Kernel 5.3-rc1 Released; VLC Security Flaw Discovered; Melissa Di Donato Appointed CEO of SUSE; Dropbox Brings Back Support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs and eCryptFS; and YugaByte Is Now 100% Open Source

News briefs for July 22, 2019.

Linux kernel 5.3-rc1 has been released. Linus
Torvalds writes
, “This is a
pretty big release, judging by the commit count. Not the
biggest ever (that honor still goes to 4.9-rc1, which was
exceptionally big), and we’ve had a couple of comparable ones (4.12,
4.15 and 4.19 were also big merge windows), but it’s definitely up
there.” He also notes that “…there’s a lot to
like in 5.3.”

German cybersecurity watchdog CERT-Bund recently discovered a security flaw
in the VLC media player Softpedia
News reports
successful exploit of the vulnerability allows for unauthorized disclosure
of information, unauthorized modification of files, and disruption of
service.” See CVE-2019-13615
for specifics. A patch is in the works.

Melissa Di Donato has been appointed CEO of SUSE. From the press
“Accomplished technology executive and former SAP leader, Melissa Di Donato,
has been named chief executive officer of SUSE in a move that will herald
the next phase of growth and momentum for the world’s largest
independent open source software company….Di Donato is highly regarded for
her forward-thinking leadership style and is a passionate advocate for
workplace diversity. This includes her role as Technology Group chair of the
30% Club—an organization with the goal of achieving 30 percent female
directors on S&P 100 boards by 2020. She also holds prominent positions in
other organizations, including Notion Capital, and is a trustee for charity

Dropbox brings back support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs and eCryptFS. According to Linux
, “it appears that this change has made it into the stable
Dropbox client for Linux. This isn’t directly mentioned on the Dropbox
website, but after a fresh Dropbox installation that I performed on Ubuntu,
the reported version is 77.4.131, which is a higher version number than the
Dropbox beta version for which it was reported that it now supports ZFS and
XFS on 64-bit Linux systems, and eCryptFS and Btrfs on all Linux systems. I
also gave it a try on a Btrfs filesystem and folder syncing ran without
running into any issues.”

YugaByte is now 100% open source.
that “YugaByte, a provider of open source
distributed SQL databases, announced that YugaByte DB is now 100% open
source under the Apache 2.0 license, bringing previously commercial features
into the open source core.”

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