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Gordon Haff (Red Hat) on Containers, OpenShift.io Launched, OpenShift Containers at AWS, Mozilla's Embrace of Containers

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Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat's cloud love affair

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Sure, Red Hat is a major Linux company. Indeed, most would say it's the Linux company, but moving forward, what Red Hat wants to be is the private cloud company.

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Fedora: The Latest

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  • Bodhi And Quality Assurance

    Before one uses an item - be it a car, a piece of silicon, or even software - it is desirable to have assurances as to its quality. What assurances these are can vary depending on the part and use, but they are all some degree of "will this work as I expect it to when I use it".

    Linux distributions (distros), roughly speaking, have two styles of release: periodic stable (where there are formal releases of the distribution, like Debian or RHEL/CentOS) and rolling release (where the package versions are always updating, like Gentoo). These stable-release distributions are always frozen (in some fashion) from an associated rolling release, be it another distro or a special branch for this purpose. (So Debian freezes from its unstable/testing branches, while Fedora freezes from its rawhide branch, which is in turn approximately re-frozen to become RHEL/CentOS.) Although these associated rolling distros (sub-distros?) are usually intended primarily for improving the quality of the main distros, they often become commonly-run in their own right (Fedora, Debian testing).

    Of course there are quality assurance efforts involved in the freezing process, but I want to talk about the rolling efforts. Ultimately, we'd like some degree of assurance that package updates don't break (first) unrelated components on the system, (second) other packages that depend on it, and (third) expectations of direct users of the package. For each of these, there are automated tests that can be run (e.g., verifying dependencies, ABI compatibility checks, regression suites, etc.), and it is also desirable to have human verification as well. So let's look at some!

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Security Leftovers

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.