For Forks Sake | LINUX Unplugged 63

For Forks Sake | LINUX Unplugged 63

Is it time to fork Debian? Some Unix veterans do, and we discuss. The Linux Grandma joins us to discuss Kubuntu, KDE’s outreach, and Google Summer of Code.

Plus Microsoft says they really love Linux, Steam’s secret weapon against Windows & much more!

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Linux Grandma

Microsoft (hearts) Linux, for Azure’s sake

Microsoft now loves Linux.

This was the message from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, standing in front of an image that read “Microsoft [heart symbol] Linux,” during a Monday webcast to announce a number of services it had added to its Azure cloud, including the Cloudera Hadoop package and the CoreOS Linux distribution.

  • Microsoft has rolled out an astonishing 300 major new features and services in Azure in the last 12 months.
  • There are 10,000 new Azure customers per week.
  • There are currently 350 million Azure Active Directory users.
  • Over 2 million developers using Visual Studio Online.
  • Where once customers were using only basic Azure services, 60% are now using the higher level services.


  • CoreOS support in Azure. Container-optimized Linux distribution with a minimal memory footprint is available starting today in the Azure Marketplace.

Lets Fork it!

Not really, it’s doing great. Maybe we’re not veteran enough?

Note that the linked Debian Fork page specifically says that the anonymous developers behind it support a proposal to preserve options in init systems, rather than demanding the removal of systemd, and are not opposed to change per se. They just don’t want other parts of the system to be wholly dependent on systemd. “We contemplate adopting more recent alternatives to sysvinit, but not those undermining the basic design principles of “do one thing and do it well” with a complex collection of dozens of tightly coupled binaries and opaque logs.”

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