Fate of Bodhi Linux in Balance as Founder Quits

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 12, 2014

Our top story tonight is the resignation of Jeff Hoogland from his popular Linux project. Michael Larabel is reporting that X.Org Server 1.17 will probably have built-in KMS modesetting driver. Matthew Miller speaks to ServerWatch.com about Linux development. The Linux Rain reviews The Journey Down: Chapter Two. Unixmen reported today that Munich is giving out Ubuntu CDs to its citizens to increase Open Source awareness. And finally today, Leif Lodahl says Open Office and LibreOffice should join (or rejoin) forces to combat proprietary office alternatives.

Jeff Hoogland, founder and lead developer of Bodhi Linux, today blogged that he will no longer be continuing with the project. Bodhi began four years ago and reached impressive heights of popularity being recommended by some of the biggest names in Linux. However, version 3.0 is way overdue and Hoogland says he just doesn't have the bandwidth to finish it or continue the project. The code is available at GitHub and Hoogland is hoping someone will volunteer to take over for him. For those currently using Bodhi, repositories will remain available until April 2015.

Leif Lodahl today posted that he thinks Apache Open Office and The Document Foundation's LibreOffice should join forces to help compete more efficiently with proprietary suites like Microsoft Office. It wasn't Lodahl's idea, but he says he agrees with this proposal of such. One quote states, "The current division between the two groups risks creating more instead of less incompatibilities." Lodahl, a Document Foundation member, says, "Combining the effort would naturally benefit the community." But as a consequence of licensing, code from LibreOffice can't be put in Open Office but Open Office code can go into LibreOffice. But why would LibreOffice want any of that old code anyway? They just spend 3 years cleaning the LibreOffice code base up. In related news, here's why TDF doesn’t do crowd-funding.

Matthew Miller is asking folks if Linux distributions have become too boring, according to Sean Michael Kerner. Kerner spoke with Miller in a video interview recently about the Linux distribution building process and how it's changed over the years and how it will change more going forward. "Over the past decade things have changed and the volume of applications that are available outside of Linux distribution have grown at an exponential rate." So Miller says the application is what's important and hopefully their plans to make it easier to contribute will help Fedora be less boring going forward.

In other news:

* Munich Is Giving Free Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CDs To Its Citizens

* The Journey Down: Chapter Two (review)

* X.Org Server 1.17 Likely To Have Built-In KMS Modesetting Driver

* Evil Linux Users Teach Mac OS X Fans How to Destroy System

* 7 Crazy-Named, Crazy Good Open Source Enterprise IT Tools