Hoogland Expounds and Ticking off Linus

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 22, 2015

Monday I speculated that Bodhi Linux founder Jeff Hoogland's change of heart was possibly due to reminiscing with Christine Hall in her interview. Well, today Hall spoke with Hoogland again to find out. In other news, Phil Johnson has 11 technologies that annoy Linus Torvalds and Softpedia.com is reporting on Torvalds' decision to leave code in the kernel for one lone machine. Jack Wallen said ordinary users are the ideal candidates for Linux and Konrad Zapałowicz is back with three ways beginners can help out with the kernel.

Monday we reported on Jeff Hoogland's decision to return to his pet project Bodhi Linux, from which he retired several months back. In that same post I speculated his change of heart may have been due to reminiscing about those happy days at Bodhi with Foss Force's Christine Hall in her January 12 interview. Well, today Hall asked Hoogland why the return and he replied, "Not going to lie, talking with you a few weeks ago had me feeling a bit nostalgic about the project." He added that his schedule had loosened up and now had more time to invest. His now former successors were doing fine according to Hoogland, but he said he just thought it was too much with the new release approaching. Bodhi 3.0 is expected in February and Hoogland said users shouldn't expect too many big surprises.

Phil Johnson posted a slideshow at ITworld.com of some of Linus Torvalds' technological pet-peeves. He begins his show with Emacs and quote Linus saying, "... real emacs... is the tool of the devil." GNOME, Java, C++, and GCC also made the list as well as a couple of other kernels. Torvalds' comments on Solaris are even remembered, one of which said he hoped they died.  In other Linus news, Torvalds keeps code in kernel for just one user. Try getting service like that with Windows.

Jack Wallen today said that developers, admins, and geeks aren't the only ones that should be using Linux. No. With all the malware out there and considering we've all become browser-centric users, according to Wallen, the idea candidate for Linux is the regular ordinary everyday user. I've been saying that for fifteen years, but Wallen contends that "the platform" is nearly invisible behind the browser these days anyway, so now is the perfect time to switch them.

In other news:

* Red Hat Is Hiring More Developers to Work on Graphics

* Three Ways for Beginners to Contribute to the Linux Kernel

* Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released

* A Look at Pentoo Linux and Its Security Analysis Tools (slideshow)

* Librem 15, the first free software GNU/Linux laptop, makes funding goal