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03 November 2012, 09:16

The H Roundup - Android 4.2, the ext4 bug, Ubuntu drops alphas

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The H Roundup Welcome to The H Roundup, your rapid review of the week with the most read news on The H, the security alerts and open source releases, and the essential feature articles – all in one quick-to-scan news item.

Top News

Google announced a new version of its Android mobile operating system alongside new Nexus devices, Ted Ts'o took a look at the recent and rare ext4 bug and created a patch to fix it, and CodeWeavers gave away free copies of its WINE-based products for Linux and Mac OS X.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation criticised Canonical for its Amazon shopping lens feature over privacy concerns, the Ubuntu developers announced plans to drop all alpha development releases for future versions of the Linux-based OS, and version 6 of Red Hat's enterprise Linux distribution received the Common Criteria Certification at EAL4+.

In security news, malware was discovered that uses new tricks to avoid being detected by automated threat analysis tools, a new Windows 8-compatible password stealing trojan went on sale, and a group of criminals were arrested for using a bit of trickery to rob ATMs at casinos.

Featured Articles

This week, The H spoke to Enlightenment project leader Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler about the desktop environment's progress and future goals or the project and Oliver Diedrich took a look at why the rare and recent bug in the ext4 filesystem wasn't as bad as it was first made out to be

Open Source Releases

Version 8.3 of the FreeNAS network attached storage distribution arrived with an updated to ZFS, OpenBSD 5.2 brought improved multi-core support, and the 4.7 release of Tiny Core Linux overhauled the OS's OnDemand system. There were also new versions of the Lightspark open source Flash player implementation, the Clementine music player, the LibreOffice productivity suite and the Enyo JavaScript framework. After seven years, the libvirt toolkit also saw its 1.0.0 release.

Security Alerts

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