Here is LWN's fifteenth annual timeline of significant events in the
Linux and free software world. We will be breaking the timeline up into
quarters, and this is our report on July-August 2012. A timeline for the
remaining quarter of the year will appear next week.
This is version 0.8 of the 2012 timeline. There are almost certainly
some errors or omissions; if you find any, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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previous timelines and some other retrospective articles going all the way
back to 1998.
Popular pet names Rover, Cheryl and Kate could be a thing of the
past. Banks are now advising parents to think carefully before naming their
child’s first pet. For security reasons, the chosen name should have at
least eight characters, a capital letter and a digit. It should not be the
same as the name of any previous pet, and must never be written down,
especially on a collar as that is the first place anyone would
look. Ideally, children should consider changing the name of their pet
every 12 weeks.
[...] We tried to call Barclays’ security expert R0b Ste!nway for a
comment, but he was not available for 24 hours, having answered his phone
incorrectly three times in succession.
Akademy 2012 is held in Tallinn, Estonia, June 30-July 6 (LWN
coverage: Defensive publications, Plasma Active and Make Play Live; The Qt Project and KDE; KWin scripting; Freedom and the internet; Contour and Plasma Active; KDE successes and areas for improvement).
Oracle Linux 6.3 is released (announcement,
notes, and LWN article on Oracle's attempt
to draw users away from CentOS to their own RHEL clone).
Mozilla surprises Thunderbird users by announcing that it is pulling
developers from the project (LWN article).
The first patches adding support for
64-bit ARM processors are posted (LWN article).
Open Font Library 0.5 is released (announcement).
Michael Kerrisk joins LWN as an editor (LWN article).
CUPS 1.6 is released (announcement, LWN article).
Firebug 1.10.0 is released (LWN blurb).
A number of the developers all went to a climbing gym one
evening, and I found myself climbing with another kernel developer who
worked for a different company, someone whose code I had rejected in the
past for various reasons, and then eventually accepted after a number of
different iterations. So I've always thought after that incident, "always
try to be nice in email, you never know when the person on the other side
of the email might be holding onto a rope ensuring your safety."
Linux 3.5 is released (announcement; KernelNewbies summary; LWN
merge window summaries: part 1, part 2, and part
3; LWN development statistics article).
The Debian project launches a new effort to clarify why Debian is
not on the Free Software Foundation's free distribution list, though
little has changed since then (LWN article).
Bison 2.6 is released (LWN blurb; Motion tracking with Skeltrack).
CRtools 0.1 is released (LWN is released).
GUADEC is held in A Coruña, July 26-August 1 (LWN coverage: Open source and open "stuff"; Imagining Tor built-in to GNOME; New funding models for open source software;
Porting GNOME to Android; GNOME OS conversations).
Trust me: every problem in computer science may be solved
by an indirection, but those indirections are *expensive*. Pointer chasing
is just about the most expensive thing you can do on modern CPU's.
-- Linus Torvalds
The KDE project releases KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications,
and KDE Platform 4.9 (announcement).
Texas Linux Fest is held in San Antonio (LWN coverage: TexOS teaching open source).
LibreOffice 3.6 is released (announcement,
LWN blurb and an earlier
article looking at the branding challenge facing LibreOffice).
Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a
new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices
we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices
may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find
legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a
song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music
streamed from Spotify.
SCO files for Chapter 7 liquidation (LWN blurb).
CyanogenMod 9.0 is released (LWN blurb and earlier article previewing the release).
The GNOME project turns 15 (LWN article).
Calligra 2.5 is released (announcement,
Valgrind 3.8.0 is released (announcement).
Digia acquires Qt from Nokia (LWN blurb).
PowerTop 2.1 is released (LWN article).
Ben Hutchings announces plans to support the 3.2 kernel until Debian
7.0 reaches end of life, which probably means end of 2015 (announcement).
FreedomBox 0.1 is released (announcement,
earlier LWN article on FreedomBox as an
alternative to commercial home routers).
A critical Java zero-day exploit emerges (The
The third GStreamer Conference is held in San Diego, California,
August 27-28 (LWN coverage: The approach of
GStreamer 1.0; The road ahead; Linux media subsystems).
The 2012 Linux Kernel Summit is held in San Diego, California,
August 27-29 (LWN provided extensive coverage of the main summit, as well as the
associated the ARM
minisummit, Linux Security
Summit, and memcg/mm
Most importantly, a series of leaks over the past few
years containing more than 100 million real-world passwords have provided
crackers with important new insights about how people in different walks of
life choose passwords on different sites or in different settings. The
ever-growing list of leaked passwords allows programmers to write rules
that make cracking algorithms faster and more accurate; password attacks
have become cut-and-paste exercises that even script kiddies can perform
Goodin in ars technica
LinuxCon North America is held in San Diego, California, August
29-31 (LWN coverage: Funding development;
Open hardware for open hardware; Dragons and penguins in space; The tragedy of the commons gatekeepers).
The Linux Plumbers Conference is held in San Diego, California,
August 29-31 (LWN coverage: Realtime
MongoDB 2.2 is released (announcement).
The jury in the Apple v. Samsung patent suit finds in favor of Apple on
almost all claims (LWN blurb, LWN article on look-and-feel lawsuits).
So yeah, I do acknowledge that both modes of working make
sense, I just believe the default approach should be one where focus is on
stabilizing things, not on developing new stuff all the time.
-- Lennart Poettering
Linux From Scratch 7.2 is released (announcement).
openSUSE 12.2 is released (LWN blurb).
Qubes 1.0 is released (LWN blurb).
QEMU 1.2 is released (LWN blurb).
Twisted 12.2.0 is released (announcement).
Yes I have now read kernel bugzilla, every open bug (and
closed over half of them). An interesting read, mysteries that Sherlock
Holmes would puzzle over, a length that wanted a good editor urgently, an
interesting line in social commentary, the odd bit of unnecessary bad
language. As a read it is however overall not well explained or structured.
PostgreSQL 9.2 is released (announcement, LWN article on the 9.2 beta).
GNU patch 2.7 is released (announcement).
SyncEvolution 1.3 is released (announcement).
Cinnamon 1.6 is released (announcement).
The Linux Foundation announces the creation of the Automotive Grade Linux workgroup (LWN blurb).
Rackspace announces that it is handing over the OpenStack project
OpenStack Foundation (LWN blurb).
The OpenStreetMap project completes relicensing of its database to
Open Database License (announcement and 2008 LWN article on the motivation for the
The second Automotive Linux Summit is held in Gaydon, England
(LWN coverage: First signs of actual code;
Automotive Grade Linux).
The X.Org Developers Conference is held in Nuremberg, Germany
(LWN coverage: Status report from the X.Org
Board; Graphics stack security; Programming languages for X application
development; OpenGL futures).
GeeXboX 3.0 is released (LWN blurb).
Canonical decides to include Amazon search results in the Ubuntu
Dash (LWN blurb).
If by "intuitive" you mean "the same as the old
interface" then I must agree. Otherwise, I think you are just trying to
hold on to what you know.
-- David Lehman
Tent 0.1 is released (LWN blurb
GStreamer 1.0 is released (LWN blurb and article previewing the release).
GTK+ 3.6.0 is released (announcement).
GNOME 3.6 released (LWN blurb).
Slackware 14 is released (LWN blurb).
Open webOS 1.0 is released (announcement).
It is an accepted fact that memcg sucks. But can it suck
Calibre 0.9.0 is released (announcement).
Python 3.3.0 is released (announcement, what's new in 3.3
CIA.vc shuts down (LWN article).
Joomla 3.0 is released (LWN blurb).
Linux 3.6 is released (announcement; KernelNewbies summary; LWN
merge window summaries: part 1, part 2, and part
3; LWN development statistics article).
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