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16 March 2013, 19:31

The H Roundup - Kali Linux, openSUSE 12.3 and VP8

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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. This week, Kali Linux is the new BackTrack, a backdoor in TP-Link routers, VP8 could become an MPEG standard, two new official Ubuntu derivatives, open source at CeBIT, and openSUSE 12.3 reviewed.

Top News

Offensive Security has released a business-ready version of BackTrack Linux called Kali, TP-Link's routers were found to contain a serious backdoor, and F-Secure says 96% of all new mobile malware runs on Android.

With Google inking a deal with the MPEG LA, VP8 could soon become an MPEG standard. Readers interested in the latest goings-on in the world of silicon can find a summary of events around the CeBIT conference in Hanover in The H's Processor Whispers.

Intel released an installation program to update graphics drivers on Linux and Qualcomm Atheros released open source firmware for two of its wireless chips.

Ubuntu gained two additional official flavours, CentOS released its clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, and a new version of the ownCloud private cloud computing toolkit brought a refreshed user interface.

Featured Articles

This week, Christopher von Eitzen gives an overview of the open source area of the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Dj Walker-Morgan asks the question whether fragmentation in the Linux ecosystem is necessarily a bad thing, and Oliver Diedrich reviews the recently released version 12.3 of openSUSE.

Open Source Releases

Open source releases over the last week included a new major version of the Ardour digital audio workstation (DAW) and new versions of Node.js, openSUSE 12.3, and Trisquel Linux.

On the development side of things, the Mageia project released its third beta of Mageia 3 and most Ubuntu derivatives have arrived with their beta 1 milestone.

Security Alerts

US-CERT is warning of a backdoor in some of HP's LaserJet printers, Adobe has closed critical holes in Flash Player, and Microsoft has also fixed critical problems on its monthly Patch Tuesday.

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