HPE Donates Hardware to Debian Project, GNOME Sans systemd

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 04, 2016

The Debian project today announced the "in-kind" donation of several servers to "boost reliability of Debian's core infrastructure." The new hardware will be deployed in Canada, US, and Australia to replace some aging machines as well as expand core services and storage. In other news, a new project aims to provide GNOME 3.22 to Slackware without systemd or Wayland, right as a new ugly systemd bug gives another reason to avoid it. Mageia bid farewell to a lost friend and contributor today and Matt Hartley shared his picks for best firewall distribution.

The Debian project today shared the good news of a shipment of new servers from hardware partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The new machines are to insure that Debian keeps on building. The new line-up consists of four blades in an enclosure, a data storage network, and four software servers.

The HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blades and HPE MSA 2040-based SAN will be setup at the University of British Columbia "to build a virtual machine hosting environment" in redundancy for their UK operation. One HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server will replace an aging machine for the primary ftp server hosted at Brown University and three DL360 Gen9 Servers to refresh security update mirrors at the Australian Nation University, University of Minnesota, and the Internet Systems Consortium. The project said, "We are very appreciative of HPE's generosity."

The Mageia project today posted of the loss of long-time contributor Thomas Spuhler who, at the age of 68, lost his prolonged battle with cancer in September. Spuhler began contributing to Mandriva by "partaking in email discussions and bug reports" before contributing packages starting in 2009. Rémi Verschelde said he was mostly interested in web and server components and that his contributions "were invaluable. He was a lively fellow and we will sorely miss him."

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo today blogged that a new project contacted him about bringing GNOME 3.22 to Slackware. Slackware does not support or supply systemd and GNOME from Scratch is said to work without it. Raharjo said that he's starting a build to see how it goes. The packages are on Github and will upgrade Slackware 14.2 GTK to GTK+ 3 as well as NetworkManager, glib2, gstreamer, and 25 others. He posted instructions for those interested in giving it a whirl.

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