Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The (bad) deal with freebsd-update(8)

Filed under
BSD

The binary patches are quite a mysterious issue in FreeBSD, no matter freebsd-update( 8 ) is around since about 2005, and since FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE it reached a new level of power. As I have had quarrels with FreeBSD aficionados on the issue of binary patches in FreeBSD, I thought I should clear a bit the mess.

Not only proprietary or closed-source operating systems come with binary security updates, but each and every Linux distribution which is supported by the issuer is provided with patched binaries when a security issue is identified and a solution is found. Unless you're running a source distribution (LFS, Gentoo, etc.), why would you prefer to build yourself from sources a patched binary, when an officially patched package can be made available? This one, the new package is only build once, not millions of times!

All the BSD flavors favor the source patches. When a security advisory is issued, you're supposed to apply the source patch and to rebuild the corresponding binary. Most people never considered this process as a bothersome one, as in real life, there is another issue taking even more time: rebuilding the vulnerable ports (when updated packages are not available).

More Here




More in Tux Machines

digiKam 5.2.0 is published...

After a second release 5.1.0 published one month ago, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.2.0 of digiKam Software Collection. This version introduces a new bugs triage and some fixes following new feedback from end-users. This release introduce also a new red eyes tool which automatize the red-eyes effect reduction process. Faces detection is processed on whole image and a new algorithm written by a Google Summer of Code 2016 student named Omar Amin is dedicated to recognize shapes and try to found eyes with direct flash reflection on retina. Read more

Games for GNU/Linux

Linux Graphics

Libreboot Drama Continues, GNU Might Keep The Project

It's been one week since the Libreboot downstream of Coreboot announced it would leave the GNU and denounced the FSF over supposedly a transgendered individual having been fired by the this free software group. Both Richard Stallman and the FSF denounced these claims made by Libreboot maintainer Leah Rowe. Since then, no actual proof has been presented to back up these claims by the Libreboot maintainer but the drama around it has seemingly continued. Waking up this morning, I received an email as part of a long email chain from Leah Rowe about how the "GNU project refuses to let go of libreboot" and she wrote, "GNU project has told me that they will not allow libreboot to leave GNU. This is quite possibly the biggest insult imaginable, considering what has happened." Read more