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Issue 192 (Christmas 2014) - Power Up
We’re powering up this issue, but this time it’s your
brain that’s getting the upgrade (don’t worry it won’t
hurt a bit). Your inner Tux is about to get a super-boost
of FOSS knowledge. So prepare your sedated synapses, wake
your napping neurons and gather your grey matter for an influx
of distro secrets and the inner workings of the GNU/Linux
You can’t understate how important this system-level
knowledge is. It’s valued highly by old-school system admins
and enables you to grapple with the inner workings of Linux
unlike anything else. It’s so highly prized that recent changes to
the Debian caused a group of ‘veteran Unix admins’ aka Unix
grey-beards to threaten to (all together now) fork it, find out
more over at http://debianfork.org.
It’s the old cliché that no one likes change, the loss of SysV
init for Systemd, plus the emphasis on the Gnome desktop has
got the backs up of a bunch of old-timers alongside other
groups that are against the supposed feature creep of Systemd.
Like or loath Systemd, the Debian board democratically
debated and selected it as the new init (SysV also remains in
there) so asking it to then renege on that democratically made
decision feels wrong. It’s like the FOSS Godfather is making us
an offer we can’t refuse. But it’s their freedom to fork Debian
and good luck to them, just quit with the threats.
Life remains very exciting in the world of Linux we’ve
managed to condense just a fraction of the developments that
are taking place in the open source world. To kick things off
we’ve got a full report and interviews with the people at
Oggcamp 2014, (p42) hearing from the movers and shakers
about developments this year. Our lad Jonni has been very busy
building a Linux NAS box on page 46, creating the game 2048
inside of Minecraft, of all places, and using Mathematica to
control Pi gadgets. Finally, an area we’ve wanted to explore for a
long time is robotics and we look at how you can get started
building a Linux-powered robot on page 52. With Ubuntu 14.10
on the disc this issue should keep you very busy!