Day: January 10, 2018

  • Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 users who updated to receive the Meltdown and Spectre patches are reporting they are unable to boot their systems and have been forced to roll back to an earlier Linux kernel image. The issues were reported by a large number of users on the Ubuntu forums, Ubuntu’s Launchpad bug tracker, and Reddit thread. Only Ubuntu users running the Xenial 16.04 series appear to be affected. All users who reported issues said they were unable to boot after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 with kernel image 4.4.0-108. Bleeping Computer More Ubuntu issues this is not great PR for them.
  • The CentOS Atomic SIG has released an updated version of CentOS Atomic Host (7.1712), a lean operating system designed to run Linux containers, built from standard CentOS 7 RPMs, and tracking the component versions included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host. This release includes updated kernel, linux-firmware and microcode_ctl packages to address recent security advisories, alongside other minor updates that shipped during the month of December. CentOS I believe the Kernel and Firmware updates are to fix the meltdown bug.
  • Ubuntu 17.10 will be available to download again from January 11, 2018. Canonical pulled Ubuntu 17.10 downloads from the official Ubuntu website last month following reports that the release could leave some laptops unable to boot. Lenovo laptops were among those most affected by the ‘bug’, though reports were also filed by users of devices from other computer vendors, including Acer and Dell. The bug could corrupt the BIOS of an affected laptop, leaving the user unable to save settings or make changes. In extreme cases the bug left users unable to boot their laptop at all. OMGUbuntu I am glad to see Ubuntu notice the issue and remove the ISO fix the issue and release it again very good response.