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30 March 2013, 12:00

The H Roundup - Secure Boot complaints, GNOME 3.8 and replacing Reader

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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, a look at migrating away from Google Reader, the release of GNOME 3.8, KDE's narrow escape from disaster, Red Hat's latest financials, a large DDoS attack, complaints against Secure Boot, DRM in HTML5, and a new GCC release.


Fabian A. Scherschel looks at the available open source and proprietary alternatives to the soon-to-be-discontinued Google Reader and Thorsten Leemhuis begins his Linux 3.9 mini-series looking at the filesystems and storage features of the next version of the Linux kernel.

Top News

The GNOME developers have released the latest version of their desktop for Linux and Unix systems, the KDE developers nearly lost all of their source code repositories, and Red Hat increased both its turnover and profits but still disappointed Wall Street.

A large DNS attack was reportedly unleashed on the Spamhaus anti-spam service, while a developer discovered an ingenious way of hiding the actual target of a link.

A Spanish association of Linux users has filed a complaint with the EC against Microsoft for its mandating of Secure Boot, while a dispute has erupted over whether DRM functionality should be supported by HTML5.

The developers of Slackware Linux have decided to replace MySQL with MariaDB, GCC has completed its migration to C++ with its latest release, and The H's Open Recall covers a number of other happenings in the open source world this week.

Open Source Releases

This week saw new releases from OpenELEC and Upstart, the first full release of Quicksilver, and new versions of Cairo-Dock, Google Chrome, GitLab, and GTK+.

Security Alerts

Users of NetBSD, MongoDB and BIND in particular should take a look at the following security alerts:

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