FOSS Week in Review
While the week started out with some of us waxing nostalgic about penguins on racing cars, it seems that the march of progress and onward-and-upward improvement continues, if news from the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is of any indication.
SCALE moving: According to a highly placed source in the SCALE hierarchy — of course, that would be me — SCALE has outgrown a series of hotels over the last several years, and the 2016 edition of the expo will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center from Jan. 21-24, 2016.
For those of you keeping score at home, the Pasadena Convention Center provides a far more spacious venue for exhibitors (of which there is expected to be more than in years past) and improved facilities for presentations. There are a few large hotels within walking distance of the convention center, so there should be something for everyone in the new venue.
Even an ice skating rink, though it’s unclear as of yet whether SCALE will have access to it.
For those of you worried about your Australian travel plans in January, SCALE 14X ends a full week before linux.conf.au starts, which is Feb. 1, 2016, if you’re marking your calendar.
Details are forthcoming and, of course, as they develop we’ll be reporting them here at FOSS Force.
Canonical IPO?: It’s been a busy week in the Isle of Man, and not only for the taxpayers on this tax-haven island who may be scrambling a bit at the moment.
Maybe Mark Shuttleworth is tired of spending his own money. Maybe all the Canonical eggs are going into the Internet-of-Thing/Cloud-of-Things basket for a big score. But whatever it is, Shuttleworth says that Canonical now has “a story that the market will understand,” in a ZDNet article by Steven J. Vaughan Nichols on Thursday outlining the possibility of an initial public offering (IPO) by Canonical.
It’s hard to ascertain “the story” that the market is supposed to understand now that it didn’t understand before, if a past littered with the broken remnants of unfulfilled promise (Ubuntu TV anyone? How about — drumroll, please — Ubuntu Edge?) is any indication. But never mind that — that probably won’t be part of the commentary going forward. Also, to be fair, clearly Shuttleworth is entitled to try to make back the money he invested in Ubuntu over the past several years.
But an IPO brings up one interesting scenario: Activist sharholders making executives answer tough questions that in the past were glossed over in a private company under the mantra of “community.”
I’ll make the popcorn.
Elsewhere in the Fossosphere…
New Distros for 2015: I don’t know how new these distros are, but Jack Wallen at Linux.com has provided a list of the four best “new” Linux distributions to watch. Let’s give a very, very broad definition of the term “new,” and the chosen quartet consist of two that are new to me — Sparky Linux Game Over Edition and Ozon OS — and one, Evolve OS, which I wrote about several weeks back on FOSS Force when it became SolusOS.
The fourth in Wallen’s article is Korora, the official distro-of-choice used on a daily basis by yours truly. Korora’s not exactly “new,” as I suspect is the same as the others listed above, but Korora — a Fedora remix that features MATE, GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and Cinnamon desktops — has been around for years and, in case you’re ever a contestant on “Jeopardy” and it comes up, it was once based on Gentoo.
Just make sure you give Alex Trebek your response in the form of a question.
See you Wednesday.
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