Next Gen Fedora | LINUX Unplugged 70

Next Gen Fedora | LINUX Unplugged 70

Fedora’s project lead joins us to discuss today’s Fedora 21 release, the possibility of the project switching to an Intel style Tick-Tock release & what Fedora 22 might look like.

Plus what the Ubuntu Snappy Core announcement means, why it’s a big deal & why it could be amazing for the desktop one day.

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“The Linux Turla module is a C/C++ executable statically linked against multiple libraries, greatly increasing its file size. It was stripped of symbol information, more likely intended to increase analysis effort than to decrease file size. Its functionality includes hidden network communications, arbitrary remote command execution, and remote management. Much of its code is based on public sources.”


This project aims to create a desktop environment for GNU/Linux systems, mainly for those that runs in low performance devices such as old PCs, Raspberry Pi, embedded devices and others.

It is focused in modularity in order to be lightweight and adaptable, also there will not be fancy graphics. Another important aspect of this solution is the integration with the rest of the system. We aim to provide a desktop environment capable of integrate the different applications in your system.

Fedora 21 is OUT!


MatthewMiller – FedoraProject

Fedora Project Leader

It’s Here! Announcing Fedora 21! | Fedora Magazine

As part of the initiative, Fedora 21 comes in three flavors: Cloud, Server, and Workstation — whether you’re using Linux on your laptop, using Linux on your servers, or spinning up containers or images in the cloud, we have what you need to be successful.

First Look: Fedora 21 has something for everyone | ITworld

There is something for everyone

Even though Gnome is the default DE of Fedora there are many official spins of Fedora including KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, etc.

The only difference, that I noticed, is that Gnome seems to get more love. Fedora picked popular, and more feature-rich applications over the default Gnome apps for the Workstation. For example, instead of shipping Epiphany it pre-installed Firefox.

Other spins offer a more vanilla experience of that desktop. In the case of KDE Spin you will get the entire stack of KDE software, such as Kmail, Konqueror web browser and Calligra Office instead of widely used apps like LibreOffice, Thunderbird or Firefox.

I have been using Fedora 21 RC on a test machine for over a week and I am quite impressed with it. If you are aspiring to become a software developer, Fedora would be a great distro to start with.

Need more motivation? Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, runs Fedora on all of his machines.

Now go ahead and download Fedora from the official page.

Announcing Snappy Ubuntu | Cloud | Ubuntu

Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu for the cloud with transactional updates. Ubuntu Core is a minimal server image with the same libraries as today’s Ubuntu, but applications are provided through a simpler mechanism. The snappy approach is faster, more reliable, and lets us provide stronger security guarantees for apps and users — that’s why we call them “snappy” applications.

Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically and rolled back if needed — a bulletproof approach to systems management that is perfect for container deployments. It’s called “transactional” or “image-based” systems management, and we’re delighted to make it available on every Ubuntu certified cloud.

Dustin Kirkland is Canonical’s Cloud Solutions Product Manager, leading the technical product strategy, road map, and life cycle of the Ubuntu Cloud commercial offerings.

Snappy introduces transactional updates and atomic, image based workflows — old ideas implemented in databases for decades — adapted to Ubuntu cloud and server ecosystems for the emerging cloud design patterns known as microservice architectures.

This is in a sense the biggest break with tradition in 10 years of Ubuntu, because Ubuntu Core doesn’t use debs or apt-get. We call it “snappy” because that’s the new bullet-proof mechanism for app delivery and system updates; it’s completely different to the traditional package-based Ubuntu server and desktop. The snappy system keeps each part of Ubuntu in a separate, read-only file, and does the same for each application.

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