The H Week
Open source news
This week, as the final release of the Linux Kernel 2.6.30 approaches (it was expected this weekend) The H Open Source published two issues of the Kernel Log (1 & 2) covering the final most significant changes.
On Monday Sun Microsystems released a new version 2009.06 of OpenSolaris the open source Unix like operating system, now with the benefit of 'Project Crossbow' (virtual networking) and many other improvements.
Also on Monday, the European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes said she was seriously considering legislation to force Microsoft to bundle alternative browsers with Windows to allow consumers an easier choice of browser.
Support for Moblin, the Linux distribution designed for mobile devices originally based on the Intel Atom processor, is growing. At Computex this week both Xandros and Novell announced they plan to support the mobile operating system. Canonical have also confirmed plans for an Ubuntu / Moblin remix.
Michael Arrington, the blogger behind TechCrunch and CrunchBase, announced further progress made on his CrunchPad project. CrunchPad is a browser focused, touch tablet which Arrington hopes to bring to market. It is believed that the CruchPad will have a Linux based operating system with a WebKit based browser.
Our Friday mini-feature speculated on the future direction of Novell, commenting that the growing success of Novell's Linux business, until now almost unacknowleged by Novell itself, may well determine the companies future.
The H Security started the week with a report on Microsoft's .NET Framework Service Pack 1 installing a 'ClickOnce' add-on to Firefox without asking for the users permission. This raised security concerns and speculation that such behaviour could undermine confidence in Microsoft's update procedures.
Significant to many users given their general public appeal, Apple published updates to both iTunes and QuickTime to patch quite a number of security vulnerabilities. Users are certainly advised to apply these updates.
On Wednesday The H Security reported on mass attacks by at least two criminal groups potentially compromising tens of thousands of computers. According to security provider Websense the source servers for some of the most recent attacks are located in the Ukraine. Another group, refered to as Gumblar after the source domain name, has been launching attacks since mid-May.
Google published a statistical analysis identifying the top ten malware source sites. This shows that six out of the top ten sites, including gumblar.cn, are hosted in China.
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