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Friday June 21, 2019. 04:52 PM
As of this writing, just over 13,600 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline repository for the 5.2 development cycle. The time has come, once again, for a look at where that work came from and who supported it. There are some unique aspects to 5.2 that have...
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Bunnie Huang writes about the escalating trade wars and how they could be harmful to the open-source community. 'Because the administrative action so far against Huawei relies only upon export license restrictions, the Linux Foundation has been able to find shelter under a...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (libvirt and python), Debian (intel-microcode, php-horde-form, and znc), Fedora (firefox), Mageia (firefox, flash-player-plugin, git, graphicsmagick, kernel, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, phpmyadmin, and thunderbird), Oracle (libssh2,...
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Thursday June 20, 2019. 05:16 PM
The calling interfaces between programming languages are, by their nature, ripe for misunderstandings; different languages can have subtly different ideas of how data should be passed around. Such misunderstandings often have the effect of making things break right away;...
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The Kubernetes container orchestrator team has announced the release of Kubernetes 1.15; the main themes of this release are 'extensibility and continuous improvement'. One of the focus areas was on usability and lifecycle stability for clusters: 'Work on making Kubernetes...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr, gvfs, intel-microcode, and python-urllib3), Fedora (advancecomp, firefox, freeradius, kubernetes, pam-u2f, and rubygem-jquery-ui-rails), openSUSE (elfutils and sssd), Red Hat (chromium-browser), SUSE (doxygen and...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 20, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday June 19, 2019. 11:24 PM
Selective acknowledgment (SACK) is a technique used by TCP to help alleviate congestion that can arise due to the retransmission of dropped packets. It allows the endpoints to describe which pieces of the data they have received, so that only the missing pieces need to be...
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Starting with the upcoming 'Eoan Ermine' (a.k.a. 19.10) release, the Ubuntu distribution will not support 32-bit x86 systems. 'The Ubuntu engineering team has reviewed the facts before us and concluded that we should not continue to carry i386 forward as an architecture....
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Version 3.10.0 of the Alpine Linux distribution is out. It includes a switch to the iwd WiFi management daemon, support for the ceph filesystem, the lightdm display manager, and more.
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Python has followed an 18-month release cycle for many years now; each new 3.x release comes at that frequency. It has worked well, overall, but there is interest in having a shorter cycle, which would mean that new features get into users' hands more quickly. But changing...
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Stable kernels 5.1.12, 4.19.53, and 4.14.128 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (dbus, firefox, kernel, linux-lts, linux-zen, and python), CentOS (bind and kernel), Debian (firefox-esr, glib2.0, and vim), Fedora (dbus, kernel, kernel-headers, mingw-libxslt, poppler, and python-gnupg), openSUSE...
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Tuesday June 18, 2019. 04:48 PM
Maintaining a subsystem, as a general rule, requires a familiarity with the Git source-code management system. Git is a powerful tool with a lot of features; as is often the case with such tools, there are right and wrong ways to use those features. This document looks in...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (linux-hardened), Debian (kdepim, kernel, linux-4.9, and phpmyadmin), Fedora (ansible and glib2), openSUSE (kernel and vim), Oracle (bind and kernel), Red Hat (kernel and kernel-rt), Scientific Linux (bind and kernel), SUSE...
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Monday June 17, 2019. 10:19 PM
Stable kernels 5.1.11, 4.19.52, 4.14.127, 4.9.182, and 4.4.182 have been released. They all contain a relatively small set of important fixes; users should upgrade.
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At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 there was a public meeting of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee (TOC); its members outlined the current state of the CNCF and where things are headed. What emerged was a picture of how the...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (chromium and thunderbird), Debian (php-horde-form, pyxdg, thunderbird, and znc), Fedora (containernetworking-plugins, mediawiki, and podman), openSUSE (chromium), Red Hat (bind, chromium-browser, and flash-plugin), SUSE...
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The 5.2-rc5 kernel prepatch is out for testing. 'But the good news is that we're getting to the later parts of the rc series, and things do seem to be calming down. I was hoping rc5 would end up smaller than rc4, and so it turned out.'
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Saturday June 15, 2019. 06:52 PM
There's yet another set of stable kernel updates out there: 5.1.10, 4.19.51, and 4.14.126. Each contains another set of important fixes.
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