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Linux Kernel: Linux 4.14 and Microsoft Catchup

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GNU Linux-libre 4.13 Released, Linux 4.14 Already Coming Into Form

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  • GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu is now available

    GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
    http://www.fsfla.org/selibre/linux-libre/download/releases/4.13-gnu/.
    It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu. Binaries are
    expected to show up over the next few days, though I might be slow in
    making them available because I'm traveling for the GNU Tools Cauldron.

    This release had a larger than usual assortment of new drivers dependent
    on blobs: Cavium Nitrox CNN55XX, Inside Secure's SafeXcel cryptographic
    engine, Qualcomm Venus V4L2 encoder/decoder, Mellanox Technologies
    Spectrum, Quantenna QSR10g, and Qualcomm ADSP and WCNSS.

    Minor changes to the per-release deblobbing logic was required for
    AMDGPU, IWLWIFI, and Redpine Signals WLAN drivers, due to source code
    rearrangement. New blobs are required by them, and also by Adreno A5xx,
    Intel i915 CSR, ath10k, brcmfmac, wil6210 and Silead DMI.

    x-libre 4.13
    For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of irc.gnu.org
    (Freenode), or follow me (@lxoliva) on Twister http://twister.net.co/,
    GNU social at social.libreplanet.org, Diaspora* at pod.libreplanetbr.org
    or pump.io at identi.ca. Check my web page (link in the signature) for
    direct links.

    Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

  • GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu Deblobs More Drivers


    Immediately following Linus Torvalds' release on Sunday of Linux 4.13, the GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu was outted for those wanting a fully-free system with driver binary blob support removed and eliminating other code that could depend upon non-open microcode/firmware support or the loading of binary kernel drivers.

  • Linux 4.14 To Get 5-Level Paging, AMD Secure Memory Encryption

    Ingo Molnar has sent in his many pull requests of new feature work targeting the Linux 4.14 merge window.

    One of Ingo's pull requests of interest to us are the memory management updates, which include some interesting feature work. First up, 5-level paging is now in place for upcoming Intel CPUs. Five-level paging allows the CPUs to support up to 128PB of virtual address space and 4PB of physical RAM. It's an interesting improvement from Intel and actually needed for the modern demands of x86 super computers beginning to hit the existing memory limitations.

  • ORC Unwinder For Linux 4.14, Boosts Kernel Performance By Disabling Frame Pointers

    Ingo Molnar submitted the Linux x86 Assembly updates today for the 4.14 merge window. What's interesting with the x86/asm code changes is the introduction of the ORC Unwinder.

NuTyX 9.0.94 and Tiny Core 8.1 Released

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Manjaro Gellivara 17.0.3 Arch-based Linux distro now available -- final 32-bit release

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Tomorrow is Labor Day, meaning for many of you, this is a three-day weekend. While some folks will use this time to relax, we computer geeks will instead tinker with hardware and try new software. If you like to install and play with various Linux-based operating systems, Labor Day Weekend is perfect for this!

Today, version 17.0.3 of the Manjaro Gellivara Linux distribution becomes available. This Arch-based operating system is quite the satisfying experience -- I highly recommend it. This will be the final "Gellivara" release, which also means it is the final 32-bit version of Manjaro. Yes, folks, for the next major version of the operating system, you will need 64-bit hardware to use this distro. If your hardware is still 32-bit only, please buy a new machine already!

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What's the current state of Linux distros for kids?

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When she was only two years old, my daughter was fascinated by the old Eee PC running Ubuntu Studio I was using as one of my main computers. She would climb on my lap to hammer away at the keyboard, so—even though she was a bit young—I decided to search for Linux distributions made for children. To my surprise, I found a few distros made for kids as young as two.

I downloaded DoudouLinux, booted it from a USB, and put it in front of my toddler. She tried a few games and puzzles, but she'd grown familiar with the iPad's touch screen (which she had been using at preschool) and didn't understand the laptop's dinosaur method of swiping a touchpad and clicking a button to make things to happen.

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Linux 4.13 Kernel Released

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Linus Torvalds has gone ahead and released the Linux 4.13 kernel.

As of writing, he hasn't yet published anything to the kernel mailing list but the new kernel can be fetched via Git.

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IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 113 released

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This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.19 – Core Update 113. The change log is rather short, but comes with a big new feature...

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4MLinux 22.2 STABLE released.

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This is a minor (point) release in the 4MLinux STABLE channel, which comes with the Linux kernel 4.9.43. The 4MLinux Server now includes Apache 2.4.27, MariaDB 10.2.7, and PHP 7.0.22 (see this post for more details). Additionally, some popular programs (Audacious, Dropbox, FileZilla) have been updated, too.

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Manjaro Linux To Drop 32-bit Support

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  • Manjaro Linux To Drop 32-bit Support

    The Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution is deciding to retire their x86 32-bit support.

  • Manjaro v17.0.3 released

    Manjaro Gellivara was a great release! Now we are proud to announce v17.0.3, our final release of Gellivara. It took us a little over two months to finish this updated version. We improved our hardware detection, fixed some features in our installer (Calamares), added the latest packages available to our install media and polished our release as a whole. Everyone, who used older install media than v17.0.2 release, should read also this announcement about password weakness and follow its advice to secure your systems.

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Canonical released today new kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases, patching recently discovered security vulnerabilities, including the infamous BlueBorne that exposes billions of Bluetooth devices. The BlueBorne vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000251) appears to affect all supported Ubuntu versions, including Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) up to 16.04.3, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) up to 14.04.5, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) up to 12.04.5. Read more

Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT
    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.
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