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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

New submitter Tsolias writes It appears that systemd is still a hot topic in the Debian community. As seen earlier today, there is a new movement shaping up against the adoption of systemd for the upcoming stable release [of Debian], Jessie. They claim that "systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy"; it makes things more complex, thus breaking the "do one thing and do it well" principle. Note that the linked Debian Fork page specifically says that the anonymous developers behind it support a proposal to preserve options in init systems, rather than demanding the removal of systemd, and are not opposed to change per se. They just don't want other parts of the system to be wholly dependent on systemd. "We contemplate adopting more recent alternatives to sysvinit, but not those undermining the basic design principles of "do one thing and do it well" with a complex collection of dozens of tightly coupled binaries and opaque logs." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ubuntu Turns 10

Scott James Remnant, now Technical Lead on ChromeOS, was a Debian developer before that. That's how he became involved from the beginning (becoming Developer Manager, and then serving on the Technical Board) on the little derivative distribution that Mark Shuttleworth decided to make of Debian Unstable, and for which the name Ubuntu was eventually chosen. On this date in 2004, Ubuntu 4.10 -- aka Warty Warthog, or just Warty -- was released, and Remnant has shared a detailed, nostalgic look back at the early days of the project that has (whatever else you think of it ) become one of the most influential in the world of open source and Free software. I was excited that Canonical sent out disks that I could pass around to friends and family that looked acceptably polished to them in a way that Sharpie-marked Knoppix CD-ROMs didn't, and that the polish extended to the installer, the desktop, and the included constellation of software, too. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 581

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Feature: SparkyLinux 3.5 and Qubes OS 2 News: Fedora gets updated graphics software, FreeBSD shares quarterly report, Kubuntu supplies demo of KDE's Plasma 5.1, Debian's package archive finds new home, compiling Android ROMs, sneak peak at OpenBSD 5.6 Rolling-release trial: Week two Released....

Development Release: Rescatux 0.32 Beta 2

Adrian Gibanel has announced the availability of the second beta release of Rescatux 0.32, a Debian-based live CD designed for rescuing broken Linux installations or fixing boot loaders: "Rescatux 0.32 beta 2 has been released. The biggest improvement in this release is that resetting windows password, promoting a....

Distribution Release: HandyLinux 1.7

Arnault Perret has announced the release of HandyLinux 1.7, a novice-friendly distribution that features an intuitive start menu with application launchers and Internet bookmarks - based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 7.0. According to the release announcement (in French only, even though the distribution supports English besides the....

Development Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 3

Alan Baghumian has announced the availability of the third and final test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0, a desktop distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 and featuring GNOME 3.12 as the preferred desktop: "The last testing release for Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0, code name 'Nestor', is out now. Parsix....

Development Release: Porteus 3.1 RC1

Jay Flood has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Porteus 3.1, a set of minimalist, Slackware-based live CDs with a choice of KDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce desktops: "The Porteus community is stoked to announce that the candidate release of Porteus Desktop edition 3.1rc1 is....

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

New submitter cgdae writes Does anyone know how to stop PulseAudio/Pavucontrol from changing sound settings whenever there is a hardware change such as headphones being plugged in/out or docking/undocking my laptop ? I recently had to install PulseAudio on my Debian system because the Linux version of Skype started to require it. Ever since, whenever i dock/undock or use/stop using headphones, all sound disappears, and i have to go to Pavucontrol and make random changes to its 'Output Devices' or 'Speakers' or 'Headphones' tab, or mute/unmute things, or drag a volume slider which has inexplicably moved to nearly zero, until sound magically comes back again. I've tried creating empty PulseAudio config files in my home directory, and/or disabling the loading of various PulseAudio modules in /etc/pulse/*.conf, but i cannot stop PulseAudio from messing things up whenever there's a hardware change. It's really frustrating that something like PulseAudio doesn't have an easy-to-find way of preventing it from trying (and failing) to be clever. [In case it's relevant, my system is a Lenovo X220 laptop, with Debian jessie, kernel 3.14-2-amd64. I run fvwm with an ancient config.] Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

An anonymous reader writes Twelve years after Microsoft debuted DirectX 9.0, open-source developers are getting ready to possibly land Direct3D 9.0 support within the open-source Linux Mesa/Gallium3D code-base. The "Gallium3D Nine" state tracker allows accelerating D3D9 natively by Gallium3D drivers and there's patches for Wine so that Windows games can utilize this state tracker without having to go through Wine's costly D3D-to-OGL translator. The Gallium3D D3D9 code has been in development since last year and is now reaching a point where it's under review for mainline Mesa. The uses for this Direct3D 9 state tracker will likely be very limited outside of using it for Wine gaming. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: Elive 2.3.9 (Beta)

Samuel Baggen has announced the release of Elive 2.3.9, the latest development build of the project's Debian-based distribution that features a customised Enlightenment desktop: "The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.3.9. This new version includes: Vim suite pre-configured with the best....

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