The H Roundup - Nautilus "catastrophe" and UDID leaks
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.
As the next major update to his project's Cinnamon desktop nears its feature freeze, Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre discussed the reasons for creating Nemo, a fork of GNOME's Nautilus file manager, calling Nautilus 3.6 "a catastrophe".
NVIDIA's plans to add support for Optimus switching technology to its proprietary Linux graphics driver were revealed thanks to an email from one of the company's developers. Meanwhile, the first alpha version of a GNOME-desktop-based Ubuntu derivative arrived, and the Linux From Scratch project published version 7.2 of its free guide to creating a custom Linux system.
- Hybrid graphics support in NVIDIA's Linux driver
- First alpha of Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10
- Linux From Scratch 7.2 relies on latest GCC
In security news, the week began with the AntiSec hacker group publishing over one million Apple UDIDs to the web, which it claimed originated from the laptop of an FBI agent. According to a researcher, the recent emergency update to Java 7 still contains a security hole that can be used to disable its sandbox. A commercial maintenance tool was turned into a trojan by hackers, while suspicions sign-in emails claiming to be from Google contained a trojan of their own.
- One million Apple UDIDs leaked by hacker group
- Latest Java sandbox is still vulnerable
- Hackers turn remote maintenance tool into trojan
- Google suspicious sign-in alert contains a trojan
In the most recent edition of Hardware Hacks, The H took a look at a new online course on building an OS for the Raspberry Pi, hacking a battery grip to add new functionality to a DSLR camera, and a FreeBSD port for the Raspberry Pi, as well as a new ARM development board.
This week, Glyn Moody asked what the open source community can learn from Diaspora as its founders hand the project over to the community, while in a new edition in the Kernel Log series, Thorsten Leemhuis detailed the networking changes coming in version 3.6 of the Linux kernel.
Open Source Releases
Some of the most notable open source releases this week were distributions: the final version of openSUSE 12.2 arrived after a two-month delay, SystemRescueCd added support for modular system extensions and version 1.0 of the Qubes security-through-virtualisation OS was released after three years of work, while Ubuntu 12.10 and most of its official derivatives entered beta testing.
- openSUSE 12.2 arrives with Linux 3.4 and GRUB 2.0
- SystemRescueCd 3.0.0 introduces support for modules
- Security-through-isolation: Qubes 1.0 released
- Mandriva specialist ROSA releases enterprise distribution
- Open Recall: Knoppix, TurboLinux, WattOS and Haiku
- Netflix open sources Eureka mid-tier load balancer
- White House open sources its mobile site and apps
- Apache Wicket bounces to a 6
- KDE delivers first KDE SC 4.9 update
- X Server 1.13 has better hybrid graphics support
- QEMU 1.2.0 improves live migration
- Zend 2.0.0 Stable adds modules and events
- New push framework for PrimeFaces
- WordPress 3.4 update fixes security vulnerabilities
- Mozilla retires Firefox Home iOS app
- Mozilla updates Firefox 15 to fix private browsing problem
- First beta of Ubuntu 12.10 released
- Betas of Ubuntu 12.10 derivatives released
- Open webOS Beta arrives ready for developers
- MariaDB gets alpha of Galera clustering
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