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15 September 2012, 13:59

The H Roundup - jQuery drops GPL, Firefox OS and VirtualBox 4.2

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The H Roundup icon 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 jQuery JavaScript library dropped the General Public Licence (GPL) from its dual-licensing, version 9.2 of the open source PostgreSQL database arrived with boosted performance, and the most popular programming language for September is either C or JavaScript, depending on who you ask.

Mozilla showed off a recent build of its browser-centric Firefox OS for mobile devices and Google donated $20,000 to the Eclipse Foundation so that the organisation could better test the performance of its IDE. Apache came under fire for a controversial patch for its open source HTTP daemon that ignores the do-not-track header from version 10 of Internet Explorer.

After four release candidates, the latest major update to Oracle's VirtualBox virtualisation application, version 4.2, arrived with more OS support and new features for advanced users. The Avidemux developers released a new version of their simple video editing tool with rewritten internals, and the Opus Audio Codec became an Internet Standard. In the recent edition of Hardware Hacks, The H took a look at Raspberry Pi 2.0 and a hack that turns it into a command-line only development machine.

Feature Article

This week, Thorsten Leemhuis looked at new Linux tools and recent kernel developments, as well as graphics and userland changes.

Open Source Releases

The latest stable update to Parted Magic included a version of GParted with LVM support, Chrome for Android improved the browser's sandbox, Bodhi Linux got a new file manager, and the custom variant of openSUSE for education offered Cinnamon as a default desktop.

Notable development releases included a second beta of GNOME 3.6, the first alpha of Mageia 3, and the first release candidate for Samba 4.

Security Alerts

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