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22 September 2012, 13:59

The H Roundup - Critical IE hole, Fedora 18 Alpha and Cinnamon 1.6

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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

The week began with the news that versions 6 to 9 of Internet Explorer on all supported versions of Windows contained a highly critical security hole that could be used to infect victims' systems with malware. As the vulnerability was being actively exploited, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) advised users to switch to another browser, while Microsoft provided workarounds and a Fix-it tool until a cumulative update patch can be made available.

Following three week-long delays, the first alpha of Fedora 18 arrived with a new installer user interface, version 1.6 of the Linux Mint project's Cinnamon desktop environment was released with a number of enhancements, and Dropbox detailed its reasons for migrating from JavaScript to CoffeeScript for its browser-side codebase.

Red Hat used the GPL to strike back at Twin Peaks Software in a patent infringement lawsuit, while Italy made open source a requirement for public administrators. An update on the status of the Vivaldi KDE tablet revealed that it had run into a major setback and has been delayed, while the Raspberry Pi mini-computer got an official overclocking option that doesn't void its warranty.

Feature Articles

This week, Andrew Back looked at the possibilities of hacking the Rasperry Pi credit-card-sized Linux computer. As version 3.6 of Linux approaches, Thorsten Leemhuis detailed the architecture, driver and infrastructure changes coming in the next version of the kernel.

Open Source Releases

Sabayon introduced a MATE edition of its distribution, Xen 4.2 arrived with a new default tool stack, Mandriva Linux 2012 got an alpha version, and the Shotwell photo manager added Tumblr support.

Security Alerts

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