Mint 18.1 Pushed to December, Linux Dominates Supercomputing

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 15, 2016

Linux first appeared on the TOP500 supercomputer list in 1998, which was populated mostly by Unix. Today Linux runs 498 of those top 500 supercomputers, proving once again that Linux is dominating the world. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre said the Mint 18 update will probably be pushed into December due to continuing work on Cinnamon 3.2. Turns out there was a bit more intrigue behind the Munich Linux desktop dump and Jonathon Riddell has issued a user upgrade advisory for KDE neon users.

The latest Top500 list is rounded out almost exclusively by Linux. Two of the top 500 run Unix, but 498 of the fastest computers in the world run Linux. 20 years ago Linux didn't even make the list which was dominated at that time by Unix. In 1998 Linux made its first appearance on the list and has been in the top 10 ever since. By 2004 Linux supercomputers outnumbered Unix machines and the trend continued through today when Unix has all but disappeared.

Clement Lefebvre today blogged a bit in the Mint Monthly News that the release of Cinnamon 3.2 has been delayed as developers squash a screensaver bug affecting Mint Debian and Slackware. Cinnamon 3.2 was originally hoped to be released in October followed by Linux Mint 18.1 in November. However, today Clem said that with the Cinnamon delay Mint 18.1 will most likely be pushed into December. The delay actually has the silver-lining of allowing more testing, bug fixing, and theme updating. Of the delay Clem said, "Only quality will matter."

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols today said that of course a partner of Microsoft's recommends Munich switch back to Windows. "I am shocked -- shocked -- that Accenture thinks Windows 10 would be the better choice." He said that report quoted by officials is just the latest PR stunt to cast Microsoft in positive light while darkening Linux' reputation. Microsoft can't have a Linux success story eating away at the bottom line. However, back in Munich, this has become yet another political fight. Officials will make their decision in the coming year, but it's not looking too promising for Linux.

If you use KDE neon, Jonathon Riddell today advised to upgrade or, better still, reinstall your OS. Seems he forgot to restrict uploading access for a bit and, as a precaution, he deleted all affected packages and rebuilt them. There was no evidence or suspicion of tampering, but better safe than sorry. Riddell apologized for the inconvenience to users and developers, but reasoned, "You wouldn't want us to just hide it I'm sure."