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Submission + - Linux Mint 17.1 'Rebecca' released (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: The team behind Linux Mint has released their latest distribution – Linux Mint 17.1 ‘Rebecca’ – as a general release making it available for everyone to download. Dubbed as a long term support release, Linux Mint 17.1 will be supported till 2019. The latest distribution packs a number of new features, which the team claims will make the distribution more comfortable to use.

Submission + - Linux 3.12 merge window closes with release of Linux 3.12-rc1 (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Linus Torvalds has released Linux 3.12-rc1 marking the first major development in over two weeks for the forthcoming successor of Linux 3.11 kernel. Announcing the closure of Linux 3.12 merge window, Torvalds noted in the release announcement that the window was fairly normal. Dissecting the updates he noted that 73 percent of them are related to drivers, 12 percent related to architecture updates, and 6 percent updates are related to file-systems. The remaining, Torvalds notes, fall under misc category. Emphasizing on some of the merges, Torvalds notes that he liked "scalability improvements that got merged this time around." Torvalds also makes a note about tty layer locking getting resolved, and work on dentry refcount scalability.

Submission + - Torvalds mulls 22 years of Linux celebration as he releases Linux 3.11-rc6 (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Linus Torvalds announced released the Linux 3.11-rc6 yesterday and noted that he is happy because the size of the release candidates are shrinking. Some of the fixes present in rc6 are meant for network drivers, usb, sound, and filesystems. It also brings with it x86, ARM and a few small m68k updates. Beyond the usual rc release updates, Torvalds dwells into specifics of the number of commits as well as the size of files that hold those commits. August 25, 2013 will mark the completion of 22 years since Torvalds first announced his “free” operating system through a mailer on comp.os.minix with a subject “What would you like to see most in minix?” Remembering this Torvalds ended the release announcement saying that he will be releasing more interesting statistics next week when he releases Linux 3.11-rc7 “because that should coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the original Linux announcement on comp.os.minix.”

Submission + - Linux 3.10 officially released (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Linux 3.10 kernel has been officially released on Sunday evening which makes the 3.10-rc7 the last release candidate of the latest kernel which yields the biggest changes in years. Linus Torvalds was thinking of releasing another rc but, went against the idea and went ahead with official Linux 3.10 commit as anticipated last week. Torvalds notes in the announcement that releases since Linux 3.9 haven’t been prone to problems and 3.10 is no different. However, he added that this release could have gone either but, there was no specific reason for another rc and break the normal pattern of "rc7 is the last rc before the release."

Submission + - New Mageia 3 ISO images released, solves configuration bug (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Developers have resolved a bug present in the initial images of Mageia 3 and have released a new set of ISO images. If a user would enable online repositories while installing Mageia using the initial images, the bug would cause the installer to install the system using updates from the distribution’s development version, Cauldron, instead of the main version. Developers did fix the issue, with a temporary solution though, preventing users from being affected by the bug. The temporary solution however didn’t go well with Cauldron users as they would need to go about manually adjusting their repository configuration. Now, with the new ISO images, there is no need for such manual adjustments

Submission + - OpenWRT 12.09 Released; Drops Support for Linux 2.4, Low Memory Devices (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The team behind Linux distribution of routers has released the final version of the OS – the OpenWRT 12.09 codenamed Attitude Adjustment. The final version doesn’t support Linux 2.4 because of which the distribution wouldn’t run on old router models, for example the Linksys WRT54G models, which have 16MB of RAM and CPUs clocked at 200MHz. The distribution is now based on Linux 3.3 and there is good news for the Raspberry Pi fans as the distribution now supports the credit card sized computer along with Ramips routers.

Submission + - Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Now Supports Bitcoin Mining (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The open-source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL stack has been modified such that it now supports Bitcoin mining through the use of mining application 'bfgminer'. To mine Bitcoins using the open source GPU driver, one would be required to use Tom Stellard’s non-stock branches of Mesa, LLVM and libclc OpenCL library. Further bfgminer would require patching as well. Once the patches are applied and modified code of the stack is used, users will be able to mine Bitcoins using the Radeon HD 5000 and Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards; however the cards have to be pre-HD6900 Cayman in case of the HD 6000 series.
Linux

Submission + - Matthew Garrett Gives Tips to Survive Bricked UEFI Samsung Laptops (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: UEFI guru Matthew Garrett who cleared the Linux kernel in Samsung laptop bricking issues has come to rescue beleaguered users by offering a survival guide enabling them to avoid similar issues in the future. According to Garrett, storage space constraints in UEFI storage variables is the reason Samsung laptops end up bricking themselves. Garrett said that if the storage space utilized by the UEFI firmware is more than 50 per cent full the laptop will refuse to start and end up being bricked. To prevent this from happening he has provided a Kernel patch that would ensure that Linux does not fill up more than 50 per cent of UEFI firmware's storage space.
Virtualization

Submission + - Linux KVM Ported to ARM64/AArch64 (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Linux KVM has been ported to ARM64 just ahead of the release of the architecture, it has been revealed. Just last year ARM KVM virtualization support for Cortex-A15 32bit ARM processor was published. Marc Zyngier of ARM released a set of 29 patches that contained the implementation of KVM for ARM that depends on the pre-arm64 rework as well as tiny perf patch published earlier. Some of the newly released port are support for 4k and 64k pages and 32-bit as well as 64-bit guests.
Unix

Submission + - Sudo Authentication bypass Vulnerability Emerges (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: A new vulnerability has been discovered in sudo whereby protection offered by the utility can be bypassed to execute commands which are otherwise only executable through sudo along with the correct password. If a few prerequisites are met; the sudo timestamp is reset using sudo -k; and system time clock is set to epoch the user can execute commands without having to enter password again. The Sudo versions that are affected by this vulnerability are 1.6.0 through to 1.7.10p6; 1.8.0 through to 1.8.6p6. Versions where the vulnerability is fixed have already been made available – 1.7.10p7 and 1.8.6p7.
Open Source

Submission + - Torvalds Releases Linux 3.8 Kernel (paritynews.com) 2

hypnosec writes: Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 3.8 kernel on Monday afternoon marking it as a special "Presidents' Day Release. Linus released the Linux 3.8-rc6 at the start of the month and had warned developers against sending in large number commits that are bulky. Developers seem to have taken the warning seriously as announcing the release through a mailing list, Linus revealed the new kernel and noted that the last week was quite calm when it came to commits because they were less in numbers and smaller in size.
Open Source

Submission + - Fedora 19 Releasing on June 25, Fedora 16 Reaches EOL (paritynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Fedora developers have announced the release date for the upcoming Fedora 19 – it’s June 25. Up until a few days back the developers had refrained from declaring a specific date for release and were indicating a summer release,probably May, for the Fedora 18 successor. With June 25 as the release date, developers would have some breathing space following the Fedora 18 delays. Developers have been discussing the feature set of Fedora 19 lately and it has already been decided that MariaDB will be replacing MySQL in the latest version of the operating system. Further Policy Kit will solely be responsible for privilege escalation in several use cases as a result of this change, usermode / consolehelper, which used to handle such tasks, will be retired. Fedora 16 has officially reached its end of life at the start of this week. Rather than the usual 13 months period, Fedora 16 was maintained for 16 months.
Open Source

Submission + - Fedora 19 Releasing on June 25, Fedora 16 Reaches EOL (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Fedora developers have announced the specific release date for the upcoming Fedora 19 – it’s June 25. Up until a few days back the developers had refrained from declaring a specific date for release and were indicating a summer release,probably May, for the Fedora 18 successor. With June 25 as the release date, developers would have some breathing space following the Fedora 18 delays. Developers have been discussing the feature set of Fedora 19 lately and it has already been decided that MariaDB will be replacing MySQL in the latest version of the operating system. Further Policy Kit will solely be responsible for privilege escalation in several use cases as a result of this change, usermode / consolehelper, which used to handle such tasks, will be retired. Fedora 16 has officially reached its end of life at the start of this week. Rather than the usual 13 months period, Fedora 16 was maintained for 16 months.
Linux

Submission + - The Linux Foundation Secure Boot Pre-bootloader Released (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The Linux Foundation’s UEFI Secure Boot pre-bootloader for independent Linux distros and software developers has finally been released. Announcing the release of the secure boot system James Bottomley noted that the signed pre-bootloader was delivered by Microsoft on February 6th. Bottomley has released two validated files PreLoader.efi and HashTool.efi. Bottomley has also created a bootable mini-USB image that provides “an EFI shell where the kernel should be and uses Gummiboot to boot.” Just last week the pre-bootloader had to be rewritten to accommodate booting of all version of Linux
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Fedora 18 for ARM-based Devices Released Officially (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow" has been officially released for ARM-based devices within a month of being released for x86 and x64 hardware. The newly released ARM version of the operating system has been made available in the form of pre-built images for the hardware platforms such as Versatile Express (QEMU), Trimslice (Tegra), Pandaboard (OMAP4), GuruPlug (Kirkwood), and Beagleboard (OMAP3). Announcing the release Fedora noted that these pre-built images can be written directly to any type of storage media used today such as SD card, USB or SATA drive and can booted right away without the need for any extra configuration.

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