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Wednesday May 12, 2021. 12:43 AM
Python in the browser has long been an item on the wish list of many in the Python community. At this point, though, JavaScript has well-cemented its role as the language embedded into the web and its browsers. The Pyodide project provides a way to run Python in the browser...
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Tuesday May 11, 2021. 11:39 PM
Vice takes a look at the SleepyHead system for the management of CPAP machines. The free, open-source, and definitely not FDA-approved piece of software is the product of thousands of hours of hacking and development by a lone Australian developer named Mark Watkins, who...
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The Microsoft Open Source Blog takes a look at implementing eBPF support in Windows. 'Although support for eBPF was first implemented in the Linux kernel, there has been increasing interest in allowing eBPF to be used on other operating systems and also to extend user-mode...
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The coreboot firmware project has released version 4.14. 'These changes have been all over the place, so that there's no particular area to focus on when describing this release: We had improvements to mainboards, to chipsets (including much welcomed work to open source...
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Stable kernels 5.10.36 and 5.4.118 have been released. They both contain important fixes throughout the tree. Users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (hivex), Fedora (djvulibre and thunderbird), openSUSE (monitoring-plugins-smart and perl-Image-ExifTool), Oracle (kernel and kernel-container), Red Hat (kernel and kpatch-patch), SUSE (drbd-utils, java-11-openjdk, and python3), and ...
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Monday May 10, 2021. 10:39 PM
DragonFly BSD 6.0 has been released. 'This version has a revamped VFS caching system, various filesystem updates including HAMMER2, and a long list of userland updates.'
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By the time the last pull request was acted on and 5.13-rc1 was released, a total of 14,231 non-merge commits had found their way into the mainline. That makes the 5.13 merge window larger than the entire 5.12 development cycle (13,015 commits) and just short of all of 5.11...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libxml2), Fedora (autotrace, babel, kernel, libopenmpt, libxml2, mingw-exiv2, mingw-OpenEXR, mingw-openexr, python-markdown2, and samba), openSUSE (alpine, avahi, libxml2, p7zip, redis, syncthing, and vlc), and Ubuntu (webkit2gtk).
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The first 5.13 kernel prepatch is out for testing, and the merge window is closed for this development cycle. 'This was - as expected - a fairly big merge window, but things seem to have proceeded fairly smoothly. Famous last words.' In the end, 14,231 non-merge changesets...
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Saturday May 8, 2021. 12:31 AM
The IEEE, whose Symposium on Security and Privacy conference had accepted the 'hypocrite commits' paper for publication, has posted a statement [PDF] on the episode. The paper was reviewed by four reviewers in the Fall S&P 2021 review cycle and received a very positive...
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Friday May 7, 2021. 04:18 PM
While it is sometimes possible to perform I/O by moving data through the CPU, the only way to get the required level of performance is usually for devices to move data directly to and from memory. Direct memory access (DMA) I/O has been well supported in the Linux kernel...
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New stable kernels 5.12.2, 5.11.19, 5.10.35, 5.4.117, and 4.19.190 have been released. They contain a relatively short list of updates throughout the tree; users of those series should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (mediawiki and unbound1.9), Fedora (djvulibre and samba), Mageia (ceph, messagelib, and pagure), openSUSE (alpine and exim), Oracle (kernel and postgresql), Scientific Linux (postgresql), and Ubuntu (thunderbird and unbound).
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The second half of the interview with Linus Torvalds on the Tag1 Consulting site has been posted. I think one of the reasons Linux succeeded was exactly the fact that I actually did NOT have a big plan, and did not have high expectations of where things would go, and so...
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Thursday May 6, 2021. 04:23 PM
Among the many changes merged for 5.13 can be found performance improvements throughout the kernel. This work does not always stand out the way that new features do, but it is vitally important for the future of the kernel overall. In the memory-management area, a couple of...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (python-django), Fedora (java-latest-openjdk, libopenmpt, python-yara, skopeo, thunderbird, and yara), openSUSE (ceph and openexr), Red Hat (postgresql), SUSE (libxml2), and Ubuntu (exim4 and gnome-autoar).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 6, 2021 is available.
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The era of tracking users all across the web using third-party cookies is coming to a close; that type of cookie is something of a zombie at this point. All of the major browsers, save one, are blocking third-party cookies by default and the holdout, Google Chrome, plans to...
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Wednesday May 5, 2021. 07:46 PM
The Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board has issued its report on the submission of (intentionally and unintentionally) buggy patches from the University of Minnesota. This report summarizes the events that led to this point, reviews the 'Hypocrite Commits' paper that ...
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