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Friday April 16, 2021. 06:21 PM
Today's crop of stable kernels includes the following: 4.4.267, 4.9.267, 4.14.231, 4.19.188, 5.4.113, 5.10.31, and 5.11.15. As usual. they contain important fixes throughout the tree; users of those series should upgrade.
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One of the key resources that defines a process is its address space — the set of mappings that determines what any specific memory address means within that process. An address space is normally private to the process it belongs to, but there are situations where one...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (smarty3), Fedora (libpano13, python3.8, and seamonkey), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, gstreamer1.0, thunderbird, and x11-server), Oracle (libldb and thunderbird), SUSE (grafana and system-user-grafana, kernel, and openldap2),...
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Thursday April 15, 2021. 04:31 PM
A new organization for maintainers and contributors to GNU tools, the GNU Assembly, has announced its existence. 'We’re excited to kick off the GNU Assembly and its web site! This place intends to be a collaboration platform for the developers of GNU packages who are all...
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The Fedora project may have managed to shake off its reputation for delayed releases in recent years, but that hasn't stopped the release date for Fedora 34 from slipping one week to April 27. Modulo a handful of bugs, though, this release is in its final form, so a look at...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (xorg-server), Fedora (kernel), openSUSE (clamav, fluidsynth, python-bleach, spamassassin, and xorg-x11-server), Red Hat (gnutls and nettle, libldb, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), SUSE (clamav, util-linux, and...
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The Google security blog has a detailed article on what a device driver written in Rust looks like. 'That is, we use Rust's ownership discipline when interacting with C code by handing the C portion ownership of a Rust object, allowing it to call functions implemented in...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for April 15, 2021 is available.
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Wednesday April 14, 2021. 11:28 PM
In early April, Fedora program manager Ben Cotton posted a proposal to use the distribution's debuginfod servers by default in Fedora 35. This feature would help developers who are trying to debug or trace their programs using various tools, but who are lacking the source...
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The OpenStack cloud-infrastructure project has made its 23rd release, Wallaby. 'The Wallaby release strengthens open infrastructure for cloud native applications with enhanced security and integration with other open source technologies. More than 17,000 code changes...
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Stable kernels 5.11.14, 5.10.30, 5.4.112, and 4.19.187 have been released with important fixes throughout the tree. Users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (screen), Debian (clamav, courier-authlib, and tomcat9), Red Hat (thunderbird), SUSE (clamav, glibc, kernel, open-iscsi, opensc, spamassassin, thunderbird, wpa_supplicant, and xorg-x11-server), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws,...
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Tuesday April 13, 2021. 11:48 PM
The FreeBSD 13 release is out. It includes a lot of updated software, the removal of a number of GNU tools (including the toolchain), and more, but not WireGuard. See the release notes for the details.
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There are times when developers and system administrators need to diagnose problems in running code. The program to be examined can be a user-space process, the kernel, or both. Two of the major tools available on Linux to perform this sort of analysis are SystemTap and...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libpano13), Fedora (mosquitto and perl-Net-CIDR-Lite), Mageia (curl, mongodb, pdfbox, python-jinja2, rygel, spamassassin, tor, velocity, webkit2, and wireshark), openSUSE (umoci), Oracle (389-ds:1.4, kernel, and virt:ol and...
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Monday April 12, 2021. 08:31 PM
While some parts of the core kernel reached a relatively stable 'done' state years ago, others never really seem to be finished. One of the latter variety is undoubtedly the kernel's implementation of spinlocks, which arbitrate access to data at the lowest levels of the...
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The Free Software Foundation has finally issued a statement on why the decision to return Richard Stallman to the organization's board of directors was taken. We decided to bring RMS back because we missed his wisdom. His historical, legal and technical acumen on free...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel and libldb), Debian (mediawiki, qemu, ruby-kramdown, and xen), Fedora (grub2, libldb, libopenmpt, python-pikepdf, python39, samba, squid, and webkit2gtk3), openSUSE (bcc, ceph, gssproxy, hostapd, isync, kernel, openexr,...
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The 5.12-rc7 kernel prepatch is out; it's rather larger than Linus would have liked. 'End result: I'm still waffling about the final 5.12 release. The fact that we have a big rc7 does make me think that I'll probably do an rc8 this time around. But it ends up depending a bit ...
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Saturday April 10, 2021. 10:13 PM
There is another set of stable kernel updates out: 5.11.13, 5.10.29, 5.4.111, 4.19.186, 4.14.230, 4.9.266, and 4.4.266. Each contains another set of important fixes.
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