Linus has released 4.9-rc1 and closed the merge window for this release one day earlier than some might have expected. "My own favorite 'small detail under the hood' happens to be Andy Lutomirski's new virtually mapped kernel stack allocations. They make it easier to find and recover from stack overflows, but the effort also cleaned up some code, and added a kernel stack mapping cache to avoid any performance downsides." The virtually mapped kernel stack work was covered here in June. There were 14,308 non-merge changesets pulled for this release, meaning that 4.9 will be, by far, the busiest development cycle ever.
Opensource.com celebrates World Standards Day on October 14. "Whether in the world of software, where without standards we would have been unable to connect the world through the Internet and the World Wide Web, or the physical world, where standards make nearly everything you buy easier, more useful, and safer, the world would be a difficult place to navigate without standards. And critical to the useful of standards is making them available to all in an accessible, free format, unencumbered by legal or other hurdles."
The PostgreSQL project released version 9.6 on September 29th. This new major release has an assortment of new goodies for PostgreSQL fans, including parallel query and phrase search, new options for synchronous replication, remote query execution using foreign data wrappers, "crosstab" data transformations in psql, and more. Together with version 9.6, the community released a completely rewritten version of the pgAdmin database graphical interface. We'll explore multiple synchronous replicas, foreign data wrapper changes, crosstabs and the new pgAdmin here.
Arch Linux has updated gdk-pixbuf2 (denial of service).
Debian has updated freeimage (two vulnerabilities).
Debian-LTS has updated libxfixes (integer overflow).
openSUSE has updated compat-openssl098 (Leap42.1: multiple vulnerabilities), derby (13.2: information leak), libreoffice (Leap42.1: code execution), php5 (Leap42.1: multiple vulnerabilities), go1.4 (SPH for SLE12: denial of service), systemd (Leap42.1: denial of service), and unzip (13.2: two vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: three vulnerabilities).
KDE.news notes the 20th anniversary of the KDE project. "In the 20 years since then so much has happened. We released great software, fought for software freedom and empowered people all over the world to take charge of their digital life. In many ways we have achieved what we set out to do 20 years ago - 'a consistent, nice looking free desktop-environment' and more."
For those feeling nostalgic, there is a new version of the KDE 1.1.2 desktop ported to contemporary systems.
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