The H Roundup - Hacking cameras, mapping botnets and Easter Wheezy?
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. This week, cameras and networks were hacked, botnets went mapping the internet, Ubuntu support was shortened as 13.04 neared, MongoDB got full text searching and a Python disagreement was settled. Also - The H took a look at Dell's Ubuntu laptop and asked what now after Android?
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Thorsten Leemhuis put Dell's Ubuntu-loaded developer laptop through its paces, Glyn Moody asked if Android's success is actually good for open source software in general, and The H Community Calendar tells you where the open source and developer communities are meeting next month.
- Putting Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook to the test
- Android has won: now what?
- The H Community Calendar - April 2013
Security and hacking were popular topics in the past week, from the map of the internet built by hacking together a botnet to numerous ways of coercing cameras of various types to act as snoops and spies. There was also the laptop dock packed with a Raspberry PI, a GSM module which could tap any docked laptop, and the discovery that Huawei 3G/4G USB sticks were a little insecure. It was also discovered that another attack on SSL/TLS RC4 encryption could yield results.
- Botnet uses hacked devices to scan the internet
- Professional videoconferencing system as a spy
- Stealing photos and spying: backdoors to networked cameras
- Devious dock is Raspberry-Pi-powered data drainer
- Huawei 3G/4G USB sticks put users' security at risk
- Another crypto-attack on SSL/TLS encryption
- Ubuntu to halve support length for non-LTS releases
- Ubuntu development hits 13.04 beta 1 milestone
- LXLE extends life of ageing computers
- Chart.js available, after a false start
- Settlement reached in Python trademark dispute
Looking forward, the tea leaves could be pointing towards an Easter release for Debian 7.0, KDE developers are focused on Wayland support, Android support is coming to Qt 5.1, and in a few weeks, you'll be made to install service pack one on Windows 7.
- Debian 7.0 for Easter?
- KDE sets its sights on Wayland
- Android application support is coming with Qt 5.1
- Final weeks of support arrive for service-pack-free Windows 7
- MongoDB 2.4 can now search text
- Pharo 2.0 shines light on hundreds of improvements
- Backbone.js takes on a 1.0 milestone
- KDE debuts Plasma Media Center
- Vagrant 1.1 adds first paid plugin for VMware Fusion
Other Open Source Releases
- Open source BPM platform from camunda
- Yorba releases Shotwell 0.14 and Geary 0.3
- Etherpad 1.2.9 fixes "massive security issue"
- VirtualBox 4.2.10 fixes a number of crashing bugs
- Xtend 2.4 introduces Active Annotations and Android support
- GParted receives a speed boost with version 0.15.0
- Basho open sources Riak CS
- FreeNAS 8.3.1 introduces full disk ZFS encryption
- Rails updates to 3.2.13 to close denial of service and XSS holes
- Open source audio frameworks for iOS
- OdinMonkey and Asm.js arrive in Firefox Nightly
- First beta of PHP 5.5 with new accelerator
- C++11 and Blackberry support improved in Qt Creator 2.7.0
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