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Eudyptula Challenge Status report

Friday 24th of March 2017 06:49:52 PM
The Eudyptula Challenge is a series of programming exercises for the Linux kernel. It starts from a very basic "Hello world" kernel module, moves up in complexity to getting patches accepted into the main kernel. The challenge will be closed to new participants in a few months, when 20,000 people have signed up. LWN covered the Eudyptula Challenge in May 2014, when it was fairly new. At this time over 19,000 people have signed up and only 149 have finished.

Security updates for Friday

Friday 24th of March 2017 03:23:10 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (libpurple), Debian (audiofile, cgiemail, and imagemagick), Fedora (cloud-init, empathy, and mupdf), Mageia (firefox and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (icoutils and openjpeg), Slackware (mcabber and samba), and Ubuntu (eglibc).

Relicensing OpenSSL

Friday 24th of March 2017 11:27:42 AM
Back in 2015, the OpenSSL project announced its intent to move away from its rather quirky license. Now it has announced that the change is moving forward. "After careful review, consultation with other projects, and input from the Core Infrastructure Initiative and legal counsel from the SFLC, the OpenSSL team decided to relicense the code under the widely-used ASLv2." It is worth noting that this change and the way it is being pursued are not universally popular, in the OpenBSD camp, at least.

Agocs: Boosting performance with shader binary caching in Qt 5.9

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 04:49:18 PM
Laszlo Agocs takes a look at improvements to the basic OpenGL enablers that form the foundation of Qt Quick and the optional OpenGL-based rendering path of QPainter in Qt 5.9. "As explained here, such shader programs will attempt to cache the program binaries on disk using GL_ARB_get_program_binary or the standard equivalents in OpenGL ES 3.0. When no support is provided by the driver, the behavior is equivalent to the non-cached case. The files are stored in the global or per-process cache location, whichever is writable. The result is a nice boost in performance when a program is created with the same shader sources next time."

Security updates for Thursday

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 03:13:00 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (audiofile, jhead, libxslt, samba, suricata, and wordpress), Fedora (openslp), Mageia (icoutils, kdelibs4, and virtualbox), Oracle (icoutils and openjpeg), Red Hat (icoutils and openjpeg), and Ubuntu (audiofile, git, and samba).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 23, 2017

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:59:15 AM
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 23, 2017 is available.

GitLab 9.0 Released with Subgroups and Deploy Boards

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:43:02 PM
GitLab 9.0 has been released with many new features and improvements. "In the last several releases, GitLab has transformed how development teams get from idea to production. In just a few minutes, you can deploy GitLab to a container scheduler, add CI/CD with auto deployed review apps, utilize ChatOps, and analyze your cycle time. With 9.0 you can now watch your deploys with deploy boards and monitor application performance with Prometheus."

NTPsec Project announces 0.9.7

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:10:04 PM
The NTPsec Project has announced the 0.9.7 release of NTPsec, with assistance from the Mozilla Foundation's "Secure Open Source" initiative. NTPsec is an implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP). "NTPsec 0.9.7 incorporates significant improvements in security, accuracy, precision, visualization, and usability, with assistance, contributions, and audits provided by infosec researchers and other technical contributors. For this release, the NTPsec Project worked particularly closely with the Mozilla Foundation's "Secure Open Source" initiative, who funded an infosec audit, and with Cure53.de, who provided the audit."

GNOME 3.24 released

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 05:43:39 PM
The GNOME Project has announced the release of GNOME 3.24, "Portland". "This release is the result of 6 months’ hard work by the GNOME community. It contains major new features such as night light, as well as many smaller improvements and bug fixes. GNOME's existing applications have been improved and there is also a new Recipes app. Improvements to our platform include refined notifications and several revamped settings panels."

Stable kernel updates

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 03:52:09 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.10.5, 4.9.17, and 4.4.56. All of them contain important fixes and users should upgrade.

Security updates for Wednesday

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 03:46:34 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (irssi), Fedora (qemu), openSUSE (mbedtls), and Ubuntu (eglibc, glibc).

[$] Unaddressable device memory

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:32:24 PM
In a morning plenary session on the first day of the 2017 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit, Jérôme Glisse led a discussion on memory that cannot be addressed by the CPU because it lives in devices like GPUs or FPGAs. There is often a substantial pile of memory on these devices and it can be accessed much more quickly by the devices than the system RAM can be. Making it easier for user-space programmers to use that memory transparently is the goal of the heterogeneous memory management (HMM) patches that Glisse has been working on.

Garrett: A new Shim review process

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 01:50:14 PM
Matthew Garrett announces a new, hopefully more efficient process for reviewing bootloaders to be used with Shim in UEFI secure boot systems. "To that end, we're adopting a new model. A mailing list has been created at shim-review@lists.freedesktop.org, and members of this list will review submissions and provide a recommendation to Microsoft on whether these should be signed or not."

O-MG, the Developer Preview of Android O is here! (Android Developers Blog)

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 08:39:33 PM
The Android Developers Blog introduces the first developer preview of Android O. This version includes background limits, notification channels, autofill APIs, PIP for handsets, font resources in XML, adaptive icons, and much more. "Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance. To make this possible, we've put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user's device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them."

KDevelop 5.1.0 released

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:39:28 PM
KDevelop is KDE's Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Version 5.1 has been released with LLDB support, Analyzer run mode, initial OpenCL language support, improved Python language support, and more.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 released

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:22:31 PM
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 delivers new hardware support developed in collaboration with Red Hat partners which helps to provide a smooth transition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 production deployments to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 environments. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 adds updates to TLS 1.2 to further enhance secure communications and provide broader support for the latest PCI-DSS standards, better equipping enterprises to offer more secure online transactions."

Security updates for Tuesday

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:12:56 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (sitesummary), Fedora (jasper, knot-resolver, R, rkward, rpm-ostree, rpy, w3m, and xen), openSUSE (firefox), Red Hat (bash, coreutils, glibc, gnutls, kernel, libguestfs, ocaml, openssh, qemu-kvm, quagga, samba, samba4, subscription-manager, tigervnc, and wireshark), and Ubuntu (eglibc, glibc, firefox, freetype, gnutls26, NVIDIA graphics, and nvidia-graphics-drivers-375).

[$] ZONE_DEVICE and the future of struct page

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 12:59:06 PM
The opening session of the 2017 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit covered a familiar topic: how to represent (possibly massive) persistent-memory arrays to various subsystems in the kernel. This session, led by Dan Williams, focused in particular on the ZONE_DEVICE abstraction and whether the kernel should use page structures to represent persistent memory or not.

The Intel Edison: Linux Maker Machine in a Matchbox (Linux.com)

Monday 20th of March 2017 07:21:43 PM
Linux.com takes a look at the Intel Edison. "The Intel Edison is a physically tiny computer that draws a small amount of power and breaks out plenty of connections to allow it to interact with other electronics. It begs to be the brain of your next electronics tinkering project, with all the basics in a tiny package and an easy way to connect other things you might need."

Security updates for Monday

Monday 20th of March 2017 03:36:56 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox, mbedtls, and wordpress), CentOS (firefox, openjpeg, and tomcat6), Debian (deluge, ioquake3, r-base, and wireshark), Fedora (qemu, rabbitmq-server, and sscg), Gentoo (adobe-flash, openoffice-bin, and putty), openSUSE (Chromium, irssi, putty, and roundcubemail), Oracle (firefox and openjpeg), Red Hat (firefox and openjpeg), Scientific Linux (firefox and openjpeg), and SUSE (firefox).