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Monday February 25, 2019. 02:42 AM
Anybody expecting the 5.0 kernel to come out today will have been disappointed; Linus released 5.0-rc8 instead. 'This may be totally unnecessary, but we actually had more patches come in this last week than we had for rc7, which just didn't make me feel the warm and fuzzies. ...
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Sunday February 24, 2019. 12:04 AM
The latest updates from the stable kernel machine are 4.20.12, 4.19.25, 4.14.103, 4.9.160, 4.4.176, and 3.18.136. Each contains a relatively small set of important fixes.
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Friday February 22, 2019. 04:59 PM
Linus Torvalds once famously said that there is no design behind the Linux kernel. That may be true, but there are still some guiding principles behind the evolution of the kernel; one of those, to date, has been that the kernel does not recognize 'containers' as objects in...
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Security updates have been issued by Mageia (libreoffice, libtiff, spice, and spice-gtk), openSUSE (build, mosquitto, and nodejs6), Red Hat (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), Scientific Linux (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), SUSE (kernel-firmware and texlive), and Ubuntu...
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Thursday February 21, 2019. 10:50 PM
The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the Enabling Linux in Safety Applications (ELISA) project to create tools and processes for companies to use to build and certify safety-critical Linux applications. 'Building off the work being done by SIL2LinuxMP project...
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The announcement of the 5.0-rc7 kernel prepatch on February 17 signaled the imminent release of the final 5.0 kernel and the end of this development cycle. 5.0, as it turns out, brought in fewer changesets than its immediate predecessors, but it was still a busy cycle with a...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), Fedora (createrepo_c, dnf, dnf-plugins-core, dnf-plugins-extras, docker, libcomps, libdnf, and runc), Mageia (giflib, irssi, kernel, kernel-linus, libexif, poppler, tcpreplay, and zziplib), and SUSE ...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 21, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday February 20, 2019. 06:53 PM
On his blog, Karim Yaghmour writes about an experimental social network that he and a colleague cobbled together using Git. While it is simply a proof of concept at this point, he is looking for feedback and, perhaps, collaborators to take it further. 'It turns out that git...
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These days applications are generally moving away from the desktop and toward the mobile space. But taking a multi-platform desktop application and adding two mobile platforms into the mix is difficult to do, as Dirk Hohndel described in his linux.conf.au 2019 talk. Hohndel...
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Stable kernels 4.20.11, 4.19.24, 4.14.102, 4.9.159, 4.4.175, and 3.18.135 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (ansible, drupal7, and systemd), Fedora (botan2, ceph, and firefox), Oracle (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), Red Hat (firefox), SUSE (gvfs, kernel, libqt5-qtbase, python-numpy, and qemu), and Ubuntu (gdm3).
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Tuesday February 19, 2019. 07:44 PM
The digiKam team has announced the release of digiKam 6.0.0. New features include full support of video files management working as photos; an integration of all import/export web-service tools in LightTable, Image editor, and Showfoto; raw file decoding engine supporting...
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When patents and free software crop up together, the usual question is about patent licensing. Patent exhaustion — the principle that patent rights don't reach past the first sale of a product — is much less frequently discussed. At FOSDEM 2019, US lawyer Van Lindberg argued...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, rdesktop, rssh, systemd, and uriparser), Fedora (bouncycastle, eclipse-jgit, eclipse-linuxtools, jackson-annotations, jackson-bom, jackson-core, jackson-databind, jackson-dataformat-xml, jackson-dataformats-binary,...
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Monday February 18, 2019. 08:10 PM
The Debian project has announced the eighth update of Debian 9 "stretch". As a stable point release, this version mainly adds bugfixes for security issues and other serious problems. Click below for a list of changes.
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Regressions are an unavoidable side effect of software development; the kernel is no different in that regard. The 5.0 kernel introduced a change in the handling of the '#!' (or 'shebang') lines used to indicate which interpreter should handle an executable text file. The...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (cairo, firefox, flatpak, hiawatha, and webkit2gtk), Debian (gsoap, mosquitto, php5, thunderbird, and tiff), Fedora (elfutils, ghostscript, gsi-openssh, kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, kf5-kauth, mingw-podofo,...
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The 5.0-rc7 kernel prepatch has been released. Linus says: 'Nothing particularly odd stands out, and everything is pretty small. Just the way I like it.'
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Sunday February 17, 2019. 04:04 PM
Version 0.13.0 of the Geary graphical email client is out. 'This is a major new release, featuring a number of new features — including a new user interface for creating and managing email accounts, integration with GNOME Online Accounts (which also provides OAuth login...
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