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31 July 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Linux 2.6.35 approaches, GNOME 3 delayed

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The H Week Logo Leading up to the arrival of version 2.6.35 of the Linux kernel, The H published the final two parts of the Coming in 2.6.35 series, GNOME 3 was been delayed until March of 2011 and Oracle shut down PostgreSQL test servers. Anti-virus makers offered protection against LNK malware, 170 million Facebook data sets were collected and a hole in WPA2 was discovered.


This week, as the Linux kernel 2.6.35 approaches full release, The H has published the final two parts of the Kernel Log's "Coming in 2.6.35", looking at architecture, infrastructure and drivers. A regular Kernel Log also looked at the fixing of a bug in graphics drivers and rounded up all the latest news from around the Linux community. Glyn Moody took a look at a legal case which has just gone through the UK courts that could have ramifications for free and open source software when it is written a replacement for proprietary software.

Open Source

GNOME 3's release was postponed till March 2011, Perl 6 got a usable implementation in the form of Raduko Star and Oracle closed down servers which were helping test PostgreSQL. Oracle also changed the vendor entry on the latest Windows Java release, breaking Eclipse, but quickly remedied the problem. Eclipse saw the first release of version 4.0, a major reworking of the IDE, openSUSE got a new community manager and an author of Sun's DTrace monitoring tool left Oracle. Rails 3 grew closer as a release candidate appeared, GitHub passed a milestone with its millionth repository and MySociety's MapIt service was upgraded to run on all open data. Adobe bought the Java developing, Apache contributing, Day Software, Industrial Light and Magic and Sony got together to make an open source animation format and Google outlined plans for an Android licensing server.

Open Source Releases


AV makers moved to offer protection from the LNK malware in circulation, a web crawler gathered 170 million data sets from public Facebook data and Adobe and Microsoft agreed to cooperate in notifying security vendors about flaws. A hole for insiders on WPA2 networks was discovered, phishers found their phishing phished and an iPhone app left passwords exposed. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, ATMs were found to be badly secured, the Pwnies 2010, the Vulnerability-Oscars, were awarded and mobile apps were shown to be phoning home a little too eagerly. Browser makers offered updates with Apple fixing Safari's auto-fill vulnerability, Google closing critical holes in Chrome and Mozilla sealing a hole with Firefox 3.6.8.

Security Alerts

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