VSHN.timer #125: Linux 2022

24. Jan 2022

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about the state of Linux in 2022.


But before we start, we’d like to ask you to participate in our DevOps in Switzerland Study 2022; we’re interested in knowing how DevOps is contributing in the digital transformation of our country, and besides the good karma, you’ll have the chance to win a prize!

1. The New Stack published a short summary of the most important events of 2021 in the Linux galaxy: the CentOS Stream affair begat AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux; Ubuntu is preparing another LTS release for next April; and Amazon aligned its own flavor of Linux with Fedora.


2. Desktop builds of Linux for the ARM CPU architecture are one of the hottest new frontiers for Linux. EuroLinux just released their RHEL-based ARM distribution; Arch Linux ARM is targeting ARMv6, ARMv7, and ARMv8 AArch64 boards; and Asahi Linux is busy making Arch available for the latest Apple Silicon-based Macs.


3. Linux kernel developer Ingo Molnar has proposed a stunning 2200 changes, in order to reduce compilation times, through a re-arrangement of the ~10’000 header files in the codebase. Not for the faint of heart. The original thread starts with a fascinating explanation.


4. Arch Linux is a popular distribution among VSHNeers, and the Arch constellation has gotten new members lately: JuNest is a lightweight Arch Linux that runs upon other distributions; and instantOS is another Arch Linux based distro that works out of the box but is still aimed at power users.


5. Atwood’s Law strikes again. The VSHN.timer tool of the week is Browsix, a POSIX-compliant web application, with everything you need to run Unix on your web browser. Read the paper with all the science behind this project.


Are you looking forward to use Linux on Apple Silicon Macs? Are you an Arch Linux user? Would you like to share some tips and tricks with the community? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

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PS3: check out our previous VSHN.timer editions about Linux: #45, #55, #72, #96, and #105.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski ist bei VSHN für den Bereich Developer Relations zuständig. Er ist seit 1996 Software-Entwickler, Trainer und veröffentlichter Autor. Adrian hat einen Master in Informationstechnologie von der Universität Liverpool.

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