FOSS Week in Review
Everyone is either at Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, Ohio LinuxFest or All Things Open, so there’s no one around to bounce off some ideas regarding what’s happening this week. Besides, if you were at any of those three events –- and if not, why not? — you probably know more than I do at this point.
In any case, besides two great stories this week by my colleagues, FOSS Force editor Christine Hall’s ATO coverage and Ken Starks’ pre-OLF piece, there were a few things of note that happened this week, like…
Ubuntu turns ten, releases 14.10: Many accolades were made, toasts were proposed and Ubuntu turns ten while releasing Ubuntu 14.10 –- all the way up to the letter U with Utopic Unicorn –- on Thursday.
This time around Ubuntu focuses on application updates, as well as maintenance and stability improvements. Unicorn’s biggest addition is a developer tool center focused on writing Android apps and 64-bit ARM chips.
It’s OK. You don’t have to stifle that yawn.
Perhaps the best commentary on the situation was posted by Ars Technica. Sadly, there was the laughable statistic, since removed from the story but quoted in the Lxer forum, stating that Ubuntu is used in 240 countries. That’s either a phenomenal accomplishment or just more Canoracle PR misdirection, since there are only around 200 countries in the world –- at least in this world –- though there may be many others on whatever other planes of reality that Mark Shuttleworth operates.
But no matter: Happy Birthday, Ubuntu, and congrats on 14.10.
Systemd not that widespread: Despite the panicked screams by some that equate systemd to Ebola for Linux, quite frankly –- like Ebola –- it’s not as widespread as one might think. In fact, avoiding systemd seems to be pretty easy, according to Erich W. Schubert in his blog item.
“Debian was and continues to be about choice,” Schubert writes. “Previously, you could configure Debian to use other init systems, and you can continue to do so in the future.” He continues on in the blog on how to do just that, while admonishing “trolls” who seem to find systemd evil.
Personally I don’t have a dog in this hunt, so to speak, but some folks do. And I guess that means, then, commence flame war in 3…2…1….
The ghost of Google Glass: Google may have pulled the plug on Google Glass –- thank whichever deity you like –- but that doesn’t mean that now that Pandora’s Box has been opened someone won’t take the baton and run with it.
Enter Laforge, an eyewear maker which will be incorporating electronics into frames that continue what Google started. Where Google Glass frames were somewhat unobtrusive, albeit attention grabbing (for better or, more than likely, worse), Laforge offers what can best be described as eyeglass frames that set a new standard for phenomenally ugly. Seriously. Don’t take my word for it, read the LinuxGizmos article and, honestly, tell me that you’d be found dead in public wearing these.
But hey, it’s your $500, and if these frames appeal to you, go for it.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants could wrap it up in this World Series homestand. Remember, you heard it here first. See you next week.