SLES 11 SP2 is out and Linus hates how secure it is...

SUSE announced that they are making big changes with this SP.  In the past they have only done minor changes and updates.  This time the changes are a little bigger than normal.  They are updating the Kernel to version 3 and adding BRTFS.  This is a big change in the way they are doing business.  For all the details check out this article.

Just as they announced this Linux Torvalds took a few shots at them about their, in his opinion, over bearing security.  We have to agree that some areas like requireing root to change the timezone.  If you want to see some more of his comments check out htis link.

Episode 46 - Life in the Mainstream

Application Installers Unite.....

According to this article we found, meetings are starting to happen and people are trying to move towards a common Application Installer. So their could be the end of the "My package manager is better than yours is" debates?  Well it's a bit early to tell but it does sound like the big distros are talking about settling on a common package format.  If they do go forward with this we can only hope that it's adoption moves faster than LSB(Linux Standards Base).  It would definitely go a long way to help adoption of Linux as a platform.  For instance, only seeing one line on download pages like Windows and Mac have would help newbies or people thinking about trying linux be less afraid.  When you can create app stores that only have to carry one type of package they become a lot easier to create.  We here at linuxinstall.net hope that every linux install will get easier over time.

What do you think?  What problems will one package format have?  What hidden benefits are there?  What hidden problems?