The state of Linux gaming in the SteamOS era (Ars Technica)

By jake Ars Technica takes a look at Linux gaming and at what effect SteamOS has had already for gaming on Linux. The article also considers the future and where SteamOS might (or might not) take things. “This all brings up another major question for SteamOS followers: how long is this “beta” going to last, exactly? While Valve has unquestionably built a viable Linux gaming market from practically nothing, the company’s lackadaisical development timeline might be holding the market back from growing even more. In the last year, the initial excitement behind the SteamOS beta launch seems to have given way to “Valve Time” malaise in some ways.

From: LWN


Security advisories for Thursday

By jake

CentOS has updated thunderbird (C6; C5:
multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated cups (code
execution), iceweasel (multiple
vulnerabilities), kfreebsd-9 (denial of
service), and libgtk2-perl (code execution).

Fedora has updated libhtp (F20:
denial of service).

Gentoo has updated samba
(multiple vulnerabilities, some from 2012 and 2013).

Mageia has updated apache-poi
(denial of service), cabextract (privilege
escalation), e2fsprogs (two code execution
flaws), firefox, thunderbird (multiple
vulnerabilities), and sympa (information disclosure).

openSUSE has updated cups (13.2,
13.1: code execution)
and snack (13.2, 13.1: code execution from 2012).

Oracle has updated firefox (OL5:
multiple vulnerabilities) and thunderbird
(OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has announced that RHEL
5.9 support will end on March 31.

Scientific Linux has updated firefox (multiple vulnerabilities) and thunderbird (SL6, SL5: multiple vulnerabilities).

Slackware has updated thunderbird
(multiple vulnerabilities) and firefox
(multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated java-1_5_0-ibm
(SLE10SP4: many vulnerabilities) and java-1_6_0-ibm (SLE11SP2: two unspecified vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated EC2 kernel
(10.04: two vulnerabilities), firefox
(14.10, 14.04, 12.04: many vulnerabilities), kernel (14.10; 14.04;
12.04; 10.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple
vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04:
multiple vulnerabilities), and linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

From: LWN


[$] What’s new in Krita 2.9

By n8willis

[Perspective transform]

The newest update to the Krita digital
painting application has been released.
Version 2.9 introduces several new user-interface features, updates to the
layers system, and a variety of tool and rendering improvements. The 2.9
development cycle was also the project’s first to be centered around a
crowdfunding campaign.

From: LWN


Security advisories for Wednesday

By ris

CentOS has updated firefox (C7; C6; C5: multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian-LTS has updated openjdk-6 (multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated dump (F21; F20: code execution) and samba (F21; F20: root code execution).

Gentoo has updated grep (denial of service).

Mageia has updated freetype2 (many vulnerabilities) and samba (root code execution).

openSUSE has updated samba (13.2,
13.1: two vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated firefox (OL7; OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated firefox
(RHEL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities) and thunderbird (RHEL5,6: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated Samba
(SLE11 SP3: root code execution).

Ubuntu has updated freetype (many vulnerabilities).

From: LWN


Firefox 36 released

By ris Mozilla has released Firefox 36.0. The release
mention a few new features, including support for the full
HTTP/2 protocol. This version will no longer accept insecure RC4 ciphers
whenever possible and certificates with 1024-bit RSA keys will be phased
out. See the release notes for more information.

From: LWN