Boycott Linux, Fedora Beta a Go, and Drupal Yikes

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 30, 2014

The top story tonight is a highly critical flaw in Drupal 7 that may have allowed a lot of compromised websites. At tonight's Go/No-Go meeting, Fedora 21 Beta was approved for next week. The folks at ROSA have released an LXDE version and LibreOffices 4.3.3 and 4.2.7 were released. Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 was released and Jack Wallen looks at the "science behind Ubuntu Unity's popularity."

Many websites today picked up on a "highly critical" public service announcement from the Drupal Security Team. The Register is calling it a "Drupalocalypse." An SQL injection flaw was announced October 15 and within hours crackers were doing their worst. The announcement from Drupal today said if you didn't patch your Drupal 7 website by October 15 11:00 PM UTC, then you should consider it compromised. See the announcement for instructions how to fix it now.

ROSA's default desktop offering is a highly customized KDE that a number of reviewers don't appreciate. Well, grab your boot straps because the ROSA project today announced an LXDE version. They say this unexpected move is due to many requests from the community for a lighter weight option. ROSA R4 LXDE needs 256 MB RAM, six gigabyte partition, and a Pentium IV/Celeron class processor. is reporting on a new boycott initiative, this time against our beloved Linux kernel. The philosophical "Rundown" sounds familiar: against Unix philosophy, device tree is a forced dependency, and the kernel is single point of failure. It suggests using Minix instead. said, "This will not have any visible or real impact on the Linux kernel. The project is too big and too important."

In other news:

* The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7

* The science behind the ebb and flow of Ubuntu Unity's popularity

* Fedora 21 Beta status is Go, release on November 4

* Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Now Generally Available

* Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs