Three Turning Points, KDE Releases, and Loving Ubuntu

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 04, 2014

Today's news scan turned up several interesting entries. First up is's piece highlighting three key moments in Linux history. A new Scientific Linux review is out. Two KDE release announcements were posted. OMG!Ubuntu! has a list of seven features you're going to love in Ubuntu 14.04. A new Linux bug is wreaking havoc. And finally, friends don't let friends operate Windows.

Aseem Sharma today identified "three events that moved Linux forward." He writes considering where Linux is today, with all the mission critical systems relying upon Linux, there are perhaps a few people we should remember not to forget. He first says, "We should thank people like Richard Stallman, Bob Young, and Linus Torvalds; companies like Red Hat and Canonical; and organizations like the Linux Foundation for creating and supporting the Linux operating system." Then he lists the "three vital events [that] played an important role" in Linux climb to greatness. Of course he begins with Linus, but you'll have to go there to see the rest.

Old friend published a review of Scientific Linux 6.5 yesterday. He says Scientific Linux is "a solution for those who seek absolutely stability and reliability plus long-term support and care less about the bling-bling." Some observations included Samba and printing issues, easy installation, older software versions, slow package management, but high performance. See the full review for more.

OMG!Ubuntu! says some "long-requested desktop features have finally been fixed up and patched" into the Ubuntu 14.04. Some of these are the option to raise the volume beyond the 100% position, "all app windows now have antialiased corners," and "live window resizing." Check that one out too. (Today's Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter includes information on the Ubuntu 14.04 Beta 1 release as well.)

Ars Technica reported today that a new Linux bug is out in the wild that could leave Linux and our apps open to eavesdropping. Dan Goodin said, "Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible." He explained, "The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package." See the full story for more details.

Finally, the bonus links for today are KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha Two Is Out, KDE Ships March 4.12.3 Updates, and System Tray in Plasma Next. Beyond the KDE news, you might want to read When Friends Tell Friends to Use Linux or The Linux Setup - Graham Morrison, Linux Voice.