rm -rf Hoax, Well-oiled LXLE, New Debian Project Leader

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 19, 2016

It turns out that Marco Marsala's deletion of his entire web hosting data, reported Friday, was a viral marketing campaign. Debian Project Leader elections are over and a winner emerged victorious. Several reviews caught my eye today as did Jessie Smith's look at Redox, a Unix-like operating system whose underlying philosophy is "Everything is a URL."

Oh man, Marco Marsala did not delete an entire web hosting server of data with it's backups after all. It was a hoax, or a viral marketing campaign as Marsala called it. He confessed his deception to Repubblica.it, saying it was for publicity for his new server management start-up. Not cool.

Mehdi Dogguy was declared the new Debian Project Leader after election voting concluded Saturday, April 16. Dogguy ran basically unopposed with None of the Above given as the second choice. Only 282 out of 1023 developers participated in voting with 13 voting for None of the Above. Dogguy earned 265 votes. His term has already begun and will expire April 17, 2017.

Ubuntu 16.04 is due out next week and some folks are looking forward to that. Chin Wong posted an overview of things to come for Ubuntu users, the greatest of which is now the option to move their desktop launcher. OMG!Ubuntu! began a poll Saturday asking folks if they would be upgrading to 16.04. So far, 67% responded they plan to upgrade immediately and 28% said they plan to upgrade sooner or later. 6% answered No or Undecided. Relatedly, Matt Hartley posted the Best Ubuntu Backup Applications today.

In other news, blogger Dark Duck enjoyed testing the new PCLinuxOS 2016.03 KDE saying, "Good job, PCLOS team!" Jack Germain said, "LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs." Dedoimedo tested ROSA R7 recently and said it's "bi-polar" giving it only 6.5 penguins out of 10. And finally, Jesse Smith said Redox is "a Unix-like operating system written in the Rust language. The Redox operating system features a microkernel design (like MINIX), the permissive MIT license and some interesting design ideas."