Death of Debian Live, Fedora 24 Schedule, Opposing TPP

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 11, 2015

Debian Live has been part of the Debian family for the last 10 years, but yesterday Daniel Baumann announced the end of the project citing internal deception. The Fedora 24 release schedule was highlighted and several reviews brag on Linux capabilities. Finally today, the Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy have posted their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Daniel Baumann dissolved the Debian Live subproject yesterday saying, "Debian Live is dead, hijacked by the debian-cd and the debian-installer Teams." Baumann indicated he was going to continue the project independently "on the outside," one might assume he means a fork, but then he said he was shutting down his server at the end of the month.

Baumann stated, "Depending on who you are, where you come from, and who your friends are, Debian can be hateful and full of deceit. If there is one thing I did learn over the past years of aggressions towards me, then that it is this: I am forced to blindly and unchallenged accept everything others decide about me or my work, resistance to the cabal is futile, anything goes, no matter what."

He then explained that the "Debian Live" name had been hijacked by vmdebootstrap guys, and in fact, not just the name but the end product as well. "vmdebootstrap is a replacement for the live-build," Baumann was told and, further, that this had been initiated at DebConf15 and is "set to continue." Neil Williams said this had been done to address issues with Debian Live including "reliability issues, lack of multiple architecture support and lack of UEFI support." Baumann answered that it looked like a "secret plan" to him because not only had it not been mentioned to him nor his team, but no one heard it discussed at DebConf. He then added:

When we agreed that the official live-images are built on petterson, we did exactly that - we delegated only the "execution" of our build system over to debian-cd, not the "authority" to decide which/how images are built or built with. But given the situation, I understand that arguing about this hijack is futile then.

The Fedora 24 release schedule was mentioned today by Ryan Lerch on the Fedora Community Blog. The schedule was decided last month, but I missed it then. So, here it is now:

* Alpha Freeze - Tue 2016-02-16
* Alpha Release Public Availability - Tue 2016-03-01
* Beta Freeze - Tue 2016-03-29
* Beta Release Public Availability - Tue 2016-04-12
* Final Freeze - Tue 2016-05-03
* Final Release Public Availability - Tue 2016-05-17

Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler co-penned an appeal to Open Source lovers everywhere to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty. They were joined by the Free Software Foundation in their support in opposition and, in fact, are urging US citizens to attend rallies in Washington D.C. organized by The Electronic Frontier Foundation. Events are planned to run November 14, 2015 to November 18, 2015.

In other news today:

* Rolling and tumbling: 5 Years with Arch

* eviewing Ubuntu 15.10, Fedora 23, and openSUSE Leap the same time

* openSUSE Leap 42.1 Review: The Most Mature Linux Distribution

* Chalet OS: good idea, bad design

* Fedora 23 (GNOME) Review: Well, it’s Little Complicated