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  • Librem 5 phone hands-on—Open source phone shows the cost of being different (Ars Technica)
    par jake le 24/01/2020 à 9:32

    Ars Technica reviews the Purism Librem 5 smartphone, which is made from open-source software and (mostly) open hardware. It is clearly not there yet as a replacement for the phone in our pockets, but it would seem to be on the right path. "The thing to keep in mind here is that Purism has […]

  • When Computer Crimes Are Used To Silence Journalists: Why EFF Stands Against the Prosecution of Glenn Greenwald
    par jake le 24/01/2020 à 9:26

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has put out a statement in support of journalist Glenn Greenwald whose "prosecution is an attempt to use computer crime law to silence an investigative reporter who exposed deep-seated government corruption". Greenwald is being charged in Brazil, where he […]

  • [$] The rapid growth of io_uring
    par corbet le 24/01/2020 à 5:01

    One year ago, the io_uring subsystem did not exist in the mainline kernel; it showed up in the 5.1 release in May 2019. At its core, io_uring is a mechanism for performing asynchronous I/O, but it has been steadily growing beyond that use case and adding new capabilities. Herein we catch up with […]

  • Security updates for Friday
    par jake le 24/01/2020 à 2:42

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (git and python-apt), Oracle (openslp), Red Hat (chromium-browser and ghostscript), SUSE (samba, slurm, and tomcat), and Ubuntu (clamav, gnutls28, and python-apt).

  • [$] How to contribute to kernel documentation
    par corbet le 23/01/2020 à 11:13

    Some years back, I was caught in a weak moment and somehow became the kernel documentation maintainer. More recently, I've given a few talks on the state of kernel documentation and the sort of work that needs to be done to make things better. A key part of getting that work done is communicating […]

  • Five new stable kernels
    par jake le 23/01/2020 à 2:56

    Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 4.4.211, 4.9.211, 4.14.167, 4.19.98, and 5.4.14 stable kernels. As usual, these contain important fixes throughout the kernel tree; users should upgrade.

  • Security updates for Thursday
    par jake le 23/01/2020 à 2:11

    Security updates have been issued by openSUSE (chromium, libredwg, and thunderbird), Oracle (apache-commons-beanutils, java-1.8.0-openjdk, libarchive, and python-reportlab), Red Hat (kernel), Scientific Linux (apache-commons-beanutils, libarchive, and openslp), SUSE (java-11-openjdk), and Ubuntu […]

  • [$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 23, 2020
    par corbet le 23/01/2020 à 12:48

    The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 23, 2020 is available.

  • [$] A tiny Python called Snek
    par jake le 22/01/2020 à 8:28

    Keith Packard is no stranger to the linux.conf.au stage; he has spoken on a wide variety of topics since he started going to the conference in 2004 (which was held in Adelaide, where organizers apparently had a lot of ice cream for attendees). One of his talks at this year's conference was on an […]

  • Security updates for Wednesday
    par ris le 22/01/2020 à 3:37

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (tiff and transfig), Fedora (thunderbird-enigmail), Mageia (ffmpeg and sox), openSUSE (fontforge, python3, and tigervnc), Oracle (python-reportlab), Red Hat (apache-commons-beanutils, java-1.8.0-openjdk, kernel, kernel-alt, libarchive, openslp, […]

  • [$] Control-flow integrity for the kernel
    par jake le 22/01/2020 à 12:46

    Control-flow integrity (CFI) is a technique used to reduce the ability to redirect the execution of a program's code in attacker-specified ways. The Clang compiler has some features that can assist in maintaining control-flow integrity, which have been applied to the Android kernel. Kees Cook […]

  • Wine 5.0 released
    par ris le 21/01/2020 à 7:04

    Wine 5.0 has been released. The main highlights are builtin modules in PE format, multi-monitor support, XAudio2 reimplementation, and Vulkan 1.1 support. Wine is capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX-compliant systems.

  • Roose: PHP in 2020
    par corbet le 21/01/2020 à 3:48

    Brent Roose argues that it is time to take another look at PHP. "In this post, I want to look at this bright side of PHP development. I want to show you that, despite its many shortcomings, PHP is a worthwhile language to learn. I want you to know that the PHP 5 era is coming to an end. That, if […]

  • Security updates for Tuesday
    par ris le 21/01/2020 à 3:41

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (openconnect), Fedora (e2fsprogs, glibc, kernel, and nss), openSUSE (Mesa, php7, and slurm), Oracle (.NET Core, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, and thunderbird), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-openjdk, openvswitch, and openvswitch2.11), Scientific Linux […]

  • [$] process_madvise(), pidfd capabilities, and the revenge of the PIDs
    par corbet le 21/01/2020 à 12:52

    Once upon a time, there were few ways for one process to operate upon another after its creation; sending signals and ptrace() were about it. In recent years, interest in providing ways for processes to control others has been on the increase, and the kernel's process-management API has been […]

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