Linux Top 3: Slackware Turns 21, Debian Squeezes and Linux 3.16 Nears
1) Slackware at 21
On July 17, 1993, Patrick Volkerding announced the released of Slackware Linux 1.0. It was the first real Linux distribution - a packaged compilation of the Linux kernel and utilities needed to make a full 'Linux' operating system.
After all these years, Slackware still exists, with the most recent release being Slackware 14.1 which was released in November of 2013. All modern Linux distributions owe a debt of gratitude to Slackware for being the forebear and the trailblazer for starting the Linux distribution phenomena.
2) Debian Squeezes One More Time.
While not quite as old as Slackware (but close), Debian has its own proud, long legacy. One chapter of that legacy is now coming to a close with the release of 6.0.10, which is the final production release for Squeeze.
"The Debian project is pleased to announce the tenth and final update of its oldstable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename "squeeze"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available."
The final release of Squeeze, doesn't mean the actual end of Squeeze support. There is now also a Debian Long Term Support (LTS) branch. The Long Term phase of support will now provide security updates for the distro until February of 2016.
Debian Squeeze was first released back in February of 2011.
3) Linux 3.16 Nears Completion
The next major Linux kernel is nearing completion, though Linus Torvalds isn't too pleased that he's still getting more changes then he'd like.
Week by week, we're getting to what is supposed to be the last rc's, but quite frankly, things aren't calming down the way they are supposed to.
That was already true for rc5 - it was bigger than rc4. That didn't worry me all that much, because rc4 was really pretty small. But now rc6 is out, and it's bigger than rc5 was, and it's not even all trivial stuff.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist