Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" & 8.15 "Nev" Receive Latest Debian Security Updates
After releasing the first Test build of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" operating system a couple of days ago, today, October 23, 2016, the Parsix GNU/Linux development team announced the availability of new security updates for all supported Parsix GNU/Linux releases.
Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" is the current stable release of the Debian-based operating system, and it relies on the Debian Stable (Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie") software repositories. On the other hand Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 "Nev" is the next major version, which right now is in development, but receives the same updates as the former.
Chakra GNU/Linux Users Receive KDE Plasma 5.8.2 and KDE Apps 16.08.2, Lots More
With great pleasure, Chakra GNU/Linux developers Neofytos Kolokotronis informed the community about the latest open source software projects and technologies that landed in the stable repositories of the distribution originally based on Arch Linux.
Just like Arch Linux, Chakra GNU/Linux is a rolling operating system, which means that users always receive the latest updates without having to download a new ISO image and reinstall. And today, we're happy to inform our Chakra GNU/Linux users that they've received the newest KDE Plasma 5.8.2 LTS desktop environment.
I'm back on my usual Sunday afternoon release schedule, and 4.9-rc2 is out.
My favorite new feature that I called out in the rc1 announcement (the
virtually mapped stacks) is possibly implicated in some crashes that
Dave Jones has been trying to figure out, so if you want to be helpful
and try to see if you can give more data, please make sure to enable
.. and on the other hand, if you want to just not have to worry about
_that_ particular issue, disable the virtually mapped stacks it for
now, but please do help test.
Because 4.9 is obviously shaping up to be a big release (I haven't
done the actual stats yet, but I think it's the biggest in number of
commits we've ever had), and I think Greg is also planning on making
it an LTS release. The two may be related, with people pushing to get
their stuff ready. Regardless, the more people who help test, and the
earlier in the rc series those people start testing, the better off
we'll be. Hint hint.
Ok, enough about that. rc2 itself isn't huge, but that's a fairly
common pattern: either people just take a breather after the merge
window, or it simply takes a while for the fallout of new code to be
found, so rc2 is usually a fairly small rc.
But we have stuff pretty much all over the map: drivers dominate (gpu
drivers stand out, but there's ipmi, clocksource, mmc, pinctrl, HID,
scsi, nvme .. you name it). Add some architecture updates (x86 and
arm64) and a few filesystems (ext4, nfs, ceph, f2fs), and some VM
cleanups and one big fix, and you've covered most of it.
The appended shortlog gives the details, and for even more detail you
can always go to the git tree itself.
It's still Sunday in the US, which means that it's time for you to take yet another RC (Release Candidate) milestone of the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel release for a test drive.
That's right, Linus Torvalds just announced the second Release Candidate for Linux kernel 4.9, which lands eight days after the first one and appears to be fairly normal development snapshot that includes lots of updated drivers, mostly for GPU, but also HID, SCSI, MMC, PINCTRL, IMPI, and clocksource, various x86 and ARM64 architecture updates, improvemnts to the EXT4, F2FS, Ceph, and NFS filesystems, and some VM cleanups.
Linux 4.9-rc2 is now available as the latest test release of this forthcoming kernel update.
Over the past week there's been a fair number of merges of bug/regression fixes for this stage of Linux 4.9 development, one week since the closure of the merge window.
We've already written a lot about Linux 4.9, including our detailed Linux 4.9 feature overview for those interested in the fun changes of this next kernel release.