18 Aug 2017

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Sean Whitton: The knowledge that one has an unread message is equivalent to a 10 point drop in one's IQ

According to Daniel Pocock's talk at DebConf17's Open Day, hearing a ping from your messaging or e-mail app or seeing a visual notification of a new unread message has an equivalent effect on your ability to concentrate as

This effect is probably at least somewhat mitigated by reading the message, but that is a context switch, and we all know what those do to your concentration. So if you want to get anything done, be sure to turn off notifications.

18 Aug 2017 5:37pm GMT

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Mattias Geniar: MariaDB: JSON datatype supported as of 10.2

The post MariaDB: JSON datatype supported as of 10.2 appeared first on ma.ttias.be.

Let's say you have the following CREATE TABLE statement you wanted to run on a MariaDB instance.

  `id` int unsigned not null auto_increment primary key,
  `value` json null
) default character set utf8mb4 collate utf8mb4_unicode_ci

You might be greeted with this error message;

SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1064 You have an error in your SQL
syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right
syntax to use near 'json null at line 1

Syntax-wise all is good, but the JSON data type is actually pretty new, and it's only "supported" (these parentheses will become clear in a moment) as of MariaDB 10.2.

First of all: make sure you run the latest MariaDB.

MariaDB> select @@version;
| @@version       |
| 10.0.31-MariaDB |

If, like me, you were on an older release, upgrade that until you're on MariaDB 10.2.

MariaDB> select @@version;
| @@version      |
| 10.2.7-MariaDB |

Then, be aware that MariaDB's JSON implementation is slightly different than MySQL's, as explained in MDEV-9144.

JSON data type directly contradicts SQL standard, that says, that JSON_* functions take a string as an argument.

Also, speed-wise MariaDB does not need binary JSON, according to our benchmarks, our JSON parser is as fast on text JSON as MySQL on binary JSON.
We'll add JSON "type" for MySQL compatibility, though.

And as a final remark;

added JSON as an alias for TEXT

So behind the scenes, a JSON data type is actually a TEXT data type. But at least those CREATE TABLE queries will actually work.

That same CREATE TABLE statement above gets translated to this in MariaDB;


  `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `value` text COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8mb4 COLLATE=utf8mb4_unicode_ci

Note the TEXT datatype for the 'value' column, that I specified as JSON.

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18 Aug 2017 4:10pm GMT

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RaphaŽl Hertzog: Freexian‚Äôs report about Debian Long Term Support, July 2017

A Debian LTS logoLike each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Individual reports

In July, about 181 work hours have been dispatched among 11 paid contributors. Their reports are available:

Evolution of the situation

The number of sponsored hours increased slightly with two new sponsors: Leibniz Rechenzentrum (silver sponsor) and Catalyst IT Ltd (bronze sponsor).

The security tracker currently lists 74 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file 64. The number of packages with open issues increased of almost 50% compared to last month. Hopefully this backlog will get cleared up when the unused hours will actually be done. In any case, this evolution is worth watching.

Thanks to our sponsors

New sponsors are in bold.

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18 Aug 2017 2:16pm GMT

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18 Aug 2017 10:48am GMT

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Mike Gabriel: @DebConf17: Ad-hoc BoF: Bits from the Debian+Ubuntu MATE Packaging Team

On Tuesday, late afternoon, at DebConf17, I offered an ad-hoc BoF about the current status of the MATE Desktop packaging efforts in Debian and Ubuntu. I need to get this written down, before DebConf17 feels too far away...

Unfortunately, I scheduled that BoF with Joey Hess's talk about his post-Debian life, which attracted many people. So, only a small group of people came together to share and discuss about the current status of MATE in Debian and Ubuntu.

Ongoing efforts around MATE in Debian and Ubuntu

A quick summary of ongoing efforts was provided and also a collection of URLs for reporting bugs, looking up packaging status, etc. was listed:

Cross-Distro Packaging Workflow

The workflow of Debian and Ubuntu packaging in the MATE Packaging Team was described in detail (basically, all packages go through Debian, only exception being freeze states of this or that distro) and the benefit of the close cooperation between the two projects underlined. We reduce the packaging effort tremendously by working very closely together. In the past, we (Martin Wimpress and myself) also invited the people from Linux Mint to join our cross-distro packaging efforts, but so far to no avail. Also the packaging for the Parrot Security OS has recently been integrated in our packaging Git repository.

Requested / Upcoming Improvements

From people attending the BoF, I got these main inputs, which I hope to accomplish with the help of all, for Debian buster:

Another project that I will also work on for Debian buster is proper Ayatana Indicator support for Debian's MATE Desktop.


Thanks to all the people attending the BoF for your sharings and input. Feel invited to contribute to our team's effort in improving the user experience of the MATE Destkop Environment in Debian (and Ubuntu, and ...). Also a big thanks to the people already on the team for bringing MATE in Debian to where it is now. Good work, folks!

18 Aug 2017 9:33am GMT

17 Aug 2017

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Xavier Mertens: [SANS ISC] Maldoc with auto-updated link

I published the following diary on isc.sans.org: "Maldoc with auto-updated link".

Yesterday, while hunting, I found another malicious document that (ab)used a Microsoft Word feature: auto-update of links. This feature is enabled by default for any newly created document (that was the case for my Word 2016 version). If you add links to external resources like URLs, Word will automatically update them without any warning or prompt… [Read more]

[The post [SANS ISC] Maldoc with auto-updated link has been first published on /dev/random]

17 Aug 2017 10:53am GMT

08 Nov 2011

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05 Nov 2011

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03 Nov 2011

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09 Mar 2008

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Slides and videos online

Two weeks after FOSDEM and we are proud to publish most of the slides and videos from this year's edition.

All of the material from the Lightning Talks has been put online. We are still missing some slides and videos from the Main Tracks but we are working hard on getting those completed too.

We would like to thank our mirrors: HEAnet (IE) and Unixheads (US) for hosting our videos, and NamurLUG for quick recording and encoding.

The videos from the Janson room were live-streamed during the event and are also online on the Linux Magazin site.

We are having some synchronisation issues with Belnet (BE) at the moment. We're working to sort these out.

09 Mar 2008 3:12pm GMT