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Linux Top 3: SLES 11 SP4, Chromixium OS 1.5 and Canonical Licensing

  • July 20, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) FSF vs Canonical

There are few Linux distribution as popular as Canonical's Ubuntu and yet in the eye of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Canonical has taken some liberties with Free and Open-source licensing.

On July 15th, 2015, the Free Software Foundation's Licensing and Compliance Lab, along with the Software Freedom Conservancy, announces that, after two years of negotiations, Canonical, Ltd. has published an update to the licensing terms of Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

The update at long last now means that Canonical's licenses comply with the terms of the GNU GPL.

Today's "trump clause" makes clear that, for example, Canonical's requirement that users recompile Ubuntu packages from source code before redistributing them is not intended to and does not override the GPL's explicit permission for users to redistribute covered packages in binary form (with no recompilation requirement) as long as they also provide the corresponding source.

So it's not quite a perfect model, but apparently it works.

2) SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 4

SUSE is out with Service Pack 4 for its flagship SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. The big new addition is new architecture support for: Intel Xeon Processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, IBM z13 and IBM POWER8. In

"SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 4 enhances today's infrastructure and prepares customers for tomorrow's challenges," said George Shi, SUSE Linux Enterprise product marketing manager in a statement "With applications from more than 4,000 independent software vendors certified on the platform, the 19,000 customers who trust SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will also benefit from the up to seven additional years of support with SP4."

3) Chromixium 1.5

Chromixium is an interesting Linux distribution that combines elements of Google's Chromium and the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Among the improvements in the new release :

  • Now using the standard Ubuntu (Ubiquity) installer with better language support, hardware detection and support for encrypted home and LVM (see note below).
  • Rolls up Service Pack 1 and all upstream updates (including latest Flash and Chromium updates) into a new ISO
  • Updated Xorg, but kernel remains on long term support 3.13
  • Faster right-click applications menu generation

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

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