Plasma Mobile launched

By corbet Here is the
announcement for Plasma Mobile
, a KDE-based platform for smartphones.
The goal for Plasma Mobile is to give the user full use of the
device. It is designed as an inclusive system, intended to support all
kinds of apps. Native apps are developed using Qt; it will also support
apps written in GTK, Android apps, Ubuntu apps, and many others, if the
license allows and the app can be made to work at a technical
level.
” There is a prototype build available for Nexus 5
phones.

From: LWN

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etcd 2.1 released

By corbet The etcd 2.1
release
is out. “For a quick overview, etcd is an open source,
distributed, consistent key value store for shared configuration, service
discovery, and scheduler coordination. By using etcd, applications can
ensure that even in the face of individual servers failing, the application
will continue to work.

New features include a new authentication/authorization API, various
robustness improvements, better logging, and a new metrics API.

From: LWN

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GNUnet: IETF getting cold feet about P2P Names?

By n8willis

The GNUnet blog has this
story
about recent resistance from the IETF toward the
standardization of “special use” domain names (such as .onion or
.gnu) “to reduce the likelihood of ICANN accidentally creating a
conflicting gTLD assignment.

Despite the provisions made in RFC 6761, the article
notes that “there are also a number of DNS-centric people with a
totally lack of alacrity in the dnsop WG to continue to stall the
process by repeating arguments that were exchanged dozens of times in
hundreds of e-mails
.” Among those offering resistance, it
reports, is Internet Architecture Board Chair Andrew Sullivan, who
says the IETF should not support special use domain names
threatening the DNS business model
.”

From: LWN

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OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 milestone 1 released

By corbet The first
development release
of the upcoming openSUSE 42.1 distribution is
now available. “Milestone is being used to avoid the term Alpha
because the milestone is able to be deployed without the additional future
items and subsystems that will become available when Leap is officially
released.

As reported in June, openSUSE 42.1 is a new
version of the distribution based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise core.

From: LWN

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Friday’s security updates

By n8willis

Arch Linux has updated chromium (multiple vulnerabilities), crypto++ (private key recovery), libuser (multiple vulnerabilities), and openssh (authentication limits bypass).

CentOS has updated libuser
(C7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated chromium-browser (multiple vulnerabilities).

Gentoo has updated e2fsprogs
(code execution).

Oracle has updated libuser
(O7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated java-1.7.0-ibm (RHEL 5: multiple vulnerabilities) and libuser
(RHEL 6; RHEL 7:
multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated libuser (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated kernel (
12.04;
14.04;
14.10;
15.04: multiple vulnerabilities),
linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-vivid (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

From: LWN

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Day: HIG updates

By n8willis

At his blog, Allan Day announces
the first major update to the GNOME Human Interface
Guidelines
since the first GNOME 3 version (released in
2014). Day notes that the GNOME 3 HIG is structured around
design patterns, in the hopes that it can be updated regularly to
reflect current practices. “These new guidelines are the direct
result of design work that has happened in the past year. They attempt
to distill everything we’ve learned through our own process of trial
and error.
” Furthermore, “the HIG now links to the
relevant GTK+ API reference documentation for each design
component. This is nice for knowing which widget does what; and makes
the design guidelines a more effective accompaniment to the
toolkit.

From: LWN

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Thursday’s security updates

By n8willis

Debian has updated kernel
(multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated hostapd (F21; F22:
denial of service)
and python-django (F22: multiple vulnerabilities).

Gentoo has updated libXfont (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated java-1.7.0-openjdk (M4: multiple vulnerabilities) and php (M4: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated java-1.6.0-ibm (RHEL 5,6: multiple vulnerabilities) and java-1.7.1-ibm (RHEL 6,7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated nbd (multiple vulnerabilities).

From: LWN

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