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Linux Top 3: Linux 3.14 is Not a Piece of Pi

  • February 3, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linux 3.14 PI

The first release candidate for the upcoming Linux 3.14 kernel is now out, just don't call it 'Pi'.

"I realize that as a number, 3.14 looks familiar to people, and I had naming requests related to that. But that's simply not how the nonsense kernel names work," Torvalds wrote. "You can console yourself with the fact that the name doesn't actually show up anywhere, and nobody really cares. So any pi-related name you make up will be *quite* as relevant as the one in the main Makefile, so don't get depressed."

Torvalds added, "Besides, any self-respecting geek will know pi to twenty decimal places from their dorky youth, so 3.14 isn't really *that* close, is it?"

2) PiCore 5.1

While Torvalds doesn't want the name Pi for the Linux kernel, other distros embrace it, especially when it related to the Raspberry Pi platform.

"Tiny Core Linux is not a traditional distribution but a toolkit to create your own customized system. It offers not only flexibility, small footprint but a very recent kernel and set of applications making it ideal for custom systems, appliances as well as to learn Linux, matching Raspberry Pi perfectly. It is running entirely in RAM.

3) Mageia 4

The fork of the Mandriva project, Mageia continues to grow and prosper. This week the Mageia 4 release debuted based on the Linux 3.12 kernel. The new release starts up with a new Welcome screen.

The Mageia wikiexplains: "It can make starting with Mageia a little bit easier for newcomers."

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

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