The H Week
The major news stories this week are mainly from the number of conferences have been in session. The Intel Developer Forum took place in San Francisco – so far the biggest news to emerge from the IDF is all about Moblin. Atlanta hosted a Linux Fest where Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth revealed a few details of Ubuntu 10.4 and Linus Torvalds, attending LinuxCon, made some comments about code bloat in Linux.
On the features front The H published four features this week, our Monday interview with the GNOME release manager Vincent Untz The path to GNOME 3.0 was followed later in the week by a second GNOME feature Gnome 2.28 - the dawn of a new era looking at some of the features in the recently released GNOME 2.28. Our Tuesday feature explained how to make diagnostic connections to a POP3, IMAP or SMTP mail server even when encryption is enabled and on Thursday we uncovered the background behind the recent purchase of 22 patents by the Open Invention Network.
Open Source News
At the Atlanta Linux Fest, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 10.04, the next major release of Ubuntu after version 9.10 Karmic Koala, will be code-named Lucid Lynx.
In the latest Kernel Log, The H took a look at the development of Linux 2.6.32, including the integration of DRBD and Devtmpfs.
Speaking as part of a round table discussion at LinuxCon 2009, Linux creator Linus Torvalds said he was saddened that the Linux kernel has become so "bloated and huge" but that given Linux success on so many platforms, the code bloat was probably unavoidable.
In Paris, an appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that a French firm had violated the GNU General Public License (GPL), marking a significant win for the open source license.
The Moblin developers announced the official release of version 2.0 of their Linux based operating system designed for netbooks. Linux enthusiasts, developers and early adopters that don't already have a netbook should consider Dell's newly launched Inspiron Mini 10v netbook running Canonical's Ubuntu Moblin Remix (UMR) based on Moblin 2.0 and Ubuntu Linux 9.04. Moblin also took the centre stage at the annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) as Intel announced a range of new Moblin and Atom initiatives and confirmed that the upcoming Moblin 2.1 release has been optimised to work with touch screen mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Google developers, tired of having to spend time writing code to force Microsoft Internet Explorer, which they say is behind the times, to co-operate with Wave, released a plug-in to bring IE up to speed. Chrome Frame, is an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8. Microsoft was not amused, a few days after the release, a Microsoft spokesperson advised against installing the plug-in, claiming that it "doubled the attach area for malware and malicious scripts".
Network administrators received a flood of patches from Cisco this week. The company posted a slew of updates for a variety of its products, closing several Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerabilities and buffer overflows.
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