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[$] Replacement of deprecated kernel APIs

Wednesday 24th of October 2018 05:22:26 PM
The kernel community tries to never change the user-space API in ways that will break applications, but it explicitly allows any internal API to be changed at any time if a solid technical reason to do so exists. But that doesn't mean that such changes are easy to do. At the 2018 Kernel Maintainers Summit, Kees Cook led a discussion on the challenges he has encountered when trying to effect large-scale API changes and what might be done to make such changes go more smoothly.

Security updates for Wednesday

Wednesday 24th of October 2018 02:41:10 PM
Security updates have been issued by Fedora (hesiod, lighttpd, and opencc), openSUSE (apache-pdfbox, net-snmp, pam_pkcs11, rpm, tiff, udisks2, and wireshark), SUSE (dhcp, ghostscript-library, ImageMagick, libraw, net-snmp, ntp, postgresql96, rust, tiff, xen, and zziplib), and Ubuntu (mysql-5.5, mysql-5.7).

[$] Making stable kernels more stable

Wednesday 24th of October 2018 12:37:44 AM
Improving the quality of stable kernel releases is a perennial subject at the Kernel and Maintainers Summit events, and this year was no exception. This session, led by Fedora kernel maintainer Laura Abbott, discussed a range of ideas but found no silver bullets. There is, it seems, not much that can be done to create better stable kernels except to perform more and better testing.

Firefox 63 blocks tracking cookies, offers a VPN when you need one (Ars Technica)

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 06:26:23 PM
Ars technica takes a look at the Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) feature in Firefox 63. "Firefox has long had the ability to block all third-party cookies, but this is a crude solution, and many sites will break if all third-party cookies are prohibited. The new EPT option works as a more selective block on tracking cookies; third-party cookies still work in general, but those that are known to belong to tracking companies are blocked. For the most part, sites will retain their full functionality, just without undermining privacy at the same time. At least for now, however, Mozilla is defaulting this feature to off, so the company can get a better idea of the impact it has on the Web. In testing, the company has found the occasional site that breaks when tracking cookies are blocked. Over the next few months, Firefox developers will get a better picture of just how much breaks, and, if it's not too severe, the plan is to block trackers by default starting in early 2019." The article also mentions a second privacy-related feature; the offer of a subscription to the ProtonVPN service.

The Firefox 63 release notes contain other details.

Security updates for Tuesday

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 03:09:54 PM
Security updates have been issued by CentOS (java-1.8.0-openjdk), Fedora (mosquitto), openSUSE (binutils, clamav, exiv2, fuse, haproxy, singularity, and zziplib), Slackware (firefox), SUSE (apache-pdfbox, net-snmp, pam_pkcs11, postgresql94, rpm, tiff, and wireshark), and Ubuntu (kernel, libssh, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-azure, linux-lts-trusty, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws, net-snmp, paramiko, requests, and texlive-bin).

Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election call for nominations

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 10:22:07 AM
The Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board is chosen by a vote at the Kernel Summit each year; this year, that will happen during the Linux Plumbers Conference in November. The call for nominations to the board has gone out; it remains open until the voting happens. "The TAB advises the Foundation on kernel-related matters, helps member companies learn to work with the community, and works to resolve community-related problems before they get out of hand. We're also working with kernel maintainers to help refine the new code of conduct, and serving as the initial point of contact for code of conduct issues."

[$] The code of conduct at the Maintainers Summit

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018 07:57:50 AM
The 2018 Kernel Maintainers Summit convened in Edinburgh, UK on October 22 with a number of things to discuss, but the top subject on most minds was the recently (and hastily) adopted code of conduct. Linus Torvalds made his reentry into the kernel community with a discussion of how we got to the current state of affairs, and the assembled maintainers had a relatively good-natured discussion on how this situation came about and where things can be expected to go from here.

How to do Samba: Nicely

Monday 22nd of October 2018 07:46:39 PM
The Samba team has announced a set of guidelines for the project. "Please note this is not a "Code of Conduct" as such, but a set of advisory guidelines we'd like people to follow, with a way for people (privately if they prefer) to raise issues if they see them. I hope everyone will find this document acceptable as a way for us to agree on how we want our community to be a welcoming one for all members."

Announcing the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

Monday 22nd of October 2018 05:08:04 PM
Richard Stallman has released an initial version of the GNU Kind Communications Guidelines, and asks all GNU contributors to make their best efforts to follow these guidelines in GNU Project discussions. "The idea of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines is to start guiding people towards kinder communication at a point well before one would even think of saying, "You are breaking the rules." The way we do this, rather than ordering people to be kind or else, is try to help people learn to make their communication more kind. I hope that kind communication guidelines will provide a kinder and less strict way of leading a project's discussions to be calmer, more welcoming to all participants of good will, and more effective."

Security updates for Monday

Monday 22nd of October 2018 03:27:07 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (thunderbird), Debian (drupal7, exiv2, and ghostscript), Fedora (apache-commons-compress, git, libssh, and patch), Mageia (389-ds-base, calibre, clamav, docker, ghostscript, glib2.0, libtiff, mgetty, php-smarty, rust, tcpflow, and vlc), openSUSE (Chromium, icinga, and libssh), and SUSE (clamav, fuse, GraphicsMagick, haproxy, libssh, thunderbird, tomcat, udisks2, and Xerces-c).

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