The H Week
The H published a new feature titled "Trademarks - The dinosaur in the room" which took a look at the importance of trademarks and successfully branding free and open source software (FOSS) projects.
Popular stories this week included GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner announcing that the open source hosting service would be moving its servers from Engine Yard to Rackspace "in just a few short weeks" and the release of Linux Mint 7 XFCE, an XFCE based version of the Linux Mint distribution code-named 'Gloria'.
Open Source News
In Ubuntu news this week, Canonical released the sixth alpha of "Karmic Koala" based on the recently released 2.6.31 Linux kernel and The H reported on Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon's response to Lifehacker's Ubuntu 9.10 wish list.
After eight years of development, the Haiku Project announced the immediate availability of the first alpha development release of their open source operating system inspired by the Be Operating System (BeOS).
WebKit also saw some activity this week. The latest development builds of the open source browser engine integrate GPU-accelerated 3D capabilities via WebGL and Google, which has already committed its support to the WebGL initiative, released version 3.0 of its WebKit-based Chrome web browser.
On Thursday, The H reported on developers from Google revealing Noop, a new language that runs on the Java virtual machine. Noop is attempting to blend dependency injection and testability into a new Java-like language.
Microsoft's open source efforts came under some more criticism this week as Andrew Updegrove, co-creator of the MIT licence and an expert in creating consortiums, posted an extensive article on why he believes that Microsoft's newly formed non-profit CodePlex Foundation is flawed. In another effort, Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Open Source guru, said that the software giant is "continuing to work hard" on the Hyper-V drivers for Linux that it released in July, which are scheduled for inclusion with Linux 2.6.32.
One of the biggest security stories this week was the discovery of a botnet of Linux web servers that are reportedly being used to distribute malicious software to Windows PCs.
The H reported first on the addition of flash checking in Firefox and, according to an analysis done by Mozilla's Ken Kovash, the new Adobe Flash version check included in the latest Firefox updates is helping. In one week, ten million people have clicked through on the page to update their Flash installation.
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