Consulting the Oracle for 2016 | LAS 398

Consulting the Oracle for 2016 | LAS 398

We make our annual predictions for the land of Linux in 2016, Google drops the openJDK bomb & we pay tribute to Ian Murdock.

Plus we announce our SCaLE 14x plans, some changes to the show & more!

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Linux Land in 2016:

  • Chris and Noah surprise each other with their top 7 Linux predictions for 2016.

Patron Predictions

Martin B:

1) LXQt becomes stable and replaces LXDE. Chris becomes hyped.
2) XFCE becomes irrelevant because of the popularity of MATE and developpers will openly leave the sinking ship.
3) Fedora 25 will have Wayland by default. Not Fedora 24. This will cause a lot of issues. Which is good for the development.
4) KDE Plasma 5 will keep improving, but little issues will keep existing that prevent Chris from recommending it.
5) openSUSE Leap 42.2 will not release in 2016, but is postponed to January 2017
6) Ubuntu will launch Unity 8 for desktop but will also keep their phone strategy alive. Mir will not be replaced by Wayland.
7) The hype for Docker will be lowered somewhat, but actual usage in the enterprise will increase. The Open Container Initiative will cease to exist.
8) AMD will go open source as a way to prevent bankruptcy. This will be the start of better Linux compatibility. But their revenues will not improve.

Lindsay S:

1) Steam Linux usage moves up to 5% after wallowing for quite some time under 1% This will be due primarily to Steam Machine sales and some users realising that Linux is a viable gaming platform. Although this will be a large percentage increase, many including valve will be very disappointed with this level of usage but the steamroller will have just started.
2)Ubuntu will dominate the distro market but will continue to slip in usage and user mindshare. Mint based on the Ubuntu LTS will be a big hit and recommended for most new users. Fedora and OpenSUSE will continue to increase in market share.
3) KDE 5.x will continue to stabilise and add new features to fix issues, it will start to bring back some of the mindshare it lost in 2014. 5.7 will be released and get lots of praise due to features, stability and the fact that you have an easy choice of three different start menus.
4) Wayland will be released for some distributions such as Fedora but will still be seen as experimental and will have problems. There will still be options to use the older X versions. Ubuntu will announce that they are giving up on Mir development and throwing their weight and support behind Wayland, pushing for extensions that will support what they wanted to do with Mir (pigs might fly on this one as well)
5) Libre Office will continue on it’s rise to popularity and use. Several large governments and educational institutions will announce that they are moving to it.
6) Citrix Xenserver will get accolades for a new release and will continue to be a great option for virtualisation. Many other Linux based virtualisation solutions such as oVirt will be in the news for their releases. People will be looking more and more at free and open source virtualisation solutions rather than the commercial alternatives from Vmware and Microsoft.
7) Google will try to address the current big issue with Android security with regard to updates across phone manufactures. They will announce a modular solution that allows updates to the OS via the play store but will also allow carriers to keep their customisations for different types of phones.


Runs Linux

That Hotel Music… Runs Linux

The GM had asked us to find an inexpensive way to get the overhead speakers throughout the hotel. We ran RCA baluns through inexpensive cat5 to the front desk where we placed a laptop installed with Ubuntu Mate, Mixxx, and Spotify.

Desktop App Pick


OnionShare is an open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share a file of any size. Read more about how it works and how to use it on GitHub.

The Tor Browser lets you use Tor on
Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software.

Weekly Spotlight


dhcping sends a DHCPREQUEST packet, waits for a reply and prints information indicating success or failure and exits with 0 or 1 as appropriate. Use the -v or -V flags for more verbose ouput. The options I most frequently use are -h, the client hardware address, -s the target dhcp server address and -c for the address you’re expecting the reply to be returned to (I don’t know why this is necessary but I find I get a DHCPNACK reply if not).
A typical invocation would therefore be:
sudo dhcping -h 00:12:3f:20:11:49 -s -c

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— NEWS —

Google confirms next Android version will use Oracle’s open-source OpenJDK for Java APIs | VentureBeat

The news first came by a “mysterious Android codebase commit” from last month submitted to _Hacker News. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that Android N_will rely on an OpenJDK implementation, rather Android’s own implementation of the Java APIs.

Ian Murdock, father of Debian, dead at 42

Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution project, has died at the age of 42. His death, announced in a blog post by Docker CEO Ben Golub, came after an apparent encounter with police and a statement posted on Murdock’s Twitter feed that he was going to commit suicide, though no cause of his death has been given.

Murdock’s work combined an insistence on excellence with a public commitment to open, ethical software development

Finally, I could wait no longer, and Jason and I found an unlocked computer lab in one of the dorms containing a single PC, and in the middle of the night one evening in February, we proceeded to install Linux on that lab PC. I still occasionally wonder what the unfortunate student first to the lab the next morning must have thought.

Tails 1.8 Just Released: New Version Of Edward Snowden’s Favorite Linux OS

Tails is based on Debian’s latest stable release. The main change in the version 1.8 is the switch to Icedove open source software as the default email client. This rebranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird will be replacing Claws Mail.

The OS also features the updated version of Tor browser and other packages.

Take a look at the complete list of changes and upgrades as mentioned on the Tails’ website:

  • Electrum from 1.9.8 to 2.5.4. Now Electrum should work again in Tails.
  • Tor Browser to 5.0.5.
  • Tor to
  • I2P to 0.9.23.
  • Icedove from 31.8 to 38.4.
  • Enigmail from 1.7.2 to 1.8.2.

The next release of Tails OS is slated for release on January 26. To download Tails or upgrade the existing OS, visit the link below:

Tails 1.8

Magnitude-4.8 Earthquake Widely Felt Across Washington State – ROCKED THE ROVER

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake




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