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Thursday July 20, 2017. 09:22 PM
There are a few reasons for wanting the ability to get proper stack traces out of the kernel, including profiling, tracing, and debugging kernel crashes. Historically, the kernel's tracebacks have been unreliable for a number of reasons, most of which have been fixed in...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (freeradius), Debian (memcached), Fedora (irssi and putty), openSUSE (catdoc), Red Hat (collectd), and Ubuntu (expat, openldap, spice, and tiff).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 20, 2017 is available.
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<p> A short sub-thread on the python-ideas mailing list provides some "food for thought" about the purpose and scope of that list, but also some things to perhaps be considered more widely. When discussing new features and ideas, it is common for the conversation to be...
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Wednesday July 19, 2017. 09:27 PM
<p> An under-the-radar proposal to stop building i686 kernels for Fedora led to a discussion about dropping support for 32-bit x86 hardware. Any of the hardware that needs these kernels is quite old, but participants in a thread on the Fedora devel mailing list noted that...
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<p> CPython is the reference implementation of Python, so it is, unsurprisingly, the target for various language-extension modules. But the API and ABI it provides to those extensions ends up limiting what alternative Python implementations—and even CPython itself—can...
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The GnuPG Project has announced the availability of Libgcrypt 1.8.0. 'This is a new stable version of Libgcrypt with full API and ABI compatibility to the 1.7 series. Its main features are support Blake-2, XTS mode, an improved RNG, and performance improvements for the ARM...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (c-ares, freeradius, gvim, lib32-libtiff, libtiff, pcre, rkhunter, and vim), Debian (apache2, evince, imagemagick, unattended-upgrades, and vim), Fedora (openldap, php, and poppler), Oracle (freeradius), SUSE (evince and...
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Tuesday July 18, 2017. 08:35 PM
Software patents may not have brought about the free-software apocalypse that some have feared over the years, but they remain a minefield for the software industry as a whole. A small-scale example of this can be seen in the recent decision by the Apache Software Foundation ...
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Linux.com takes a look at Google's OSS-Fuzz threat detection tool. 'Google also announced that it is expanding its existing Patch Rewards program to include rewards for the integration of fuzz targets into OSS-Fuzz. To qualify for these rewards, a project needs to have a...
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Remix OS was an effort to bring Android to the PC, which included a kickstarter campaign to build products using Remix OS. Now Jide Technology, makers of Remix OS, has announced a change in focus that leaves Remix OS out of the picture. 'We’ll be restructuring our approach ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libmtp), Fedora (kernel), Red Hat (freeradius and kernel), Scientific Linux (freeradius), and Ubuntu (libgcrypt11).
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Monday July 17, 2017. 05:32 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (apache, evince, and mosquitto), Debian (apache2, evince, heimdal, and knot), Fedora (c-ares, cacti, evince, GraphicsMagick, httpd, jabberd, libgcrypt, openvas-cli, openvas-gsa, openvas-libraries, openvas-manager,...
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Sunday July 16, 2017. 07:49 PM
Version 6 of the Mageia distribution is available. 'Though Mageia 6’s development was much longer than anticipated, we took the time to polish it and ensure that it will be our greatest release so far.' Highlights include KDE Plasma 5, the DNF package manager as an...
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By the end of the 4.13 merge window, 11,258 non-merge changesets had been pulled into the mainline repository — about 3,600 since the first half of this series was written. That is nowhere near the 12,920 changesets that landed during the 4.12 merge window, but it still...
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Linus has released 4.13-rc1 and closed the merge window for this cycle. 'Once again, the diffstat is absolutely dominated by some AMD gpu header files, but if you ignore that, things look pretty regular, with about two thirds drivers and one third 'rest' (architecture, core...
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Saturday July 15, 2017. 03:47 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of five new stable kernels: 4.12.2, 4.11.11. 4.9.38, 4.4.77, and 3.18.61. As usual, they contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Friday July 14, 2017. 06:53 PM
The Drupal Association has issued a lengthy statement on why Larry Garfield has been removed from his management roles in the Drupal project. 'Larry's subsequent blog posts harmed the community and had a material impact on the Drupal Association, including membership...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (bind9, heimdal, samba, and xorg-server), Fedora (cacti, evince, expat, globus-ftp-client, globus-gass-cache-program, globus-gass-copy, globus-gram-client, globus-gram-job-manager, globus-gram-job-manager-condor,...
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Thursday July 13, 2017. 08:31 PM
It has been nearly one month since the Stack Clash vulnerability was disclosed and some hardening measures were rushed into the 4.12 kernel release. Since then, a fair amount of work has gone into fixing problems caused by those measures and porting the result back to stable ...
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