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06 April 2013, 11:34

The H Roundup - GNOME 3.8, Firefox 20 and Darkleech

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The H Roundup logo 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, new releases from GNOME and KDE, ZFS on Linux is considered ready, Firefox 20 arrives, Mozilla celebrates 15 years, and Andrew Hutchings looks at the history of the MySQL project and its forks.


Andrew Hutchings looks at the long and storied history of the MySQL project and the forks that have sprung up around it since Sun Microsystems was bought by Oracle. For the practically code-minded, Golo Roden looks at unit testing with the Node.js framework using Mocha.

Top News

In the past week, the GNOME developers released the latest version of their desktop environment, which includes a new Classic Mode session based on extensions to the GNOME Shell, and the maintainers of ZFS on Linux have said that they consider their filesystem ready for general use. Firefox 20 was released with a privacy mode that works per window and a new version of Linux Video Disk Recorder is shipping with a Star-Trek-inspired user interface.

Meanwhile, malware from Russia has been spying on bank customers in the US, the mysterious Darkleech trojan infected Apache web servers, and a serious security problem caused the PostgreSQL developers to lock down their source code repositories. Later in the week, The H learned what bugs had caused PostgreSQL's problems.

The Mozilla Project celebrated 15 years of its mission to fight for the open web this week, and it was also announced that three Ubuntu versions will reach their end of life soon. Earlier in the week, The H's Open Recall looked at the open source releases that happened over the long Easter weekend.

Open Source Releases

This week saw, among others, new releases of Adobe's Brackets editor, a whole font made from blank characters, a new KDE version, and two Star Wars games open sourced by Raven Software in honour of the soon-to-be-closed LucasArts.

The Ubuntu developers released the first and final beta of the next version of their distribution.

Security Alerts

Security alerts this week affected the ownCloud personal cloud storage software and Sophos' Web Protection Appliance.

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