FOSS Roundup #1 - Exploits and Drivers and Wayland, Oh My!
Welcome to the first edition of my weekly FOSS roundup! This is the first in what I hope to be a regular weekly newsletter covering the latest, development-focused news from the free and open-source world. Join me every Sunday at 9 AM (ET) for coffee and Linux-flavored news. ☕
Polkit exploit grants root access to anybody
A “simple and universal” exploit was released this week and patched in most major Linux distributions. The exploit found for Polkit has existed for years and affects most distributions and all architectures. Update your machines and make sure you’re running a supported, not end-of-life release.
elementary published their 2021 UI study results
The elementary team has published the results from their 2021 UI study. Through December 2021 and January 2022, over 2,500 individuals shared their thoughts on app launchers, docks and taskbars, multitasking, and other components of the desktop experience. It’s an interesting read!
Writing Linux GPU drivers without hardware
Alyssa Rosenzweig shared an incredible article about her journey developing graphics drivers for the Arm Valhall GPUs without any existing hardware. Months without the hardware and a few days with proved to be enough to make these drivers a reality.
Expanding Wayland support
News surrounding Wayland has been accelerating recently, with (at least) two major software updates this week. SDL 2.0.22, a key component for many games and game engines, will default to Wayland over X11.
And in the browser space, Firefox Nightly will now use Wayland by default for supported configurations.
What I'm working on...
I’m just starting to get back into the swing of things this week. I’ve made some solid strides in the Xubuntu documentation project in recent weeks, so I’m hoping to stay focused on that until it’s finally out the door. As commits are pushed, you can see the changes live here:
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