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Wednesday March 27, 2019. 11:48 PM
While a few weeks back it looked like there might be a complete lack of Debian project leader (DPL) candidates, that situation has changed. After a one-week delay, five Debian developers have nominated themselves. We are now about halfway through the campaign phase;...
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Stable kernels 5.0.5, 4.19.32, 4.14.109, and 4.9.166 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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<p> Handling file names in a case-insensitive way for Linux filesystems has been an ongoing discussion topic for many years. It is a (dubious) feature of filesystems for other operating systems (e.g. Android, Windows, macOS), but Linux has limited support for it. Over the...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (openjdk-7), Fedora (cfitsio, firefox, librsvg2, and pdns), openSUSE (firefox), Red Hat (firefox), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (gd, grub2, ImageMagick, kernel, libcaca, libmspack, ntp, ovmf, w3m, and wavpack), and Ubuntu...
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Tuesday March 26, 2019. 05:22 PM
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSU OSL) has been a longtime hosting site for a wide variety of free and open-source software (FOSS) projects. At SCALE 17x, OSL director Lance Albertson gave an overview of what the lab does, some of its history, and its role in...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (ghostscript), Debian (libssh2 and wireshark), openSUSE (aubio, blueman, and kauth), Red Hat (kernel-rt and openwsman), Scientific Linux (openwsman), Slackware (mozilla), and SUSE (ovmf and ucode-intel).
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Monday March 25, 2019. 11:56 PM
It has been just over one full year since the WireGuard virtual private network implementation was reviewed here. WireGuard has advanced in a number of ways since that article was written; it has gained many happy users, has been endorsed by Linus Torvalds, and is now...
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The Free Software Foundation has announced the winners of FSF awards, that were presented at the LibrePlanet 2019 conference. OpenStreetMap received the 2018 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit and Deborah Nicholson received the Award for the Advancement of...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox, libssh2, and powerdns), Debian (bash, firefox-esr, libapache2-mod-auth-mellon, ntfs-3g, openssh, passenger, rsync, and wireshark), Fedora (filezilla, libarchive, libssh2, mxml, php-twig, php-twig2, qemu, and...
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The team behind the Scribus libre desktop-publishing tool is mourning the passing of Peter Linnell. 'It is no understatement to say that without Peter Scribus wouldn’t be what it is today. It was Peter who spotted the potential of Franz Schmid’s initially humble Python...
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Sunday March 24, 2019. 11:18 PM
The 5.1-rc2 kernel prepatch is out. 'Well, we're a week away from the merge window close, and here's rc2. Things look fairly normal, but honestly, rc2 is usually too early to tell. People haven't necessarily had time to notice problems yet. Which is just another way of...
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The 5.0.4, 4.19.31, 4.14.108, 4.9.165, 4.4.177, and 3.18.137 stable kernel updates are all available. Each contains a relatively large set of important fixes.
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Friday March 22, 2019. 04:51 PM
Most of the time, the dreary work of writing protocol standards at organizations like the IETF and beyond happens in the background, with most of us being blissfully unaware of what is happening. Recently, though, a disagreement over protocols for congestion notification and ...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (cron and ntfs-3g), Fedora (firefox, ghostscript, libzip, python2-django1.11, PyYAML, tcpflow, and xen), Mageia (ansible, firefox, and ImageMagick/GraphicsMagick), Red Hat (ghostscript), Scientific Linux (firefox...
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Thursday March 21, 2019. 05:56 PM
Kernel developers learn, one way or another, to be careful about memory use; any memory taken by the kernel is not available for use by the actual applications that people keep the computer around to run. So it is unsurprising that eyebrows went up when Joel Fernandes...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (drupal7, firefox-esr, and openjdk-8), Fedora (ghostscript, python2-django1.11, and SDL), Red Hat (firefox), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (nodejs4 and openssl-1_1), and Ubuntu (gdk-pixbuf).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 21, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday March 20, 2019. 07:36 PM
In software, we tend to build abstraction layers. But, at times, those layers get in the way, so we squash them. In a talk at SCALE 17x in Pasadena, CA, Kyle Anderson surveyed some of the layers that we have built and squashed along the way. He also looked at some of the...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (libelf and wordpress), CentOS (cloud-init, cockpit, openssl, and tomcat), Gentoo (openssh), openSUSE (ovmf), Scientific Linux (cloud-init), and SUSE (go1.11, ldb, lftp, libssh2_org, and openwsman).
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Version 8.0.0 of the LLVM compiler suite is out. 'It's the result of the LLVM community's work over the past six months, including: speculative load hardening, concurrent compilation in the ORC JIT API, no longer experimental WebAssembly target, a Clang option to initialize...
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