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Linux Top 3: Alan Cox, CloudForms and KDE

  • January 28, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Alan Cox Exits Stage left

The name Alan Cox is a familiar one to those in the Linux community. Cox first rose to notoriety while working at Red Hat, becoming a top Linux kernel developer. In recent years, Cox moved to Intel, though apparently he was still running Red Hat based Linux machines.

This past week, Cox unleashed a ferocious attack against the community distribution that Red Hat sponsors (Fedora), labelling it the Fedora 18 release as the worst Red Hat release ever.

" When you get it running the default desktop has been eviscerated to the point of being slightly less useful than a chocolate teapot, and instead of fixing the bugs in it they've added more.," Cox wrote.

In addition to blasting the Fedora 18 release, Cox announced that he was leaving Intel and Linux development to focus on family matters.

"I'm aware that "family reasons" is usually management speak for "I think the boss is an asshole" but I'd like to assure everyone that while I frequently think Linus is an asshole (and therefore very good as kernel dictator) I am departing quite genuinely for family reasons and not because I've fallen out with Linus or Intel or anyone else," Cox wrote.

2) Red Hat CloudForms

This past week Red Hat took some significant step forward to cement its cloud strategy roadmap. Red Hat officially closed on the $104 million acquisition of ManageIQ and announced its formal plans to integrate the technology with CloudForms.

The new and improved CloudForms will benefit from the ManageIQ technology with enhanced cloud orchestration capabilities.

ManageIQ is currently proprietary technology, though Red Hat has publicly stated its intentions to make the software open source.


"We just paid $104 million for this company, but instead of keep the code proprietary, we're a very strong believer in the power that open source brings to our customers," Bryan Che, general manager of the Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat said. "We are committed to open source the ManageIQ technology and portfolio."

3) KDE 4.10

KDE 4.10 is nearly complete and has recently hit its RC3 milestone. KDE 4.10 benefits from the Qt Quick development tools providing a more fluid desktop experience.

New features set to land in KDE 4.10 include faster indexing of files, as well as  new and improved print manager and notification systems

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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