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Linux Top 3: Linux Turns 22, OpenSUSE Goes Evergreen and Ubuntu Goes Over the Edge

  • August 27, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

This past week has been another busy one on the Linux Planet.

1) Linux Turns 22

Linus Torvalds sent out his famous message announcing Linux on August 25th, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, Torvalds this year released the seventh release candidate for Linux 3.11.

"It's been 22 years since (one of) the original announcement(s) so I wanted to try to come up with some interesting numbers," Torvalds wrote. "But in the end, it's just that single number: 22 years. More than half my life, and things have certainly changed since then."

2) OpenSUSE 13.1 Goes Evergreen

The next major release of OpenSUSE will be an evergreen release. Evergreen isn't quite the same as saying enterprise support, though the length of support is significantly longer than a typical OpenSUSE release.

"The openSUSE Evergreen team was started to keep openSUSE releases alive by issuing security and stability fixes after the regular 18-month lifespan of openSUSE releases," openSUSE community manager, Jos Poortvliet wrote. "The team has kept selected releases maintained for an additional 18 to 30 months."

The first openSUSE evergreen release was the 11.1 release which is set to be maintained until November of this year, giving it a total of four years of maintenance updates.

3)Ubuntu Edge Goes Over the Edge

This past week also marked the formal end of Mark Shuttleworth's audacious bid to raise $32 million in 30 days to fund the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.

In the end, nearly $13 million was raised, still far short of the target amount.

"We raised $12,809,906, making the Edge the world’s biggest-ever fixed crowdfunding campaign," Shuttleworth wrote in a note on the Indiegogo site. "Let’s not lose sight of what an achievement that is. Close to 20,000 people believed in our vision enough to contribute hundreds of dollars for a phone months in advance, just to help make it happen."

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

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