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16 April 2011, 11:59

The H Week - A Narwhal approaches, custom Gingerbread & a record Patch Tuesday

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The H Week In the past week, Canonical released the last development version of Ubuntu Natty Narwhal, CyanogenMod 7 brought Gingerbread to a number of Android devices and Fedora 16 got a name. Microsoft released a record number of patches, but had problems with one, and Apple released updates for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS.


In the latest edition of The H Half Hour, Editor-in-chief Dj Walker-Morgan spoke to Ross Turk, Talend's new Director of Community, about how the open core model works at Talend, and The H published part 1 in its Coming in 2.6.39 Kernel Log series, which looks at network drivers and infrastructure. On Friday, Glyn Moody offered a few suggestions on how to make Google good again.

Open Source

The last development version of Ubuntu's Natty Narwhal arrived before its final release, while the end of life for Ubuntu 8.04 approached. Fedora 16 got a name, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server got a service pack and CentOS 5.6 was released.

The Android hackers of the Cyanogen project released CyanogenMod 7 with delicious Gingerbread flavouring, but market researchers predict that Apple will hold onto the media tablet market until 2015. The KDE developers are working on a new mobile interface, Plasma Active.

Chip makers were talking open source this week: MIPS opened a resource site for Android and Linux developers, Intel showed its latest chipset for tablets ready to run MeeGo and Android and TI brought together its wireless solutions on the website.

Cloudera released a fuller version of its Hadoop distributed computing stack, MySQL got more memcached NoSQL in its stack and VMware announced its open source Cloud Foundry and hosted service.

Groklaw announced the end of new articles appearing on the open source legal site, the nginx HTTP server reached version 1.0.0 after eight years of development, and having become part of the web production landscape, the Flock browser was discontinued and the remains of SCO were purchased by UnXis.

Neo4J's new version switched from AGPLv3 to GPLv3, Mozilla's Firefox got an Aurora dev build and NTFS-3G merged with ntfsprogs to make a more complete package.

Open Source Releases


Microsoft patched a record number of bugs and Apple's updates for iOS, Safari and Mac OS X blacklisted the Comodogate fake certificates.

Sony and George Hotz settled out of court in the Playstation 3 hacking case, three men were arrested in connection with the use of SpyEye malware and the FBI took over a botnet and started using it to remove its malware from infected machines.

Facebook closed a mysterious Hotmail related hole in its password system, Dropbox's authentication token was found to be a little too portable, Barracuda Networks' application firewall went down and in came attackers and someone got root access to's source code and possibly more.

Chrome got an update to stop malware getting out of its sandbox, Safari plans to keep silent, when asked, about a user's activity and Android is to get more security options for it's business applications.

A new zero-day emerged for Adobe's Flash Player which used Word documents with embedded SWF files to spread, Adobe said it is releasing an update on Friday. A second security flaw hit the VLC media player, in this case with MP4 decoding, and was closed with the release of VLC 1.1.9.

In other news this week: an application that hides your screen when someone looks over your shoulder, using DNS only to query Wikipedia and Twitter, ransomware that claims to be the result of Windows needing activation, the extraction of Airtune's private key from the ROM of an Airport Express and the first beta of the security through virtualisation OS, Qubes.

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