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Linux Top 3: Red Hat Hardball, Linux Mint Goes LTS, KDE 5 Beta

  • May 19, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Red Hat Hardball

One of the most controversial things that happened on the Linux Planet over the course of the last week has been a series of stories in the Wall St. Journal taking aim at Red Hat. The first story alleged that Red Hat will not support its' Linux customers who choose to run a non-Red Hat OpenStack distribution. It's an allegation that Red Hat denies.

The second story continued the same basic thread despite Red Hat's rebuttal.

While the battle in the press with Red Hat might just be seen as noise, by others it's an opportunity to try and make policy within OpenStack. There is currently a draft proposal for the OpenStack Foundation board to limit exclusionary practices.

"While coordination among competitors to achieve pro-competitive goals and efficiencies is perfectly legal under the antitrust laws, it is important to identify conduct that raises concerns under the antitrust laws and be sure that antitrust risks are avoided," the draft proposal states.

2) Linux Mint Goes LTS

For the upcoming Linux Mint 17 release and beyond, the popular Linux desktop distribution will be sticking with Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) releases.

"In other words the development team will be focused on the very same package base used by Linux Mint 17 for the next 2 years," Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre wrote in a blog post. "It will also be trivial to upgrade from version 17 to 17.1, then 17.2 and so on. Important applications will be backported and we expect this change to boost the pace of our development and reduce the amount of regressions in each new Linux Mint release."

3) KDE 5 Beta

The KDE desktop is also advancing with the first beta for tis 5.0 release set to debut in July.

KDE 5 is set to include a new application menu widget known as 'Homerun' . KDE is now also getting its own font.

"Oxygen Font is designed to be optimised for the FreeType font rendering system and works well in all graphical user interfaces, desktops and devices," KDE stated in its beta release announcement.

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

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