As has recently been announced on the main kernel.org page, the main kernel.org server (known as “hera”) was recently compromised by an unknown intruder. This person was able to gain “root” access, meaning they had the full run of the system. Speaking as just one of many members of the kernel development community, I can say that this episode is disturbing and embarrassing. But I can also say that there is no need to worry about the integrity of the kernel source or of any other software hosted on the kernel.org systems.
The Linux community has been united around the globe over the last few weeks in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Linux. As we head into a new decade, many of The Linux Foundation's members are looking for Linux talent to help advance the OS into the future.
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The Firefox 6 browser and Thunderbird 6 email app are both out now, and if it seems like just yesterday that you were reading about Firefox 5 — no, it's not your imagination. Both releases are part of Mozilla's new rapid release strategy, which means there are fewer new features in each version, but hopefully less breakage as well. In this case, Web developers get some new tools on the browser front, but Mozilla still has major problems to iron out of the new release approach.
The sparse C parser has long been used to run certain types of static analysis checks on the kernel source. It has been a slow-moving project for some time. Now, however, Pekka Enberg and Jeff Garzik have announced a project to couple sparse and the LLVM backend to produce a working C compiler. The eventual goal is to compile the kernel; for now, they seem to be reasonably happy with a working "hello world" example.
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Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it.
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Having made an earlier defection from KDE to Gnome, Linus Torvalds has now rejected both in favor of Xfce. It’s only natural that the actions of the creator of the Linux kernel would attract extra scrutiny, and I think that his decision is reflective of a wider disenchantment amongst long-term...
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