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Akademy 2014 Keynotes: Sascha Meinrath and Cornelius Schumacher

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:58:15 PM
KDE.News looks at Akademy keynote speakers Sascha Meinrath and Cornelius Schumacher. "Akademy 2014 will kick off on September 6 in Brno, Czech Republic; our keynote speakers will be opening the first two days. Continuing a tradition, the first keynote speaker is from outside the KDE community, while the second is somebody you all know. On Saturday, Sascha Meinrath will speak about the dangerous waters he sees our society sailing into, and what is being done to help us steer clear of the cliffs. Outgoing KDE e.V. Board President, Cornelius Schumacher, will open Sunday's sessions with a talk about what it is to be KDE and why it matters."

[$] Wayland in GNOME: two progress reports

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 05:28:21 PM
The X11 replacement protocol Wayland has been in development since 2010. Compared to X11 itself, it is still a relatively new project, but the enthusiasm with which distributions and large software projects announced their intent to support Wayland makes it at least understandable that users would ask how much longer they need to wait before Wayland is made available to them. At GUADEC 2014 in Strasbourg, France, a pair of talks presented the latest status of Wayland support in various GNOME desktop components.

Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:02:58 PM

Fedora has updated moodle (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities) and phpMyAdmin (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated apache (MG4; MG3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mandriva has updated apache (BS1.0: multiple vulnerabilities), java-1.7.0-openjdk (BS1.0: multiple vulnerabilities), owncloud (BS1.0: undisclosed vulnerability), and phpmyadmin (BS1.0: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

GDB 7.8 released

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 01:42:47 PM
Version 7.8 of the GDB debugger is out. New features include support for scripting in the Guile language, better Python scripting, support for debugging on little-endian PowerPC64 systems, handling of C99 variable-length arrays, and more.

LibreOffice 4.3 released

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 12:17:47 PM
The LibreOffice 4.3 release is available. New features include improved document interoperability, better comment management, "intuitive spreadsheet handling," 3D models in Impress, and more. See the release notes for details. "LibreOffice 4.3 also supports 'monster' paragraphs exceeding 65,000 characters (an example of an 11 years old bug solved thanks to the modernization of the OOo source code, which is an exclusive function of LibreOffice)."

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