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Friday March 22, 2019. 03:34 PM
Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (cron and ntfs-3g), Fedora (firefox, ghostscript, libzip, python2-django1.11, PyYAML, tcpflow, and xen), Mageia (ansible, firefox, and ImageMagick/GraphicsMagick), Red Hat (ghostscript), Scientific Linux (firefox...
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Thursday March 21, 2019. 05:56 PM
Kernel developers learn, one way or another, to be careful about memory use; any memory taken by the kernel is not available for use by the actual applications that people keep the computer around to run. So it is unsurprising that eyebrows went up when Joel Fernandes...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (drupal7, firefox-esr, and openjdk-8), Fedora (ghostscript, python2-django1.11, and SDL), Red Hat (firefox), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (nodejs4 and openssl-1_1), and Ubuntu (gdk-pixbuf).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 21, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday March 20, 2019. 07:36 PM
In software, we tend to build abstraction layers. But, at times, those layers get in the way, so we squash them. In a talk at SCALE 17x in Pasadena, CA, Kyle Anderson surveyed some of the layers that we have built and squashed along the way. He also looked at some of the...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (libelf and wordpress), CentOS (cloud-init, cockpit, openssl, and tomcat), Gentoo (openssh), openSUSE (ovmf), Scientific Linux (cloud-init), and SUSE (go1.11, ldb, lftp, libssh2_org, and openwsman).
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Version 8.0.0 of the LLVM compiler suite is out. 'It's the result of the LLVM community's work over the past six months, including: speculative load hardening, concurrent compilation in the ORC JIT API, no longer experimental WebAssembly target, a Clang option to initialize...
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Tuesday March 19, 2019. 08:12 PM
Bradley Kuhn of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) first heard the term 'sustainability' being applied to free and open-source software (FOSS) four or five years ago in the wake of Heartbleed. He wondered what the term meant in that context, so he looked into it some. He ...
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Mozilla has released Firefox 66.0. The release notes contain details. New in this release: Firefox now prevents websites from automatically playing sound, improved search experience, smoother scrolling, improved performance and better user experience for extensions, and more.
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Stable kernels 5.0.3, 4.20.17, 4.19.30, 4.14.107, and 4.9.164 have been released with the usual set of important fixes. This is the last 4.20.y kernel and users should upgrade to 5.0.y at this time.
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel), Debian (libjpeg-turbo, liblivemedia, neutron, and otrs2), Fedora (SDL), Gentoo (ntp), openSUSE (java-1_8_0-openjdk), Red Hat (cloud-init), Slackware (libssh2), SUSE (libssh2_org, nodejs10, and nodejs8), and Ubuntu (tiff).
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Monday March 18, 2019. 11:57 PM
Python versions 3.5.7 and 3.4.10 have been released. Both are in 'security fixes only' mode and are source-only releases. This is the final release in the Python 3.4 series. The 3.4 branch has been retired, 'no further changes to 3.4 will be accepted, and no new releases...
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Version 4 of the Solus distribution has been released. 'We are proud to announce the immediate availability of Solus 4 Fortitude, a new major release of the Solus operating system. This release delivers a brand new Budgie experience, updated sets of default applications and...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (ikiwiki, liblivemedia, linux-4.9, rdflib, and sqlalchemy), Fedora (advancecomp, kubernetes, mingw-poppler, and php), Mageia (ikiwiki), openSUSE (chromium, file, and sssd), Red Hat (ansible, openstack-ceilometer, and...
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By the time that 5.1-rc1 was released and the 5.1 merge window ended, 11,241 non-merge changesets had been pulled into the mainline repository. Of those, just over 5,000 were pulled since the first 5.1 merge-window summary. It often happens that the biggest changes are...
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Linus has released 5.1-rc1 and closed the merge window for this development cycle. 'A somewhat recent development is how the tools/testing/ updates have been quite noticeable lately. That's not new to the 5.1 merge window, it's been going on for a while, but it's maybe just...
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Saturday March 16, 2019. 02:13 PM
Remember the KNOPPIX distribution? KNOPPIX 8.5.0 has been released. It includes a 4.20 kernel, several desktop environments, the ADRIANE audio desktop, UEFI secure boot support, and more.
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Friday March 15, 2019. 10:02 PM
Your editor has never been a prolific blogger; a hard day in the LWN salt mines tends to reduce the desire to write more material for the net in the scarce free time that remains. But, still, sometimes the desire to post something that is not on-topic for LWN arises. Google+ ...
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Here's a SUSE press release hyping its transition to being 'the largest independent open-source company'. 'As it has for more than 25 years, SUSE remains committed to an open source development and business model and to actively participating in communities and projects to...
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Thomas Haller writes about the WireGuard integration in NetworkManager 1.16. 'NetworkManager provides a de facto standard API for configuring networking on the host. This allows different tools to integrate and interoperate — from cli, tui, GUI, to cockpit. All these...
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