Linux Top 3: Linux 3.10 Goes Long, Linux 3.11 Advances as LXDE Merges
Big week for Linux news with major kernel news and a reshaping of the Linux desktop space.
1) Linux 3.10 Goes Long
Linux Foundation fellow, Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced that the Linux 3.10 kernel is the next longterm Linux kernel release.
"Despite the fact that the 3.10-stable kernel releases are not slowing down at all, and there are plenty of pending patches already lined up for the next few releases, I figured it was a good time to let everyone know now that I’m picking the 3.10 kernel release as the next longterm kernel, so they can start planning things around it if needed," Kroah-Hartman wrote.
Longterm kernel releases are maintained by Kroah-Hartman for a period of two years. In contrast , regular kernels have short life spans. The 3.9 kernel which only hit general availability in April of 2013 was End of Lifed the other week.
2) Linux 3.11 Advances
This past week, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.11 rc-4 update pushing the next release of the kernel ever closer to general availability.
"I had hoped things would start calming down, but rc4 is pretty much exactly the same size as rc3 was. That said, the patches seem a bit more spread out, and less interesting - which is a good thing," Torvalds wrote "Boring is good. Let's keep it that way, and try to make for fewer patches for -rc5, ok? Because we are past half-way now, and I really want to see just fixes."
3) LXDE-qt and Razor-qt Merge
LXDE-qt and Razor are two decent lightweight Linux desktop efforts that had similar goals. Now the two projects will become one.
There have been talks of "merging" ever since LXDE-Qt was announced. Having taken the decision to collaborate, we've all had the pleasure of working together already.
"Our plan is to cherry-pick the best parts of Razor and LXDE and include or port those to LXDE-Qt," Jerome Leclanche wrote in a mailing list posting. "Other components will be ported straight from GTK code or rewritten from scratch. In the end, we want to offer the best possible experience while reusing as much code as possible. It will not be an easy process."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist