Users of the popular virtual machine tools Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, and QEMU are urged to patch their systems as soon as possible due to a newly found bug that exposes flaws in the code providing virtual floppy disk support. The VENOM vulnerability affects all operating systems that are hosting these environments.
Oracle has ceased public availability of security fixes and upgrades for Java 7, urging users to migrate to Java 8 or to purchase commercial long-term support for Java 7.
The GNU Project has announced the release of GCC 5.1. The first major release of GCC 5 comes with many new features and improvements, including improved support for C++11/14, a new libstdc++ ABI, and a machine-code JIT embeddable library.
Plumbr shift its flagship product from a memory-leak tool to a JVM monitoring solution, adding thread contention detection, inefficient GC behaviour monitoring, and historical JVM data. InfoQ talks with Pritt Potter about this decision.
Oracle have announced more features to be delivered as part of JDK 9, including Unified JVM Logging and fine-grained control over the JIT compiler. Primitive specialization of generics is pushed out to JDK 10, however.
Oracle have announced the second set of enhancement proposals (known as JEPs) that will deliver features for Java 9, including major news about Java modularity.
The Scala Team recently published a "Scala: Next Steps" article describing the future of the language, and detailing the features of the next three major Scala releases and main goals: to make the language and its libraries simpler to understand, more robust, and better performing.
Oracle has announced the first set of enhancement proposals that will deliver features for Java 9. They include HTTP/2 support, enhanced JSON support and a first step towards modularity.
IBM Research Division has published a paper comparing the performance of container and virtual machine environments, using Docker and KVM, highlighting the cost of using Docker with NAT or AUFS, and questioning the practice of running containers inside of virtual machines.
Oracle's latest update to Java, 8 update 11, introduced a breaking change that has affected a range of third-party tools, including JRebel, Groovy and Google's Guice library.
The Apache Software Foundation recently announced the General Availability of Log4j 2.0, containing many performance improvements over its predecessor Log4j 1.x. Years in the making, this release was written from scratch, and gained its inspiration from existing logging solutions such as Log4j 1.x and java.util.logging.
Oracle launches Project Valhalla to experiment with advanced features for the JVM and Java language, including a major revision of Java's approach to generic types.
Performance is one of the benefits that Apple claims its new Swift programming language should bring to OS X and iOS developers, and being in beta hasn't prevented independent developers from running benchmarks and reporting their findings. Perhaps unsurprisingly these show that in some cases Swift performance is not yet satisfactory.