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Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.6, Samba 4 and Canonical Updates Landscape

  • September 16, 2012
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) GNOME 3.6 Beta 2

GNOME developers have released the final beta of what will become GNOME 3.6. The GNOME 3.5.91 is set to be followed by 3.5.92 on September 19th (the release candidate). The full final general availability for GNOME 3.6 IS currently set for September 26th.

While there are a large number of bug fixes in GNOME 3.6, there are also feature improvements as well. The message tray, activities overview and Nautilus have all undergone significant work to improve the overall user experience. "Make no mistake: 3.6 is a major upgrade to GNOME 3," GNOME developer Allan Day wrote in a blog post." A huge amount of work has gone into this release, and it has been targeted at key aspects of the GNOME 3 user experience. We’ve done a lot, and we’ve made our work count."

2) Samba 4 RC1

After years of effort, it looks like Samba is set for a major overhaul. Samba is a critical technology that enables *nix users to easily share file server with Windows users. With Samba 4 that service gets more robust with ActiveDirectory support.

According to the release notes, "Samba 4.0 supports the server-side of the Active Directory logon environment used by Windows 2000 and later, so we can do full domain join and domain logon operations with these clients.

As part of the ActiveDirectory support, Samba 4.0 also includes its own DNS server for 'simple' configuration as well as the ability to integrate with BIND for more complex scenarios.

If that wasn't enough, this version of Samba will also be easier for developers to integrate, thanks to a new python scripting interface.

3) Canonical Landscape 12.09

This past week was also a big week for Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical. The firm that Mark Shuttleworth built delivered a major update to the Landscape management service.

Landscape now goes beyond just simple management of Ubuntu servers and dips into the world of compliance. Reporting on patch levels and time based analysis of how long it takes to patch systems is all part of the new release.

Deployment to bare metal via the MaaS (Metal as a Service) approach is also enabled.

Controlling all that power also get more control in the new Landscape release. Canonical has an expanded Role Based Access Control system that deliver granular levels of access to assigned users.

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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