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Wednesday January 30, 2019. 04:35 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (subversion), Debian (apache2, firefox-esr, qemu, rssh, and spice), Fedora (lua, mingw-python-qt5, mingw-qt5-qt3d, mingw-qt5-qtactiveqt, mingw-qt5-qtbase, mingw-qt5-qtcharts, mingw-qt5-qtdeclarative,...
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Tuesday January 29, 2019. 08:57 PM
The Kodi team has announced the release of Kodi 18.0 'Leia'. 'One of the big features of this release: support for gaming emulators, ROMs and controls. This is a significant topic in its own right, so look out for future posts on this, but suffice it to say at this time that ...
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Firefox 65.0 is out. The release notes list a few new features, including: 'Enhanced tracking protection: Simplified content blocking settings give users standard, strict, and custom options to control online trackers. A redesigned content blocking section in the site...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (go-pie), Debian (wireshark), openSUSE (freerdp, libraw, openssh, pdns-recursor, singularity, and systemd), and Ubuntu (kernel, linux-hwe, and spice).
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Monday January 28, 2019. 09:05 PM
Tragedy, according to Wikipedia, is 'a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences'. Benno Rice took his inspiration from that definition for his 2019 linux.conf.au talk on the story of systemd which, he said,...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (apache, go, haproxy, matrix-synapse, nasm, and powerdns-recursor), Debian (coturn, ghostscript, krb5, policykit-1, and qtbase-opensource-src), Fedora (wireshark), openSUSE (nodejs4, nodejs8, openssh, PackageKit, and...
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The 5.0-rc4 kernel prepatch is out. 'Go test and report any oddities you can find, but I think we're doing fine.'
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Saturday January 26, 2019. 10:00 PM
Version 3.3 of the Bison parser generator is out. 'The new option --update replaces deprecated features with their modern spelling, but also applies fixes such as eliminating duplicate directives, etc. It is now possible to annotate rules with their number of expected...
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Stable kernels 4.20.5, 4.19.18, 4.14.96, 4.9.153, 4.4.172, and 3.18.133 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Many projects use continuous-integration (CI) testing to improve the quality of the software they produce. By running a set of tests after every commit, CI systems can identify problems quickly, before they find their way into a release and bite unsuspecting users. The Linux ...
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Friday January 25, 2019. 10:14 PM
The MythTV Team has announced the release of MythTV 30.0. The release notes contain more information. This version includes support for mythfrontend running on certain Android TV devices. 'Over 500 commits made significant improvements to the infrastructure. For the most...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (mxml, postgresql-9.4, and tmpreaper), Fedora (haproxy and runc), openSUSE (krb5, soundtouch, virtualbox, and zeromq), Oracle (thunderbird), Red Hat (thunderbird), and Ubuntu (subversion and thunderbird).
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Thursday January 24, 2019. 09:04 PM
Rory Aronson started his 2019 linux.conf.au keynote with a statement that gardening just isn't his passion; an early attempt degenerated into a weed-choked mess when he couldn't be bothered to keep it up. But he turned out to be passionate indeed about building a machine...
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The Debian Project has announced an update to Debian 9 'stretch'. 'This point release incorporates the recent security update for APT, in order to help ensure that new installations of stretch are not vulnerable. No other updates are included.'
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (perl), Fedora (anaconda, curl, and poppler), openSUSE (ntpsec), SUSE (ghostscript, kernel, rubygem-activejob-4_2, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (ghostscript and mysql-5.7).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 24, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday January 23, 2019. 09:06 PM
Here is an extensive look at handling software dependencies from Russ Cox. 'Dependency managers have scaled this open-source code reuse model down: now, developers can share code at the granularity of individual functions of tens of lines. This is a major technical...
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A flag day for DNS is coming on February 1; it may have escaped notice even though it has been planned for nearly a year. Some DNS servers will simply be marked as 'dead' by much of the rest of the internet on or after that day, which means that domain owners need to ensure...
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Read-copy update (RCU) is a synchronization mechanism that was added to the Linux kernel in October 2002. RCU is most frequently described as a replacement for reader-writer locking, but has also been used in a number of other ways. RCU is notable in that readers do not...
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Max Justicz describes a vulnerability in apt-get and how to prevent it. 'I found a vulnerability in apt that allows a network man-in-the-middle (or a malicious package mirror) to execute arbitrary code as root on a machine installing any package. The bug has been fixed in...
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