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27 October 2012, 05:59

The H Roundup - Google Drive backdoor, Wayland 1.0 and Raspberry Pi

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The H Roundup logo 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's desktop clients for its Drive service were found to give unexpected access to users' Google accounts, a list of the 25 worst passwords of the year was published with some new gems, and a problem in CyanogenMod that caused it to log lockscreen swipe gestures was found and fixed.

The Wayland compositor protocol and its Weston reference implementation reached their version 1.0 milestone, the first GNOME 3 desktop remix of Ubuntu Linux arrived for those who prefer GNOME over Unity, and the open source GitHub clone GitLab got a 3.0 release with a new web editor.

An apparent ext4 data corruption bug was patched, but turned out to be far more esoteric than originally thought, Google was welcomed as the Eclipse Foundation's newest strategic member, and the Raspberry Pi mini-computer had its ARM graphics code made available as open source. In the latest edition of Hardware Hacks, The H took a look at the Gertboard add-on for the Raspberry Pi, the ARM-based Arduino Due and a quadrocopter powered by open source.

Featured Articles

This week, Glyn Moody explained why he believes that Mozilla should involve itself in CryptoParties, and Jürgen Schmidt attacked the open source TrueCrypt disk encryption tool using a small utility called TCHead. The H also published its Community Calendar for November.

Open Source Releases

The Git version control system was updated to support accessing keyrings under Windows and GNOME, the key-value store database Redis added Lua scripting support, Mono 3.0 arrived with a C# 5.0 compiler, and the 1.3 release from the Yocto Project further improved its embedded distribution builder. A new Ubuntu-based version of Puppy Linux built on 12.04 LTS was published, Cairo-Dock improved its Unity integration, and OpenNebula 3.8 improved hypervisor support.

Security Alerts

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