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Thursday October 18, 2018. 05:22 PM
For some years now, one has not had to look far to find articles proclaiming the demise of the GNU General Public License. That license, we are told, is too frightening for many businesses, which prefer to use software under the far weaker permissive class of license. But...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 4.18.15, 4.14.77, and 4.9.134 stable kernels. As usual, there are important fixes throughout the tree and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (chromium, libssh, and net-snmp), Debian (libssh and xen), Fedora (audiofile), openSUSE (axis, GraphicsMagick, ImageMagick, kernel, libssh, samba, and texlive), Oracle (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-openjdk,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for October 18, 2018 is available.
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Graphical applications are always pushing the limits of what the hardware can do and recent developments in the graphics world have caused Intel to rethink its 3D graphics driver. In particular, the lower CPU overhead that the Vulkan driver on Intel hardware can provide is...
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Wednesday October 17, 2018. 08:13 PM
ABC News has the story on why YouTube went down; it's a good example of just how robust the Internet is (or isn't) anymore. 'An Internet expert explained that Sunday's problems arose when a Pakistani telecommunications company accidentally identified itself to Internet...
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Trusted Computing has not had the best reputation over the years — Richard Stallman dubbing it 'Treacherous Computing' probably hasn't helped — though those fears of taking away users' control of their computers have not proven to be founded, at least yet. But the Trusted...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (tomcat), Debian (asterisk, graphicsmagick, and libpdfbox-java), openSUSE (apache2 and git), Oracle (tomcat), Red Hat (kernel and Satellite 6.4), Slackware (libssh), SUSE (binutils, ImageMagick, and libssh), and Ubuntu (clamav,...
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The free-software community was built on email, a distributed technology that allows people worldwide to communicate regardless of their particular software environment. While email remains at the core of many projects' workflow, others are increasingly trying to move away...
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Tuesday October 16, 2018. 06:43 PM
The Bro network security monitoring project has announced a name change to 'Zeek'. 'On the Leadership Team of the Bro Project, we heard clear concerns from the Bro community that the name 'Bro' has taken on strongly negative connotations, such as 'Bro culture'. These send a...
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The Software Freedom Law Center has announced the availability of a whitepaper [PDF] about automotive software and copyleft, written by Mark Shuttleworth and Eben Moglen. At its core, it's an advertisement for Ubuntu and Snap, but it does look at some of the issues involved. ...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (ghostscript and spamassassin), Debian (moin, spice, and tomcat8), Fedora (kernel-headers, kernel-tools, and libgit2), Oracle (ghostscript and tomcat), Red Hat (ghostscript and tomcat), Scientific Linux (ghostscript and tomcat),...
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One of the more difficult aspects of the Spectre hardware vulnerability is finding all of the locations in the code that might be exploitable. There are many locations that look vulnerable that aren't, and others that are exploitable without being obvious. It has long been...
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Monday October 15, 2018. 04:47 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (wireshark-cli), Debian (imagemagick, otrs2, tomcat7, and wireshark), Fedora (ca-certificates, dislocker, dolphin-emu, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, libgit2, mbedtls, mingw-openjpeg2, nekovm, openjpeg2, patch, strongswan, and...
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As expected, the 4.19 development cycle has gone to 4.19-rc8. 'Please go and test and ensure that all works well for you. Hopefully this should be the last -rc release.'
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Saturday October 13, 2018. 06:24 PM
The 4.18.14, 4.14.76, 4.9.133, 4.4.161, and 3.18.124 stable kernels have all been released; each contains another pile of important fixes and updates.
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Friday October 12, 2018. 07:03 PM
Block I/O performance can be one of the determining factors for the performance of a system as a whole, especially on systems with slower drives. The need to optimize I/O patterns has led to the development of a long series of I/O schedulers over the years; one of the most...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (net-snmp), Fedora (php-horde-nag), openSUSE (git, java-1_8_0-openjdk, libxml2, mgetty, moinmoin-wiki, postgresql10, and soundtouch), Oracle (spamassassin), Red Hat (spamassassin), SUSE (apache2, axis, kernel, libX11 and libxcb,...
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Thursday October 11, 2018. 06:58 PM
Beyond just encrypting messages, and thus providing secrecy, the OpenPGP standard also enables digitally signing messages to authenticate the sender. Email applications and plugins usually verify these signatures automatically and will show whether an email contains a valid...
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Here's a Linux Journal article from one of the creators of the Tutanota encrypted email client. 'That's why we decided to build Tutanota: a secure email service that is so easy to use, everyone can send confidential email, not only the tech-savvy. The entire encryption...
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