The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 16, 2017 is available.
The TensorFlow 1.0 release is available, bringing an API stability guarantee to this machine-learning library from Google. "TensorFlow 1.0 introduces a high-level API for TensorFlow, with tf.layers, tf.metrics, and tf.losses modules. We've also announced the inclusion of a new tf.keras module that provides full compatibility with Keras, another popular high-level neural networks library."
Tom Callaway seems to be a very nice person who has been overclocked to about 140% normal human speed. In only 20 minutes he gave an interesting and highly-amusing talk that could have filled a 45-minute slot on the legal principles that underpin Fedora, how they got that way, and how they work out in practice.
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Greg KH has released stable kernels 4.9.10 and 4.4.49. Both contain the usual set of important fixes.
CentOS has updated bind (C7: denial of service).
Debian has updated libevent (three vulnerabilities).
Debian-LTS has updated libevent (three vulnerabilities).
Oracle has updated bind (OL7: denial of service).
Scientific Linux has updated bind (SL7: denial of service).
Ubuntu has updated php5 (14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).
TechRepublic reports that the Munich, Germany city council has voted to begin the move back to proprietary desktop software. "Under a proposal backed by the general council, the administration will investigate how long it will take and how much it will cost to build a Windows 10 client for use by the city's employees. Once this work is complete, the council will vote again on whether to replace LiMux, a custom version of the Linux-based OS Ubuntu, across the authority from 2021."
David Malcolm takes a look at the testing going into the upcoming GCC 7.0 release. "The other new approach is in unit-testing: GCC’s existing testing was almost all done by verifying the externally-visible behavior of the program, but we had very little direct coverage of specific implementation subsystems; this was done in a piecemeal fashion using testing plugins. To address this, I’ve added a unit-testing suite to GCC 7, which is run automatically during a non-release build. Compilers use many data structures, so the most obvious benefit is that we can directly test corner-cases in these. As a relative newcomer to the project, one of my “pain points” learning GCC’s internals was the custom garbage collector it uses to manage memory. So, I’m very happy that the test suite now has specific test coverage for various aspects of the collector, which should make the compiler more robust when handling very large input files."
Debian-LTS has updated tomcat7 (denial of service).
Fedora has updated bind (F25: denial of service), kernel (F25; F24: two vulnerabilities), netpbm (F25: three vulnerabilities), tcpdump (F25: multiple vulnerabilities), vim (F25: buffer overflow), and w3m (F25: unspecified).
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