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22 May 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Linux 2.6.34, Google I/O and VP8

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H took an in-depth look at the latest 2.6.34 Linux kernel, reported on this year's Google I/O developer conference and presented a rap music video about CouchDB to the world. Google open sourced it's VP8 codec as part of the WebM project, launched a Fonts API for open source web fonts and announced Android 2.2 and Google TV.


Following the release of the latest version of the Linux kernel early this week, The H published its customary in-depth feature on what's new in Linux 2.6.34, including drivers, file systems, networking and more. Later in the week, The H talked to Couchio about CouchDB and presented the Couchio "I use CouchDB" rap music video to the world. On Friday we published a feature by Felix 'FX' Lindner on the Google Skipfish web site analysis tool.

Open Source

This week saw the release of the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and a number of announcements from the Google I/O developer conference. As promised Google open sourced its VP8 codec as part of the WebM project, immediately attracting the attention of the MPEG LA patent pool consortium. Google also announced Android 2.2, Google TV, open source fonts for the web and a partnership with VMware for Cloud Portability. A prototype of an NVIDIA powered Android tablet was spotted at the conference. Alfresco announced the start of its Activiti Business Process Management project. Canonical revealed some of its plans for Ubuntu 10.10. Novell is for sale and is accepting bids from several companies. The Open Source Automation Development Lab joined the Linux Foundation. Novell announced the first service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and the Guardian officially launched its Solr powered media database, Open Platform.

Open Source Releases


Symantec officially reached an agreement to acquire VeriSign's web security business. A US Federal District court finally closed a rogue internet service provider. The PostgreSQL and Samba developers released updates to fix vulnerabilities in their products and Oracle announced that updates to close three MySQL holes will be available soon. According to a report by the Anti Phishing Working group, roughly one third of phishing attacks, worldwide, were carried out by one gang. Browser history stealing has been refined and made faster. Hackers penetrated the German underground hacking forum and the Koobface gang replied to a security specialists published speculations about them. The Electronic Frontier Foundation found that more than 80% of web browsers have unique trackable configuration signatures and version 3.4 of the Metasploit exploit framework arrived with more than 100 new exploits.

Security Alerts

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