Harrington: Wayland: Atomics Ahead!

By corbet Bryce Harrington writes about the
current and future state of Wayland
. “A lot of people are
anticipating Wayland on their desktops. For now, we remain in a holding
pattern while the DE developers roll out their Wayland support, but some of
these efforts are reasonably mature enough now. The question starts to
become whether there is an adequate ecosystem of Wayland enabled client
applications. For things that can’t simply be moved to Wayland, the
question is if Xwayland will be up to snuff. Exploring this space will take
some pioneering spirits.

From: LWN

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[$] How Debian managed the systemd transition

By n8willis

Debian’s decision to move to systemd as the default init system was
a famously contentious (and rather public) debate. Once all the chaos
regarding the decision itself had died down, however, it was left to
project members to implement the change. At DebConf 2015 in
Heidelberg, Martin Pitt and Michael Biebl gave a down-to-earth talk
about how that implementation work had gone and what was still ahead.

From: LWN

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Library’s Tor relay now restored (Ars Technica)

By ris Last week we reported that the Kilton
Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire suspended its Tor node deployment
due to criticism by the local police department. Ars Technica now
reports

that the Tor relay has been restored. “As Ars reported earlier, the goal of the Library Freedom Project is to set up Tor exit relays in as many of these ubiquitous public institutions as possible. As of now, only about 1,000 exit relays exist worldwide. If this plan is successful, it could vastly increase the scope and speed of the famed anonymizing network. For now, Kilton has a middle relay but has plans to convert it to an exit relay. A middle relay passes traffic to another relay before departing the Tor network on the exit relay.

From: LWN

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[$] Python and crypto-strength random numbers by default

By jake There are various types of random number generators (RNGs) that target
different use cases, but a programming language can only have one default.
For high-security random numbers (e.g. cryptographic keys and the like), it
is a grievous error to use the wrong kind of RNG, while other use cases are
typically more forgiving. The Python community is in the middle of a
debate about how it should be handling random numbers within the language’s
standard library.

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From: LWN

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Security advisories for Wednesday

By ris

CentOS has updated kernel (C7:
multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated icu (denial of service).

Fedora has updated moodle (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (OL7:
multiple vulnerabilities) and qemu-kvm
(OL7: information leak).

Red Hat has updated kernel
(RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-rt (RHEL7; RHEMRG:
multiple vulnerabilities), and qemu-kvm
(RHEL7: information leak).

Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities) and qemu-kvm (SL7: information leak).

From: LWN

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Presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig goes one on one with Ars Technica

By ris A bit far afield, perhaps, but Lawrence Lessig is the co-founder of
Creative Commons and a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright
and trademark. Ars Technica talks
with Lawrence
about his bid for the US presidency.
Ars: Does your copyleft past help or hurt your presidential bid?

Lessig: Whatever you call it, I have the right position on copyright—namely, that it is essential, but needs to be updated to the digital age. If people want to challenge that position, then I’d have to make fair use of the words of Harry Callahan: “Go ahead, make my day.””

From: LWN

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