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Wednesday February 6, 2019. 10:30 PM
The 4.20.7, 4.19.20, 4.14.98, 4.9.155, 4.4.173, and 3.18.134 stable kernels have all been released. The usual drill applies: each contains a number of important fixes and upgrading is recommended.
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Two members of the Cacophony Project came to linux.conf.au 2019 to give an overview of what the project is doing to increase the amount of bird life in New Zealand. The idea is to use computer vision and machine learning to identify and eventually eliminate predators in...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (dovecot and libav), openSUSE (kernel and krb5), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), SUSE (curl, lua53, python3, and spice), and Ubuntu (dovecot).
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Jack Moffitt started off his 2019 linux.conf.au talk by calling attention to Facebook's 'Portal' device. It is, he said, a cool product, but raises an important question: why would anybody in their right mind put a surveillance device made by Facebook in their kitchen? There ...
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Tuesday February 5, 2019. 05:40 PM
The kernel's page cache, which holds copies of data stored in filesystems, is crucial to the performance of the system as a whole. But, as has recently been demonstrated, it can also be exploited to learn about what other users in the system are doing and extract information ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libgd2), Fedora (java-11-openjdk, kernel, and kernel-headers), openSUSE (firefox, mysql-community-server, and pdns-recursor), Oracle (thunderbird), Red Hat (rh-haproxy18-haproxy, systemd, and thunderbird), SUSE (haproxy, spice,...
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Monday February 4, 2019. 10:04 PM
After a two-week voting period, which followed a two-week nomination window, Python now has its governance back in place—with a familiar name in the mix. As specified in PEP 13 ('Python Language Governance'), five nominees were elected to the steering council, which will...
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The governance model adopted by the Python community after Guido van Rossum stepped down included the election of a Steering Council. The first such election has just concluded; the council will be made up of Barry Warsaw, Brett Cannon, Carol Willing, Guido van Rossum, and...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (bind, firefox, GNOME, kernel, systemd, and thunderbird), Debian (debian-security-support, drupal7, libreoffice, libvncserver, phpmyadmin, and rssh), Fedora (binutils and firefox), Mageia (firefox and netatalk), openSUSE (avahi and ...
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The 5.0-rc5 kernel prepatch is out. 'Nothing looks particularly worrisome, so assuming the trend holds, we look to be on track for a fairly normal release cycle despite the early hiccups due to the holidays.'
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Friday February 1, 2019. 11:45 PM
Rusty Russell was one of the first developers paid to work on the Linux kernel and the founder of the conference now known as linux.conf.au (LCA); he is one of the most highly respected figures in the Australian free-software community. The 2019 LCA was the 20th edition of...
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Version 2.29 of the GNU C library (glibc) is now available. It includes a wrapper for the getcpu() system call, optimized generic versions of multiple math functions (e.g. exp(), log2(), sinf()), new functions to allow posix_spawn() to run the new process in a different...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (agg, golang-1.7, golang-1.8, mariadb-10.0, and postgis), Fedora (kernel, kernel-headers, and kernel-tools), Mageia (gitolite and libvorbis), openSUSE (pdns-recursor and webkit2gtk3), Oracle (firefox, ghostscript, kernel, polkit,...
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Thursday January 31, 2019. 04:32 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the 4.20.6, 4.19.19, 4.14.97, and 4.9.154. These kernels contain important fixes throughout the kernel tree; users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (ghostscript), Debian (firefox-esr, libgd2, libvncserver, php-pear, rssh, and spice), Fedora (docker, docker-latest, firefox, moodle, and wireshark), Mageia (bluez, ghostscript, php-tcpdf, phpmyadmin, virtualbox, and zeromq),...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 31, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday January 30, 2019. 10:01 PM
Serena Chen began her talk in the Security, Identity & Privacy miniconf at linux.conf.au 2019 with a plan to dispel a pervasive myth that 'usability and security are mutually exclusive'. She hoped that by the end of her talk, she could convince the audience that the opposite ...
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Alpine Linux 3.9 has been released. This version features support for armv7, a switch from LibreSSL to OpenSSL, improved GRUB support, and more.
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Dana Lewis said that her keynote at linux.conf.au 2019 would be about her journey of learning about open source and how it could be applied in the healthcare world. She hoped it might lead some attendees to use their talents on solutions for healthcare. Her efforts and those ...
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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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