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Poettering: Revisiting how we put together Linux systems

Lennart Poettering has posted a
lengthy writeup
of a plan put together by the "systemd cabal" (his
words) to rework Linux software distribution. It is based heavily on
namespaces and Btrfs snapshots. "Now, with the name-spacing concepts
we introduced above, we can actually relatively freely mix and match apps
and OSes, or develop against specific frameworks in specific versions on
any operating system.

Kernel prepatch 3.17-rc3

The 3.17 development cycle continues with the release of 3.17-rc3. "As expected, it is larger
than rc2, since people are clearly getting back from their Kernel Summit
travels etc. But happily, it's not *much* larger than rc2 was, and there's
nothing particularly odd going on, so I'm going to just ignore the whole
'it's summer' argument, and hope that things are just going that

Yahoo to stop development on YUI library

Yahoo has announced
its decision to halt the development of Yahoo User Interface library (YUI),
its open-source JavaScript library for writing HTML application
interfaces. In the announcement, the company cites the rise in
popularity of Node.JS, which has changed how developers build HTML
applications, as have recent changes in package management and
web application frameworks.

Friday's security updates

Debian has updated squid3
(denial of service).

Fedora has updated glibc
(F20: multiple vulnerabilities), GraphicsMagick (F20: code execution), gtk3 (F20: screen lock bypass),
perl-Plack (F19; F20: information disclosure), phpMyAdmin (F19: multiple

Linux Foundation creates a new storage and filesystems conference: Vault

The Linux Foundation has announced a new conference called "Vault" that will focus on storage and filesystems for Linux. It will be co-located with the annual invitation-only Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit and will be held March 11-12, 2015 at the Revere Hotel in Boston.

Containers vs Hypervisors: The Battle Has Just Begun (Linux.com)

Russell Pavlicek looks at the rivalry between containers and hypervisors over at Linux.com. He outlines the arguments for and against each, and follows it up with a description of a new contender for a "cloud operating system": unikernels.
"Unikernel systems create tiny VMs.

5 UX Tips for Developers (Red Hat developer blog)

On Red Hat's developer blog, Máirín Duffy has tips for developers on improving their application's user experience (UX). "Speaking of speeding things up for your users – one way you can do this is to limit the amount of choices users have to make while using your application. It’s you, my application developer friend, that users are relying on as an expert in the ways of whatever it is that your application does.

Security updates for Thursday

Debian has updated s3ql (code execution).

Mageia has updated x11vnc (code

openSUSE has updated phpMyAdmin
(13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities) and python3 (12.3: two vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated squid3 (14.04,
12.04: denial of service).

2014 Kernel OPW internship report

Sarah Sharp has posted an
update on the kernel internships
managed through the Outreach Program
for Women, with an emphasis on what past participants are doing now.
"Many people may be disappointed that those three OPW alumni aren’t
working on open source, but I’m overjoyed that these women have found jobs
in the technology sector. This fact is heartening to me because many of the
women that participate in OPW were working in retail before their

PHP 5.6.0 released

The PHP 5.6.0 release is
available. There's a number of new features, including constant scalar
expressions, a new "..." operator for both variadic functions and
sequence unpacking, an exponentiation operator, an integrated interactive
debugger, and more. See the PHP 5.6.0
migration guide
for more information.

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