The CoreOS Threat, Real Adobe Issue, and openSUSE 13.2 RC1

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 09, 2014

Today's Linux feeds brought news of the release of openSUSE 13.2 RC1 and Jiri Eischmann discusses GNOME and Wayland in Fedora 21. Matt Asay says CoreOS is an "existential threat to Linux vendors" and Jack Wallen says Linux users do have reason to be concerned over Adobe's dropping Linux support. The Linux Voice says "you might be using the wrong Linux distribution" and Linus doesn't have the time or any interest in Lennart Poettering's problems.

Our top story today is the release of openSUSE 13.2 RC1. Kostas Koudaras made the announcement today on saying that lots of bugs were squashed thanks to the 10,000 downloads of the beta. He said don't worry about getting bored with release candidate because there's plenty of bugs left to find and developers are especially interested in folks' GNOME experience. This is your last chance to test your favorite software and submit those bug reports before final release. openSUSE 13.2 is due to go Gold later this month and openSUSE 13.2 is scheduled for release on November 4, 2014.

Matt Asay today wrote, "CoreOS threatens to displace incumbent Linux distributions with a minimalist approach that seeks to emulate how Google and other Web companies manage distributed systems." He says CoreOS is changing "the very definition" of Linux distributions making it "an existential threat to Red Hat, Canonical, and Suse." Asay figures those Linux companies will probably have to change their business models and procedures to stay competitive because they've yet to "deliver a first-class, modern developer experience." Red Hat is already responding with Project Atomic says Asay, so be sure to read that full story.

Jack Wallen said today that although most of us were yawning at or ignoring the news of Adobe's recent move to pull support of their PDF reader for Linux, there is reason for concern. He said a lot of government and business offices still use "Adobe with embedded forms that can't be used with those default Linux PDF viewers" and that will "force" the cause (and use) of Open Source "back to square one." He points out the serious nature of the issue by saying, "When people can't use official government documents on their chosen platform, things will come unravelled very quickly. Something must be done." Yikes, I'm not yawning now.

In other news:

* No interest in Poettering's problems, says Torvalds

* Best Distro for You in 2014

* GNOME on Wayland in Fedora 21 & Btrfs might be default in Fedora 23

* What's Driving Open Source 2.0?

* Meizu MX4 Pro Spotted With Ubuntu in the Wild