Zack’s Kernel News
Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.
Don’t Trust Firmware
Over the course of debugging something, Marcin Slusarz remarked that the problem looked like it might be an ACPI bug, to which Linus Torvalds replied:
Here’s the #1 thing to keep in mind about firmware:
- firmware is *always* buggy.
It’s that simple. Don’t expect anything else. Firmware is written by people who have lost the will to live (why? Because they do firmware development for a living), and the only thing keeping them going is the drugs. And they’re not the ‘fun’ kind of drugs. The end result is predictable. In their drug-induced haze, they make a mess.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced an even smaller version of the tiny computer that will fit into a DIMM slot.
A new class of problems lets a malicious app pre-configure an invisible privilege update.
New Hack language adds static typing and other conveniences.
New crypto policy system will offer easier configuration and more uniform security.
Ubuntu founder denounces insecurity in proprietary, close-source software blobs.
Vulnerability affects many Linux web servers
The Bavarian capital shuns Microsoft, Google, and other alternatives to implement an open source groupware solution.
Phone vendor partnerships bring Mark Shuttleworth's dream of Ubuntu on a phone a step closer to reality.
Donors will get to vote on new features for the free video editor.
Debian project puts init out to pasture and says no to Ubuntu's Upstart.