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Linux Top 3: Linus Lashes out, Linux 3.14 Gets PIE and Ubuntu One is Done.

  • April 7, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linus vs Systemd Developer Kay Sievers

Linus Torvalds has never been one to hold its tongue if something is bothering him. This past week, Torvalds lashed out at SystemD developer Kay Sievers over some 'unclean' code.

"Kay, I'm f*cking tired of the fact that you don't fix problems in the code *you* write, so that the kernel then has to work around the problems you cause," Torvalds wrote in an Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) posting. "I'm not willing to merge something where the maintainer is known to not care about bugs and regressions and then forces people in other projects to fix their project. Because I am *not* willing to take patches from people who don't clean up after their problems, and don't admit that it's their problem to fix."

2) Linux 3.14 Gets PIE

The Linux 3.14 kernel was officially released last week and even though it was not officially name Pi or released on Pi Day (March 14th) there is some PIE in the new kernel.

To solve the challenge of buffer bloat in the Linux kernel, the Linux 3.14 kernel include the PIE solution that was first proposed in an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) draft in June 2013.

"Simulation results, theoretical analysis and Linux test bed results have shown that PIE can ensure low latency and achieve high link utilization under various congestion situations," the IETF draft states.

3) Ubuntu One is Done

Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced last week that she was throwing in the towel on the Ubuntu One file service.

"The free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage," Silber wrote. "If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform and to highlight the best of our partners’ services and content."

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

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