Hmm, since weeks – ok, days – I’m staring at my Linux kernel updater …
… and don’t dare updating to Kernel 4.15. Can you guess why? Yes, you’re absolutely right, not even a suicidal stunt avie like Orca would update from 4.14 to a fukn stupid, half-baked, insecure release candidate of 4.15. Not on her main production computer, and surely not now with all the stupidly dangerous Meltdown and Spectre bugs. Oh, yes, I’ve gotta admit, this problem does not only hit Windows and Mac users but us proud elitist Linux folk as well. Since they are hardware bugs, in Intel, AMD and ARM CPUs. And since Intel hasnt’t come up with a satisfying solution for the problem yet our godfather figure, Linus Torvalds, really seriously had a go at them and found some suiting words.
Meanwhile I’m just blindly accepting all the updates I receive from upstream Manjaro. I know them clever guys have surely figured out some serviceable solutions and workarounds to keep my PC save and secure. I know the final fix will not be coming very soon, since Intel and AMD are fukn assclowns, but at least with well-maintained Linux distros you’re in much better hands than with Windows or MacOS. In fact I don’t worry at all and don’t give a singular fuk about the whole situation.
While the operating system vendors are providing the software updates for the vulnerability, it is Intel who is responsible for fixing the issue at the firmware level. And apparently, Intel is not doing its job properly.
Those asswipes. 😮 Didn’t we pay them quite handsomely for their chips? In RL Orca’s household alone it’s 5 Intel chips being used … and probably endangered. And Intel is doing fukall to keep us save! 😦
Torvalds mentions in Linux Kernel mailing list:
I really really wanted to just release 4.15 today, but things haven’t calmed down enough for me to feel comfy about it, and Davem tells me he still has some networking fixes pending. Laura Abbott found and fixed a very subtle boot bug introduced this development cycle only yesterday, and it just didn’t feel right to say that we’re done.
Kernel 4.15 becomes the slowest release since 2011
Because of the pending fixes, Torvalds announced Release Candidate (RC) version 9 instead of the final Kernel 4.15.
So I’m doing an rc9 instead. I don’t particularly like to, but I like it even less releasing something that doesn’t seem baked enough.
The last Kernel release to have RC 9 was version 3.1 back in 2011.
As you might’ve notived I haven’t even lost a word about the whole Meltdown and Spectre affair in this bloggy. First because it’s some geeky shit and I’m much too lazy to wrap my pretty head around it, and secondly because, yes, I’m on Linux. I trust in the power of community! My trust might be blind but I’m one with the force, the force is with me.
Nothing bad will come to me!