Bodhi Reviewed, Slackware & Rawhide Latest

by Ostatic Staff - May. 21, 2016

Today in Linux news Bodhi 3.2.1 was released May 13 and today Christine Hall shared her experiences with it. Elsewhere, Jack Wallen gave Open Sourcers permission to use closed software and Bruce Byfield posted 7 tips to help newcomers choose a Linux desktop. Fedora kernel developer Laura Abbott today said that she'll be blogging about Rawhide so folks can "see how the sausage is made" and began a poll asking, "Why do you use Linux?"

Christine Hall admitted today that Bodhi Linux was the first distro she ever loved (if you don't count Mandrake). She began the review with a bit of an introduction to and history of Bodhi while pointing to their new video interview with Hoogland that required signing in somewhere to watch (which is why I didn't mentioned it then). She did a good job of acquainting readers with Bodhi's features highlighting the Moksha desktop and Appcenter repository before concluding that no one should really have too much trouble adjusting to Bodhi.

Reasons for using Linux are probably as varied as persons using it, but nevertheless narrowed it down to six. In a poll posted Friday users were asked, "Why do you use Linux?" Among the choices are:

* I like to tinker and understand my system.
* Open source and software freedom matter a lot to me.
* It runs great on low cost and older hardware.
* I can do things in Linux I can't on other systems.
* Security and stability are very important to me.
* The price is right.

Currently, Open Source freedom is the choice with the most votes followed by ability to do things in Linux. Other has 29 votes but as one commenter said there is no All of the Above. Eight people said they haven't switch yet.

Laura Abbott today said that she wanted to start blogging about Rawhide developments so folks would know more about what and how things are going there. So in her first post on the subject she said they're working on Linux 4.7. They had to "adjust secure boot patches" due to new context or defines in addition to fixing conflicts introduced by other keyring patches that change how keyring certificates are handled. Abbott also said another binary file was removed and only a few binary-only files remain. This new kernel also brought the new schedutil governor that adjusts the frequency from input from schedulers instead of timers.

Slackware-current received several new updates Friday. These include the kernel which was upgraded to Linux 4.4.11 and so a new intrid image had to be built as well. Gzip, dnsmasq, curl, tar, and lxc are among the upgraded packages this time. The wait continues.

In other news:

* New Purism fundraiser for PureOS and GNOME tablet, Surveillance Capitalism Cure

* 7 tips for choosing a Linux desktop

* It's time Linux fans open their arms to closed source