Lennart Poettering has posted a
lengthy writeup of a plan put together by the "systemd cabal" (his
words) to rework Linux software distribution. It is based heavily on
namespaces and Btrfs snapshots. "Now, with the name-spacing concepts
we introduced above, we can actually relatively freely mix and match apps
and OSes, or develop against specific frameworks in specific versions on
any operating system.
The 3.17 development cycle continues with the release of 3.17-rc3. "As expected, it is larger
than rc2, since people are clearly getting back from their Kernel Summit
travels etc. But happily, it's not *much* larger than rc2 was, and there's
nothing particularly odd going on, so I'm going to just ignore the whole
'it's summer' argument, and hope that things are just going that
Yahoo has announced
its decision to halt the development of Yahoo User Interface library (YUI),
interfaces. In the announcement, the company cites the rise in
popularity of Node.JS, which has changed how developers build HTML
applications, as have recent changes in package management and
web application frameworks.
Russell Pavlicek looks at the rivalry between containers and hypervisors over at Linux.com. He outlines the arguments for and against each, and follows it up with a description of a new contender for a "cloud operating system": unikernels.
"Unikernel systems create tiny VMs.
On Red Hat's developer blog, Máirín Duffy has tips for developers on improving their application's user experience (UX). "Speaking of speeding things up for your users – one way you can do this is to limit the amount of choices users have to make while using your application. It’s you, my application developer friend, that users are relying on as an expert in the ways of whatever it is that your application does.
Sarah Sharp has posted an
update on the kernel internships managed through the Outreach Program
for Women, with an emphasis on what past participants are doing now.
"Many people may be disappointed that those three OPW alumni aren’t
working on open source, but I’m overjoyed that these women have found jobs
in the technology sector. This fact is heartening to me because many of the
women that participate in OPW were working in retail before their
The PHP 5.6.0 release is
available. There's a number of new features, including constant scalar
expressions, a new "..." operator for both variadic functions and
sequence unpacking, an exponentiation operator, an integrated interactive
debugger, and more. See the PHP 5.6.0
migration guide for more information.