Tumbleweed Rolling, Tails Anonymity, Bodhi Forum Hiccup

by Ostatic Staff - Feb. 26, 2016

Today in Linux news openSUSE's Tumbleweed is back up and rolling thanks to two new Intels. The Bodhi project suffered a glitch in their forums today causing downtime but "little to no lost content." Bryan Lunduke interviewed nameless faceless members of the Tails team and SFC posted that including ZFS in Ubuntu does violate the GPL. John P. Mello Jr. has "the downside of Linux popularity" and Bruce Byfield looks back at the career of GNOME founder Miguel de Icaza.

Tumbleweed, openSUSE's cutting-edge rolling distribution, was stalled last week by what was characterized as a hardware shortage. Well, today Douglas DeMaio blogged today that situation has been resolved. Two Intel powerhouses were obtained and one is already online. "Each machine has 8 cores with 16 threads for a total of 16 cores of 32 threads when both machines become fully functional. The new hardware has each have 256GB of RAM and 400GB Intel NVMe SSDs." Three snapshots have gone out in the last couple of days. These latest snapshots brought the famous glibc security fix, KDE Applications 15.12.2, and several other update patches.

Bodhi Linux founder and lead today blogged that the Bodhi forums were down "due to circumstances outside our control." A couple of hours later the post was updated to say they were restored. Forum administrator Tristam later posted that the server on which the forums are run mysteriously froze up and required a hard reboot. That corrupted the database which then required restoration. Very little data was lost when the forums came back online around 4:30 EST today. There has been no word as of yet what might have caused the hang whether it was security, hardware, or software related.

The Software Freedom Conservancy's Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler today published a post saying including ZFS in Linux distributions is a GPL violation. The license under which ZFS was released is incompatible with the GPL, so Canonical's plans to include ZFS is indeed illegal. The conservancy is trying to persuade Canonical to change their mind in including the software and trying to convince Oracle to change ZFS's license. Both are standing firm and thus Canonical continues to violate the GPL and refuses to acknowledge it.

In other news:

* The Downside of Linux Popularity

* Tails official mysterious during interview

* Miguel de Icaza and his ostracization from FOSS

* The U.S. Copyright Office requiring proprietary software in DMCA anti-circumvention study

* Review: System 76 Wild Dog Pro