227: Linux Mint, Slackware, RHEL Clones, Solus, blendOS & more Linux news!

On this episode of This Week in Linux (227) we have distro news from Solus, blendOS, Linux Mint and Slackware. Red Hat drama continues to build with their competitors making public statements and so this week I’ll give my reaction to their reactions of Red Hat’s actions. Plus there is a new long awaited version of the email client Thunderbird and so much more. If this is your first TWIL, This Week in Linux is the Linux GNews show that keeps you up to date with what’s going on in the Linux and Open Source world. Your Source of Linux GNews!


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  1. I’m mostly posting this response so that you know people are listening. I respect your opinion regarding collecting data from linux users, but I don’t agree. After years of abusive spying by other companies, one of the things I like best about linux is the fact that it’s not constantly chatting back to the mothership. “Anonymized data collection” is a fallacy. Once the telemetrics technology is built into a distribution, it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out how to abuse it. And while the initial plan sounds innocuous, I won’t be installing it on any of my systems. When it comes to counting linux popularity, I think that the current method of compiling statistics from major websites is good enough. (I’d stop that data collection if I could.)

  2. Thanks @MichaelTunnell especially for your reaction to the reactions - and I favour AlmaLinux’s too, out of all of them too, as mentioned elsewhere :slight_smile:

    I haven’t read Oracle’s statement in full and am in no rush to, though your comments did make me chuckle. I remember what happened with OpenOffice.org and Oracle’s legal tussle with Google. I do use VirtualBox and OpenJDK quite a lot though, both of which Oracle are linked to.

    Like you, I believe, I’d really like to see the community get behind CentOSStream as a way of potentially benefitting all Enterprise Linux users. Let’s see what happens, I guess!

    Also I do believe Slackware was the first Linux distro I tried, back in about 1994. I remember thinking that to create a fully-fledged OS and “ecosystem of applications” that could compete with Windows would take … about thirty years, was my wild guess. I was wrong. Linux did it a lot faster :slight_smile:

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