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Thursday January 10, 2019. 03:43 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (libcaca), Fedora (beep and libgxps), Mageia (krb5, live, ffmpeg, mplayer, and vlc, and mbedtls), SUSE (helm-mirror, java-1_7_0-openjdk, and systemd), and Ubuntu (nss and python-django).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 10, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday January 9, 2019. 10:15 PM
<p> Python has always touted itself as a "batteries included" language; its standard library contains lots of useful modules, often more than enough to solve many types of problems quickly. From time to time, though, some have started to rethink that philosophy, to reduce or...
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The 4.20.1, 4.19.14, 4.14.92, and 4.9.149 stable kernels have been released; each contains a relatively large set of important fixes.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (elfutils, polkit, and tar), Debian (python-django and ruby-loofah), and Mageia (ansible, avidemux, coreutils, discount, nettle, openafs, opensc, and qtbase5).
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Tuesday January 8, 2019. 11:09 PM
Many projects have adopted the 'GitHub style' of development over the last few years, though, of course, there are some high-profile exceptions that still use patches and mailing lists. Many projects are leery of putting all of their project metadata into a proprietary...
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Version 5.0 of the Bash shell has been released. 'The most notable new features are several new shell variables: BASH_ARGV0, EPOCHSECONDS, and EPOCHREALTIME. The `history' builtin can remove ranges of history entries and understands negative arguments as offsets from the end ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libav), Fedora (krb5), Red Hat (source-to-image), and SUSE (gpg2, libgit2, and libsoup).
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On the Red Hat community blog, Dave Neary writes about community governance and, in particular, how to choose who gets a vote, who can run, and how to decide a winner when electing a leader or council. He summarizes a number of different options that he has encountered with...
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Monday January 7, 2019. 10:28 PM
Linus Torvalds released 5.0-rc1 on January 6, closing the merge window for this development cycle and confirming that the next release will indeed be called '5.0'. At that point, 10,843 non-merge change sets had been pulled into the mainline, about 2,100 since last week's...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (keepalived), Debian (python-django), Fedora (tcpreplay), Mageia (apache-commons-compress, aubio, dcraw, freerdp, imagemagick, ldb, talloc, samba, libao, libextractor, libgxps, libpgf, openjpeg2, pdns, pdns-recursor, php-phpmailer, ...
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Linus has released the 5.0-rc1 kernel prepatch and closed the merge window for this development cycle. 'The numbering change is not indicative of anything special. If you want to have an official reason, it's that I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so 4.21 became...
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Friday January 4, 2019. 06:29 PM
One of the useful features added during the 4.20 development cycle was the availability of pressure-stall information, which provides visibility into how resource-constrained the system is. Interest in using this information has spread beyond the data-center environment...
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Security updates have been issued by Fedora (wget), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (keepalived), Scientific Linux (keepalived), and SUSE (GraphicsMagick and mailman).
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Thursday January 3, 2019. 06:43 PM
The fs-verity mechanism, created to protect files on Android devices from hostile modification by attackers, seemed to be on track for inclusion into the mainline kernel during the current merge window when the patch set was posted at the beginning of November. Indeed, it...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (jasper, libdatetime-timezone-perl, qtbase-opensource-src, thunderbird, and tzdata), Red Hat (rh-perl524-perl), and SUSE (libraw, polkit, and xen).
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There are currently a number of sites bouncing emails from LWN.net due to an alleged listing in the dnsbl.njabl.org blacklist. The only problem is that this blacklist has been offline since 2013. That domain has been taken over by somebody else; checking web content at that...
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Antonio Cuni writes about recent work to support running Python code with low latency requirements under PyPy. 'As we said, the total cost of memory management is less on PyPy than on CPython, and it's one of the reasons why PyPy is so fast. However, one big disadvantage is...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 3, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday January 2, 2019. 11:59 PM
The January 3 LWN.net Weekly Edition will be our first for 2019, marking our return after an all-too-short holiday period. Years ago, we made the ill-considered decision to post some predictions at the beginning of the year and, like many mistakes, that decision has...
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