture for a common app installer API. The goal of the project is “to create a great user experience for finding and installing applications. The goal is really oriented towards end-users”, according to Vincent Untz, an openSuse booster who organized the meeting. http://bit.ly/dEEgsh
- If you use the open-source ATI Linux graphics driver, there’s a major stable update available. At long last, xf86-video-ati 6.14.0 has been released. This open-source X.Org driver brings official support for the Radeon HD 5000 series, Radeon HD 6000 series, and AMD Fusion Ontario hardware. This release also has a plethora of bug-fixes and flips on the KMS page-flipping support. If you’re looking to utilize a Radeon HD 5000 series GPU with the xf86-video-ati 6.14.0 driver you will need the Linux 2.6.36 kernel or later. To use the Radeon HD 6000 or Fusion hardware you will need to be using the Linux 2.6.38 kernel, which won’t be released as stable for a number of weeks so until then you’re left using Git or one of the weekly release candidates.
- On the heels of the rollout of a new Linux based trading system for the London Stock Exchange comes the news that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will also be getting a new Linux based trading system that will make equity market transactions 400 times faster. The JSE would move its equity market trading activity – the buying and selling of company shares – onto a system called Millennium Exchange. Millennium Exchange is the “flagship product” of MillenniumIT, which creates technology solutions for capital markets, has headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group.
- As we reported last week, Debian 6 was released Feb 5, 2011. “After 24 months of constant development, the Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name “Squeeze”). Debian 6.0 is a free operating system, coming for the first time in two flavors. Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a “technology preview”.” Debian also has a new look on their website.
- Coinciding with the Debian 6 release, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols posted a blog article “The new Debian Linux: Irrelevant”, in which he postulates that Debian has become a linux distribution “just for linux fanatics”. He goes on to say that Ubuntu is the distro that gets all the press, and suggests that Ubuntu is more relevant. The post and comments section make for good reading, and I wanted to discuss this amongst our hosts tonight. Do you feel that Debian has become irrelevant?
Link to Stephano Zacchiroli’s talk at LinuxConfAU, “Who cares about Debian”
Podcast Entry and exit music provided by Mark Blasco. http://www.podcastthemes.com/
The podcast’s bumpers were provided by Oscar.