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Linux Top 3: kPatch, Linux 3.14 and Ubuntu GNOME

  • March 11, 2014

1) Linux Patching Gets Dynamic

A new era of dynamic Linux kernel patching tools is now starting to emerge. We've all known about Oracle's kSplice for years, but now SUSE and Red Hat are actively seeking to enter the space.

The most recent entrant is the Red Hat kpatch project which is now under active development. According to Red Hat,kpatch allows you to patch a Linux kernel without rebooting or restarting any processes.

"This enables sysadmins to apply critical security patches to the kernel immediately, without having to wait for long-running tasks to complete, users to log off, or scheduled reboot windows," Red Hat explained in a blog post. "It gives more control over uptime without sacrificing security or stability."

2) Linux 3.14 Not going to be Released on Pi Day

Early on in the development cycle for the upcoming Linux 3.14 kernel there was a hope that the new release would debut on March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day (3.14). That no longer seems to be likely.

Linux founder, Linus Torvalds announced the Linux 3.14 rc 6 release late Sunday night, making any final 3.14 release on Pi day now impossible.

"We're getting closer to the end of the rc cycle, and I have to admit that I would have wished for a less bumpy ride," Torvalds wrote. "There haven't been any huge problems, but there's been quite a few small bumps that shouldn't happen this late in the release cycle."

3) Ubuntu GNOME Seeks LTS Status

Ubuntu uses it's own flavor of GNOME Shell known as Unity for its GNOME interface, but that hasn't stopped the Ubuntu community from building an Ubuntu GNOME release. Now the Ubuntu GNOME community is anglingto get official recognition from Canonical and upstream Ubuntu development team in time for the 14.04 release. Ubuntu 14.04 is noteworthy in that it's a Long Term Support release, offering users up to five years of support.

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

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