Category Archives: Linux

Happy Birthday Debian Linux

It’s the 20th birthday for Debian Linux today. I wonder if Ian Murdock had any idea how popular and influential his distro would be after all these years. Without it we may not have Ubuntu and Elementary OS around. dpkg and apt-get is probably one of the coolest pieces of software ever designed. Congrats, and Happy B-Day

 

http://bits.debian.org/2013/08/20-birthday-debian.html

Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap

Looking at this article from LWN.net, it appears the default filesystem for RHEL 7 will be XFS. XFS was the default filesystem from Silcon Graphics Irix Unix from back in the day, and I believe one of the first 64 bit filesystems in widespread use. It’s been open sourced for a while and has been included in the linux kernel for a while now. Also, the desktop version of RHEL 7 will default to the Gnome Classic mode, not the newer Gnome 3.0 interface. That should make many people happy who dislike the newer interface. I’d imagine all of the changes will make their way into a future release of CentOS and others.

 

CentOS kernel update

It looks like that nasty kernel issue in the 2.6 kernel that is in the latest CentOS release has been addressed. 2.6.32-358.6.2.el6.x86_64 has been released and is available via a yum update command.


I suggest installing it right now. Here is some info on the bug: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5703758

 

Ubuntu 13.04 is released!

Ubuntu 13.04 has been officially released today. I’ve been testing it on and off for a while with many of the Beta releases. I’ve not had any issues with it, in fact, I’ve had less issues with 13.04 than with the 12.10 release. (Mainly issues with installing Nvidia drivers) There are some known issues with it at the moment which may cause some issues for some people:

Warning: according to the known issues in the release log [0]:

  • Skype won’t start (without a fix [1])

  • Google Chrome won’t install (without a fix [2])

[0] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RaringRingtail/ReleaseNotes

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/skype/+bug/1155327

[2] https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=226002#c…

I don’t use Skype, and I usually use Chromium when I’m using Linux and it’s easy to install from the software center. The fine folks at OMGUbuntu have some good videos up on the changes with the desktop interface since 12.10. Overall, download it and check it out, Ubuntu keeps getting better with each release.

Download: http://releases.ubuntu.com/raring/

Info from OMG Ubuntu: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/04/ubuntu-13-04-download

 

 

 

Ubuntu to ditch X-Windows for Mir.

In a move that should not surprise anyone, Ubuntu is going to be switching from using the X Windows display system, to a new graphics system that would scale from Phone->Tablet->Desktop. This new display server system, called Mir should give them the flexibility the need going forward. It would allow them to use drivers that exist already in the Android graphics stack. For desktop use, I’m not quite sure how it will work out, as they would have to get some of the bigger vendors to agree to write the drivers specifically for Ubuntu. (Nvidia, AMD, Intel) The folks from Redhat are working on a next generation display server called Wayland, but I don’t think it is quite ready for prime time at the moment.  This is getting really interesting. It almost looks like the old Unix wars of the late 80’s and 90’s all over again. That was when there were many different Unix’s, but each one was different enough that software was incompatible. I do know one thing. This will erupt into a nerd rage over the coming days…