Fedora 21 Alpha, Project Mayhem, and Linus' Office

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 17, 2014

There is so much news today I'm not sure which to highlight first. Linux.com has a look at Linus Torvalds' home office and a new paper describes fresh malware "Mayhem." X.Org Server 1.16 and GCC 4.9.1 have been released and the Plasma 5.1 development cycle has been officially kicked off. All this and some openSUSE, Ubuntu and Fedora tidbits here in tonight's Linux news.

Linus Torvalds is featured in a new video over at Linux.com giving a tour of his home / home office and speaking about some of his likes and dislikes and how he does things. He has a treadmill in front of his computer screen and keyboard yet later admits to being lazy.  I have stacks of hard drives all over the place too just like Linus, I guess that makes me lazy too. Don't miss it.

Two foundational package saw new releases today. First, Phoronix.com covers the release of X.Org Server 1.16 by release manager Keith Packard today. It features Wayland and systemd support as well as other new features and lots of clean up. In other news, Jakub Jelinek announced the release of GCC 4.9.1, a bug-fix release.

In KDE news today, Martin Grasslin today wrote why Breeze isn't the default decoration in KDE 5, err I mean Plasma 5, and Oxygen is. It has 23 comments so far too. Elsewhere, Jonathan Riddell officially kicked off the Plasma 5.1 development season. A new todo list appeared in the ether today and already has 30 items, Riddell wrote.

In other news today, José Antonio Rey announced Ubuntu 13.10's end of life. It was taken off life support today and all mourners are urged to move on to 14.04 LTS.

Fedora folks are working hard to try and get out next week's alpha on time. Adam Williamson said yesterday that Fedora.next is making it difficult to crank out new ISOs. He said they were trying to knock out some of the blocker bugs in hopes to have some test images up soon. But then today, some test images appeared as spotted and reported by Phoronix.com.

And finally, Vincent Untz today wrote he was stepping down as chairman of the openSUSE Board. He says he'll still around to contribute to the project, but he needs to free up some time for other projects. Have no fear, Nenad Latinović today announced that position will be taken over by current board member Richard Brown.

In other news:

* Paper: Mayhem - a hidden threat for *nix web servers

* About my switch to Linux (from Mac)

* Faults in Linux 2.6