Best of LinuxCon 2014 | LAS 327

Best of LinuxCon 2014 | LAS 327

LinuxCon 2014 just wrapped up and we have five great interviews from the floor, cover some of the best talks, and more.

Plus the big guy who’s still pulling for Desktop Linux, the greatly exaggerated Munich situation…

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LinuxCon 2014 Coverage

LinuxCon 2014


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LinuxCon North America | Linux Conferences and Linux Events | The Linux Foundation

LinuxCon is the place to learn from the best and the brightest, delivering content from the leading maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community and from around the world. There’s simply no other event in North America where developers, sys admins, architects and all types and levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform.

LinuxCon Day 1: Open Source is Eating the World | Open Source Today

Wednesday was the first day of LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America 2014 in Chicago. The event began with a keynote speech from Jim Zemlin on the State of Linux where he touched on a wide range of new developments and issues in the Linux Industry. He opened his keynote by stating “Linux Represents one of the greatest shared technology investments in the history of computing.” A testament to the adoption of Linux in nearly every single modern industry.


The first full-featured Linux distribution for networking hardware. Customers to break free of proprietary, integrated networking gear, and realize the advantages of the software defined data center.

The IUS Community Project is a brain child of the RPM Development Team at
Rackspace Hosting. Since 2006, we have provided and maintain packages for
the latest versions of PHP/MySQL and other common software on Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, because a lot of our customers strongly demand it. Internally
we maintain a number of package sets for an audience of thousands of production
servers. Until now, these packages have only been available internally to
Rackspace customers. After a while we started thinking: Why not make this
available publicly for everyone to benefit?

Good Coverage


Runs Linux

The STACK Box – A Smart Home Controller by Cloud Media — Kickstarter

A smart home controller that speaks to all your smart devices and stacks all your apps.

The 110 x 110mm cube runs on an ARM11 Cavium processor clocked at 640MHz, probably one of Cavium’s Econa SoCs. The Stack Box also provides 256MB DDR3 RAM, 512MB flash, and an SD slot.

Desktop Ap Pick

Shutter 0.93 released

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program for Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website — apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window. Shutter is free, open-source, and licensed under GPL v3.

Shutter 0.93 — which comes just over a week after the previous update — comes with an all-new plugin for popular cloud storage service Dropbox — one that improves authentication and fixes issues with public link creation.

Weekly Spotlight

HandBrake Converter 0.10 (Beta) Available For Ubuntu
  • Updated to GTK3
  • VP8 Support (Available in MKV files only.)
  • Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.

— NEWS —

Linux Founder Linus Torvalds ‘Still Wants the Desktop’

Kernel Panel

Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman moderated the discussion and commented that Linux already runs everywhere. He asked Torvalds where he thinks Linux should go next. “I still want the desktop,” Torvalds said as the audience erupted into boisterous applause.

The challenge on the desktop is not a kernel problem, Torvalds said. “It’s a whole infrastructure problem. I think we’ll get there one day.”

Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn’t that simple, says Munich

No says the council, in spite of numerous reports to the contrary. Suggestions the council has decided to back away from Linux are wrong, according to council spokesman Stefan Hauf.

He said the council’s recently elected mayor Dieter Reiter has instead simply commissioned a report into the future IT system for the council.

“The new mayor has asked the administration to gather the facts so we can decide and make a proposal for the city council how to proceed in future,” he said.

“Not only for Limux but for all of IT. It’s about the organisation, the costs, performance and the useability and satisfaction of the users.”

The study, being conducted by internal IT staff at the council, will consider which operating systems and software packages – both proprietary and open source – would best satisfy this criteria. The study is not, as has been reported, solely focused around the question of whether to drop Limux and move back to Windows, he said.

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software.

Linux Foundation Debuts Linux Certification Effort

The Linux Foundation announced today its first Linux certifications for IT professionals. The new certifications were announced at the LinuxCon conference.

The two new designations are the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE).

The new certifications mark the first time the Linux Foundation itself has offered formal certification.



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