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Linux Top 3: Linux Foundation Grows, Fedora 20 Delayed and Doudou Grows

  • December 9, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linux Foundation Membership Grows

Anyone, anywhere can use and contribute to Linux. That said, it's always news for some reason when a company formally declares its intentions, puts its money where its mouth is and steps up to the plate to officially support Linux by joining the Linux Foundation.

This past week, the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, Cloudius Systems and gaming giant Valve Software all joined the Linux Foundation as new members. The addition of Valve in particular is an exciting development and is tied to the company's upcoming Steam OS gaming system which is based on Linux.

The news is part of the company's strategy around open gaming, which it has just begun to share broadly," Linux Foundation, Executive Director Jim Zemlin told eWEEK. "With Steam OS and Steam machines coming soon, Linux Foundation membership will help Valve maximize its investment in Linux long term."

2) Fedora Delayed

Linux distributions should only ship when they're ready and the Fedora community is very serious about never shipping before a release is fully baked.

To that end, the upcoming Fedora 20 release, codenamed Heisenbug is being delayed (again) for another week.

Currently Fedora 20 has been pushed to a tentative release date of December 17th. The list of blocker bugsfor the release includes multiple anaconda related bugs.

Anaconda was at the root of the delayed Fedora 18 release in 2012, when the distribution decided to re-write the aging installer.

3) Doudou Grows Up (just a little)

Doudou is not an enterprise-grade Linux, it's a Linux distribution for children. This past week marked the release of Doudou 2.1.

One of the key new addition is a time tracking and control application that enable administrator to limit the amount of time the kids spend using Doudou.

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

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