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Linux Top 3: Slackware at 20, Sarah Sharp and Ubuntu Edge

  • July 22, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

This past week saw all kinds of developments on the Linux Planet. We witnessed an ongoing discussion about civility in Linux kernel development, Slackware turned 20 years old and Mark Shuttleworth launched (yet another) phone effort.

1) Sarah Sharp

Anyone and everyone that has followed Linux kernel development for a decent length of time, know that it's not a place for the timid. Linus Torvalds doesn't fawn on those whose actions he doesn't appreciate.

Bottom line is that sometimes Torvalds uses colorful language that some might consider to be offensive, in order to get his job done and move the Linux kernel forward.

For most of the last 20 years, that's hasn't been a problem. But it is now. Linux kernel developer Sarah Sharp has taken issue with Torvalds and the overall tone of conversation that shows up on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

Sharp wrote:

Violence, whether it be physical intimidation, verbal threats or verbal abuse is not acceptable. Keep it professional on the mailing lists.

Torvalds has defended his position in multiple posts noting that:

"The fact is, people need to know what my position on things are. And I can't just say "please don't do that", because people won't listen. I say "On the internet, nobody can hear you being subtle", and I mean it."

Both Sharp and Torvalds are expected to discuss the situation the upcoming Linux Kernel summit.

2) Slackware Turns 20

This past week also marked a very special milestone, with the 20th anniversary of the Slackware Linux 1.0.0 release.

Slackware was the first real Linux distribution and it paved the way for the entire ecosystem of distributions that we all know and enjoy today. Then as know, Patrick Volkerding leads the project with the same class he always has.

20 years is a really long time in technology. That first release was available over anonymous FTP and required as many as 13, 3.5 inch disks in order to install.

3) Ubuntu Edge

It's highly unlikely that anyone back in 1993 would have imagined Linux running on phones. Today Linux on phones, thanks to Android is the norm, though regular Linux distributions haven't quite made the same breakthrough.

Ubuntu Linux is trying and has already announced Ubuntu for Android and Ubuntu phone efforts. Now founder Mark Shuttleworth is aiming higher with Ubuntu Edge which will include both Ubuntu and Android.

The effort isn't being bankrolled by Shuttleworth, rather he's going the crowdfunding route with Indiegogo.

Shuttleworth's goal is to raise $32 million in 30 days to build as many as 40,000 Ubuntu Edge phones.

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

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