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GCC5 and the C++11 ABI (Red Hat developer blog)

Thursday 5th of February 2015 10:43:13 PM
A post at the Red Hat developer blog looks at some of the changes that are coming with GCC5. Support for the C++11 standard means that some standard library classes need to change their ABI, notably std::basic_string and std::list. The post looks at how the change has been handled and what programmers need to do to deal with the changes. "The last time G++ went through an ABI change, back in the 3.x period, we changed the soname of libstdc++, which was widely regarded as a mistake. Changing the soname caused a lot of pain but is not sufficient to deal with changes in symbol ABIs: if you load multiple shared objects that depend on different versions of the library, you can still get clashes between different versions of the same symbol. So the plan for this ABI change has been to leave the soname (and the existing binary interface) alone, and express the new ABI using different mangled names."

Thursday's security advisories

Thursday 5th of February 2015 04:09:33 PM

Fedora has updated maradns (F21: denial of service) and patch (F21: two vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated file (three vulnerabilities) and python-django (12.04, 10.04: regression in previous security fix).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 5, 2015

Thursday 5th of February 2015 01:49:48 AM
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 5, 2015 is available.

Results from Fedora's FESCo election

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 08:27:25 PM
The Fedora project has announced the results from this year's election for members of its engineering steering committee (FESCo). The winning candidates are Kevin Fenzi, Adam Jackson, Tomas Hozza, Parag Nemade, and Debarshi Ray.

OPW becomes Outreachy

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 07:27:55 PM
The effort formerly known as the FOSS Outreach Program for Women has just been rebranded as Outreachy and moved under the Software Freedom Conservancy's organizational umbrella. "The upcoming round of internships is open to women (cis and trans), trans men, genderqueer people, and all participants of the Ascend Project regardless of gender. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future."

[$] A look at Inkscape 0.91

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 07:20:41 PM

The Inkscape project released version 0.91 at the end of January, a release culminating more than four years of development. The new release incorporates a lengthy list of improvements from that time period: new tools, performance enhancements, and fixes to several longstanding bugs. Just as importantly, though, it also lays the groundwork for a 1.0 release that will signify an important milestone: full SVG 1.1 support. Over the years, though, Inkscape has evolved to be more than just an SVG editor—as version 0.91 demonstrates.


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