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06 October 2012, 12:18

The H Roundup - Linux 3.6, Oracle's Java plans and hacked routers

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The H Roundup 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.

Top News

The week began with the release of version 3.6 of the Linux kernel, the highlight of which is a new hybrid suspend mode. As is traditional, Linus Torvalds followed this with the opening the development for version 3.7, which will include support for 64-bit ARM processors that are expected to appear soon. Firefox can look more at home on GNOME 3.6 as the desktop lands in more Linux distributions.

At the JavaOne conference, Oracle has detailed its plans for the Java language over the next year, and the Sumatra project that allows Java to take advantage of fast GPU-based processing has been confirmed as an official OpenJDK project.

In a presentation, Kaspersky Lab explained how cyber-criminals in Brazil managed to compromise 4.5 million DSL routers, going completely unnoticed, while researchers from Indiana wrote proof-of-concept malware that can inconspicuously map rooms in 3D.

The story of Android phones being vulnerable to USSD code exploits developed further when it became known that many phones from almost all manufacturers are vulnerable. Users can check whether their phone is vulnerable by visiting The H's USSD Check page.

The Finnish startup Jolla has detailed some of its plans to revive MeeGo with its own "Sailfish" operating system, which it says is well covered by its own patents, meanwhile, the HP developers have delivered the first release of open webOS as promised and the Android-based ROM CyanogenMod has received its own update mechanism.

Featured Articles

Thorsten Leemhuis takes a look at what makes the new 3.6 version of the Linux kernel tick and what users can expect from the release. Ronald Eikenberg explains why users should upgrade to iOS 6, even if they do not need or want the features in the new version, as it also contains a very important security fix.

Open Source Releases

Version 14 of the venerable Slackware distribution arrived, Python 3.3.0 was released, adding new features for the first time since the language's moratorium expired, and Mozilla previewed a version of Firefox for the tile-based Windows 8 interface. Blender's newest release brought many improvements resulting from the work done for the latest open movie created by the Blender Foundation.

Security Alerts

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