Open Recall: systemd myths, Linux Mint 15 naming, Alan Cox
Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth covering. In this edition: Lennart Poettering dispels systemd myths, a status report on SE Linux, Alan Cox steps down from Linux development, Linux Mint 15 gets a name and the latest version of The Castle Game Engine is released.
- Dispelling systemd myths – Lennart Poettering, co-developer of the systemd init system has written a comprehensive rebuttal of what he perceives are the 30 biggest myths about systemd. Since its introduction, systemd has garnered a lot of criticisms but has also been adopted by many Linux distributions, including Fedora, openSUSE, Mageia, Mandriva and Arch Linux. Poettering's document sheds light on many decisions behind the design of the framework and is well worth reading for users and developers interested in how the daemon works.
- SE Linux status report – SE Linux developer Russell Coker has given a talk at the linux.conf.au conference, explaining recent work on the security-enhanced version of the Linux operating system. He has now summarised the talk on his blog. This includes details on the progress of support for systemd, NFS, ZFS and Btrfs in SE Linux.
- Alan Cox steps down – Long-time kernel developer Alan Cox has stepped down from his role in kernel development and his job at Intel for personal reasons. Cox stressed that the move had nothing to do with differences between the kernel developers or with his employers at Intel and that he is "departing quite genuinely for family reasons".
- Linux Mint 15 naming – The upcoming version of Linux Mint will be named "Olivia", derived from Latin for olive and known as a major character from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre announced the naming decision on the Linux Mint Blog. Linux Mint 15 will be available with Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce desktop editions; it is planned for release "at the end of May 2013".
- The Castle – The Castle is an open source first-person shooter game set in a dark fantasy universe. Version 1.0.0 of the game is available for 32- and 64-bit Linux, Windows and 32-bit Mac OS X. The latest version of the game's open source engine, Castle Game Engine 4.0.0, has also recently been released and its source code is available from the project's web site.