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Monday May 21, 2018. 02:01 PM
The 4.17-rc6 kernel prepatch is out. 'So nothing special to report. Go read the shortlog, pull the changes, build, and test. It should all be good and pretty stable by this point.'
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Sunday May 20, 2018. 03:41 PM
The 4.16.10, 4.14.42, and 4.9.101 stable kernel updates are available; each contains another set of important fixes.
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Saturday May 19, 2018. 09:22 PM
The Software Freedom Conservancy has put out a blog posting on the history and current status of Tesla's GPL compliance issues. 'We're thus glad that, this week, Tesla has acted publicly regarding its current GPL violations and has announced that they've taken their first...
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Friday May 18, 2018. 10:42 PM
At the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit, Andiry Xu presented the NOVA filesystem, which he is trying to get into the upstream kernel. Unlike existing kernel filesystems, NOVA exclusively targets non-volatile main memory (NVMM) rather than...
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Brandon Williams writes about the new Git remote protocol that will debut in the 2.18 release. 'We recently rolled out support for protocol version 2 at Google and have seen a performance improvement of 3x for no-op fetches of a single branch on repositories containing 500k...
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Version 8.1 of the Vim editor is available. 'The main new feature of Vim 8.1 is support for running a terminal in a Vim window. This builds on top of the asynchronous features added in Vim 8.0.'
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In April, LWN looked at the new API for zero-copy reception of TCP data that had been merged into the net-next tree for the 4.18 development cycle. After that article was written, a couple of issues came to the fore that required some changes to the API for this feature....
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (curl and zathura-pdf-mupdf), Debian (libmad and vlc), openSUSE (enigmail), Red Hat (collectd, Red Hat OpenStack Platform director, and sensu), and SUSE (firefox, ghostscript, and mysql).
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Thursday May 17, 2018. 07:24 PM
Robert Haas writes about the sharding capabilities that PostgreSQL will someday have. 'The capabilities already added are independently useful, but I believe that some time in the next few years we're going to reach a tipping point. Indeed, I think in a certain sense we...
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'Security is hard' is a tautology, especially in the fast-moving world of container orchestration. We have previously covered various aspects of Linux container security through, for example, the Clear Containers implementation or the broader question of Kubernetes and...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (runc), Debian (curl), Fedora (xdg-utils), Mageia (firefox), openSUSE (libreoffice, librsvg, and php5), Slackware (curl and php), SUSE (curl, firefox, kernel, kvm, libapr1, libvorbis, and memcached), and Ubuntu (curl, dpdk,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 17, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday May 16, 2018. 08:44 PM
In a rather short session at the 2018 Python Language Summit, Larry Hastings updated attendees on the status of his Gilectomy project. The aim of that effort is to remove the global interpreter lock (GIL) from CPython. Since his status report at last year's summit, little...
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Stable kernels 4.16.9, 4.14.41, 4.9.100, 4.4.132, and 3.18.109 have been released. As usual, they all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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In a filesystem track session at the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit (LSFMM), Darrick Wong talked about the online scrubbing and repair features he has been working on. His target has mostly been XFS, but he has concurrently been working on...
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At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2018, several talks explored the topic of container isolation and security. The last year saw the release of Kata Containers which, combined with the CRI-O project, provided strong isolation guarantees for containers using a hypervisor....
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (dhcp), Debian (xen), Fedora (dhcp, flac, kubernetes, leptonica, libgxps, LibRaw, matrix-synapse, mingw-LibRaw, mysql-mmm, patch, seamonkey, webkitgtk4, and xen), Mageia (389-ds-base, exempi, golang, graphite2, libpam4j, libraw,...
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At the 2018 Python Language Summit, Carl Shapiro described some of the experiments that he and others at Instagram did to look at ways to improve the performance of the CPython interpreter. The talk was somewhat academic in tone and built on what has been learned in other...
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Tuesday May 15, 2018. 11:27 PM
In a combined filesystem and storage session at the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit (LSFMM), Tim Walker asked for help in designing the interface to some new storage hardware. He wanted some feedback on how a multi-actuator drive should present...
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Eric Snow kicked off the 2018 edition of the Python Language Summit with a look at getting a better story for multicore Python by way of subinterpreters. Back in 2015, we looked at his efforts at that point; things have been progressing since. There is more to do, of course, ...
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