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Monday January 15, 2018. 05:49 PM
The 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit will be held April 23-25 in Park City, Utah. The call for proposals has just gone out with a tight deadline: they need to be received by January 31. 'LSF/MM is an invitation-only technical workshop to map out...
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While some aspects of the kernel's defenses against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were more-or-less in place when the problems were disclosed on January 3, others were less fully formed. Additionally, many of the mitigations (especially for the two Spectre...
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The Linux kernel's generic power domain (genpd) subsystem has been extended to support active state management of the power domains in the 4.15 development cycle. Power domains were traditionally used to enable or disable power to a region of a system on chip (SoC) but, with ...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (qtpass), Debian (libkohana2-php, libxml2, transmission, and xmltooling), Fedora (kernel and qpid-cpp), Gentoo (PolarSSL and xen), Mageia (flash-player-plugin, irssi, kernel, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, libvorbis, microcode,...
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The 4.15-rc8 kernel prepatch is out for testing. Among other things, it includes the 'retpoline' mechanism intended to mitigate variant 2 of the Spectre vulnerability. Testing of this change will be hard, though, since it requires a version of GCC that almost nobody has — w...
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Friday January 12, 2018. 05:37 PM
GnuBee is the brand name for a line of open hardware boards designed to provide Linux-based network-attached storage. Given the success of the crowdfunding campaigns for the first two products, the GB-PC1 and GB-PC2 (which support 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives respectively), there ...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (intel-ucode), Debian (gifsicle), Fedora (awstats and kernel), Gentoo (icoutils, pysaml2, and tigervnc), Mageia (dokuwiki and poppler), Oracle (kernel), SUSE (glibc, kernel, microcode_ctl, tiff, and ucode-intel), and Ubuntu...
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Thursday January 11, 2018. 08:02 PM
Nextcloud has announced Nextcloud Talk, a fully open source video meeting software that is on-premise hosted and end-to-end encrypted. 'Nextcloud Talk makes it easier than ever to host a privacy-respecting audio/video communication service for home users and enterprises....
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (glibc and lib32-glibc), Debian (ming and poco), Fedora (electron-cash, electrum, firefox, heketi, microcode_ctl, and python-jsonrpclib), openSUSE (clamav-database and ucode-intel), Red Hat (flash-plugin), SUSE (OBS toolchain), ...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 11, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday January 10, 2018. 10:27 PM
A focus on privacy is a key feature being touted by a number of different projects these days—from KDE to Tails to Nextcloud. One of the biggest privacy leaks for most people is their phone, so it is no surprise that there are projects looking to address that as well. A...
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Freedom of the Press Foundation has a tribute to James Dolan, who died over the holidays at the age of 36. James worked with Aaron Swartz and journalist Kevin Poulsen to build the original prototype of SecureDrop, an open-source whistleblower submission system. 'He was our...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.14.13, 4.9.76, and 4.4.111. As usual, they all contain important fixes and users should update.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (awstats, gdk-pixbuf, plexus-utils, and plexus-utils2), Fedora (asterisk, gimp, heimdal, libexif, linux-firmware, mupdf, poppler, thunderbird, webkitgtk4, wireshark, and xrdp), openSUSE (diffoscope, irssi, and qemu), SUSE...
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Version 0.26 of the notmuch email client/indexer is available with a long list of new features. 'It's now possible to include the cleartext of encrypted e-mails in the notmuch index. This makes it possible to search your encrypted e-mails with the same ease as searching...
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Robert O'Callahan notes an important development in the fight for media codecs without patent issues. 'Apple joining the Alliance for Open Media is a really big deal. Now all the most powerful tech companies — Google, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Facebook, Amazon, Intel,...
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The Meltdown/Spectre debacle has, deservedly, reached the mainstream press and, likely, most of the public that has even a remote interest in computers and security. It only took a day or so from the accelerated disclosure date of January 3—it was originally scheduled for J...
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Tuesday January 9, 2018. 11:26 PM
The privacy focused Tails distribution has released version 3.4. This released updates the kernel to 4.14.12 to include the latest Meltdown and Spectre patches. Many other security issues have been fixed in this release, and users should upgrade.
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Polling a set of file descriptors to see which ones can perform I/O without blocking is a useful thing to do — so useful that the kernel provides three different system calls (select(), poll(), and epoll_wait() — plus some variants) to perform it. But sometimes three is...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (graphicsmagick and linux-lts), CentOS (thunderbird), Debian (kernel, opencv, php5, and php7.0), Fedora (electrum), Gentoo (libXfont), openSUSE (gimp, java-1_7_0-openjdk, and libvorbis), Oracle (thunderbird), Slackware (irssi), ...
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