By ris Xda developers looks
at improvements coming to the F-Droid repository of free/open source
apps for Android. The next version of F-Droid will have screenshot and
feature graphics, bulk download and install, improved notifications for
downloads and pending updates, and the ability to translate apps metadata.
“F-Droid is conducting further field tests to ensure that usability
issues with the new design are identified and resolved before the alpha
releases for v0.103 is rolled out to the public. The team is also inviting feedback and suggestions to further improve the client. Additionally, the team mentions that this is one of the many improvements happening to the broader F-Droid ecosystem in 2017, and there’s more to come.”
By ris Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (jenkins, libtiff, and webkit2gtk), Debian (ghostscript, kernel, and libreoffice), Fedora (dovecot, kernel, and tomcat), Mageia (firefox and tomcat), openSUSE (backintime and ffmpeg), and Ubuntu (ghostscript, libxslt, and nss).
By ris The Debian release team has a few words about the upcoming Debian 9
“stretch” release. “At a recent team meeting, we decided that
support for Secure Boot in the forthcoming Debian 9 “stretch” would no
longer be a blocker to release. The likely, although not certain outcome is
that stretch will not have Secure Boot support.” If stretch does
not release with Secure Boot support, it is possible that it will be
introduced later. Other than that, the number of Release Critical bugs
continues to drop and the team is considering the arrangements for the
By ris Tor 0.3.0.6, the first stable release of the Tor 0.3.0 series, is available. “With the 0.3.0 series, clients and relays now use Ed25519 keys to authenticate their link connections to relays, rather than the old RSA1024 keys that they used before. (Circuit crypto has been Curve25519-authenticated since 0.2.4.8-alpha.) We have also replaced the guard selection and replacement algorithm to behave more robustly in the presence of unreliable networks, and to resist guard- capture attacks.”
By corbet The Linux kernel is highly scalable but, while it runs nicely on the
world’s largest computers, it is not an entirely comfortable fit on the
smallest. The difficulties involved in running Linux on machines with 1MB
or less of memory have left an opening for other operating systems, such as
Zephyr, with lower memory
needs. Some developers have not given up on scaling Linux to the smallest
computers, but the approaches they have to take have always been a bit of a
hard sell with the rest of the development community. Nicolas Pitre’s minitty patch set is a case in point.
By ris Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.10.13, 4.9.25, and 4.4.64. They all contain important fixes and
users should upgrade.
By ris Security updates have been issued by Debian (freetype, jasper, python-django, slurm-llnl, and weechat), Fedora (dovecot and pcre2), Gentoo (adobe-flash), openSUSE (curl, gstreamer-plugins-base, libsndfile, and tiff), and Ubuntu (mysql-5.5, mysql-5.7).