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Four new kernel releases

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released four new stable kernels: 3.15.6,
3.14.13, 3.10.49, and 3.4.99; each contains important updates
and fixes.

Friday's security updates

Debian has updated fail2ban
(multiple vulnerabilities), openjdk-6
(multiple vulnerabilities), and polarssl (denial of service).

Red Hat has updated java-1.7.0-oracle (multiple
vulnerabilities) and kernel (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated liblwp-protocol-https-perl (14.04:

Changes on the openSUSE board

OpenSUSE board chair Vincent Untz has announced that he will be stepping
down from the position to free time for other priorities.
"I'm stepping down with regrets because these two years as chairman have
been totally awesome, and I would love to keep contributing to the
project that way.

Faults in Linux 2.6

Six researchers (including Julia Lawall of the Coccinelle project) have just released a paper [PDF] (abstract) that looks at the faults in the 2.6 kernel. "In August 2011, Linux entered its third decade. Ten years before, Chou et al. published a study of faults found by applying a static analyzer to Linux versions 1.0 through 2.4.1.

The state of accessibility in Linux and open source software (Opensource.com)

Over at Opensource.com, Rikki Endsley interviews Spencer Hunley, who will be giving a talk on accessibility at LinuxCon NA in August. Hunley also spoke at last year's LinuxCon NA and, shortly after that, helped form the Universal Tux Google+ community to work on accessibility in Linux. "Built-in, easy to use and understand accessibility support is hard to find in many distributions.

X.Org server 1.16.0 released

Keith Packard has announced the release of the 1.16.0 X.Org server with
many new features, including Glamor (GL-based 2D
X acceleration) integration, XWayland, systemd
integration, Glamor for the Xephyr nested X server, and support for non-PCI
devices. In addition, "thousands of compiler warnings were
eliminated from the code base.

Security advisories for Thursday

Debian has updated davfs2
(privilege escalation).

Fedora has updated lz4 (F20; F19:
denial of service/possible code execution), python (F19: information leak), and python3 (F19: information leak).

Gentoo has updated gnupg (denial
of service) and

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 17, 2014

The LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 17, 2014 is available.

[$] Genealogy research with Gramps

Genealogy is a fairly popular pursuit, and those wishing to use open-source
software in their hobby have their choice cut-out for them—Gramps is the only complete, actively-developed free-software solution. The project was started in 2001 and
initially known as GRAMPS; the first
stable release
was in 2004. The
latest, version 4.1.0 ("Name go in
book") was
released on June 18.

Security advisories for Wednesday

CentOS has updated java-1.7.0-openjdk (C7; C6; C5: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated libXfont (F20:
multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated flash-player
(13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated java-1.7.0-openjdk (RHEL6&7; <

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