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Bamvor Jian Zhang of Huawei will share some ways to improve the trinity fuzzing tool for more efficient unit tests in his upcoming talk at LinuxCon Europe.

Improving Fuzzing Tools for More Efficient Kernel Testing

Fuzz testing (or fuzzing) is a software testing technique that involves passing invalid or random data to a program and observing the results, such as crashes or other failures. Bamvor Jian Zhang of Huawei, who will be speaking at LinuxCon Europe, realized that existing fuzz testing tools -- such...
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Linux Kernel 3.14 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Move to Linux 4.4 LTS

We reported the other day that the long-term supported Linux 3.14 kernel branch is about to reach end of life, and that one more maintenance version would be released in the next couple of weeks. Well, it looks like the Linux kernel maintainers have decided that there's no need to maintain the...
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Linux Took Over the Web. Now, It’s Taking Over the World

ON AUGUST 25, 1991, a Finnish computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced a new project. “I’m doing a (free) operating system,” he wrote on an Internet messaging system, insisting this would just be a hobby. But it became something bigger. Much bigger. Today, that open source operating...
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Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel at LinuxCon 2016
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Git, and Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at VMware, at LinuxCon 2016.

Linus Torvalds Reflects on 25 Years of Linux

When Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system, Linux, on Aug. 25, 1991, it was a "completely personal project,” Torvalds said at LinuxCon today. The kernel totaled 10,000 lines of code that would only run on the same type of hard disk Torvalds himself used because the geometry of the...
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Linux Rules the World. Where to Next?

On the back of some significant improvements in the last year and a half, Linux is now the model for software development. At LinuxCon, Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation's executive director, said "Linux has gone far beyond what anyone could have expected" and that it's been the "most successful...
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LinuxCon to Showcase Linux at 25 and How It's Evolved

Linux users are set to assemble for the annual LinuxCon event, this time celebrating the 25th anniversary of the technology and how it's changed. The first time I met Jim Zemlin in person was 10 years ago, when he spoke in front of a small audience at the LinuxWorld Canada event in April 2006. At...
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Linux at 25: An Ecosystem, Not Only an OS

InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled. Today Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to...
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Linus Torvalds Announces a Fairly Small Third Linux Kernel 4.8 Release Candidate

Yes, it's Sunday, and yes, Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) development milestone towards the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series. According to Linus Torvalds, the third Release Candidate build of Linux kernel 4.8 consists of approximately 60% updated...
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It's Time to Say Goodbye to Linux 4.6

'Please move to 4.7.1 now,' the kernel's lead maintainer says. If you're using a version of Linux based on the 4.6 series of the kernel, the software's lead maintainer has a message for you: It's time to upgrade. Greg Kroah-Hartman on Tuesday announced the arrival of Linux 4.6.7 and made it clear...
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The Linux kernel 4.7 release was a pretty leisurely, which Linus Torvalds attributes to "summer in the northern hemisphere."

Linux Kernel 4.7 Offers New Support for Virtual Devices, Drivers, and More

So, Linux kernel 4.7 is here. The release happened July 24, just over 10 weeks after the release of 4.6 and two weeks after the final release candidate (4.7-rc7). This release cycle was slightly longer than usual due to Torvalds traveling commitments. That said, the last sprint was a pretty...
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