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Linux Top 3: Valve Gives Back, FreeBSD Updates and openSUSE 12.2 EOL

  • January 27, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Valve Gives Back to Debian

For a variety of reasons, Valve Software decided to base its SteamOS gaming console operating system on Debian GNU/Linux. While it's likely that Valve's SteamOS will result in code contributions and enhancement that can benefit the upstream Debian project, Valve also want to give back in other ways.

Debian developer, Neil McGovern wrote in a Debian mailing list posting:

"At $dayjob for Collabora, we've been working with Valve on SteamOS, which is based on Debian. Valve are keen to contribute back to the community, and I'm discussing a couple of ways that they may be able to do that .

Immediately though, they've offered a free subscription to any Debian Developer which provides access to all past and future Valve produced games"

2) FreeBSD 10

No FreeBSD is not Linux, but it is an open-source operating system and the modern reality of the FreeBSD operating system is that aside of course from the kernel itself, it does in fact share many common GNU and open-source components that are found in typical Linux distributions.

With the FreeBSD 10 release this past week a key new addition is the bhyve virtualization hypervisor.

"bhyve is an experimental hypervisor that runs guest operating systems inside a virtual machine, the FreeBSD project page for bhyve explains. "Parameters such as the number of virtual CPUs, amount of guest memory and I/O connectivity can be specified with command-line parameters."

3) EOL for OpenSUSE 12.2As of January 27th, 2014 the openSUSE 12.2 distribution has it its end of life with SUSE sponsored maintenance. In total, openSUSE 12.2 was supported for 17 months, having first been released in September of 2012.

As part of the EOL announcement, openSUSE has provided some statistics on how the re release was supported with updates over its supported lifecycle.

Here are some statistics of our released updates (compared to 12.1):

      Total updates: 748 (-41)

      Security: 352 (-37)

      Recommended: 395 (-3)

      Optional: 1 (-1)



      Fixed CVE-entries: 1032 (-256)

    Fixed Bugs (overall): 1260 (-560)]

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

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