Linux Top 3: Distrowatch, Deepin 2014 and the NSA
1) Deepin 2014
There seems to be a never-ending stream of Linux distributions based on Ubuntu 14.04 and you can add Deepin 2014 to that list. Instead of just using GNOME, KDE, LXDE or Xfce, Deepin has built its own desktop environment which has a definitive Mac OS X feel.
Deepin was originally known as Linux Deepin, but the developers decided to rename the operating system to simply Deepin.
The Deepin website explains:
"Deepin is a Linux distribution that aims to provide an elegant, user-friendly, safe and stable operating system for global users. Based on HTML5 technologies, Deepin team has developed a series of new special software, such as Deepin Desktop Environment, Deepin Music Player, DPlayer, Deepin Software Center etc."
Deepin is a Linux distribution built in China, but with the 2014 release, there is now support for 10 languages.
2) Distrowatch.com Goes Offline
Our friends at DistroWatch are dealing with an unfortunate situation with their domain registrar. That situation has left the DistroWatch.com site largely inaccessible. The site is now trying to resolve its dot com issues, but in the meantime now has service on the DistroWatch.org URL.
DistroWatch developer Ladislav Bodnar wrote:
"As many of you noticed, the distrowatch.com domain name was suspended by the domain's registrar, Doteasy, last Sunday. I don't want to go into details about what exactly happened as it's a long and boring story. Suffice to say that I feel grossly aggrieved by the series of greedy and even malicious actions taken by Doteasy and as soon as I get this sorted out, I will be looking into transferring the distrowatch.com domain name to another registrar."
3) NSA Looks at Linux Users
A German report published last week, claims that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is tracking all visitors to the Linux Journal website.
"Up until this point, I would imagine most Linux Journal readers had considered the NSA revelations as troubling but figured the NSA would never be interested in them personally," Linux Journal columnist Kyle Rankin wrote. "Now we know that just visiting this site makes you a target."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist