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Wednesday October 24, 2018. 08:19 PM
The Python language project has been officially 'leaderless' since the mid-July announcement that Guido van Rossum was stepping down. He is, of course, the founder of the language and had served for more than two decades as its Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL). But he did ...
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The kernel community tries to never change the user-space API in ways that will break applications, but it explicitly allows any internal API to be changed at any time if a solid technical reason to do so exists. But that doesn't mean that such changes are easy to do. At the ...
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Security updates have been issued by Fedora (hesiod, lighttpd, and opencc), openSUSE (apache-pdfbox, net-snmp, pam_pkcs11, rpm, tiff, udisks2, and wireshark), SUSE (dhcp, ghostscript-library, ImageMagick, libraw, net-snmp, ntp, postgresql96, rust, tiff, xen, and zziplib),...
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Improving the quality of stable kernel releases is a perennial subject at the Kernel and Maintainers Summit events, and this year was no exception. This session, led by Fedora kernel maintainer Laura Abbott, discussed a range of ideas but found no silver bullets. There is,...
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Tuesday October 23, 2018. 08:26 PM
Ars technica takes a look at the Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) feature in Firefox 63. 'Firefox has long had the ability to block all third-party cookies, but this is a crude solution, and many sites will break if all third-party cookies are prohibited. The new EPT...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Fedora (mosquitto), openSUSE (binutils, clamav, exiv2, fuse, haproxy, singularity, and zziplib), Slackware (firefox), SUSE (apache-pdfbox, net-snmp, pam_pkcs11, postgresql94, rpm, tiff, and wireshark), and...
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The Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board is chosen by a vote at the Kernel Summit each year; this year, that will happen during the Linux Plumbers Conference in November. The call for nominations to the board has gone out; it remains open until the voting happens....
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The 2018 Kernel Maintainers Summit convened in Edinburgh, UK on October 22 with a number of things to discuss, but the top subject on most minds was the recently (and hastily) adopted code of conduct. Linus Torvalds made his reentry into the kernel community with a...
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Monday October 22, 2018. 09:46 PM
The Samba team has announced a set of guidelines for the project. 'Please note this is not a 'Code of Conduct' as such, but a set of advisory guidelines we'd like people to follow, with a way for people (privately if they prefer) to raise issues if they see them. I hope...
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Richard Stallman has released an initial version of the GNU Kind Communications Guidelines, and asks all GNU contributors to make their best efforts to follow these guidelines in GNU Project discussions. 'The idea of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines is to start guiding...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (thunderbird), Debian (drupal7, exiv2, and ghostscript), Fedora (apache-commons-compress, git, libssh, and patch), Mageia (389-ds-base, calibre, clamav, docker, ghostscript, glib2.0, libtiff, mgetty, php-smarty, rust, tcpflow,...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the 4.19 kernel. Headline features in this release include the new AIO-based polling interface, L1TF vulnerability mitigations, the block I/O latency controller, time-based packet transmission, the CAKE queuing discipline, and much more. 'And...
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Saturday October 20, 2018. 05:48 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has posted a series of patches making some changes around the newly adopted code of conduct. In particular, it adds a new document describing how the code is to be interpreted in the kernel community. 'I originally sent the first two patches in this series ...
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A new set of stable kernels is now available: 4.18.16, 4.14.78, 4.9.135, and 4.4.162. As usual, there are important fixes contained therein; users should upgrade.
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After four years of development since 1.14.0, version 1.16.0 of the cairo 2D graphics library has been released. 'Of particular note is a wealth of work by Adrian Johnson to enhance PDF functionality, including restoring support for MacOSX 10.4, metadata, hyperlinks, and...
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Friday October 19, 2018. 04:53 PM
The OpenSSH 7.9 release is out. It (finally) allows the use of symbolic service names rather than port numbers, adds support for sending signals over the SSH protocol, bans the use of DSA keys for certificate authorities, and more.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (drupal7 and libssh), openSUSE (binutils, ImageMagick, and java-11-openjdk), Oracle (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Scientific Linux (java-1.8.0-openjdk), and SUSE (apache2, bash, binutils, clamav, curl, dovecot22, firefox, ghostscript, git, ...
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OpenBSD 6.4 has been released. This release features improved hardware support, adding a number of new drivers. Notable security improvements include the new unveil() system call to restrict file system access.
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Thursday October 18, 2018. 08:33 PM
Ubuntu has announced the release of its latest version, 18.10 (or 'Cosmic Cuttlefish'). It has lots of updated packages and such, and is available in both a desktop and server version; there are also multiple flavors that were released as well. More information can be found...
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The PostgreSQL 11 release is out. 'PostgreSQL 11 provides users with improvements to overall performance of the database system, with specific enhancements associated with very large databases and high computational workloads. Further, PostgreSQL 11 makes significant...
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