Linux Code of Conduct to Get Updates

Code of Conduct was designed to establish the rules and boundaries of relationships between developers of Linux
22 October 2018   1241

In September 2018, the Linux-community was presented with a Code of Conduct (CoC) - a set of rules governing interpersonal relations between employees and aimed at preventing conflicts on the basis of disagreements during the work process. Although the document seemed quite controversial to the public, its immediate changes were not expected until the release of the stable version of the Linux kernel 4.19. Greg Kroa-Hartman, the accompanying Linux kernel developer, based on the feedback and complaints of his employees, combined them and outlined the most important ideas for changing the CoC.

One of the main proposals was the development of a document explaining some details of the CoC. Innovations also require employees in the event of a controversial situation to apply now to the Code of Conduct Committee, rather than to the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board.

Another important update is the emergence of a mediator in Linux kernel conflicts. SFLC’s legal director, Misha Chowdhary, was appointed to this position.

The remaining changes can be viewed in the archive of developers of the Linux kernel. It is expected that the innovations will be implemented with the release of the stable Linux kernel version 4.19.0. The developers also created a CoC webpage.

CoC is designed to establish the rules and boundaries of relationships between developers of Linux. Linus Torvalds established the Code of Conduct and explained the decision by the fact that it is impossible to objectively reach a common decision in the discussion on norms of behavior.

Bochs 2.6.10 to be Released

The new version of the system for emulation of the x86 architecture brings a lot of changes
02 December 2019   133

After two and a half years of development, the release of the Bochs 2.6.10 emulator is presented. Bochs supports emulation of CPUs based on x86 architecture, from i386 to the current x86-64 models of Intel and AMD processors, including emulation of various processor extensions (VMX, SSE, AES, AVX, SMP, etc.), typical input / output devices and peripheral devices (emulation of a video card, sound card, Ethernet, USB, etc.). Under the control of the emulator, OSs such as Linux, macOS, Android, and Windows can be launched. The emulator is written in C ++ and distributed under the LGPLv2 license.

Key changes:

  • CPU: Bugfixes for CPU emulation correctness (critical bugfixes for PCID, ADCX/ADOX, MOVBE, AVX/AVX-512 and VMX emulation)
  • CPU: implemented AVX-512 VBMI2/VNNI/BITALG, VAES, VPCLMULQDQ / GFNI instructions emulation
  • VMX: Implement EPT-Based Sub-Page Protection - CPUID: Added new CPU models Skylake-X, Cannonlake and Icelake-U
  • CPUID: Implemented side-channel attack prevention reporting and corresponding MSR registers, enabled for Icelake-U 
  • Added basic support for the i440BX PCI/AGP chipset.
  • Added basic Voodoo Banshee / Voodoo3 emulation support.
  • Added basic DDC support for the VGA-compatible adapters.
  • Implemented HPET emulation (ported from Qemu).

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