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Wednesday September 19, 2018. 02:56 PM
Version 7.0.0 of the LLVM compiler suite is out. 'It is the result of the community's work over the past six months, including: function multiversioning in Clang with the 'target' attribute for ELF-based x86/x86_64 targets, improved PCH support in clang-cl, preliminary DWARF ...
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Tuesday September 18, 2018. 11:15 PM
A couple of surprising things happened in the kernel community on September 16: Linus Torvalds announced that he was taking a break from kernel development to focus on improving his own behavior, and the longstanding 'code of conflict' was replaced with a code of conduct...
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Security updates have been issued by Fedora (ghostscript, icu, nspr, nss, nss-softokn, nss-util, and okular), Red Hat (java-1.7.1-ibm, java-1.8.0-ibm, OpenStack Platform, openstack-neutron, and openstack-nova), and Ubuntu (clamav and php5, php7.0, php7.2).
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The PostgreSQL community has, after an extended discussion, announced the adoption of a code of conduct 'which is intended to ensure that PostgreSQL remains an open and enjoyable project for anyone to join and participate in'.
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Versity Software has announced that it has released ScoutFS under GPLv2. 'ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales, and...
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Monday September 17, 2018. 04:46 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (discount, ghostscript, intel-microcode, mbedtls, thunderbird, and zutils), Fedora (ghostscript, java-1.8.0-openjdk-aarch32, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, libzypp, matrix-synapse, nspr, nss, nss-softokn, nss-util, zsh, and zypper), ...
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SpamAssassin 3.4.2 is out, the first release from this spam-filtering project since 3.4.1 came out in April 2015. It fixes some remotely exploitable security issues, so SpamAssassin users probably want to update in the near future. 'The exploit has been seen in the wild but...
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Behavioral changes can make desktop users grumpy; that is doubly true for changes that arrive without notice and possibly risk data loss. Such a situation recently arose in the Fedora 29 development branch in the form of a new 'suspend-then-hibernate' feature. This feature...
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Linus has released 4.19-rc4 and made a set of announcements that should really be read in their entirety. 'I actually think that 4.19 is looking fairly good, things have gotten to the 'calm' period of the release cycle, and I've talked to Greg to ask him if he'd mind...
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Sunday September 16, 2018. 01:38 PM
The 4.18.8, 4.14.70, 4.9.127, and 4.4.156 stable kernels have been released. Each contains a relatively large set of important fixes and updates.
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Friday September 14, 2018. 11:59 PM
Linux Journal covers the new Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), which is a project aimed at open-source collaboration in movie-making software that was started by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Linux Foundation. 'Still at the early stages,...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Fedora (firefox, openssh, pango, and zziplib), Mageia (flash-player-plugin and ntp), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (flash-plugin), Slackware (ghostscript), SUSE (podman and spice-gtk), and Ubuntu (firefox).
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Over at Opensource.com, Red Hat's Michael Tiemann looks at open source from the perspective of the economic theories of Ronald Coase, who won the 1991 Nobel Prize for Economics. Those theories help explain why companies like Red Hat (and Cygnus Solutions, which Tiemann...
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Thursday September 13, 2018. 10:07 PM
/e/ is Gaƫl Duval's project to build a privacy-oriented smartphone distribution; the first beta is now available with support for a number of devices. 'At our current point of development, we have an '/e/' ROM in Beta stage: forked from LineageOS 14.1, it can be installed...
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Linux kernel developers tend to take a dim view of the C++ language; it is seen, rightly or wrongly, as a sort of combination of the worst (from a system-programming point of view) features of higher-level languages and the worst aspects of C. So it takes a relatively brave...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (ghostscript and openssh), Oracle (firefox), Scientific Linux (firefox and OpenAFS), SUSE (tomcat), and Ubuntu (openjdk-lts).
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The HHVM project has announced that the Hack language and PHP will truly be going separate ways. The HHVM v3.30 release, due by the end of the year, will be the last to support code written in PHP. 'Ultimately, we recommend that projects either migrate entirely to the Hack...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 13, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday September 12, 2018. 11:45 PM
There are ways to get fixes into the stable kernel trees, but they require humans to identify which patches should go there. Sasha Levin and Julia Lawall have taken a different approach: use machine learning to distinguish patches that fix bugs from others. That way, all...
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The STACKLEAK kernel security feature has been in the works for quite some time now, but has not, as yet, made its way into the mainline. That is not for lack of trying, as Alexander Popov has posted 15 separate versions of the patch set since May 2017. He described...
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