Linux Top 3: CentOS Dons a Red Hat, SteamOS Gets Hardware, Kali Linux Nukes Security
1) Red Hat CentOS
For years, CentOS has been a free rival for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform. Now Red Hat is embracing its erstwhile rival by directly partnering with CentOS and helping to support its development and developers.
The move will not however stop Red Hat's effort to continue to migrate free Linux users to being paid RHEL subscribers.
"One of the many advantages of creating technology value and innovation in an open-source development model is low barriers for communities of contributors and users to get the technology into their hands, use it, collaborate on getting the most value out of it," Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens told eWEEK. "Such free community use accelerates adoption and innovation, which creates opportunities to sell a commercial value proposition for Red Hat in the form of product subscriptions."
2) SteamOS Advances
At the 2013 LinuxCon USA event in New Orleans, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said that the future of gaming is Linux. At last week's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Newell unveiled the hardware partnerships that will unleash the Linux gaming future with the Steam Machine.
"The first-generation Steam Machine offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room," Newell said in a statement. "With over 3,000 games and more than 65 million gamers on Steam, it's important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them to select what makes the most sense for them."
The hardware variety for Steam Machines is enable via 14 different vendor partnership to build hardware powered by the Linux based SteamOS.
3) Kali Linux 1.0.6
Kali Linux emerged in 2013 from the former BackTrack Linux distribution which was/is popular with security professionals.
This past week, Kali Linux 1.0.6 was released providing Kali users with updated packages including a new Linux 3.12 kernel. The release also includes some new features, most notably perhaps is the LUKS Nuke Patch.
"As penetration testers, we often need to travel with sensitive data stored on our laptops," the Kali Linux website states. " Of course, we use full disk encryption wherever possible, including our Kali Linux machines, which tend to contain the most sensitive materials."
That's where the LUKS Nuke Patch comes into play. LUKS or Linux Unified Key Setup is a critical disk encryption spec used in Linux. With the Nuke Patch, Kali users can effectively destroy or render completely un-usable data that is on a Kali Linux drive.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist