The H Week
The H published three features this week; a detailed feature covering the newly released 2.6.31 Linux Kernel, a look at Digital Rights Management and how it works with open source in a new feature titled "Linux and Digital Rights Management (DRM)" and a comment on Microsoft's new open source CodePlex Foundation announced on Friday.
In a move that is also Microsoft and open source related the Open Invention Network announced its plans to purchase former Microsoft patents as part of its on-going effort to protect open source against patent attacks.
Open Source News
Operating systems saw some activity this week, the Debian developers released the third update for Debian 5.0 "Lenny" and announced plans to switch to the Upstart boot system. Following last weeks Red Hat Summit 2009, Red Hat posted videos and PDFs of many of the keynote speeches and talks, including an outlook for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6. The netbook oriented Easy Peasy Linux distribution was updated to version 1.5 and the DesktopBSD project announced that it had released DesktopBSD 1.7, advising that 1.7 would be the projects "last and final release".
Over the past few days some major mainstream proprietary development companies released software as open source. On Wednesday VMware released an alpha of its vCloud API. On Friday, Apple open sourced Grand Central Dispatch, which is one of the highlights of the behind-the-scenes changes in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Facebook released the code to its Tornado Web Server, a python based web framework - both released under Apache 2.0 licences.
After being in beta test since 2007 Aircrack-NG, the WEP and WPA-PSK cracking application, finally got to version 1.0 this week and celebrated with the the launch of a new logo and website.
In software development news this week, The H reported on Nokia's Qt Software release of the first preview of the next version of its C++ UI toolkit, Qt 4.6 and a beta version of MonoDevelop 2.2, the Mono based C# IDE, arrived for Windows and Mac OS X. Black Duck Software revamped the Koders.com code search engine, allowing developers to browse and search the over 2.4 billion lines of code from open source projects that Koders.com indexes. Mac OS X users and developers will be please to know that the MacPorts collection of over 6,000 easy to install open source applications for Mac OS X has now been updated to support Snow Leopard.
Microsoft's security week was all about vulnerabilities. The Redmond company has now confirmed a recently reported vulnerability in its implementation of the SMB2 protocol that can be exploited to remotely crash or reboot Windows Vista and Server 2008 systems. A new flaw in Microsoft SQL Server that divulges passwords which are saved to memory in plain text – from where they can be read by administrators. On Wednesday, The H reported that Microsoft had closed vulnerabilities in all versions of Windows, including a TCP/IP stack DoS vulnerability which Cisco also addressed in a software update the next day.
In addition to releasing a new range of iPods this week, Apple was also busy releasing various software updates. Following the announcement of new iPod touches, Apple released version 3.1 of its iPhone OS. The update addresses several security holes in the mobile OS used by the iPhone and iPod Touch devices and includes a new anti-phishing feature. Unfortunately it's a feature that's reportedly unreliable and ineffective. Four critical holes in QuickTime were closed in version 7.6.4, Apple released its first update for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, bringing the Adobe Flash Player up to date, and Security Update 2009-005 for for earlier versions of Mac OS X addressed a total of 33 security vulnerabilities.
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