The freenode infrastructure team found a server
issue that indicated that an IRC server may have been compromised.
"We immediately started an investigation to map the extent of the
problem and located similar issues with several other machines and have
taken those offline. For now, since network traffic may have been sniffed,
we recommend that everyone change their NickServ password as a
precaution." (Thanks to Paul Wise)
Version 1.4.0 of the LedgerSMB accounting system is out. It features a new
contact management subsystem, a reworked report generation subsystem,
better integration with other business applications, and more. The
announcement left out download information; those who are interested can
find the software at ledgersmb.org.
The fifth 3.17 prepatch is out. "So
I should probably have delayed this until Wednesday for sentimental
reasons: that will be 23 years since I uploaded the 0.01 source tree. But
I'm not an overly sentimental person, so screw that. I'm doing my normal
Sunday release." Linus noted that this is a relatively large set of
changes, so any thoughts of doing an early 3.17 release (to avoid conflicts
between the merge window and his travel plans) have to be put aside.
At his blog, Matthias Klumpp provides an update on recent work in Listaller, the cross-distribution framework for third-party package installation. The core issue is that Listaller currently relies on PackageKit's plugin infrastructure, which is going away. As a result, Klumpp has started work on a substantial rewrite of Listaller that will integrate with AppStream and other up-to-date tools.
On his blog, Raphaël Hertzog reports on the first few months of work on Debian Long Term Support (LTS). Official support for Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) ended in May and the LTS is an effort to continue the support until February 2016 (five years after the original release). Hertzog's company, Freexian, is collecting subscriptions to pay Debian developers to work on the LTS.
At the ClusterHQ blog, Richard Yao looks at the current status of the ZFSOnLinux (ZoL) project. He argues that ZoL is ready for production use for a number of different reasons, all of which boil down to the belief that the ZFS filesystem port to Linux has achieved the same level of data integrity, runtime stability, and features as have the other platforms where ZFS runs.
Fedora has updated qemu (F20:
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 11, 2014 is available.