The H Week – Kernel 2.6.33 begins, Thunderbird 3.0, Win 7 patches and Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha
This week sees the start of the next development cycle of the Linux Kernel, Mozilla pledging to speed up Thunderbird development as it releases version 3, another Microsoft Patch Tuesday with patches affecting Windows 7, Microsoft finally re-releasing WUDT after embarrassment over including GPL code, Oracle accusing the European Commission of lack of impartiality and security holes closed in the Linux Kernel.
Our feature for the week is another in our 'Health check' series, this time looking at the present position and future direction for Red Hat, one of the most well established open source based companies and the developer of a leading Linux distribution.
Open Source News
- Mozilla to speed up Thunderbird development
- Microsoft finally open sources Windows 7 USB tool
- Oracle accuses EU Commission of partiality in assessment of Sun takeover
- Kernel Log: New stable kernels, 2.6.33 with DRBD and RT2800PCI
In another step in the war against botnets the German government has said that in 2010 it will set up a centre to coordinate the battle against botnet infections on home computers. WPA Cracker are offering a cloud based service to crack Wi-Fi passwords, ostensibly for IT managers to check the strength of passwords used on their wireless networks. This months Microsoft patch day included patches that affect their latest, and they say, most secure, operating system - Windows 7. Several holes have been found in the most recent Linux Kernels and distributors are working on incorporating the required patches into their distributions. A format string vulnerability caused by a flawed implementation of the dtoa C function that's been known since June was found to be present in Thunderbird 2.x.
- Germany to set up centre to coordinate fight against botnets
- WPA Cracker cloud cracks Wi-Fi passwords
- Microsoft patch day includes patches for Windows 7
- Linux kernel vulnerabilities closed
- Security hole in Thunderbird 2.x
Open Source Releases
Plenty of releases this week, even ignoring the development alpha and beta releases. Notably Mozilla's Thunderbird 3 was finally released (with Mozilla promising to do better in future). Google released both a performance analysis tool for Chrome and version 2.0 of the Web Toolkit and Sun Microsystems, perhaps wanting to prove it can still be productive despite the delicate state of the Oracle takeover, released three Java related products.
- Sugar on a Stick v2 - a.k.a. Blueberry – released
- Mozilla releases Thunderbird 3 email client
- Google says go Speed Tracer for Chrome
- Google Web Toolkit 2.0 released with an eye on performance
- JetBrains releases two variants of Java development environment IntelliJ IDEA 9
- Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 1
- Hat trick: Java EE 6, GlassFish 3 and NetBeans 6.8 released
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