Happy Distrovus, Kissing Kubuntu Kousins

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 27, 2015

Today in Linux news, Brian Lunduke declared a new holiday to celebrate the autumn distribution release season. UnixMan Chris Jones reviewed Fedora 23 already, due for release November 3, and Jesse Smith reported on GhostBSD 10.1 in today's Distrowatch Weekly. Bruce Byfield is still grumbling about his failed Debian upgrade and Canonical issued a statement today on their relationship with Kubuntu.

Bryan Lunduke at Networkworld.com today coined a new holiday celebrating the fall line of fresh Linux distributions. Ubuntu 15.10 was released last week, Fedora 23 is now scheduled for November 3, and openSUSE 42.1 is due for public release on November 4. He summed it up, "Three of the biggest, most legendary Linux distributions all being released within an eight-day period. I can think of at least a dozen actual holidays that are less fun than this." That's when it hit him, "This should, absolutely, be an official holiday." Then, channeling his inner George Costanza, he dubbed this new season Distrovus. He said, "Yep. I’m declaring it. That’s what this holiday is called.Yep. I’m declaring it. That’s what this holiday is called."

Chris Jones posted a review of Fedora 23 for desktops and servers today, although technically it's probably the release candidate. In it he explored many features of Cockpit, "a web-based management console which is accessed through a web browser and aims to make the server status and monitoring tasks much simpler." While testing the desktop Jones noted, "Fedora 23 runs excellent. [It] has built upon that strength and robust reliability and delivered a new release which continues the trend of its predecessor."

In some other interesting tidbits from the community, Bruce Byfield said he's knows why people upgrade their Linux systems whether it needs it or not - and he knows cause he suffers the same affliction to a point. Which is why he broke his Debian Unstable install week before last and is now sharing what he learned. He calls it "the seduction of the new." He said, 'The promise of the new has such allure that precautions are easily forgotten after they are used a few times. Sooner or later, most of us, in MacAuley's words, think "Cool, more free stuff!"' Hey, you live by the APT, you die by the APT.

Jesse Smith reviewed GhostBSD 10.1 today saying, "In short, GhostBSD has a different feel and approach to things than its cousin, PC-BSD. GhostBSD is going in another direction, simplifying and offering us a clean, streamlined desktop solution. I think taking this approach will make GhostBSD quite attractive to home users, especially those who are comfortable using Linux."

And finally, Daniel Holbach posted a statement on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council a statement on the relationship between the Ubuntu and Kubuntu community councils. "Both councils would like to confirm that the relationship is strong, and mechanisms are in place to ensure a healthy and open relationship between both councils. The two council are actively working on a number of concrete issues together and have decided to increase the frequency of meetings to better track progress."

Other notables:

* Ubuntu 15.10 Review: Less Exciting & Largely Unchanged

* Cambridge Technology Enterprises Nominated for Oracle Linux and Virtualization Partner Award at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, and Oracle OpenWorld 2015: Ellison Disses IBM, SAP as ‘Nowhere in the Cloud’

* Vicious Malware Enlists Linux-Based Security Cameras For DDoS Botnet