The H Roundup - Android 4.2, the ext4 bug, Ubuntu drops alphas
Welcome to The H Roundup, your rapid review of the week with the most read news on The H, the security alerts and open source releases, and the essential feature articles – all in one quick-to-scan news item.
Google announced a new version of its Android mobile operating system alongside new Nexus devices, Ted Ts'o took a look at the recent and rare ext4 bug and created a patch to fix it, and CodeWeavers gave away free copies of its WINE-based products for Linux and Mac OS X.
- Android 4.2 adds multi-user support for tablets
- Consequences of the ext4 bug
- Ext4 bug patched
- Free download of CrossOver for Linux and Mac today
The Electronic Frontier Foundation criticised Canonical for its Amazon shopping lens feature over privacy concerns, the Ubuntu developers announced plans to drop all alpha development releases for future versions of the Linux-based OS, and version 6 of Red Hat's enterprise Linux distribution received the Common Criteria Certification at EAL4+.
- EFF calls Ubuntu Shopping Lens a "major privacy problem"
- Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 receives EAL4+ certification
In security news, malware was discovered that uses new tricks to avoid being detected by automated threat analysis tools, a new Windows 8-compatible password stealing trojan went on sale, and a group of criminals were arrested for using a bit of trickery to rob ATMs at casinos.
- Malware hides behind the mouse
- Trojan bargain with Windows 8 support
- Ocean's 14 - high-speed bank fraud at casinos
This week, The H spoke to Enlightenment project leader Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler about the desktop environment's progress and future goals or the project and Oliver Diedrich took a look at why the rare and recent bug in the ext4 filesystem wasn't as bad as it was first made out to be
Open Source Releases
- FreeNAS 8.3 adds ZFS version 28
- OpenBSD 5.2 arrives with improved multi-core support
- Tiny Core Linux 4.7 overhauls the OnDemand system
- Lightspark 0.7.0 brings various improvements
- Clementine music player adds podcast support
- LibreOffice 3.6.3 now available
- Virtualisation toolkit libvirt reaches version 1.0.0
- Enyo 2.1 - LESS theming, more localisation
- Eclipse Orion 1.0: Browser IDE reaches important milestone
- Sourcefabric's Airtime 2.2 gets smart blocks
- Bootstrap 2.2 becomes more flexible with new templates
- Sigil EPUB ebook editor 0.6.0 released
- Beta of Calligra 2.6 released for testing
- Zarafa's WebApp adds new tab bar
- Critical security holes closed in Firefox 16 and Thunderbird 16
- Plone CMS vulnerable to privilege escalation and code execution
- Cisco closes Web Conferencing and Data Center holes
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