The 3.14-rc2 prepatch is out; Linus notes
that the patch volume has been light, but worries that kernel developers
are lurking in the background waiting to dump more stuff on him.
"Because I know kernel developers, and they are sneaky. I suspect
Davem (to pick somebody not at random) is giggling to himself, waiting for
this release message, planning to send me some big-ass pull request
Debian technical committee chair Bdale Garbee has posted a surprise call
for votes on a simplified resolution that would decide the default init
system for the upcoming "jessie" release on Linux — and nothing else.
"The fundamental problem is that I remain as convinced now as I was when
I posted my last CFV that conflating multiple questions in a single
ballot is a bad idea. Our voting system works exceptionally well when
we're trying to choose between multiple alternatives for a single
The Mozilla Blog has an announcement
about "Firefox Accounts," a new service being rolled out by the
browser vendor. The post describes this venture as "as a safe
and easy way for you to create an account that enables you to sign in
and take your Firefox with you anywhere.
On his blog, Peter Jones writes about the boot process for UEFI, looking at the requirements for EFI System Partitions (ESPs), how the BootOrder variable is used, falling back to removable media, and more. It may be more than you wanted to know about UEFI booting. "There’s nothing truly special about an ESP. It isn’t an ESP because of the GPT GUID and label, nor because of the file system type.
Ubuntu has released an updated version of its 12.04 long term support (LTS)
distribution for the Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products: 12.04.4
LTS. In addition, Kubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Edubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 12.04.4 LTS,
Mythbuntu 12.04.4 LTS, and Ubuntu Studio 12.04.4 LTS have also been
released. "As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new
installations on x86 architectures.
As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated
installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to
be downloaded after installation.
Version 7.7 of the GDB debugger is out. It features improved Python
scripting support, a number of new commands, support for a few new targets,
Version 0.8 of the Docker container-creation system has been announced.
This release brings some changes to the development process: "First,
this is the first Docker release where features take the backseat to
quality: dozens and dozens of bugfixes, performance boosts, stability
improvements, code cleanups, extra documentation and improved code coverage
– that’s the primary feature in Docker 0.8." The project will also
be doing time-based monthly releases going forward.