Dead Desktop Walking | LINUX Unplugged 59

Dead Desktop Walking | LINUX Unplugged 59

Debian moves to make Gnome the default desktop, is XFCE going the way of the Dodo bird? Our living debate will try to get to the bottom of the big elephant in the room.

Plus Red Hat announces its refocusing on the very thing Canonical makes all its money from & why we may be on the precipice of a massive new competition between the two companies.

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rakudave gives us a TL;DR, translated:

The deputy mayors main complaint is that there’s no convenient way to access mails and appointments on mobile devices, apparently confusing LiMux (the desktop OS) with the current groupware migration to Kolab Enterprise[1] , which is still ongoing and targets all platforms (Windows/LiMux/Mobile), as opposed to the old system.

He then goes on to say that he doubts that the public sector can keep up to date and that the software is “years behind the latest version”, ignoring the fact that most of the other cities still rely on XP. The only valid part of this objections seem to be that LiMux is still based on Ubuntu 10.04 & KDE 3.5, however an update is scheduled for Q4 of this year (OpenOffice -> LibreOffice, Ubuntu LTS, KDE 4)


The Google Security Team discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in
the HTTP transport code in apt-get. An attacker able to
man-in-the-middle a HTTP request to an apt repository can trigger the
buffer overflow, leading to a crash of the ‘http’ apt method binary, or
potentially to arbitrary code execution.

Red Hat: We want to be “undisputed leader” in the cloud

“The competition is fierce, and companies will have several choices for their cloud needs,” Whitehurst acknowledged. “But the prize is the chance to establish open source as the default choice of this next era, and to position Red Hat as the provider of choice for enterprises’ entire cloud infrastructure.”

To get there, Whitehurst says Red Hat will focus on three key offerings — its CloudForms management platform, its OpenShift PaaS, and OpenStack. However its Jboss middleware and storage solutions will also play a role, helping Red Hat to deliver as much infrastructure as it can.

Red Hat’s renewed cloud focus doesn’t mean it will pay any less attention to Linux. Its just that the greatest challenge lies in the data center itself.

Red Hat CEO announces a shift from client-server to cloud computing | ZDNet

They both have excellent reasons for seeing it this way. With the exception of Microsoft Azure, all other cloud platforms rely on Linux and open source software. Amazon’s cloud services, for example, run on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

So neither Linux leader is walking too far away from Linux. Shuttleworth, for example, is quite proud that Ubuntu is the leading Linux OS on OpenStack. Whitehurst was quick to note that “Red Hat Enterprise Linux is easily the best operating platform in the world, counting more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers.”

Oracle and Canonical collaborate on support for Oracle Linux on Ubuntu | Ubuntu Insights

As part of this collaboration, Canonical will support Ubuntu as a guest OS on Oracle Linux OpenStack, and Oracle will support Oracle Linux as a guest OS on Ubuntu OpenStack. Canonical will test Oracle Linux as a guest OS in its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) program. This gives customers the assurance the configuration is tested and supported by both organisations.

Oracle said in its blog post : _”It is important for us to provide choice and interoperability around __OpenStack. Oracle and Canonical are committed to supplying interoperability by supporting Oracle Linux on Ubuntu OpenStack. Our goal is to continue to provide customers with the best-in-class products and solutions and a great customer experience.”_

Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » #8 – Ubuntu makes useful guarantees on every cloud

Every cloud behaves differently — both in terms of their architecture, and their economics. When we engage with the cloud operator we figure out how to ensure that Ubuntu is “optimal” on that cloud. Usually that means we figure out things like storage mechanisms (the classic example is S3 but we have to look at each cloud to see what they provide and how to take advantage of it) and ensure that data-heavy operations like system updates draw on those resources in the most cost-efficient manner. This way we try to ensure that using Ubuntu is a guarantee of the most cost-effective base OS experience on any given cloud.

Is XFCE a Zombie Project?

Debian switched to Xfce as the default desktop environment back in November 2013. But that didn’t last long because a few days ago, Debian restored GNOME as the default desktop, based on preliminary results from the Debian Desktop Requalification for Jessie.

According to Joey Hess, the Debian developer who performed this change, the main reasons for Debian switching back to GNOME as the default desktop are related to accessibility and systemd integration

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