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Wednesday April 3, 2019. 06:02 PM
It's been a year since we looked in on the kernel lockdown patches; that's because things have been fairly quiet on that front since there was a loud and discordant dispute about them back then. But Matthew Garrett has been posting new versions over the last two months; it...
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Stable kernels 5.0.6, 4.19.33, 4.14.110, 4.9.167, 4.4.178, and 3.18.138 have been released. They all contain important fixes throughout the tree and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (apache2), Fedora (edk2 and tomcat), openSUSE (ansible, ghostscript, lftp, libgxps, libjpeg-turbo, libqt5-qtimageformats, libqt5-qtsvg, libssh2_org, openssl-1_0_0, openwsman, pdns, perl-Email-Address, putty, python-azure-agent,...
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Tuesday April 2, 2019. 08:54 PM
A Linux user's $PATH likely contains well over a thousand different commands that were installed by various packages. It's not immediately obvious which package is responsible for a command with a generic name, like createuser. There are ways to figure it out, of course, but ...
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The Debian Project sadly announced the passing of Innocent de Marchi. 'Innocent was a math teacher and a free software developer. One of his passions was tangram puzzles, which led him to write a tangram-like game that he later packaged and maintained in Debian. Soon his...
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Software Freedom Conservancy reports that the Hamburg Higher Regional Court affirmed the lower court's decision, which dismissed Christoph Hellwig's case against VMWare in Germany. Hellwig will not pursue the case further in German courts. Conservancy's staff also spent a...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, libssh2, and thunderbird), Debian (firmware-nonfree, kernel, and libssh2), Fedora (drupal7, flatpak, and mod_auth_mellon), Gentoo (burp, cairo, glusterfs, libical, poppler, subversion, thunderbird, and unbound), openSUSE...
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Chef, the purveyor of a popular configuration-management system, has announced a move away from the open-core business model and toward the open-sourcing of all of its software. 'We aren’t making this change lightly. Over the years we have experimented with and learned...
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One of the surest signs that the Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management (LSFMM) Summit is approaching is the seasonal migration of memory-management developers toward the get_user_pages() problem. This core kernel primitive is necessary for high-performance I/O to...
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Monday April 1, 2019. 06:52 PM
James Bottomley has posted a detailed description of how patent exhaustion might be used to mostly eliminate the software patent threat to free software. 'The intriguing possibility this offers us is that we may be close to an enforceable court decision (at least in the US)...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, drupal7, gpsd, libav, libdatetime-timezone-perl, php5, rails, thunderbird, twig, tzdata, and wordpress), Fedora (edk2, flatpak, fuse, ghostscript, gnutls, golang-googlecode-go-crypto, grub2, mxml, poppler, and systemd),...
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Linux Journal celebrates 25 years since it began publishing. 'Most magazines have the life expectancy of a house plant. Such was the betting line for Linux Journal when it started in April 1994. Our budget was a shoestring. The closest our owner, SSC (Specialized System...
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The 5.1-rc3 kernel prepatch is out for testing. Linus says: 'Nothing particularly unusual going on here'.
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Friday March 29, 2019. 11:45 PM
On the Guix blog, Ludovic Courtès writes about connecting reproducible builds for the Guix package manager with the Software Heritage archive. 'It quickly became clear that reproducible builds had 'reproducible source code downloads', so to speak, as a prerequisite. The...
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BFQ is a proportional-share I/O scheduler available for block devices since the 4.12 kernel release. It associates each process or group of processes with a weight, and grants a fraction of the available I/O bandwidth proportional to that weight. BFQ also tries to maximize...
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Linux.com interviews Richard Hughes about the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS), which has recently joined the Linux Foundation as a new project. Hughes is the founder and maintainer of the project. 'The short-term goal was to get 95% of updatable consumer hardware...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (dovecot and imagemagick), Debian (dovecot, libraw, pdns, and ruby2.1), Fedora (mingw-podofo, openwsman, podofo, qemu, and svgsalamander), openSUSE (chromium, ffmpeg-4, firefox, libssh2_org, nodejs4, and qemu), Red Hat...
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Thursday March 28, 2019. 06:34 PM
In the real world, text is expressed in many languages using a wide variety of character sets; those character sets can be encoded in a lot of different ways. In the kernel, life has always been simpler; file names and other string data are just opaque streams of bytes. In...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (kernel and wpa), Fedora (firefox and pdns), Gentoo (apache, cabextract, chromium, gd, nasm, sdl2-image, and zeromq), openSUSE (GraphicsMagick and lftp), Red Hat (thunderbird), Scientific Linux (firefox), Slackware (gnutls), and...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 28, 2019 is available.
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