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Linux Top 3: Debian Jessie Gets a Release Date, OpenIndiana and CentOS Update

  • April 6, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Debian 8

For the Debian GNU/Linux community, there has long been an idiom that has often been repeated about release dates. That idiom is that, 'it's done when it's done.". At long last it would appear that the next major milestone release of Debian, version 8.0 also known as 'Jessie' is *almost* done.

"We now have a target release date of Saturday the 25th of April," Debian developer Niels Thykier wrote in a Debian developer list. "We have checked with core teams, and this seems to be acceptable for everyone. This means we are able to begin the final preparations for a release of Debian 8 - "Jessie".

2) Open Indiana Hipster

The offspring of what was the Sun Microsystems OpenSolaris project, now known as Open Indiana is once again being updated. The new Hipster 2015.03.30 update is the first update of OpenIndiana in six months. One of the interesting updates is that OpenIndiana now is aligned with Gnome 2.32.

We've updated Xorg server and libraries, which allowed us to incorporate some important security fixes from Oracle x-s12-clone and Debian Xorg. Also we've moved much more closely to Gnome 2.32. Most packages were updated to this level, excluding packages which either have a lot of specific patches (like gdm) or just dropped some significant functionality (like cheese, which dropped HAL support in version 2.32). Not everything has gone smoothly. We had to drop trusted desktop support during update. I believe nobody seriously used it under OI. The most annoying thing is that updated Xorg and Intel driver require some DRM updates, which are still not ready. So, if you have Intel video card, either pkg freeze X-incorporation and xorg, or use vesa driver.

3) Centos 7 1503

CentOS has update as well to a new version that is based on the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.1. Rather than call the new update CentOS 7.1 the new update is labelled as CentOS Linux build 1503.

CentOS gives users the option of leveraging a continuous release (CR) cycle as well.

This merges in all base, updates, and CR (continuous release) components released in the month of March 2015. If you have been using the CR repos on your previous CentOS Linux 7 install, you already have all the components used to compose this new release.

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

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