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Linux Top 3: Google Chooses Debian, Ubuntu Installer and GNOME's Bugzilla

  • May 14, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Debian Gets a Big Cloud Backer

Barely a week after the big Debian Wheezy release and Google is already making a big move in its direction.

The Google Compute Engine (aka Google's Cloud) is moving to Debian

"For fast performance and to reduce bandwidth costs, Google is hosting a Debian package mirror for use by Google Compute Engine Debian instances," Jimmy Kaplowitz, Site Reliability Engineer and Debian developer, wrote in a blog post. "We are continually evaluating other operating systems that we can enable with Compute Engine. However, going forward, Debian will be the default image type for Compute Engine."

Google's own Goobuntu distribution which is used on internal desktop's is based on Ubuntu.

2) Ubuntu App Installer

Ubuntu which is still somewhat based on Debian Linux and its' .deb packaging system is now looking at a new app installer system.

The idea is to enable a new generation of apps, particularly from a scalability perspective. The new system could also potentially be a boost for Ubuntu's mobile aspiration with a system that would be tailored for that medium.

At this early stage, Ubuntu developer Colin Watson stressed in mailing list messagethat the effort is not intended to be a wholesale change.

This is not aimed at changing packages that are already part of the Ubuntu archive; for the most part our existing system works well for those, and they tend to have non-trivial dependency structures. We'll continue to use dpkg and apt for building the Ubuntu operating system, syncing with Debian, and so on.

3) GNOME Says No

Open source software development involves collaboration and some give and take.

Well that is unless you're a wanna be GNOME developer. Bug #698544details a bug report titled 'Background configuration is missing in terminal profile editor.'

Eduard Valiauka [reporter] 2013-04-22 07:18:29 UTC
1. Open gnome terminal
2. Go to Edit -> Profile Preferences

Actual result: Background configuration tab is missing.
It was present in 3.6 version, please return it back.
Comment 1
Christian Persch [gnome-terminal developer] 2013-04-22 09:34:26 UTC

That 'no' was all the detail that Persch provided, closing the issue at that point. GNOME developer Allan Day chimed in late monday:

While Christian’s initial response could have been better, he has responded in detail in private mail and I suspect that he was simply tired of the issue.

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

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