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Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week - January 31st 2014

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    January 31, 2014

"As we think about the entire cloud services space for enterprise customers, this is immature. And with customers, there’s a lot of tire kicking, a lot of experimentation and test and dev. So overall, for anybody in the enterprise space, this is still very early days."

-VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger (ServerWatch)

"Bitcoin is a massively overhyped piece of noise in the marketplace in and of itself"
-David Furlonger, vice president and Fellow at research firm Gartner (eWEEK)

"The solution provider network plays a critical role in being able to deliver the benefits of a converged infrastructure without the proprietary bullsh*t that typically comes with it"

-Frank Frankovsky, Chairman of the Open Compute project (ServerWatch)

"Every large-scale Internet service that I'm aware is bound by the cost of the data center and they are all I/O bound. We deal with very few Internet applications at scale that are CPU bound."
-Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz (ServerWatch)


"We want to make it easier for people to contribute and find more ways to get people involved besides just bringing code"

-Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation (eWEEK)

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Open Source PHP 5.5 and 5.4 Updated

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    January 14, 2014


From the 'No Security Fixes' files:

The open source PHP programming language is being updated this month with a pair of non-security updates.

PHP 5.4.24 and PHP 5.5.8 are now both available of developers and server admins to fix a long list of bugs.

For the PHP 5.4 first debuted in early 2012, marking a dramatic speed boost for PHP users and applications. PHP 5.5 in contrast is the leading edge of the publicly available PHP code and hit general availability in June of 2013.

So far as I can tell there are no publicly disclosed CVEs in the PHP 5.5.8 or 5.4.24 updates and many of the bugs fixed overlap across both versions.

The full list of changes is:

  • Core:
    • Disallowed JMP into a finally block.
    • Added validation of class names in the autoload process.
    • Fixed invalid C code in zend_strtod.c.
    • Fixed bug #66041 (list() fails to unpack yielded ArrayAccess object).
    • Fixed bug #65764 (generators/throw_rethrow FAIL with ZEND_COMPILE_EXTENDED_INFO).
    • Fixed bug #61645 (fopen and O_NONBLOCK).
    • Fixed bug #66218 (zend_register_functions breaks reflection).
  • Date:
    • Fixed bug #66060 (Heap buffer over-read in DateInterval).
    • Fixed bug #65768 (DateTimeImmutable::diff does not work).
  • DOM:
    • Fixed bug #65196 (Passing DOMDocumentFragment to DOMDocument::saveHTML() Produces invalid Markup).
  • Exif:
    • Fixed bug #65873 (Integer overflow in exif_read_data()).
  • Filter:
    • Fixed bug #66229 ( isn't reserved any longer).
  • GD:
    • Fixed bug #64405 (Use freetype-config for determining freetype2 dir(s)).
  • PDO_odbc:
    • Fixed bug #66311 (Stack smashing protection kills PDO/ODBC queries).
  • MySQLi:
    • Fixed bug #65486 (mysqli_poll() is broken on win x64).
  • OPCache:
    • Fixed revalidate_path=1 behavior to avoid caching of symlinks values.
    • Fixed Issue #140: "opcache.enable_file_override" doesn't respect "opcache.revalidate_freq".
  • SNMP:
    • Fixed SNMP_ERR_TOOBIG handling for bulk walk operations.
  • SOAP:
    • Fixed bug #66112 (Use after free condition in SOAP extension).
  • Sockets:
    • Fixed bug #65923 (ext/socket assumes AI_V4MAPPED is defined).
  • XSL:
    • Fixed bug #49634 (Segfault throwing an exception in a XSL registered function).
  • ZIP:
    • Fixed bug #66321 (ZipArchive::open() ze_obj->filename_len not real).

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Linux Foundation Set to Produce Apachecon Conference - No that's not a typo

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    January 13, 2014

Linux FoundationFrom the 'Linux Runs the (Apache) World files:

The Linux Foundation has made a name for itself, not just as the home of Linus Torvalds and Linux development, but as the premier organizer for open-source collaboration.

It's a fact that the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has also realized and after 14 years of producing their own ApacheCon conferences, the ASF is leaning on the Linux Foundation to product the next one.

That's right, the 15th ApacheCon conference will be (co) produced by the Linux Foundation. Apache has over 100 projects in its roster, including CloudStack, OpenOffice, Tomcat and of course its epynomous Apache HTTP Web Server.

“The Linux Foundation strives to provide unique, collaborative experiences at its events. Our focus is on enabling community and facilitating the relationships that will benefit this form of development for years to come,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation in a statement. "By working with The Apache Software Foundation and its community, we can use our expertise in events to benefit more open source projects and the broader ecosystem at large."

The 15th ApacheCon will be held on place April 9-11, 2014 in Denver, Colorado at the Westin in Downtown Denver. The ApacheCon conference is also being co-located with the CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist