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Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons. Our add-on ecosystem has evolved through incremental, organic growth over the years, but there are some modernizations to Firefox that require some foundational changes to support. Extensions play a central role in Firefox' appeal, so they have to be very careful with how they implement these changes.
I spent a lot of time as a kid playing (generally, pretty terrible) games on my Game Boy. Having never written code for anything other than 'regular' general purpose computers before, I've been wondering recently: how easy is it to write a Game Boy (Advance) game?
Microsoft released the third cumulative update to Windows 10 last week. But surprisingly, the supporting document associated with the patch - known as KB3081438 - was devoid of any information pertaining to what the update contained, except that "it includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10". This surprised many users of the OS, keeping in mind that Microsoft was forthcoming about the fixes in the previous two cumulative patches. The company has now offered an explanation regarding its policy of change logs regarding Windows 10 patches. It seems like nobody is taking the time anymore to write proper changelogs. Application and even operating system updates are void of any accompanying info, so you have no idea what's new, changed, fixed, or improved. A unwelcome development.
Mozilla has announced a significant set of changes for authors of Firefox add-ons. These include a new API (and the deprecation of XUL and XPCOM), a process-based sandboxing mechanism, mandatory signing of extensions, and more. "For our add-on development community, these changes will bring benefits, like greater cross-browser add-on compatibility, but will also require redevelopment of a number of existing add-ons. We’re making a big investment by expanding the team of engineers, add-on reviewers, and evangelists who work on add-ons and support the community that develops them. They will work with the community to improve and finalize the WebExtensions API, and will help developers of unsupported add-ons make the transition to newer APIs and multi-process support."
Kent Overstreet, author of the bcache block caching layer, has announced that bcache has metamorphosed into a fully featured copy-on-write filesystem. "Well, years ago (going back to when I was still at Google), I and the other people working on bcache realized that what we were working on was, almost by accident, a good chunk of the functionality of a full blown filesystem - and there was a really clean and elegant design to be had there if we took it and ran with it. And a fast one - the main goal of bcachefs to match ext4 and xfs on performance and reliability, but with the features of btrfs/zfs."
Fedora has updated pure-ftpd (F21: denial of service).
Red Hat has updated openshift (RHOSE3: privilege escalation).
SUSE has updated xen (SLE11SP1: two vulnerabilities).
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