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Linux Top 3: Debian Dumps SPARC, Ubuntu Takes Over Linux 3.13 and the Core Infrastructure Initiative

  • April 28, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Debian Dumps SPARC for Jessie

While x86 has long been a primary server target of Linux, there are many other architectures out there too. One of them is Sun/Oracle's SPARC platform, which usually is often thought off as being only about Solaris Unix.

Debian had been providing support for its Linux distribution running on SPARC since March of 1999, but that is now over for new releases. On April 26, Debian developer Phillip Kern announced that SPARC support had been removed from the Debian-testing branch due to a lack porter commitments as well as stability issues. Debian testing is the branch that will lead to the Jessie release at some point in 2014.

SPARC isn't entirely out of the Debian landscape though.

"The fate of SPARC in unstable has not been decided yet," Kern wrote. "It might get removed unless people commit to working on it."

2) Ubuntu Takes Over Linux 3.13

Ubuntu has taken some criticism over the years about its upstream Linux kernel participation. That's now likely to change a bit after Ubuntu developers have pledged to maintain the Linux 3.13 kernel. The Linux 3.13 kernel hit its end-of-life last week, and Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman was set to walk away from it.

Linux 3.13 however is the kernel inside the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which will have up to five years of support. So Ubuntu developers have now picked up the mantle of maintaining the Linux 3.13 kernel for the next several years.

"The Ubuntu kernel team will pick up stable maintenance where Greg KH left off with v3.13.11 (thanks, Greg!)," Ubuntu developer, Kamal Mostafa wrote in a mailing list message.

3) Core Infrastructure Initiative

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw there have been questions raised about funding and supporting critical open-source projects.

Those questions were heard loud and clear by Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation and he rounded up some of the world's leading IT vendors to answer the challenge. The Core Infrastructure Initiative has now raised over $3 million in funding which will be directed to core open-source projects and developers.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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