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25 June 2011, 11:59

The H Week - Eclipse and Mozilla releases galore, backdoors, frontdoors and more

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The H Week Logo This week saw the annual release of Eclipse and a number of releases from Mozilla. Nokia produced the N9 MeeGo smartphone and Karen Sandler became the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Bitcoin suffered many problems, Dropbox was left open for hours and backdoors were found in WordPress plug-ins. An alleged hacker was arrested in the UK and the FBI helped smash a major scareware ring.


Daniel Bachfeld explains how to store passwords so they won't be easily cracked, Thorsten Leemhuis details what's happening to filesystems in the forthcoming Linux 3.0, The H looks at the court case between AVM and Cybits which may, or may not, have an impact on how the GPL can be enforced in Europe and how the N9 is the swansong of Nokia's Linux efforts.

Open Source

The annual release of Eclipse, this year named Indigo, brought many updates including BIRT 3.7 and new features such as eGIT. A new web framework called SocketStream made its first appearance, Nokia announced the N9 MeeGo powered smartphone, LexisNexis joined the Linux Foundation and the FSFE, AVM and Cybits clashed in court over alleged GPL violations.

It was a busy week for Mozilla as it released Firefox 5 fresh from its accelerated release process, patched older versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, and released version 1.0 of the Add-on SDK and betas for SeaMonkey 2.2 and Thunderbird 5. JavaScript creator Brendan Eich handed over responsibility for Mozilla's JavaScript engine while two separate projects showed how JavaScript (and HTML5) can now render PDF documents and play MP3 audio.

Karen Sandler joined the GNOME Foundation as its new Executive Director, the FLOSS ad network Ad Bard will close as of 1 July, the EFF stopped taking Bitcoin donations, Apple served a C&D on an open source startup and Node.js is on its way to Windows with Microsoft's assistance.

Open Source Releases

New releases this week for RabbitMQ messaging, Piwik analytics, Webconverger kiosk mode browser, BeOS clone Haiku, Google's Chrome Frame, Perl, Scientific Linux, the Tornado web server, Pentaho's business intelligence, NativeDriver android testing and Blender.

Development releases


Anonymous and LulzSec announced they were working together, a UK hacker was arrested, StartSSL found itself under attack but uncompromised, and a Bitcoin exchange closed down after being attacked. Other sites needed no attacks: Dropbox turned off authentication for four hours over the weekend.

WordPress plug-ins were found with backdoors installed, the FBI announced the shutdown of a scareware ring which had netted $72M, Amazon cloud users were found to be leaving confidential data in their shared cloud images and Mozilla rejected Microsoft's criticisms of WebGL.

Security Alerts

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