VMware pulled Spectre patches on Friday. — Affected updates are the ones for ESXi under VMSA-2018-0004 that contained CPU microcode. Despite these being the affected patches, all of the patches under VMSA-2018-004 have been pulled.
Spectre Mitigation Added To GCC 8, Seeking Backport To GCC 7 — The set of Spectre mitigation patches for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) were accepted to mainline and will be part of GCC 8 with the GCC 8.1 stable release that will likely be due out around March. This is on top of many other changes/features of GCC 8.
An Introduction to Configuration Management | DigitalOcean — As a broader subject, configuration management (CM) refers to the process of systematically handling changes to a system in a way that it maintains integrity over time. Even though this process was not originated in the IT industry, the term is broadly used to refer to server configuration management
Configuration Management on the Desktop — It installs GNOME, sets up my wallpaper, applies my GTK/icon themes, sets up my keyboard shortcuts, etc. It also sets up my SSH keys, user dotfiles, OpenSSH config, and much more.