Continuous Integration, The Linux Machine, and Factory Restore

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 12, 2014

There were lots of interesting Linux tidbits in the news today. First up, Antonio Terceiro introduces Debian's new Continuous Integration project, which tests for broken packages, functions, and such. HP announces "The Machine" that runs Linux. How would you like a system restore disk for your Linux? And finally, systemd 214 and Mint 17 KDE RC were released.

Antonio Terceiro today introduced the Debian Continuous Integration project saying, "Debian is a big system. The unstable suite contains 21306 source packages, and 42867 binary packages. There is an unthinkable number of inter-package dependencies. A new version of any of these packages can potentially break some functionality" or package. The Debian Continuous Integration project will run tests four times a day to catch any broken packages or backwards compatibility and alert developers. The system has actually been in use since January and Terceiro says the number of passing packages has gone up from 50 to 75%, but see his full post for more specifics.

The Business Insider today reported on HP's new "The Machine." The Machine is a super "data center computer" with a new type of non-volatile memory that uses relatively little power. Of particular interest is the operating system slated to run it; or rather the operating system on which it will be based. HP is planning to develop a new Open Source system based on Linux (and another on Android).

Jigish Gohil over at the openSUSE lizard ranch today posted of Recovery-kit that allows for the creation of a factory restore disk of your Linux system. They wanted it for easy administration of remote machines, but it's available for anyone. Gohil links to openSUSE packages and the source, so see his post for more.

And finally today, Sam Varghese wonders if Red Hat 7.0: too many changes at one go?, Linux Mint 17 KDE RC is released, and Systemd 214 arrives with new goodies. For the security minded Life after TrueCrypt and Linux Malware And Antivirus may be of interest.