Spectre/Meltdown Updates, Skype Snap, Red Hat's Open Brand Project and Happy Birthday to the Open Source Initiative!

News updates for February 2, 2018

The AV-TEST Institute tweeted yesterday that it has discovered 139 samples that appear to be related to recently reported CPU vulnerabilities due to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

In related news, Greg Kroah-Hartman shared a few positive words about the performance impact introduced by the KPTI (or Spectre/Meltdown) mitigation changes on the Linux 4.15 kernel: "So, overall, we are right back where we started from."

Microsoft yesterday released Skype as a snap. You can download it here, and it will work natively on popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian and Mint.

Red Hat announced its Open Brand Project, "a collaborative journey to upgrade and modernize our logo and brand system". You can take a survey and send feedback here.

Happy 20th Birthday to the Open Source Initiative! For more info about the Anniversary and thoughts from the Directors of the OSI, read more here.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads. You can contact Jill via e-mail, ljeditor@linuxjournal.com.

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