Linux Top 3: Linux 3.19 rc1, Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 and Tails 1.2.2
As the final days of 2014 bring the year to an end, there is already much indication on the horizon for goodness to come in 2015
1) Linux 3.19 RC1
The first release candidate for Linux 3.19 is now out, providing some early indications of what is to come in the first Linux kernel of 2015.
In his release announcement on LKML, Linus Torvalds wrote that Linux 3.19 rc1 is one of the biggest individual rc's for Linux in recent memory, though both Linux 3.10 and 3.15 were historically bigger.
Anyway, we've got changes all over the place, including a new architecture (nios2).
In the "big picture", this looks like a fairly normal release. About two thirds driver updates, with about half of the rest being architecture updates (and no, the new nios2 patches are not at all dominant, it's about half ARM, with the new nios2 support being less than 10% of the arch updates by lines overall). The remaining one sixth is "misc": networking, header updates, documentation, filesystems, tooling, and core kernel (in pretty much that order).
As previously reported here on Linux Planet, Linux 3.19 also gets one of the more interesting bits of niche updates with support for Microsoft's Surface Type keyboard.
2) Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha
Though it's not set to debut until April, the first Alpha for the first Ubuntu release of 2015 is already out. Ubuntu 15.04, aka the Vivid Vervet is still in its earliest days so a full frozen feature list is not yet completed.
Ubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell wrote:
Pre-releases of the Vivid Vervet are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.
Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.
3) Tails 1.2.2
Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) has received an emergency incremental update fixing a root certificate that is required to verify upgrade.
On January 3rd, the SSL certificate of our website hosting provider, boum.org, will expire. The new certificate will be issued by a different certificate authority. This certificate authority is verified by the automatic upgrade mechanism of Tails.
As a consequence, versions previous to 1.2.2 won't be able to do the next automatic upgrade to version 1.2.3 and will receive an error message from _Tails Upgrader_ when starting Tails after January 3rd.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist