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Opening the week The H Open Source reported on Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth's posting his opinions regarding the recent debate over Debian plans for a fixed development cycle. Some in the Debian community have voiced concerns over the 'tail wagging the dog' regarding the proposals for regular releases with synchronisation between Debian and its dependant distributions.
As announced on Monday, VMware, the virtualisation experts, are now major players in the Java field having bought SpringSource the Spring framework developers. VMware intend to use the SpringSource technology to create a fully integrated "Platform as a Service" (PaaS) solution, combining the VMware virtualisation and management with a complete Java stack, from servers to frameworks and languages.
The proceedings of the recent July Linux Symposium have now been released as a 340 page PDF document. The H published a feature on Tuesday covering some of the high points.
Despite Nokia's considerable investments in Symbian, rumours surfaced this week that Nokia were about to ditch Symbian in favour of their other development – Maemo. Nokia later issued a statement firmly denying the rumours and insisting that both mobile languages were vital to its future developments.
Anticipation builds as on Friday the developers announced the release of Karmic Koala Alpha 4. One more Alpha release is due before the beta testing begins heading the popular Linux distribution to an end of October release as Ubuntu 9.10.
On Monday Microsoft revealed details of a high risk browser vulnerability originally found early this year. According to a paper from three Microsoft security specialists the vulnerability could be exploited to carry out man-in-the-middle attacks on HTTPS connections. The vulnerability is apparently present in most browsers.
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday this month brought patches for 19 holes in various Windows components and applications. Our later story criticised Microsoft for being slow to provide one of the patches, apparently only responding after active exploits appeared for a 0-day hole which had been reported 2 years ago.
On Thursday The H Security reported on the first prison sentences for refusing to reveal passwords or cryptographic keys. Since October 2007, part three of the RIPA 2000 act allows enforcement agencies to prosecute when a person does not reveal, upon request, passwords and encryption keys, with a threat of up to five years in prison.
Having opened with news of general browser security risks the week closed on Friday with the report of a critical vulnerability present in all Linux kernels since 2001.
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