PostgreSQL Updates to Address Security Issue, openSUSE Announces New Legal Review System, Gumstix Launches Board Builder Service, Creative Commons on the EU “Link Tax” and Unreal Engine 4.21 Released

News briefs for November 8, 2018.

PostgreSQL 11.1 was released
today. In addition, updates are available for all supported versions, including 10.6,
9.6.11, 9.5.15, 9.4.20 and 9.3.25. The updates address a security issue as well as
several bugfixes, so update as soon as possible.

announces a new legal review system called Cavil
, “designed to help
Linux/GNU distributions with the legal review process of licenses”. The new project is
“collectively beneficial not only for the openSUSE Project, but distributions and
projects that want to use it”.

Gumstix has added a free new service called Board Builder to its Geppetto
Design-to-Order (D2O) custom-board design service. According
to LinuxGizmos
, Board Builder makes “the drag-and-drop Geppetto interface even
easier to use, enabling customization of ports, layout and other features.
With Board Builder, you can select items from a checklist, including
computer-on-modules, memory, network, sensors, audio, USB, and other features. You can
then select a custom size, and you’re presented with 2D and 3D views of board
diagrams that you can further manipulate.” Visit the Board
Builder page
for more

Commons urges the EU Parliament and Council to delete Article 11
that would
news aggregators that wish to index or incorporate links and snippets of journalistic
content to first get a license or pay a fee to the publisher for their use online”.
According to Creative Commons, the link tax “would undermine the intention of
authors who wish to share without additional strings attached, such as creators who
want to share works under open licenses. This could be especially harmful to Creative
Commons licensors if it means that remuneration must be granted notwithstanding the
terms of the CC license.”

Engine 4.21 released
yesterday. Unreal Engine’s goal is the “relentless pursuit of
greater efficiency, performance, and stability for every project on any platform”.
New features include the “Niagara effects toolset is now even more powerful and easier
to use”; “you can build multiplayer experiences on a scale not previously possible
using now production-ready Replication Graph functionality”; an up to “60% speed
increase when cooking content”; “usability improvements to the Animation system,
Blueprint Visual Scripting, Sequencer, and more.”

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