The H Roundup 2012 - September to December
As the end of the year approaches, The H's weekly roundup expands its scope and looks back, month by month at 2012, sharing the most read stories and features for each of those months. In the first two parts we looked at January to April and May to August. In this part, we head into the winter, looking at September to December...
- jQuery dropping GPL from licence
- Mozilla shows off Firefox OS
- Linux Mint founder calls Nautilus 3.6 "a catastrophe"
- WhatsApp accounts almost completely unprotected
- Hybrid graphics support in NVIDIA's Linux driver
Connecting up more than just standard peripherals to the Raspberry Pi is easy as Andrew Back showed in his feature article for The H, while Jürgen Schmidt demonstrated that CloudCracker was a fatal blow for a number of encrypted connection implementations.
- Google Drive opens backdoor to Google accounts
- JavaOne 2012: Oracle outlines its Java plans
- 4.5 million routers hacked
- NVIDIA wants to remove GPL marker from Linux interface
Two big arrivals were featured this month: Thorsten Leemhuis wrote up the complete overview of what was new in the latest Linux kernel, 3.6, and Fabian Scherschel looked at the release of Ubuntu 12.10 which got slightly mired in controversy. Scherschel also talked with Rasterman, the man behind the Englightenment environment as it was confirmed that the E17 desktop was finally due to arrive. Andrew Back got a taste of the open GSM future when he put a sysmoBTS system through its paces.
- What's new in Linux 3.6
- What's new in Ubuntu Desktop 12.10
- Seeking Enlightenment
- The open GSM future arrives
How do you insert malicious iFrames into web server traffic? In November it was found that one way was to create a rootkit which hid as a driver and manipulated network traffic to do just that. Times got harder for open source developers at AMD as the company dismissed a number of them. On the good news front though, Munich showed how it saved €10million by using Linux in local government and Linus Torvalds noted that the Linux/Android situation was improving when speaking at LinuxCon Europe. Tiny Core Linux brought in support for "Self Contained Modules" to make it easier to manage applications on the minimalist Linux distribution.
- Rootkit infects Linux web servers
- AMD dismisses numerous open source developers
- Linux brings over €10 million savings for Munich
- Linus Torvalds: The Android situation is improving
- Tiny Core Linux 4.7 overhauls the OnDemand system
While at LinuxCon Europe, Glyn Moody sat down with Linus Torvalds and found out how Torvalds world view had changed since Moody last met him in 1996. And as Linux 3.7 approached, The H published Thorsten Leemhuis's detailed previews of what was coming in the new kernel, as we do for every forthcoming kernel release.
- Interview: Linus Torvalds - I don't read code any more
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 1): Filesystems & storage
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 2): Networking
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 3): Infrastructure
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 4): Drivers
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 5): CPU and platform code
Build an open source laptop? The man behind the Chumby did, and the initial board designs showed an ARM-based power house with FPGA's onboard available to boost performance further. Enlightenment 0.17, also known as E17, finally arrived bringing a visually rich desktop which doesn't need GPUs to Linux. WhatsApp was back again – even after an update, hijacking holes still existed in the instant messaging app which were, at least, fixed on some platforms but not others. As Linux 3.8 was being planned and specified, one change was confirmed – the end of 386 chip support in Linux.
- Chumby developer building open source laptop
- Enlightenment 0.17 (E17) Linux desktop is ready
- Account theft still possible with latest WhatsApp
- WhatsApp closes hole again, but not in all versions
- Linux will no longer work on the i386
- Linux 3.8's features staked out
As previewed in the previous month, Linux 3.7 arrived and Thorsten Leemhuis took us through an overview of what had been delivered in the release. Meanwhile, Oliver Diedrich compared two German cities, Munich and Freiburg and their differing results with the introduction of Linux or open source software.