The H Roundup - Fedora 18 Beta, Piwik compromise and getting a TAN
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.
This week saw the long-awaited arrival of Fedora 18's beta, which added MATE and Cinnamon desktops to the forthcoming release. Meanwhile, Americans helped out building up OpenStreetMap in "Operation Cowboy" and, in preparation for next year's Firefox OS, Mozilla invested some of the non-profit's money in an Israel-based startup that makes an HTML5 Web App launcher.
- Fedora 18 Beta adds MATE and Cinnamon desktops
- OpenStreetMap: Hundreds help with "Operation Cowboy"
- Mozilla investing in Everything.me
The Ekiga "VOIP and more" application got a major update with the release of version 4.0, while the Java-based programmer's editor got better keymapping in its version 5.0 release. Google managed to update all versions and channels of the Chrome browser and Chrome OS in the week.
- Ekiga's open source SoftPhone UI refreshed for 4.0
- jEdit 5.0 delivers keymapping, localisation and stability
- Google updates all Chrome editions
Often on the wrong end of finger-pointing criticism, NVIDIA has been working with open source drivers for the Tegra range of chips. A camera for the Raspberry Pi is heading into production, which should open the way for a new range of applications for the device. The regular Hardware Hacks column looked at, among other things, an Arduino-powered morse key which can send Twitter messages.
- NVIDIA joins in work on Tegra 2D graphics driver for Linux
- Camera for Raspberry Pi almost ready for production
- Hardware Hacks: Kickstarter woes, Tworse Key, Making Pi
Security woes this week affected an iOS dictionary app, which accused customers of pirating the expensive app when they hadn't, and users of the Piwik analytics software, after a backdoor was planted in the .zip file for the software on the project's own site. Cheeky phishers also tried to get German users to photograph their TAN (one-time passwords) lists and send the pictures to them.
- iOS dictionary app accuses customers of piracy via Twitter - Update
- Backdoor found in Piwik analytics software - Update
- Phishing mail asks for TAN list photo
With the approach of Linux 3.7, The H released the last two parts of Thorsten Leemhuis's Kernel Log previews of what is coming, specifically looking at drivers and CPU support. The H also released our Community Calendar for December 2012 so readers can find something to do as the holiday season approaches.
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 4): Drivers
- Kernel Log - Coming in 3.7 (Part 5): CPU and platform code
- The H Community Calendar - December 2012
- New JSRs for Java EE 7 pass muster
- Redline Smalltalk developer appeals for 1.0 funding
Microsoft gave developers the first update for Visual Studio 2012, keeping a promise to accelerate the update rate, and Red Hat promoted OpenShift's PaaS as the latest entry in their enterprise portfolio. MongoDB developers decided to make the NoSQL database report write errors by default, and Amazon launched a Maps API.
- First update for Visual Studio 2012
- OpenShift now a Red Hat enterprise product
- MongoDB to report write errors by default from now on
- Amazon Maps API launched for Kindle Fire
Open Source Releases
This week saw new stable releases of darktable, Eucalyptus, Hysterix, CFEngine, Etherpad Lite, MariaDB C and Java drivers, and MSN for Firefox. There were also development releases of GNOME 3.8 beta, Firefox 18 beta and Kolab 3 beta.
- More camera support and geotagging in darktable 1.1
- New user console and simpler administration for Eucalyptus 3.2
- Netflix open sources Hystrix resilience library
- CFEngine 3.4 adds XML editing and VirtualBox support
- Etherpad Lite 1.2 gets a revamp
- New open source MariaDB drivers for C and Java
- Firefox now available with added MSN
- Second beta of GNOME 3.8 brings global search configuration
- Beta of Kolab 3 with object editor and Debian packages
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