The H Week
Open source news
Early in the week the H Open reported on the start of the openSUSE Community Week, an IRC/Screencast community run virtual event, and there was a backlash to the Oracle purchase of Sun as the Sun shareholders brought a class action against the deal claiming that the terms of the acquisition were "unfair and inadequate."
Some Ubuntu 9.04 users have had problems with Intel graphics drivers and these have been at least partially addressed by a pre-release of the forthcoming version 2.8 graphics driver. The H will be following up on this when the final release is out.
On Wednesday the H published a feature describing the special relationship between the popular Ubuntu Linux and Debian.
The early days of personal computing were all about designing and building it yourself. Over the years this hands on the hardware approach seemed to have almost died out, but as the H reports on maker faires show there is perhaps renewed interest in project building. This week saw the release of revision C of the powerful little Beagle board a development board found at the heart of numerous maker projects.
Rounding out the week MySQL users were perhaps reassured to hear, given the uncertainty over Sun's future, Monty Widenius' announcement of the formation of the Open Database Alliance to support his MariaDB split of MySQL. Finally on Friday the developers of both Grails and Scala announced their support of the recently announced Google App engine Java support.
On Monday The H Security reported on a mysterious botnet collapse in early April that has only just now come to light. An estimated 100,000 drone Zeus based botnet apparently self destructed by sending out a kill command from the control server. As a result the infected machines would have been rendered inoperable.
Anti-malware is supposed to protect the user, but increasingly The H Security reports on vulnerabilities in anti-malware itself, although this may be due to greater scrutiny by independent security experts. This week products from two leading anti-malware vendors where found to be blind to malware hiding inside compressed files.
On Patch Tuesday Microsoft released a single update: patches to close a staggering 14 holes in PowerPoint, 12 of which they described as critical.
The talented security expert Ivan Krstić, designer of the innovative Bitfrost security specification and former director of security architecture at the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has now joined Apple. In the past Apple have made claims that their systems are more secure than their competitors, perhaps Krstić will be able to put some real muscle behind these claims.
On Friday The H Security reported on a story from the Washington Post earlier in the week about the Chinese government's further efforts to strengthen its cyber defences by mandating Kylin, a new secure operating system for all government and military PCs.
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