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Things that make you go “hmmm”

September 8, 2013

This has been an extremely busy week for yours truly — school has started and the curriculum for the Python for Web Development class is being finalized (class starts on the 20th for students at Alternative Family Education in Santa Cruz, and the loaner laptops have all had new installs of CrunchBang because, well, I’m the teacher) — and nothing terribly exciting jumped out in the FOSS realm that needed my immediate attention.

This is not to say nothing happened, of course, but not one topic will dominate the pixels on the screen you’re reading. But a couple of things popped up on the radar, like . . . .

Intel to Canonical — Go to hell: Phoronix reported Saturday that “the mainline Intel Linux graphics driver has reverted the patch to support XMir — the X11 compatibility layer for the Mir Display Server in Ubuntu Linux.” Hmmm. That seems to be a very quick 180 by the chipmaking giant which interestingly, as it turns out, is heavily invested in Wayland. From a practical standpoint, it just looks like Canonical is going to have to do the work itself; Alan Pope said something to this effect when he tweeted, “It just means more work for us (Canonical) to keep integrating xmir patches into x with each release/update.” But the subtext, as far as I can see, is that Intel is saying this to Canonical: You want to go your own way? Fine. Do your own work, and good luck. Maybe Ubuntu’s walled garden isn’t looking so good after all.

Better not pout, I’m telling you why: Well, he knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. Yes, the previous sentences just scream out begging on bended knee for an NSA joke, but I’m not making it here (see, guys?). But I’m really talking about the jolly one in red — Santa Claus — who will not share a name with the Fedora 20 relase. The Fedora Project community has voted and F20 and the winner is Heisenbug, though I personally gave high ranking in range voting to Santa the Christmas Guy. Nevertheless, Fedora has released the schedule for F20: The alpha goes out in a little over a month on Sept. 17, beta on Oct. 22 with the final release scheduled for Nov. 26.

A must read: Bruce Schneider in The Guardian. Nothing else to say here, just read it.

One more thing: An interesting discussion is currently taking place in the LXer.com discussion forum regarding Katherine Noyes’ articles and how she quotes the same people repeatedly. I’m not going to add anything that I haven’t said already in this thread, but I think the original poster is right. I read Katherine’s items often, and I’m going to ask: Please, Katherine, mix it up a little bit and ask more people — different people — for their opinions.

Felton LUG meets in about an hour. See some of you there.

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  1. Clay Shentrup
    September 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You gave a high rating, not a high ranking. Right?

    • September 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Do I? Yes, you’re right. Range voting the way Fedora does it (and the way others do it, too, I guess) takes the number of names on the ballot and has a range of, say, 0-8 for eight names on the ballot (as was the case for F20, if memory serves). So you can give the names you like an 8 and those you don’t like a lower number or 0. I gave Santa Claus an 8 and one or two others a lower number, and the rest 0.

      So, yeah — I should have said a high rating. Thanks, Clay.

  2. Bruce Byfield
    September 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Heisenbug? Are you certain? That’s my principle concern.

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Heh. Yep. The Fedora release naming convention has officially gone off the rails, after starting in that direction with Beefy Miracle.

  3. September 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    As someone who has always liked onboard Intel graphics, I’m actually glad to hear Intel is making what I believe to be a rational decision in this matter. Cannonical isn’t winning any prizes in my book for drawing resources away from Wayland for reasons that I’ve never really appreciated. It’s a shame that whole issue couldn’t have been settled more cooperatively. it is my hope that Wayland gets implemented well and completely despite what is happening at Cannonical.

    If the naming convention over at “blue hat” central has to fail, I think “Heisenbug” is the way to go. It’s a little like Ford naming a compact car “Exploding Gas Tank Mobile”, but it beats “Santa Claus.” What are those people thinking?

    Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heisenbug


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