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Linux Top 3: Debian Gives Up on Upstart, Ubuntu and Linux Kernel Updates

  • February 10, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Debian Chooses Systemd

Choosing an init system for a Linux distribution can be a disruptive process. For the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, rather than arbitrary pick one, developers voted on what they want.

As is the case with nearly all modern Linux distros excluding Ubuntu, Debian's upcoming Jesse release will use Systemd as the default init system.

While the debate over the default init system in Debian is now likely over, it's important to remember that the current Debian Wheezy release is still very much a going concern. This past week Debian 7.4 was released.

"The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename "wheezy")," The Debian project stated. "This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available."

2) Ubuntu Updates

Ubuntu which is still somewhat based on Debian (though the gap widens with each passing year) also issued a maintenance update this past week.

The Ubuntu 12.04.4 update is the fourth to Long Term Support (LTS) release.

"As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations on x86 architectures," Ubuntu developer, Colin Watson wrote in a mailing list message. " 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. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS."

3) Linux Kernel Advances

Linux kernel development always continues at a relentless pace. This past week, kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman released the Linux 3.13.2.

On the leading edge of development, Linus Torvalds announced the Linux 3.14 rc2.

"What little there was looks normal: roughly two thirds drivers (gpu, block, media, misc), with almost half the remaining patches being architecture updates (x86, s390 and arm64)," Torvalds wrote in a mailing list message. "With the rest being filesystems (vfs, nfs, ocfs, btrfs and some kernfs fixes), some mm noise, and tooling (perf)."

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

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