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Schaller: Cool happenings in Fedora Workstation land

Here's a post from Christian Schaller describing a number of the desktop-oriented improvements that can be expected in the Fedora 35 release. And I know some people will wonder why we spent so much time working with NVidia around their binary driver, but the reality is that NVidia is the market leader, especially in the professional Linux...

Conill: The long-term consequences of maintainers’ actions

Ariadne Conill looks at the difficulties caused by the OpenSSL 3 transition in the context of Alpine Linux. For distributions, however, the story is different: cryptography moved to using Rust, because they wanted to leverage all of the static analysis capabilities built into the language. This, too, is a reasonable decision, from a development...

[$] Key Rust concepts for the kernel

The first day of the online Kangrejos conference was focused on introducing the effort to bring the Rust programming language into the Linux kernel. On the second day, conference organizer Miguel Ojeda shifted to presenting the Rust language itself with an emphasis on what Rust can provide for kernel development. The result was a useful resource...

Security updates for Friday

Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox and thunderbird), Fedora (haproxy, wordpress, and xen), openSUSE (apache2-mod_auth_openidc, fail2ban, ghostscript, haserl, libcroco, nextcloud, and wireshark), Oracle (kernel and kernel-container), Slackware (httpd), SUSE (crmsh, gtk-vnc, libcroco, Mesa, postgresql12, postgresql13, and transfig),...

Four stable kernels

Four new stable kernels, 5.14.5, 5.13.18, 5.10.66, and 5.4.147, have been released. This, and the other stable kernels released today, consist of only some reverts to solve some reported problems with the last round of stable releases. Upgrading is not required, but highly recommended.

Travis CI flaw exposed secrets of thousands of open source projects (ars technica)

This ars technica article describes a problem with the Travis continuous-integration service: A security flaw in Travis CI potentially exposed the secrets of thousands of open source projects that rely on the hosted continuous integration service. Travis CI is a software-testing solution used by over 900,000 open source projects and 600,000...

[$] The Rust for Linux project

The first ever Rust for Linux conference, known as Kangrejos, got underway on September 13. Organizer Miguel Ojeda used the opening session to give an overview of why there is interest in using Rust in the kernel, where the challenges are, and what the current status is. The talk and following discussion provided a good overview of what is driving...

Security updates for Thursday

Security updates have been issued by Debian (sssd), Fedora (libtpms and vim), openSUSE (kernel and php7-pear), Oracle (kernel), Slackware (curl), and Ubuntu (libgcrypt20 and squashfs-tools).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 16, 2021

The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 16, 2021 is available.

[$] Revisiting NaNs in Python

Back in January 2020, we looked at some oddities in Python's handling of Not a Number (NaN) values in its statistics module. The conversation went quiet after that, but it has been revived recently with an eye toward fixing the problems that were reported. As detailed in that earlier article, NaNs are rather strange beasts in the floating-point...

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