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Friday November 17, 2017. 05:07 PM
When he released 4.14, Linus Torvalds warned that the 4.15 merge window might be shorter than usual due to the US Thanksgiving holiday. Subsystem maintainers would appear to have heard him; as of this writing, over 8,800 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (couchdb), Debian (opensaml2 and shibboleth-sp2), Fedora (knot and knot-resolver), openSUSE (firefox), Slackware (libplist and mozilla), and Ubuntu (firefox and ipsec-tools).
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Google has announced that it has released its container-diff tool under the Apache v2 license. 'container-diff helps users investigate image changes by computing semantic diffs between images. What this means is that container-diff figures out on a low-level what data...
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Thursday November 16, 2017. 06:28 PM
Observers of the kernel's commit stream or mailing lists will have seen a certain amount of traffic referring to the addition of SPDX license identifiers to kernel source files. For many, this may be their first encounter with SPDX. But the SPDX effort has been going on for...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox, flashplugin, lib32-flashplugin, and mediawiki), CentOS (kernel and php), Debian (firefox-esr, jackson-databind, and mediawiki), Fedora (apr, apr-util, chromium, compat-openssl10, firefox, ghostscript, hostapd, icu,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for November 16, 2017 is available.
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Wednesday November 15, 2017. 06:48 PM
The NumPy project is phasing out support for Python 2. 'The Python core team plans to stop supporting Python 2 in 2020. The NumPy project has supported both Python 2 and Python 3 in parallel since 2010, and has found that supporting Python 2 is an increasing burden on our...
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After 16 years of evolution, the SciPy project has reached version 1.0. SciPy, a free-software project, has become one of the most popular computational toolkits for scientists from a wide range of disciplines, and is largely responsible for the ascendancy of Python in many...
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Stable kernels 4.13.13, 4.9.62, 4.4.98, and 3.18.81 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libxml-libxml-perl and varnish), openSUSE (GraphicsMagick, mongodb, shadowsocks-libev, and snack), Red Hat (flash-plugin, kernel, php, and redis), Scientific Linux (kernel and php), and Ubuntu (shadow).
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Since the beginning, Linux has mapped the kernel's memory into the address space of every running process. There are solid performance reasons for doing this, and the processor's memory-management unit can ordinarily be trusted to prevent user space from accessing that...
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Tuesday November 14, 2017. 05:36 PM
Firefox 57 has been released. From the release notes: 'Brace yourself for an all-new Firefox. It’s fast. Really fast. It’s over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology from our advanced research...
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On October 30, 2017, a group of Czech researchers from Masaryk University presented the ROCA paper at the ACM CCS Conference, which earned the Real-World Impact Award. We briefly mentioned ROCA when it was first reported but haven't dug into details of the vulnerability yet. ...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (konversation), Debian (graphicsmagick and konversation), Fedora (git-annex, ImageMagick, kernel, and libgcrypt), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (httpd), SUSE (firefox, nss), and Ubuntu (perl and postgresql-9.3, postgresql-9.5,...
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The Fedora 27 release is now available. 'The Workstation edition of Fedora 27 features GNOME 3.26. In the new release, both the Display and Network configuration panels have been updated, along with the overall Settings panel appearance improvement. The system search now...
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The Netconf 2017, Part 2 and Netdev 2.2 conferences were recently held in Seoul, South Korea. Netconf is an invitation-only gathering of kernel networking developers, while Netdev is an open conference for the Linux networking community. Attendees have put together reports...
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Monday November 13, 2017. 07:49 PM
Red Hat has announced a version of its RHEL 7.4 distribution for the ARM64 architecture. 'Red Hat took a pragmatic approach to Arm servers by helping to drive open standards and develop communities of customers, partners and a broad ecosystem. Our goal was to develop a...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (graphicsmagick, imagemagick, mupdf, postgresql-common, ruby2.3, and wordpress), Fedora (tomcat), Gentoo (cacti, chromium, eGroupWare, hostapd, imagemagick, libXfont2, lxc, mariadb, vde, wget, and xorg-server), Mageia...
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Sunday November 12, 2017. 09:11 PM
The 4.14 kernel has been released after a ten-week development cycle. Some of the most prominent features in this release include the ORC unwinder for more reliable tracebacks and live patching, the long-awaited thread mode for control groups, support for AMD's secure memory ...
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Friday November 10, 2017. 09:36 PM
Kernel developers have worried for years that tracepoints could lead to applications depending on obscure implementation details; the consequent need to preserve existing behavior to avoid causing regressions could end up impeding future development. A recent report shows...
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